What Is Medical Detox for Drugs and Alcohol?
What Happens During Medical Detox?
During detox and withdrawal, a person’s body adjusts to not having the substance(s), which can cause physical and emotional symptoms. The type of symptoms that you experience depends on the substance. Withdrawal symptoms may include:2
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Muscle aches and pains.
Medical detox is a treatment approach to help people go through the withdrawal process with minimal discomfort.1 It also helps ensure a safer withdrawal and prepares you for entry into further treatment.
During detox, medical professionals closely monitor you and may provide medications to help manage your symptoms and keep you comfortable.
Sunrise House Treatment Center is a medical detox & inpatient rehab facility in New Jersey that offers medical detox for anyone recovering from addiction.
The first step in the detox program at Sunrise House is an evaluation with a medical provider. During this evaluation, a provider will ask you questions about your:
- Current symptoms.
- Physical and mental health history.
- Addiction history.
Your care team will create a personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs.
Depending on what substance(s) you were using, your treatment plan may include medications to help manage withdrawal symptoms and to reduce cravings for alcohol and/or opioids. Sunrise House uses the following medications when appropriate:
- Alcohol use disorders – disulfiram (Antabuse), acamprosate (Campral), injectable naltrexone (Vivitrol), oral naltrexone (ReVia)
- Opioid use disorders – buprenorphine (Subutex), buprenorphine/naloxone (Bunavail), buprenorphine/naloxone films (Suboxone), buprenorphine/naloxone tablets (Zubsolv), oral naltrexone (ReVia)
We equip many of our detox beds with EarlySense™ technology to improve patient safety. This FDA-cleared cutting-edge technology uses non-invasive sensors beneath each mattress to track patients’ vital signs. EarlySense allows for continuous monitoring and provides nurses with real-time alerts if abnormal vital signs are detected.
Detox is only one step in the addiction treatment process.3 Once you have completed detox and are no longer experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms, you can benefit from continuing treatment at another level of care.
How Long Does Medical Detox Last?
How long medical detox lasts varies from patient to patient.1 On average, the detox process may take 4-7 days, but certain substances can require a longer detox program.
You’ll find that at Sunrise House, we do not have a pre-determined program length. Instead, the length of time spent in treatment depends on your personal needs.
Some people benefit from a short-term rehab program, while others may require 30 days of inpatient rehab or 2+ months of rehab. Our treatment team will work with you to develop a highly personalized treatment plan.
What Happens After Medical Detox?
Continuing treatment after a detox program is strongly recommended to help strengthen your recovery. Research shows that most people benefit most from at least 90 days of treatment.4 Spending more time in treatment is linked to better outcomes and a greater likelihood of maintaining sobriety.
Sunrise House Treatment Center makes transitioning out of detox easier by offering different levels of addiction treatment. After your detox is complete, your care team will work with you to decide what level of care is best for your needs.
Some patients may continue treatment at our inpatient facility, which offers a similar structure as our detox program. A typical day in our inpatient addiction rehab includes group therapy sessions, with time also set aside for rest and recreation. Learn more about what to expect in inpatient addiction treatment.
Other patients may benefit from transitioning to another level of treatment, such as outpatient treatment.
The difference between inpatient and outpatient rehab is that outpatient treatment does not offer 24-hour care. During outpatient, you live at home or in a sober living facility and travel to the outpatient facility for treatment.
At the present time, Sunrise House does not offer outpatient treatment. However, many of our other locations provide outpatient treatment options. Your treatment team will assist you in transitioning to one of our outpatient or sober living facilities after your time at Sunrise House is complete.
We are currently preparing to expand our care offerings with the addition of a sober living facility. Resolutions Franklin will open in the near future and offer a supportive community for men in recovery.
Average Daily Schedule for Medical Detox
Does Health Insurance Cover Medical Detox in New Jersey?
Sunrise House Treatment Center in Lafayette Township, NJ, is in-network with many major insurance companies. If you seek treatment at our facility, there is a good chance that your insurance can help cover the costs.
How to Use Health Insurance to Pay for Medical Detox
At Sunrise House, we will assist you in using insurance to pay for rehab. We are in-network with many different insurance companies, including:
To learn more about how much treatment will cost, complete our secure . We will verify your insurance benefits and reach out to you with more information.
If you do not have health insurance, there are other ways to pay for rehab. Our admissions navigators can help you create a payment plan that makes treatment more affordable.
Why Choose the Sunrise House Medical Detox Program?
Our detox program offers multiple amenities including:
- Private detox rooms.
- Nutritious meals—our chef accommodates special diets, including Kosher, vegetarian, diabetic, low-sodium, and gluten-free.
- On-site fitness center.
- Mindfulness spaces.
- Weekly concert series.
- Indoor and outdoor recreational activities.
- Weekly bonfires (weather permitting).
At Sunrise House, we believe that recovery is more than just quitting substances—it’s creating lifestyle changes that allow you to live a fulfilling life without drugs and alcohol.
Your care team works with you to create an aftercare plan that helps you build a support network you can depend on in recovery. Attend 12-Step meetings every day at Sunrise House, or we’ll help connect you to a local AA chapter near you after you leave our facility.
The AAC Advantage
Sunrise House Treatment Center in New Jersey is a part of American Addiction Centers (AAC), the largest network of rehab facilities in the United States. AAC is confident in its approach and offers a 90-Day Brand Promise.
If you experience a relapse after completing 90 consecutive days of treatment at one of our programs, you may be eligible for a complimentary additional 30 days of treatment.
We believe you can recover from addiction, and we are here to help you do it. Contact an admissions navigator at to start the admissions process today.
Compassionate Detox Program
Our team is dedicated to your recovery. From detox to aftercare, we pair effective treatment with empathy and a supportive community.
Reach Out to An Admissions Navigator
Start your recovery today with the help of an admissions navigator. Our team is available 24/7 to answer your questions, verify insurance coverage, and enroll you in an effective detox program.
Detox in a Safe Environment
At Sunrise House, you'll detox under 24-hour medical supervision. The expert team of doctors and nurses has years of experience with substance use disorders and focuses on keeping you safe and comfortable.
Continue With Personalized Treatment
We understand the importance of tailoring treatment to your individual needs. Our clinical team employs evidence-based therapies and works with you to create a customized treatment plan.