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Safe Medical Detox

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The Addiction Recovery Center’s medically supervised withdrawal (often called detoxification or detox) uses medication to help people withdraw from alcohol or drugs safely and comfortably. People who have been taking large amounts of opioids (e.g., heroin, OxyContin, or codeine), barbiturates or sedatives (downers), pain medications, or alcohol-either alone or together-may need medically monitored or managed withdrawal services.

Sometimes, withdrawal can be so severe that people hallucinate, have seizures, or develop other dangerous conditions. Medication can help prevent or treat such conditions. Anyone who has once had hallucinations or seizures from withdrawal or who has another serious illness or mental disorder that could complicate detoxification, may need medical supervision to detoxify safely. Medically supervised withdrawal takes place in our specialized inpatient detoxification unit with close medical supervision.

Detoxification may take a week or more, during which time the person will receive medical care and may begin to receive education about his or her disease. Patients at The Addiction Recovery Center will receive the support they need to ensure their well-being.

Dual Diagnosis

Many people with a substance use disorder also have emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Young adults in treatment are likely to display behavior problems, conduct disorder, or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

A diagnosis indicating the presence of a mental disorder in addition to substance abuse is called Dual Diagnosis. Treating both the substance use and mental disorders increases the chances that the person will recover. At The Addiction Recovery Center, our Dual Diagnosis program provides mental health care in the event a mental disorder is discovered during treatment.


Many programs use medications to help in the treatment process. Although no medications cure dependence on drugs or alcohol, some do help people stay abstinent and can be life-saving. Programs sometimes use medications to treat alcohol or opioid dependence because it blocks the effects.

It is important for addicts to go through detox first, so they are substance-free before starting their addiction treatment. Because it is very difficult for a person to detoxify from opioid drugs, many people do not make it that far; prescription medications are sometimes used to help people make that transition.

If a person does detoxify from opioids and begins their treatment program, it still may not work well unless a person has a strong social support system, including someone who will make sure that he or she continues to take their medications regularly. When an adolescent is taking medication to treat dependence, it is particularly important that parents provide strong support and supervision. Mental health care also often includes the use of antidepressants.

Primary Care

The Addiction Recovery Center’s primary care programs combine the best elements of 12-Step Recovery, chemical dependency education, and psychotherapy. We believe this combination offers our patients the best pathway to recovery. Our therapists are licensed mental health practitioners, certified addiction professionals, and other professionals in the field of addiction treatment.

Physician Services

The Addiction Recovery Center’s staff and facilities are equipped to handle a wide range of medical issues including medical detox, which would be beyond the capabilities of most other treatment facilities. The Addiction Recovery Center is handicap accessible and fully capable of treating clients affected by asthma, blindness, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, seizure disorders, HIV and AIDS.

Nursing Services

medical services

The Addiction Recovery Center maintains an acute medical detoxification program within its main facility. Our detox is staffed 24 hours a day by a team of licensed medical professionals. Patients requiring intensive care during detox are placed in CCTV monitored rooms.

“I have high expectations from my nurses.
We are here to provide quality nursing care in a professional manner.”

Psychiatric Care

The Medical Director of the Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs supervises all psychiatric services at The Addiction Recovery Center. We vow to care for you and treat you with dignity as you heal physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Together we lay the foundation on which you will build your new life. We will support you as you take charge of your future. It’s your future. It’s your life. That’s why our Watershed mission is to provide the best and most cost effective treatment to people and families affected by the diseases of addiction, alcoholism, and mental illness. We promise to fulfill that mission and help you fulfill your life’s goals. It’s a promise to help you heal.

“You may not know when your Watershed moment happens; you may not know what caused it; a word from a friend… a moment of reflection.”

For more information or to speak to our caring admissions staff, call 24 hours a day,
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What A Patient Said
“I hear other people talking about their treatment and they didn’t have nearly the support and expertise that The Addiction Recovery Center gives it patients. I felt very privileged to see a Psychiatrist, who is also certified in addictions, everyday. The medical services work-up and follow-up were fantastic, not to mention the consult I had with the Dietician and the chefs that prepared our meals! WOW!! I felt that the Watershed staff took very good care of me during my detox period and made it much easier and safer with detox medications.” —Courtney—
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The Addiction Recovery Center has provided state of the art treatment services to over 20,000 people. We know addiction and we know treatment, but most important, we know recovery and what it takes to make it a reality.

At The Addiction Recovery Center Addiction Treatment Programs our commitment is to deliver the highest possible standard of care to anyone suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism.

The Addiction Recovery Center can help you begin the journey of long-term recovery from the diseases of drug addiction and alcoholism.

The Addiction Recovery Center is dedicated to providing the best possible treatment experience, along with innovative and effective addiction treatment programs to help change people’s lives.

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