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Introduction to Medical Detox

Substance use disorders are common mental health conditions that can affect anyone. However, it’s said that a whopping 94% of those who meet the criteria for a substance use disorder don’t get the help they need. Detox can be an important step in recovery, and outpatient options make it more accessible. If you’re looking for detox centers in New Jersey, you’re in the right place. This page will go over the benefits of detox programs for those overcoming substance abuse, how outpatient detox programs like ours work, and creating a plan for after you leave detox.

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Why Detox Programs Matter for Those Overcoming Substance Abuse

Getting off of substances such as alcohol and other drugs can be uncomfortable and, in some cases, dangerous. One of the primary setbacks people face when they get off of any substance is the withdrawal symptoms they experience. Withdrawal symptoms may differ depending on the specific substance or combination of substances you use, whether mental or physical. Common withdrawal symptoms include but aren’t limited to the following:

  • Drug and alcohol cravings
  • Trouble sleeping or changes in sleep patterns
  • Increased anxiety, irritability, or depression symptoms
  • Gastrointestinal distress (e.g., nausea, vomiting)
  • Body aches
  • Headaches 
  • Sweating
  • Fatigue

More serious symptoms, such as seizures, can also occur. This is part of why guidance from medical providers working in detox centers can be vital. 


How Does Outpatient Detox Work?

Outpatient detox is not like inpatient detox. As the name would suggest, you will live off-site while in outpatient detox. Inpatient detox, on the other hand, typically provides close supervision and access to trained medical staff 24/7. Outpatient detox is ideal for people with mild withdrawal symptoms who do not require this level of supervision. People withdrawing from substances such as Cocaine and Opioid drugs are two examples of those who might fall into these categories.

While it is a great fit for some, outpatient detox isn’t for everyone. Our detox center in New Jersey is outpatient only, but we can refer those who need it to an inpatient detox program. Some of our clients attend inpatient detox elsewhere and proceed with one of our treatment programs (such as our partial hospitalization program) after successfully completing inpatient detox.


What to Expect During the Detox Process in an Outpatient Program

If you’ve been searching the web for “outpatient detox center NJ,” you may wonder what to expect once you’re in an outpatient detox program. Although it can feel intimidating to enter detox, it’s nothing to be afraid of. Every client is unique, and your experience will vary depending on what substance(s) you are getting off of. However, there are some common denominators. Outpatient detox centers in New Jersey often use the following practices for clients. 

  • Therapy: Some withdrawal symptoms can be emotional or psychological, and getting off of substances is often a time of significant change in a person’s life. Therapy can help you through the process and can be particularly important in outpatient treatment since you are not in an inpatient facility with constant monitoring. 
  • Tapering: Some substances cannot be stopped abruptly. In this case, tapering is required. If you are someone who requires tapering, we can help you move through the process properly. This is common with those who use benzodiazepines. 
  • Medication: In some cases, medication can be prescribed to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings.


Creating a Plan for After Detox

It is critical to create a plan for after detox. Often, this means finding a treatment program where you can continue working on recovery with the support of a treatment team. Treatment programs for substance abuse generally entail a combination of groups, individual therapy, other treatments (e.g., family therapy, medication management), recreation activities, and opportunities to build or rebuild life and self-care skills. 

Some of these programs may be inpatient, meaning that you will stay at your treatment facility for the duration of treatment. Others are outpatient, which means that you will live off-site but attend treatment during the day. Depending on the type, the level of outpatient care you opt for may require a higher or lower time commitment. Depending on your current needs, one might be better for you than the other. 

Housing is another factor to think about. Sober living is an excellent option for those attending an outpatient program who want to live closer to their treatment center or anyone else who needs a drug and alcohol-free living space. In sober housing, you get the independence you’d have in a typical apartment, but you only live among other sober people. Prevail recovery center owns sober living facilities for those who are interested in sober housing. 


Our Programs

Just like our detox program, all of the levels of care we offer are conducted on an outpatient basis. There are many benefits to outpatient care. For most people, the increased flexibility and ability to live off-site is the main appeal of outpatient care. If you’re interested in continued treatment after detox, here are the programs or levels of care available at Prevail Recovery Center. 


Partial hospitalization


Partial hospitalization programs (PHP) are the most intensive type of outpatient addiction treatment with the highest time commitment. PHP at Prevail Recovery Center entails going to your treatment facility for the majority of the day, most days of the week. The amount of time you’ll spend in PHP is much like a full-time job or school schedule. Due to its intensity, PHP immerses you in recovery while still getting the perk of living off-site.


Intensive Outpatient


Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are one step below PHP in intensity. IOP requires a significantly lower time commitment than PHP, making it an ideal fit for people who need to work, attend school, or attend other commitments while in their treatment program. With that in mind, IOP at Prevail Recovery Center is still comprehensive and entails a combination of regular groups and weekly individual therapy sessions alongside other treatments that are relevant to your needs.




Less intensive outpatient care helps you recover while living your new day-to-day life through continued therapy, groups, and other services, like medication management. This is ideal for those stepping down from a higher level of care because it requires an even lower time commitment and offers less supervision than IOP.

Contact Prevail Recovery Center

Look no further if you’ve been searching for the best drug detox centers in New Jersey. Prevail Recovery Center offers world-class outpatient detox care. Our staff members can help you determine whether outpatient detox is right for you, answer any questions you have about our services, or verify your health insurance coverage for free. To get in touch with Prevail Recovery Center, give us a call or fill out the contact form on our website.


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