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What is Drug and Alcohol Detox
Medical detox is the process of a medically supervised withdrawal from drug or alcohol abuse. During this time, our clients are under the care of doctors, nurses, and therapists who provide constant care and support. There is a high risk of relapse during detox when a person tries to do so in an unsupervised environment because of the discomfort and anxiety a person may feel. Our goal at The Florida House Experience is to make the detox process as comfortable and safe as possible so that the client does not feel the need to pick up their drug of choice or drink.
The symptoms of drug and alcohol withdrawal can range from mild to severe, depending on a number of factors such as the substance used, the length of time used, and underlying medical conditions. At Florida House, we do a thorough evaluation of each patient before they begin their detox to eliminate or treat underlying issues as necessary. We believe that complete care is necessary to achieve sobriety, meaning that everything that impacts a person’s life physically or emotionally needs to be addressed during treatment.
Based on the person’s addiction, the type of drug they used, length and severity of addiction, our doctors will prescribe an appropriate course of medication to ensure well-being, comfort, and safety during the acute withdrawal period. This period usually lasts from just a few days to a little over a week, with some withdrawal symptoms lasting for weeks or months after a person stops using drugs or drinking. The medication we use during this time is closely supervised, with doses given out by a nurse to ensure that the client is taking the correct amount when they need to. We use medication that is intended only to last through the duration of acute withdrawal, during which we slowly taper down until regular maintenance medication is the only thing left the patient is taking.
Do I Need Drug and Alcohol Detox?
Those who have been addicted to drugs and alcohol for a prolonged period of time may experience withdrawal symptoms and medical complications during the process, especially if they attempt to detox suddenly and alone. There is also a high risk for failure when individuals don’t have the support and medical supervision needed during this difficult period. Withdrawal symptoms vary, but usually increase in severity the longer the individual has been addicted to the substance.
Usually, detox from drugs is not life-threatening, but it does become so when underlying medical issues or mood disorders are present. Our doctors work to identify these and treat them as soon as a person becomes our client. Surprisingly, alcohol detox is one of the few that is proven to be life threatening. People who attempt alcohol withdrawal on their own can develop Delirium Tremens, commonly known as DTs. This life-threatening condition can cause a person to hallucinate, have intense psychosis, and have seizures. The only way to prevent this is to have a medically supervised detox where doctors can take steps to ensure that none of those symptoms happen to you.
Common symptoms of acute withdrawal can include, but are not limited to:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Muscle pain
- Heart attack
- Suicidal thoughts
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What is detox?
Detoxing from drugs or alcohol is the process of your body getting rid of the chemicals in it. When a person regularly ingests drugs or alcohol, their body becomes accustomed to having that substance present in the blood stream, brain, and other organs. For this reason, your body may react negatively when the drugs or alcohol are suddenly removed. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. This is a normal part recovery and this process should be followed by treatment for addiction.
What is the detox process going to be like?
During detox, you will be given medication to assist with symptoms and make you as comfortable as possible. You will be invited to participate in some activities like individual and group therapy, but we keep the schedule light so that you can allow your body to rest as much as necessary. You will initially meet with your doctor and therapist to assess your status, and a treatment plan will be developed according to your current condition.
How long is the detox process?
Acute detox usually lasts for approximately one week. However, depending on what drug or alcohol was taken and for how long, this time frame may vary. Post acute withdrawal can last for months to a year after getting sober, but these symptoms usually aren’t nearly as severe and are more manageable. It is expected that in a weeks time, clients will be able to move out of detox and into treatment.
Will I be given medication during detox?
We prescribe appropriate medication as necessary to ease the symptoms and anxiety of detox and treat underlying medical conditions that have been diagnosed. The medication we use is non-habit forming and safe. We work with each client to wean them off of the medication once the acute withdrawal period is complete. All medication is administered by a nurse to ensure that patients are taking the appropriate dose when they should be. Medications we use include anti-anxiety medications, sleep aids, medication to help with physical discomfort like upset stomach and headache, anti-seizure medication, and antidepressants.
Is medical detox safe?
Medical detox in a supervised setting is the best way to detox from drug or alcohol use. We make our client’s safety a priority by doing a complete medical and psychiatric evaluation as soon as a client comes through our doors. Based on these evaluations and the individual’s addiction history, we determine exactly how to approach their detox based on their specific needs. Our specially trained staff makes sure that each individual’s detox is built around their specific needs for a quick, painless, comfortable, and safe process.
What happens after detox?
After detox, clients transition into our treatment program where they will partake in group and individual therapy, and various other programs designed to help them learn how to live a productive and healthy life free of drugs or alcohol. Our program lasts at least 30 days and can be for as long as 90 days or more, depending on the person’s needs. During treatment, our clients continue to get care from our staff of doctors, therapists, and clinicians in a less intense setting than detox. Medical issues will continue to be addressed, and treatment will be modified as needed as time progresses and the client moves through our program.