Calming, contemporary detox program accommodations (bedrooms) at Mountainside addiction treatment center in CT.


For individuals dependent on drugs or alcohol, the journey of recovery often starts with detox. This critical process of safely removing toxic substances from the body serves as the first step towards a healthier life free from addiction.

Mountainside’s detox program is designed to address all your needs during your first days in recovery: our expert medical team provides 24/7 care to help you manage withdrawal symptoms, while recovery education and counseling help you to better understand your addiction and how to overcome it.

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Detox Program Overview

Mountainside’s addiction treatment Detox program combines medical best practices with a holistic approach to deliver a carefully designed and personalized plan tailored to your specific needs. In an atmosphere of comfort and compassion, our dedicated medical and clinical teams provide you with 24/7 individualized care and support to begin your road to recovery. Our experts will stabilize your body and help you through withdrawal symptoms, as well as any other physical and emotional challenges you may face during the first days of your recovery.

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What is Detox?

Detox Program Offerings for Addiction Treatment

Removing toxins from your body is a critical part of recovery, but it is only one part of the puzzle. Our detox program is designed to address all your needs during your first days in recovery, from helping to properly nourish your body, to educating you on the disease of addiction, to preparing you for the next steps in your addiction treatment.

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Medical & Psychiatric Services

Our wide-range of medical and psychiatric services help evaluate how drug addiction and alcoholism has affected your physical and mental health. Through a series of evaluations, medical exams, and continuous monitoring we better understand how addiction has impacted you and are able to determine the best course of action to address your specific recovery needs.

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HIV and Hepatitis C Tests

Screenings designed to determine if you are currently infected with HIV or Hepatitis C by detecting antibodies in your blood.

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Nutritional Assessment

One-on-one evaluation to assess the toll substance abuse has taken on your body and address your most imminent nutritional needs.

Pharmocogenic testing instruments for addiction treatment patients.

Pharmacogenic Test

Collection of your genetic information to better understand how medications used as part of your addiction treatment will affect your body.

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Physical Exam

Medical exam to evaluate your general health and determine any degree of physical issue caused by your addiction.

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Psychiatric Evaluation

Session to determine your mental health needs, including checking for the presence of co-occurring disorders such as anxiety or depression.

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Withdrawal Assessment

Evaluation of addiction withdrawal symptoms such as cravings, anxiety, and depression specific to your substance of abuse and history of use.


Substance abuse counseling and education are essential to help you better understand and overcome your alcoholism or drug addiction. Through a wide array of clinical therapies and services, you will uncover the root of your addiction, better understand your behavior, as well as learn positive stress-coping and relapse-prevention skills that will empower you to lead a substance-free life.

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Recovery Education

Curriculum designed to explain how alcoholism or drug addiction has impacted your life and what to be mindful of in the recovery process.

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Group Counseling

Daily clinician-facilitated therapy session that enables you to openly express yourself and explore issues among others who understand what you are going through.

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Individual Counseling

One-on-one sessions with a clinician to help you process thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to gain a clearer understanding of your inner-self and develop and strive towards personalized treatment goals.


Our holistic wellness offerings strengthen your addiction treatment plan by teaching you ways to cultivate total wellness ⎼ mind, body, and spirit. A variety of evidence-based, alternative treatments help you manage withdrawal, tackle your doubts and fears, and embrace change, so you can begin to redefine what it truly means to live a healthy life free from drugs and alcohol.

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Nutrition Education

Group designed to create mindful eating habits by exploring the role nutrition plays in recovery. Activities include label reading, food preparation, and food tastings.

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Practice of centering the mind on breathing and sensations of the body to achieve mental clarity, cultivate serenity, and emotional stability.

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Sleep Education

Tips and practices to promote deep relaxation and enhance sound sleep, allowing you to sleep better and longer while in addiction treatment and after.

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Sequence of postures and breathing exercises to unite your physical, mental, and spiritual self in order to strengthen total wellness.

Luxury Detox Suite- Dining Area at Mountainside Treatment Center in Canaan, CT

Luxury Detox Suite

We offer a private suite for those individuals who are unable to disconnect from a demanding professional or personal life, and those looking for an added level of confidentiality.

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Typical Day at Mountainside’s Detox Program


  • Breakfast
  • Vital Signs Check
  • Medications
  • Group Counseling
  • Therapeutic Art
  • Recovery Education


  • Lunch
  • Vital Signs Check
  • Individual Counseling
  • Nutrition Education
  • Yoga


  • Dinner
  • AA Speaker Meeting
  • Free Time
  • Vital Signs Check
  • Sleep Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can’t I just detox on my own?

Detoxing without medication and monitoring can be dangerous, especially if you have been using alcohol or benzodiazepines. Some of these dangers can include seizures and even death. Even if you are not at risk, you may feel extremely sick or very uncomfortable, which significantly increase your risk of relapse and cause you to start drinking or using drugs again. It is often much safer and more comfortable to detox in a medical setting. Please do speak with an addiction treatment professional to determine what will be the best detox plan for you.

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Additional Resources:

Visit our drug glossary to learn more about which drugs would benefit from detoxing under professional medical supervision.

For helpful articles on the detox process, how detoxification affects the body, and how detox is different from rehab, visit our blog.

Mountainside Detox is available in Canaan, CT.


We work with most private insurance plans, including Aetna, Anthem, BlueCross BlueShield, Beacon Health Plans, Cigna, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, GEHA, Meritain Health, ValueOptions, and many others. To find out if you’re covered for addiction treatment at Mountainside, you can verify your insurance benefits by clicking below.

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