Moviemakers love showing people go through detox. Dramatic scenes from films like Trainspotting, Walk the Line, and 28 Days depict 180-degree narrative arcs that transform characters from hopeless, helpless, out-of-control addicts to conquering overcomers. Art imitating life, these stories mirror some of the experiences clients typically encounter when they seek sobriety. Those who check into the treatment center at Mt Rubidoux in Riverside spend 4-10 days in detox before transitioning to the men’s program at Mt Rubidoux or the women’s, at Raincross.
Overseeing their detox is Cynthia De La Rosa, Lead Detox LVN. Cynthia has been in the medical field for 15 years, four working with recovery and mental health patients, and 18 months at MFI. In her role, Cynthia, who is furthering her education, to become an RN specializing in addiction medicine, oversees and manages client health care as well as stability and safety. She works alongside a highly qualified and dedicated team of doctors, nurses, counselors and therapists.
At intake, she:
- Takes clients and their families on a tour of the facility.
- Explains detox and inpatient and outpatient recovery process, including the recommended blackout period, during which patients are encouraged to focus on their recovery without distractions from “the real world” at home.
- Performs patient assessments, including taking vitals and identifying potential dual diagnoses, which may require follow-up at MFI Primary Care or the client’s primary care physician.
- Walks the client and his or her family to the front gate, where they say their goodbyes.
- Works closely with staff physicians and other medical personnel, monitoring client progress.
- Takes vitals every six hours.
- Does a ‘room check’ every 30 minutes.
- Together with the client, decides when to start the gradual transition from detox to the recovery program.
- Stays in touch with client’s loved ones, answering questions and providing updates. Cynthia provides family member with the MFI number, so they don’t feel out of the loop after they leave the front gates.
“We work with patients from all walks of life,” Cynthia explains. “Surgeons, attorneys, business professionals, and stay-at-home moms, as well as homeless meth addicts. In many cases, white collar workers and suburban housewives get injured and successfully treat pain with prescription painkillers. When the pills run out, they turn to street drugs to numb the pain.”
Safe, Effective Detox
MFI relies on a scientifically-proven approach to restore health by providing non-acute detoxification. The safe, comfortable and thorough process alleviates risky symptoms, minimizing discomfort while simultaneously speeding the withdrawal process. The MFI detox procedures uses relevant “comfort medications,” such as Suboxone© (for Heroin addiction) and Vivitrol© (for Opioids), when applicable. Mt Rubidoux medical staff also use meds such as mild muscle relaxers and cold capsules to help wean addicts from controlled substances.
During detoxification, Cynthia works with Physician Assistant Victor San Roman, whom she says displays “amazing best bedside manner.” She is equally impressed by MFI doctors, whose skill at evaluating treatment programs she says is “spot-on,” and her peers, all of whom are caring and many of whom are bilingual.
“We make a great team. We are committed to helping clients recover. So, we stay in close contact even after we leave work,” Cynthia says, adding, “I love what I do because recovery is possible. I see it happen every day.”
About MFI Recovery
Throughout ten facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, we employ the Matrix Model for each individual client, creating a personalized treatment program. Various modalities can include behavior modification, 12-step recovery program introduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family systems techniques, including the family in group therapy.
Treatment options include outpatient and inpatient detox, medication management (if appropriate), group therapy, individual therapy, relapse prevention education, and ongoing support after treatment.
About Mt Rubidoux
Our treatment center provides services to people who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. Located in the shadow of Mt. Rubidoux in the City of Riverside, we provide structured and supportive addiction treatment in semi-private, comfortable apartment-style setting. Monitored by professional addiction specialists 24 hours a day, our modern apartments offer a haven for healing during the rehab process. Living and recovering in our Mt. Rubidoux residential treatment facility means becoming healthy again. Our clients receive intensive treatment and learn new, healthy strategies to sustain recovery. To find out more, call today 866-218-4697, or for non-admission related information, contact us at 951-683-6596.