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Detox from Drugs & Alcohol in Comfort at Malvern Institute

Fear of withdrawal keeps many people locked in the vicious cycle of active addiction. It’s sad but true. Many addicts want to stop, but simply don’t know how to deal with the physical withdrawal caused by drugs like heroin, prescription painkillers, benzos, and alcohol.

That’s where Malvern enters the picture. We offer Pennsylvania’s most effective medically monitored and comfortable drug and alcohol detox.

In other words, you don’t have to detox from alcohol or drugs alone! We’re here to help you through the hardest part of starting your new life! And that’s ultimately what the detox portion of our award-winning treatment program promises – the beginning of a new life.


All of our programs – from alcohol and heroin detox to benzo and painkiller detox – are staffed around the clock by nurses and clinical assistants.

  • In addition to 24/7 medical support, we offer 82 hours of psychiatric care per week during detox.
  • We use an evidence based and medically monitored drug taper to detox our patients in comfort.
  • Our taper lasts an average of 8 days. Not only does this ensure comfort, but it equips our patients to enter residential treatment free of all cravings.
  • Our patients receive their primary counselor while in detox and can start meeting with them immediately. They also have the option of attending as many residential treatment groups as they’d like.

You’re not going to find an 8-day taper, 82 weekly hours of psychiatric care, and residential treatment groups at other PA drug and alcohol detoxes. More importantly – you’re not going to find Malvern’s compassionate and individualized approach at other detoxes.

We’ve been helping men and women withdrawal safely from alcohol and drugs since 1948. We’re the unrivaled experts at all things detox and substance abuse treatment. This is true for the greater Philadelphia area and for the entire country.

If you have any questions about detoxing at Malvern, call us now at 610-647-0330.


Our Medically Monitored Alcohol Detox

Alcohol is one of the hardest chemicals to detox from. Despite its popularity and seeming safety, alcohol withdrawal is a potentially fatal condition.

The chemical responsible for alcohol’s psychoactive effect is the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid, more commonly called GABA. Without going into a complicated and overly scientific explanation, GABA is the chemical that keeps us calm and relaxed.

When someone drinks to the point of physical dependence, their brain stops producing GABA. This depletion causes panic to set in once alcohol is removed and explains the restlessness, raised blood pressure, quickened heartbeat, paranoia, and various other symptoms associated with alcohol detox.


There are a number of less common, but significantly more dangerous, alcohol withdrawal symptoms. These include dehydration, delirium tremens (the DTs), and seizures. To avoid these, a medically monitored detox is recommended.

And that’s where Malvern’s extended taper becomes vital to the recovery process. Not only do we offer a medically monitored, fully staffed, and individualized alcohol detox – we make sure our patients are 100% well and ready to move on to inpatient before they complete the detox phase.

This extended taper, which lasts an average of 8 days, drastically increases our patients’ success rates. Not only are they less likely to leave against clinical advice, but they’re also prepared for the life-long process that is recovery.


Pennsylvania’s Best Heroin Detox


Calling ourselves Pennsylvania’s best heroin detox isn’t hyperbole. It isn’t bragging and it isn’t exaggeration – it’s the simple truth.

Malvern Institute offers the most comprehensive and clinically driven opioid detox in Philadelphia and the state. We’ve also gained national prominence for our unique and inclusive approach to helping those physically addicted to heroin and painkillers.

Our clinical approach includes pairing patients with a primary counselor while they’re still in detox, encouraging them to attend residential addiction treatment classes, and offering specialty groups like EMDR, trauma group, and more.


We offer detox programs for the following opioids:

  • Heroin
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco, Hysingla)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Roxicodone)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Tramadol (Ultram)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana, Numorphan)
  • Morphine
  • Fentanyl (Duragesic, Actiq)
  • Methadone
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex)
  • & others

Much like with alcohol, we employ an extended taper for all opioid detoxes. Not only does this ease the burden of withdrawal, but it helps our patients build a foundation for life-long recovery. We weren’t joking when we said our heroin and painkiller detox programs were comprehensive!




Our Comfortable Benzo Detox


Detoxing from benzos isn’t a fun experience. These pills mimic alcohol in many respects, including in how they physically affect the body.

This means that, like alcohol withdrawal, benzo detox is a potentially fatal condition. Withdrawal symptoms include restlessness, paranoia, agitation, and seizures. Treating these symptoms demands not only the highest quality medical care, but expert clinical staff and a safe environment as well.

That’s what Malvern offers – an unrivaled clinical detox from benzodiazepines.


Not only do we offer residential groups and primary therapy while still in detox, but our facilities are staffed 24/7 by medical professionals. Our psychiatrists are available 82 hours each week. Our extended taper provides comfort, relief, and a solid foundation for entering residential treatment.

Simply put – our benzo detox is unmatched in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

We offer detox programs for the following benzos:

  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • & others


Other Detoxes Offered at Malvern


We’ve only touched on the “big three” types of withdrawal so far: alcohol detox, opioid and heroin detox, and benzo detox. That’s because they’re three of the most physically addictive chemicals, but they’re far from the only commonly abused drugs.


With that in mind, we offer detox programs for the following substances:

  • Cocaine and crack
  • Meth
  • Synthetic drugs including bath salts (synthetic cathinones), spice (synthetic marijuana), and others
  • Prescription stimulants including amphetamine (Adderall, Vyvanse), methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta), and others
  • Marijuana
  • MDMA
  • & others

Regardless of what drug you or your loved one is abusing, a medically monitored detox is always recommended. Not only does this supervised detox ensure our patients’ safety and comfort, but it introduces them to the clinical continuum of care and helps them move towards sustained, permanent recovery.

For more information on our detox programs, don’t hesitate to call us now at 610-647-0330.