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What happens during withdrawal?

Withdrawal, or detoxification, is the process that happens when substances leave the body and your brain, nervous system, and vital organs return to a drug-free state. The early withdrawal state lasts a few days to a week or more, and some people experience symptoms of discomfort, particularly in the first couple of days. These symptoms may include muscle pain, restlessness, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, upset stomach, tremors or seizures, chills, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue. Many people also experience strong cravings for drugs or alcohol during withdrawal. The severity and duration of your withdrawal symptoms may depend on the types of substances and length of time you have been using, as well as any co-occurring conditions you may have such as diabetes, high or low blood pressure, or mental health concerns.

Once the early withdrawal period is complete, you may find that you are feeling better. However, it takes much longer for your body to return to an optimal state of health and for you to learn and practice tools to prevent relapse. For this reason we strongly recommend participating in additional residential and/or outpatient treatment once your acute withdrawal is complete.

Note: Some side effects of withdrawal are potentially dangerous and can pose a threat to your health. If you are considering this process, please contact CHRC for screening and to determine whether you will require referral for a medical detox based on your individual needs.

If you have found that your life, relationships, family, employment, finances, health, or legal status has been affected by substance use, you probably have an addiction and may consider seeking help. Addiction is a progressive disease that gets worse over time. If the problem is mild right now, it is highly likely that it will become moderate or severe in the future. We strongly encourage you to begin treatment before your addiction gets out of hand. On the other hand, if you already feel you have hit rock bottom and are experiencing severe negative consequences of your substance use in your life, it is not too late to get the help you need.

If you have been struggling with substance misuse of any degree and would like to become clean and sober, a treatment programme will give you the best chance for recovery. Drug and/or alcohol use involves not only eliminating physical dependence but also changing the way you think, feel, and behave. Most people find this process difficult to navigate without professional assistance. Our team can help you decide whether a residential programme is right for you.

You can come to CHRC with clothing and any books or magazines you might like to read during your free time. You should also bring identification and your health insurance card if you have one. If you are a cigarette smoker, you will be responsible for bringing your own tobacco products. Electronics, including cell phones, are not permitted. We recommend that you leave your valuables and cash at home. Linens and towels are provided for you, as well as all meals and snacks. No outside food is permitted. You may bring your own toiletries and hygiene items if you desire, or they can be provided for you as needed.

CHRC offers a variety of sessions to address the complex needs of individuals who struggle with drug and/or alcohol misuse. You will be assigned to a counsellor who will meet with you on an individual basis and assist you with creating a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. You will also participate in educational groups, process groups, and creative arts therapies to foster personal growth. Some topics addressed in your sessions may include changing thinking that leads to substance misuse and other potentially harmful behaviors, improving communication and relationships, learning how to effectively manage anger and stress, and developing relapse prevention skills to maintain long-term recovery. Recreational groups serve to improve healthy leisure and social skills to enhance quality of life and increase enjoyment of activities that do not involve substance use.

If you are participating in WMU or IMU visits are not permitted. You will be permitted one phone call during your 3-7 day stay. The residential programme begins with a 2-4 week orientation period during which visits are not permitted, but phone calls are permitted once per week. Once you complete orientation, you will be eligible for visits on Saturdays and Sundays and phone calls twice per week.

All DCS services are free for legal residents of the Cayman Islands. For the residential programme, this includes all aspects of the programme: clinical assessment, lodging, meals, initial health screening, groups, counselling, and select recreational activities. If you are a cigarette smoker you are responsible for providing your own tobacco products. Please note that we are not a medical facility; any required medical care or medications beyond the initial health screening are not included in the programme. If you do not have health insurance we will assist you with applying for CINICO once you complete the orientation stage of the programme.

All clients participating in WMU, IMU, or the residential programme are required to remain at the facility at all times unless accompanied by a staff member. If you should leave the facility on your own, it will be considered to be a self-discharge and eligibility for readmission will be determined by CHRC’s admission policy. We recommend that you attend to all personal matters (such as banking, employment, housing, medical care, etc) prior to entering a programme at CHRC.

You must call us at 947-9992 or 925-9992 to complete a phone screening.

WMU typically lasts for 4-7 days, and IMU for 3-5 days. The residential programme is a longer term treatment option that can last for several months or more. To complete the residential programme in its entirety, most people plan to stay for an average of 6 months. The duration of treatment may be longer or shorter than 6 months depending on your individual needs. Please contact us if you would like to discuss treatment options.

Optimal nutrition and rehydration are important as part of the acute and post-acute withdrawal processes. As such, CHRC has developed a healthy meal plan for clients. All meals are provided as part of the residential programme and include daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack. Meals are prepared and served by our onsite chef Monday through Friday. On weekends, clients in the residential programme take turns assisting with meal preparation. No outside food is permitted. If you have food allergies or special dietary requirements, please communicate these to staff during your screening process.