Frequently Asked Questions

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What is medical detox?

Medical detox is the process in which a person’s physical withdrawal symptoms are safely managed and treated in a medical setting. Medically-assisted detox programs are facilitated by doctors and nurses who regularly monitor clients and modify detox protocol as needed.

Do I need detox?

Many people who are addicted need to detox before they can start a rehab program. If you have a severe addiction or would risk your personal health or comfort trying to detox on your own, a medical detox program may be right for you. We can help determine your need for detox with an assessment.

How effective is detox?

Medical detox is a highly effective way to get sober. Since treatment is provided in a secure and substance-free environment, relapse is much less likely than detoxing on your own at home. Staff also provide one-on-one support and bridge the transition into rehab, which increases the likelihood of long-term sobriety. Read more about the benefits of inpatient detox on our blog.

How long does drug detox take?

The duration of your drug detox program will vary based on your individual circumstances. Most of our clients spend 5-7 days at Briarwood, but because our programs are so individualized, this timeframe may vary. Once we complete your personal assessment, we will be able to give you a more exact timeline for your detox. For more information, read our blog: How Long Does Drug Detox and Withdrawal Last?

What happens after detox?

Upon completion of your detox program, we will provide you with a professional recommendation for ongoing addiction treatment based on the details provided by your multidisciplinary treatment team. This may include inpatient residential rehab or outpatient addiction treatment. Read more about what happens after detox here.

My loved one refuses to go to detox. Can you do anything to help?

Our staff may be able to provide intervention assistance or we will connect you with a professional interventionist who can help. We match our clients with professional interventionists based on their personal circumstances and financial ability. Learn more about interventions here.

How can I prepare for detox treatment?

There are several things you can do to prepare for medical detox at a detox center, such as speaking with your employer, making arrangements for child or pet care, and preparing for transportation to and from the detox center. Read our guide on How to Prepare for Detox and review our packing list for detox for more details.

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Why Choose Briarwood

What detox programs are available at Briarwood?

We offer medically-assisted detox programs for all addictive substances. For a full list of our available drug and alcohol detox programs, please visit our detox treatment page.

Is Briarwood Detox Center also a rehab facility?

No. Briarwood is strictly a medically-assisted detox facility. If you would like to enroll in rehab upon completion of your program, we can recommend a continued care plan at a reputable drug and alcohol rehab center.

Is Briarwood Detox Center a licensed medical detox facility?

Yes. Briarwood is accredited by the Joint Commission, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring safe and exceptional healthcare treatment for the public. Please visit our Accreditation page for more information.

Payment and Insurance

How much does detox cost at Briarwood?

We strive to make sure that the cost of our detox programs remains affordable for all clients. Your out-of-pocket cost for detox at Briarwood will vary depending on your insurance coverage.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes. We work with many different insurance providers in the United States. If you would like to verify your insurance benefits or get more information about your out-of-pocket costs, please contact our admissions team today. It’s fast, free, and completely confidential. You may also read our guide on How to Get Insurance to Pay for Drug Detox for more details.

What other payment options are available?

If you do not have insurance or choose not to use your benefits, you may be able to receive financial assistance through your employer’s confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Please contact your employer’s Human Resources department to learn about your options. Once you have verified your benefits, our admissions team will be happy to explore that payment option with you. Alternative options may include private healthcare loans, HSA funds, crowdfunding, or credit cards.

Treatment at Briarwood

Does Briarwood Detox Center have nurses on site 24/7?

Yes, Briarwood nurses are onsite 24/7 to ensure the safety and comfort of all our clients. Our medical team will monitor your progress at all times during your stay at our detox center.

Do you use medications to help your patients detox?

Yes. Our medical team will administer medication to treat any uncomfortable physical symptoms associated with withdrawal from drugs and alcohol.

Does Briarwood offer any family support?

Detox counselors at Briarwood will contact a designated loved one daily to provide updates, answer questions, and offer emotional support. If you’d rather your loved ones not be involved, we will respect your wishes, but we do emphasize the importance of family support and involvement throughout all stages of addiction treatment.

What else can I expect during detox?

Our medical team will monitor your progress daily and you’ll participate in brief one-on-one therapy sessions with a counselor. Once you’re physically able, you may also complete recovery assignments and participate in group therapy. Briarwood also offers music therapy, art therapy, and H&I meetings.

Do you offer an Executive Detox program?

Yes. We offer an Executive Detox program at our Houston location. This program provides enhanced privacy options and deluxe amenities like a private room, access to a personal cell phone and computer, and a king size bed.

Our center is in-network with many insurances

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How do I know my privacy will be protected?

Our staff diligently adheres to the requirements of federal laws that are designed to protect the confidentiality of all clients in drug detox at Briarwood. The details of your detox program, your personal and medical records, and your identity are completely confidential and will not be revealed to anyone unless you provide written consent.

Accommodations and Location

What will my accommodations be like at Briarwood Detox Center?

We provide our clients with a warm, inviting environment where they can rest and recover during their detox treatment. Clients enjoy spacious, semi-private rooms, chef-prepared meals, a comfortable living/seating area with a flat-screen TV, tranquil outdoor areas, and more. Please visit our Facility Location page to view photos of our detox center and read more about the accommodations.

Where is Briarwood Detox Center located?

Briarwood Detox Center currently operates two separate detox centers: one in Houston, Texas and one in Austin, Texas.

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