Simcoe Addiction and Mental Health

Simcoe Addiction & Mental Health

Withdrawal / Detox Management Ontario

Withdrawal Management

One of the most challenging issues to address in early recovery is the need for withdrawal management. For many people this is the most difficult barrier to overcome. This process can cause physical and psychological difficulties. Many people who have been through this process before may have had a bad experience and see the process as being “too much” or not worth the result. Withdrawal is not something that everybody’s experiences, but for those that need support through this process we are prepared to help! We use a person-centred approach to all our treatments. This means that we will meet you where you are at. We will patient and understanding of what may be happening for you both emotionally and physically. During this process, we will remain patient and understanding that you are healing and regaining your strength.

We are aware that this may take time and we have created a way so that you do not have to be concerned about spending the first few days of your treatment being sick and missing out on the primary programming offered at Simcoe Addiction and Mental health. Our, goal is that you are ready and motivated to begin the process and we understand that feeling sick during this process is a lot to expect. No worries! If deemed medically necessary by our medical staff, your first 48 hours, will not be included in your agreed upon stay. We want you to get the most out of the programming and your experience.

How does the Withdrawal Management Process Work?

Firstly, if you are already aware that detox will be needed prior to admission, inform us before you arrive, and we will begin a comprehensive plan to address your withdrawal. This will make it easier to prepare and will allow more time for our dedicated medical professionals to figure out a safe, comfortable and supportive treatment plan. If you are unclear whether such a service may be necessary, that’s ok! Upon, walking into our facility, you will be greeted by a nurse who will perform a series of assessments to address any presenting concerns. In the first 72 hours, all clients are closely monitored to see if onset begins after admission.

We offer a medical doctor to speak with, to address concerns or any uncomfortable symptoms that you may be experiencing. If deemed medically necessary, our medical doctor will arrange a treatment of medication to assist in the withdrawal. The medication prescribed is commonly used to treat symptoms of withdrawal, as well as to prevent seizures from occurring. If you have a history of seizures, please let staff know during the admission process. 

It’s easy to feel alone during this process, but we believe that this takes a group of qualified and dedicated professionals to assist in this process and make it as comfortable as possible. We have a dedicated team consisting of:

  • Nurses (assess and contribute to the treatment plan required)
  • Medical doctors (address any physical symptoms that need to be addressed/implementing the treatment plan)
  • Psychiatrists (Address any mental health challenges that maybe occurring)
  • Certified Addictions Counsellors (Supports you day to day with your emotions/feelings throughout the process.
  • Masters Level psychotherapists (address and begin your person-centred recovery plan


Methadone and Suboxone Treatments

If you are interested in this type of service or if you are currently taking these medications to assist in the withdrawal process, please let us know prior to admission. If you would like to begin an opiate agonist treatment approach, please speak with our team to look at options. If you have carries and will be bringing them to treatment and you are already working with a doctor or organization to manage the use of these drugs, please inform us, in order to create the best treatment plan in collaboration with your previous doctors.

Other services to address your withdrawal: although a medical approach is often necessary, we offer other ways to make this process as comfortable as possible. The facility has numerous activities and self care activities that make the process comfortable.

We offer a beautiful state of the art sauna that provides a private space to relax and enjoy the heat. Allowing yourself to sweat and to detox in a more traditional way. Spacious and comfortable to give you sometime to reflect and treat yourself kindly.

You can also take a dip in the hot tub. Detoxing often leads to soreness of the muscles. A common side effect for most withdrawal. Take an invigorating soak and allow your muscles to relax in the water and enjoy some “me time”.

We also offer a beautiful swimming pool. This can be used to relax you, cool you down or more importantly a place to just have some fun! Swimming is a very helpful activity for people who maybe facing life stressors. Working your muscles and having fun, enables the brain to experience positive emotions in a healthier way.

If you have any further inquiries about withdrawal management services, please don’t hesitate to call for more information.