MegTDJ (meg_tdj) wrote in little_details,
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Cocaine detox, and private rehab facilities

Setting: Present day, somewhere in North America.

Searches tried: Googling cocaine detox, drug addiction and rehabilitation, looking through the archives here, etc etc.

I've read a bunch of articles and browsed some websites, but they mostly list the symptoms of drug addiction and then info on how to contact places that can help. What I'm looking for is what actually happens to a person in those first few hours/days of detox. Would a doctor need to supervise them, or just anyone who has some experience with this kind of thing? Would they be left alone at any point? Would they need to be restrained? How out-of-their-mind would they get? How long would it take? Would medications need to be administered? All of that kind of thing.

Also, my story is still in the planning stages right now, so I'm just trying to figure out if it can work the way I want it to - a runaway young woman is found and taken off the streets to a private rehab facility in the middle of nowhere (possibly on a ranch of some kind?), where she undergoes an intensive detox program and attempts to get healthy and back on track mentally and emotionally before being allowed to venture out into the world again. Do such places even exist? I mean, it's fiction, so it doesn't really matter if it's based on a real place or not, but I don't want to write it this way if it's completely implausible.

Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
Tags: ~psychology & psychiatry: institutions, ~recreational drugs
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