“More than 67,300 Americans died from drug-involved overdose in 2018, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse

What is Detox

Detox is referred to as the phase of recovery when the body flushes out the toxic substances that have resulted in physical dependence. Detox is the highest level of medical care and the first hours and days when a person’s body rids itself of toxic substances.  According to ASAM criteria, this phase of treatment requires 24-hour nursing care with physician visits as needed.  This level of care can also be understood as “Medically Monitored Inpatient Withdrawl Management.”

This period can be very vulnerable for the patient because acute withdrawal from drugs and alcohol may be fatal. Beachway carefully monitors each patient on an individual basis and may provide a drug taper to detox the body safely while easing uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.  This stage of recovery can last anywhere from a few days to weeks.  There may be cravings, body aches, irritability, insomnia, nausea, increased sleeping, and other physical side effects.

Detoxification is most successful under the supervision of medical staff and clinicians who can oversee the process and provide motivational strategies in a 24 hour structured setting.

How Drug & Alcohol Detox Works

The first step in any detox protocol is the evaluation and assessment step.  Medical providers will gather a patient’s drug and alcohol use history.  Together with a patient’s reported symptoms, this information will inform a detox plan, or withdrawal management plan, for each patient.  Within a withdrawal management plan, a physician may provide patients with medications when medically appropriate.  An addiction specialist physician may use evidence-supported approaches to select pharmacological agents, dosages, and routes of administration.

While the healing and recovery process is a life-long journey, detox is a much shorter time period of – on average, 3 to 7 days. Not every patient needs to go through a detox protocol; this step occurs only when a patient’s severity of symptoms deem it medically necessary. The focus is to safely taper off drugs while an experienced medical team monitors the patient.

Not all drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms are fatal, but detox can still be very uncomfortable. Our job is to make sure the detox process is managed in the most beneficial way to the patient. We will address all concerns transparently to offer the best support and guidance required to make the detox process a success.

Medical Necessity & Inpatient Detox

For some people the decision to detox at home unsupervised can be dangerous, to make this decision it is advised that an individual consult with their doctor or another medical professional.  When a person has been a chronic user of drugs or alcohol for a long time, they may be at higher risk of complications during detox.

Risk Factors

For people with extreme alcohol use disorder, the withdrawal symptoms can be fatal. Delirium Tremens refers to seizures and hallucinations that a person may experience during acute alcohol withdrawal.

When detoxing from Benzodiazepines, a class of prescription drugs, people may experience extreme withdrawal symptoms.  When a person is detoxing from a combination of alcohol and benzodiazepines the detox can be life-threatening if not supervised by a medical professional.

Examples of Benzodiazepines

  • Valium
  • Xanax
  • Klonopin
  • Ativan

More About Detox

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “The clinician should ensure that a treatment plan is developed cooperatively with the person seeking treatment, that the plan is followed, and that treatment expectations are clearly understood. Medical, psychiatric, and social services should also be available.”

Withdrawl Symptoms

  • Fatigue/Apathy
  • Depression
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Drowsiness
  • Intense sweating
  • Mood Swings
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Bodily Aches & Pains

Rapid Detox

Rapid Detox is the process of using anesthesia to sedate the body while medications are used to flush the body of any toxins.  This process is designed to speed up the detox process while also eliminating any painful withdrawal side effects.  This process can be dangerous, and there may be other unintended side effects and risks associated with rapid detox.  Some studies, like this one from the National Institute on Drug Abuse,  have found that the withdrawal symptoms are just as severe as for those who undergo more traditional detox.  For this reason, Beachway Therapy Center does not offer or recommend rapid detox.  

After Detox

Besides safety and comfort, another benefit of inpatient medically supervised detox is effectiveness.  Detox is considered the first step towards recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.  Detox alone will not address the various psychological and behavioral issues associated with addiction.  It is recommended that another extended treatment program immediately follows the detox phase.

Some examples of treatment recommendations are:

  • Inpatient Residential
  • Outpatient
  • Group Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • 12 Step Program/Peer Support Group

Raising Standards for Rehabilitation

Beachway is a unique Florida Treatment Center. That’s because we’re focused on providing the highest standard of substance abuse treatment. Our commitment to delivering quality and meeting rigorous standards is acknowledged by a Joint Commission independent review.

beachway is A rated with bbb    best rehab in florida with joint commission accreditation    best rehab center on consumer affairs          beachway is a member of the national association of addiction treatment providers


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