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Compassionate Sub-Acute Detox at New Choices Treatment Center

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At New Choices Treatment Center (NCTC), we understand that taking the first step towards recovery can be the most challenging. 

That’s why we’ve created a compassionate, family-oriented addiction treatment center that offers a comprehensive continuum of care, including sub-acute detox, to support you on your journey to lasting sobriety.

Our mission is to empower each client with the skills and tools they need to overcome addiction and maintain long-term recovery. We take a clinically-based approach, utilizing evidence-based therapies and providing a supportive, non-judgmental environment where healing can begin.

Empowering You to Make New, Healthier Choices

At NCTC, we believe in the power of person-centered care.

Our multidisciplinary treatment team, consisting of highly credentialed professionals, includes medical doctors, registered nurses, licensed professional counselors, and licensed chemical dependency counselors. They work collaboratively to create individualized treatment plans that address each client’s unique needs and goals.

We also recognize that addiction often co-occurs with mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, and trauma. That’s why we provide comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment, addressing both the substance use disorder and any underlying mental health concerns simultaneously.

Sub-Acute Detox: A Safer, More Comfortable Course of Withdrawal

At New Choices Treatment Center, we understand that the thought of detoxing from substances can be overwhelming and even frightening. 

That’s why we offer sub-acute detox, a medically-monitored detoxification process designed to provide a safer, more comfortable way to withdraw from substances such as:


For individuals who have developed a physical dependence on alcohol, sub-acute detox can help manage symptoms such as tremors, anxiety, nausea, and insomnia while preventing potentially life-threatening complications like seizures or delirium tremens (DTs).


Whether you’re struggling with heroin or prescription painkillers, sub-acute detox can help you navigate the challenging withdrawal process. 

Our medical team can provide medications like buprenorphine or methadone to reduce cravings and alleviate symptoms such as muscle aches, gastrointestinal distress, and restlessness.


Withdrawing from benzodiazepines like Xanax or Valium can be a lengthy and uncomfortable process. 

Sub-acute detox offers a gradual taper under medical supervision to minimize the risk of complications, such as seizures or severe anxiety, and to promote a more comfortable withdrawal experience.


If you’re dependent on stimulants like cocaine or methamphetamine, sub-acute detox can help you manage the psychological and physical symptoms of withdrawal in a supportive, structured environment.

Compared to abrupt cessation or “cold turkey” detox, which can be dangerous and extremely uncomfortable, sub-acute detox offers a safer and more manageable way to withdraw from substances. 

Sub-acute detox is recommended for clients who have been using substances regularly but do not require the intensive medical intervention of acute detox, which is typically reserved for those with severe or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.

Comprehensive Support at NCTC

During sub-acute detox at NCTC, you’ll receive comprehensive support from our compassionate, experienced team, including:

24/7 Medical Monitoring and Support

Our skilled medical staff will be by your side around-the-clock, monitoring your vital signs, assessing your symptoms, and providing prompt medical attention as needed. This way, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands throughout the detox process.

Medications to Manage Withdrawal Symptoms and Cravings

Our medical team will work with you to develop a personalized medication regimen to alleviate the discomfort of withdrawal and reduce cravings. 

This may include medications like buprenorphine, methadone, or benzodiazepines, depending on your specific needs and substance use history.

Individual and Group Counseling

Detox is not just a physical process; it also has significant psychological and emotional components. During sub-acute detox at NCTC, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in individual and group counseling sessions with our licensed therapists. 

These sessions will help you begin to address the underlying issues that contribute to addiction, develop coping strategies, and build a strong foundation for ongoing recovery.

Nutritional Support and Wellness Activities

Substance abuse can take a toll on your physical health, leaving you malnourished and depleted. 

Our team will provide nutritional support and guidance to help you replenish essential nutrients and promote physical healing. You’ll also have access to wellness activities like yoga, meditation, and fitness classes to support your overall well-being during detox.

Healing Together with NCTC

At New Choices Treatment Center, we believe that everyone deserves a compassionate, individualized approach to detox and recovery. 

Our sub-acute detox program is designed to provide the medical, emotional, and psychological support you need to safely and comfortably withdraw from substances and begin your journey to lasting sobriety.

What to Expect During Sub-Acute Detox

When you arrive at NCTC for sub-acute detox, our admissions team will conduct a thorough medical and psychological evaluation to assess your individual needs and create a personalized detox protocol.

You’ll be welcomed into our home-like, intimate San Antonio, Texas, accommodations designed to promote comfort and healing. 

Our detox environment features amenities such as:

Private and semi-private rooms

Nutritious, chef-prepared meals

Recreational activities and fitness equipment

Outdoor spaces for relaxation and reflection

The average length of sub-acute detox at NCTC is 5-7 days, though this may vary depending on the substance(s) used and the severity of physical dependence. 

As you progress through detox, our clinical team will work with you to develop a comprehensive aftercare plan and facilitate a seamless transition to the next level of care.

Continuum of Care: Supporting Your Journey to Lasting Recovery

At NCTC, we believe that detox is just the first step on the path to lasting recovery. That’s why we offer a full continuum of care to support you at every stage of your journey:

  • Inpatient/Residential Treatment: Following detox, many clients benefit from the structure and support of our inpatient program, which includes individual therapy, group counseling, and holistic wellness activities.
  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) Programs: As you progress in your recovery, our IOP and OP programs provide ongoing support while allowing you to gradually reintegrate into your daily life.
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment: Our clinical team is equipped to treat co-occurring mental health disorders alongside addiction, promoting long-term recovery and emotional well-being.
  • Aftercare Planning and Alumni Support: We believe that recovery is a lifelong journey. Our aftercare planning services and active alumni community provide ongoing support and resources to help you maintain your sobriety long after you leave our program.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sub-Acute Detox at NCTC

We’re here to answer questions and provide support.

A: The average length of sub-acute detox at New Choices Treatment Center is 5-7 days. However, the exact duration may vary depending on the specific substance(s) used and the severity of physical dependence. 

Our medical team will continuously assess your progress and adjust the detox timeline as needed to ensure a safe, comfortable withdrawal process.

A: At NCTC, we use a variety of medications to manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings during sub-acute detox. The specific medications used will depend on the substance(s) you’re detoxing from and your individual needs. 

Some common medications include buprenorphine and methadone for opioid detox, benzodiazepines for alcohol detox, and other symptom-specific medications for comfort and safety. Our medical team will work with you to develop a personalized medication regimen.

A: When packing for sub-acute detox at NCTC, we recommend bringing comfortable, casual clothing, toiletries, and any prescribed medications (in their original containers). You may also want to bring a journal, books, or other quiet activities to help pass the time. 

Please leave any valuables or potentially triggering items at home. Our admissions team will provide a detailed packing list and guide you through the process.

A: As you near the end of sub-acute detox, your treatment team will work with you to develop a comprehensive aftercare plan. 

For many clients, this involves a seamless transition into our inpatient/residential program. There, you’ll continue to build a strong foundation for recovery through individual therapy, group counseling, and holistic wellness activities. 

We also offer intensive outpatient and outpatient programs for those who have completed detox and are ready to take the next steps in their recovery journey. Our goal is to provide a continuum of care that supports you at every stage of the process.

Start Your Recovery Journey at New Choices Treatment Center

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance addiction, know that you are not alone. The compassionate team at New Choices Treatment Center is here to support you every step of the way, starting with sub-acute detox and continuing through our comprehensive continuum of care.

Take the first step towards a brighter, healthier future. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation and to verify your insurance coverage:

At New Choices Treatment Center, we believe that connection makes recovery possible. Let us help you build the foundation for lasting sobriety and a fulfilling life in recovery.