Before Arriving at The Plymouth House:
Before arriving at the Plymouth House, most of our guests need to undergo a medical drug and alcohol detox at a designated detox facility. A medical detox is often critical as withdrawing off drugs and alcohol can often be a dangerous — even life-threatening — experience. Depending on what substance was being abused, withdrawal symptoms can range from minor afflictions such as restlessness, insomnia, body aches, mood swings and headaches, all the way up to major symptoms such as grand mal seizures, hallucinations, delirium tremens, suicidal thoughts and dangerous drops in blood pressure. It is important that an individual go to a medical facility where they will be safely monitored by professional clinicians. A medical detox can also help alleviate the intense cravings that often drive a person back to their substance of choice before they can receive treatment. In most cases detox lasts for around one full week, though if a substance abuse disorder is particularly severe it can last for multiple weeks.
Arriving at The Plymouth House:
Once a guest has been physically stabilized at an outside medical detox facility and he or she is ready to take the next step in his or her program of recovery, we help arrange transportation to The Plymouth House. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with open arms by our compassionate staff who will help them get settled into their housing and introduce them to our facilities, schedule and clinicians. The Residential Inpatient portion of The Plymouth House Program typically lasts about two weeks, but can vary on a case-by-case basis. After completing the first few weeks in Residential, a guest moves on to PHP. During this phase, guests are moved to housing with other PHP participants, take part in groups and programming six days a week (Mon-Sat), and have Sundays off. This day off allows individuals to learn to cope with idle time, which can be difficult in early sobriety.