24/7 Medical Detox

24/7 Medical Detox

Aurora is one of the only private treatment centres in Canada with a 24-hour medical detox. With this facility, we admit members any time of day, and in any condition. This is critical when it is decided to intervene on a loved one’s substance use. Aurora’s Addiction Specialists are available to guide you through the intervention process and connect you with a certified interventionist if needed.

Medical Detox means the detox unit is managed by a Medical Doctor specializing in addictions. Dr Derrek Jensen manages our detox unit. Detailed policies, procedures and protocols are established for the professional nursing staff, nurse practitioners and other medical doctors to follow to provide the safest and most comfortable withdrawal possible. It is not possible to eliminate discomfort from withdrawal as the body is cleansing itself from the accumulated toxins from substance use.  There are different protocols for detoxification for every form of addiction with added complexity for those using combinations of alcohol and multiple drugs. 

Upon a new member’s arrival, nurses complete an initial medical assessment, which initiates the appropriate safe detox protocol with instructions from a nurse practitioner or medical doctor. The protocol is designed to mitigate the discomfort of withdrawal.

Members in detox are assessed in person by a nurse practitioner or medical doctor within 24 hours and continue to receive around the clock nursing care. While in detox, members receive comprehensive medical, addiction and clinical, and mental health assessments which form the basis for their Personalized Treatment Plan.

Members in detox also receive preliminary treatment programming in our Transition Group, combined with good nutrition and a mild exercise regime, to prepare them for the transition to the rigours of treatment. The member’s clinical and addiction counsellors are assigned to members and engagement begins while in detox to further assist the transition.

Every new member admitted to our program must successfully undergo detoxification. Substance withdrawal is often accompanied by challenging physical and emotional symptoms including:

  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety/paranoia
  • Nausea
  • Tremors

These symptoms can be life-threatening. For this reason, Aurora provides constant medical surveillance and treatment throughout the detox process. Depending on the detox protocol, the severity of addiction and the intake of drugs and alcohol, certain medications may be used to safely assist a new member in their detoxification.

Members are transferred from DMU upon completion of the following:

  • Medical clearance
  • Clinical and addiction assessment and clearance
  • Mental health assessment
  • Comprehensive personalized treatment plan
  • Orientation

All members in detox also receive a Welcome Package that contains the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, Daily Reflections, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Guidelines for Life and House Rules at Aurora and other useful information.

Aurora Recovery Centre’s philosophies are consistently reflected in the way we value our members and staff. Everything we do is in the interest of our members’ recovery for life.

Aurora’s treatment process is built upon a member-first culture and stands on three pillars that reflect our philosophy toward our members’ recovery: Heal, Connect and Recover.

From initial contact with Aurora, you begin to experience our Member-First Culture. Our highly experienced Addiction Specialists help you navigate the complex, emotional decision to admit to treatment.

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