Drug & Alcohol Detox

Many people make the mistake of viewing recovery as a task they must check off their to-do lists, but that’s not the right way to look at it. Instead, recovery is a journey by which an individual who suffers from a substance abuse problem is able to achieve sobriety while learning skills that will help him or her to maintain a lifestyle of lasting recovery. And for many individuals, that recovery journey begins with riding all the toxic substances from the body at a drug & alcohol detoxification program.

“Can’t I Just Stop?”: Why Detox is Needed

If the counseling offered as part of an addiction treatment program helps an individual to overcome the psychological aspects, detoxification address the physical or physiological aspects of the disease. Specifically, the detox services in South Florida offered by our partners provide individuals with an initial period during the recovery process to focus on overcoming the physical dependence on alcohol or drugs. It’s a crucial part of the treatment and recovery process for a number of reasons.

Medical detoxification is necessary; it serves as an initial primer for the remainder of the individual’s treatment process. If a patient were to simply skip the detoxification phase of recovery and go straight into clinical treatment, it’s quite likely that he or she would be experiencing or suffering from withdrawal symptoms and immediately leave treatment and seek comfort in their drug of choice. Although the severity of withdrawal symptoms can vary from one person to the next, the majority of individuals who are suffering from withdrawal would have extreme difficulty participating in treatment even if they stayed. With certain substances like alcohol and benzos posing potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms, detoxification is a must in order to effectively produce the best treatment outcome.

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How a Detox Program in South Florida Can Manage Your Withdrawal Symptoms

At Principles Recovery Center, we pride ourselves on offering a thorough, comprehensive drug treatment program, and if we don’t offer a service such as detoxification, we refer clients to the top detox programs throughout South Florida. When clients contact Principles Recovery about our treatment services we refer them to numerous detox programs in the area that utilize the latest in addiction medicine and offer a comfortable detoxification process. Many times clients ask us what to expect when they enter detox and we refer them to this guide.

The first phase of detoxification — beginning within a few hours of the last use and lasting for up to several days — is the most difficult and intense phase of treatment, but it’s also the phase in which patients have the greatest level of staff support and care. In most cases, patients attend an inpatient detoxification program with round the clock nursing and medical staff. Since clients will be given medication to ease the effects of withdrawal, it is important that you are monitored day and night.

It’s not easy to go from daily substance abuse to being completely alcohol and drug free. When people in active addiction go without their drug of choice, they experience withdrawal symptoms, so a major focus of this first phase of detoxification is alleviating or mitigating physical withdrawal as much as possible. As to the specific symptoms that patients may experience, the most common include:

  • Sweating
  • Excessive yawning
  • Watery eyes
  • General anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Runny nose
  • Stiff and/or achy muscles
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia

To varying levels, these symptoms can be relieved with medications including narcotics designed to aid in the withdrawal process, vitamins and supplements, sufficient sleep, and a healthy, balanced diet. In the event that patients experience more severe withdrawal symptoms — including but not limited to aggression, delirium tremens, self-injury, or symptoms of psychosis — the trained staff at an inpatient drug detox program can provide the appropriate care.

The ultimate goal of this phase of detox treatment is to stabilize the patient physically so that we can treat the psychological and spiritual components during the inpatient drug rehab phase of the program. In particular, it’s not uncommon for patients to experience powerful cravings for alcohol and drugs, so this second phase of detox provides staff support to help patients overcome these powerful cravings. Once they’ve subsided, the patients can embark on the remaining treatment process and begin to heal in recovery.

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What to Expect at a Detox Center in South Florida

There’s no form of addiction treatment that’s right or ideal for every patient. Instead, it’s important for individuals to receive the treatments that best correspond to their needs and preferences. For instance, not all substances require detoxification. In particular, cocaine, crystal meth, and marijuana all have no real physical withdrawal symptoms so people abusing those substances may not need detoxification or may only need a day or two to be medically cleared for treatment. Substances like heroin, opioid painkillers, benzodiazepines, and alcohol all display more severe withdrawal symptoms so detoxification is not only needed but a necessity in some cases.

Besides the substance of addiction, there are a number of other factors that will determine whether detoxification treatment is necessary. One of the most important of these factors is the length of time spent in active addiction; individuals who have only been addicted to a mind-altering substance for a brief period of time can often go straight into the treatment phase of recovery while those who have suffered from addiction for an extended period of time — years or perhaps even a decade or more — would benefit from an initial period of detoxification.

Another factor that should be considered is an individual’s background in substance abuse. In particular, if there have been previous attempts at sobriety or if the individual had suffered from addiction at an earlier point in his or her life and relapsed, completing detoxification prior to treatment can serve as a primer for lifelong recovery. In other words, the patient would be in a much better position and more receptive to the treatment program if he or she had completed detoxification before beginning treatment.

The length of time in detox depends on a number of factors including length of addiction, types of drugs used, and the existence of physical or mental disorders. Our goal is to ensure you are placed in the most comfortable environment based on your specific circumstances, and that you are provided the adequate amount of time necessary to minimize withdrawal symptoms. We feel this is an extremely important factor prior to starting treatment. Certain substances have specific protocols that are recommended, but many times detoxification is based on your personal situation.

Many of the detox programs that Principles Recovery Center works with offer a luxurious or comfortable residential setting that allows you to relax and rest so that your body can safely quit drugs and alcohol. You can expect access to television, serene settings, snacks and nutritional food, and top-notch staff who provide 24/7 supervision to ensure you safely complete detox.

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Principles Recovery Center recommends the top detox programs from Miami to Fort Lauderdale, to ensure the first step of your recovery is well taken care of. The facilities work closely with us to ensure our clients are monitored 24/7 and are properly detoxed off their substances of abuse prior to entering treatment at our facility.

It’s important to note that detox alone will not solve addiction. Principles Recovery Center will provide the best care post-detox to ensure the underlying issues are addressed and that long-lasting recovery can be achieved. For information on how to seek detox and treatment please call us at (855) 744-1056.