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Detox and Lasting Recovery
Roughly one in ten Americans over the age of 12 suffers from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. If you’re among them, you need to know that you’re not alone— and, that you can find lasting freedom from substance abuse. Whether you have tried to stop drinking without success or feel hopelessly dependent on prescription painkillers or an illicit drug, recovery is possible. At Beach House, we show you how, starting with the first essential ingredient of lifelong freedom from addiction: medical detox, which is professionally managed withdrawal from one or more drugs of abuse.
I arrived at Beach House broken and hopeless. The staff took care of me like I was one of their children, and nursed me back to health. – Hakeem
The Purpose of Detox – What to Expect from Our Florida Medical Detox Program
The purpose of Beach House’s drug and alcohol detox program is to provide clients with a safe, comfortable and complete withdrawal that will help clients transition to the next level of treatment— all within the peace, privacy and convenience of our self-contained, five-acre campus. Our brand-new, state-of-the-art Florida detox center is situated near miles of scenic beach preserve in the beautiful town of Juno Beach. We have made your health and safety our top priority during the COVID-19 outbreak. Our team has put CDC and WHO procedures in place to protect our clients from the spread of coronavirus. Beach House is also conveniently located near three major airports (Palm Beach International, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, and Miami International), close to leading area hospitals (Jupiter, JFK, and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center), and enjoys easy access to one of the nation’s leading recovery hubs (Palm Beach County).
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Here at our “home away from home,” clients in our drug and alcohol detox programs can convalesce in comfort as they receive 24/7, round-the-clock medical monitoring of their withdrawal symptoms by a team of warm, experienced professionals who are there to provide individualized, one-on-one care. Our clients thus have peace of mind knowing they are in good hands. We do everything in our power to prepare you for lasting recovery while protecting you from the novel coronavirus.
Here is what to expect from our drug and alcohol detox program:
- A thorough medical and clinical assessment upon admission
- A customized plan of care for your treatment needs
- 24/7 high-level medical supervision of withdrawal symptoms
- Renowned high safety standard, including one-on-one monitoring for clients who need it
- Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for cravings, if needed
- Dual Diagnosis Treatment for co-occurring mental disorders
- Detox and treatment conveniently administered at our brand-new, state-of-the-art facility in beautiful Juno Beach, Florida, located near miles of quiet beach preserve
- Compassionate and experienced addiction professionals who put your comfort first and care for you with dignity and respect
- Participation in 12-step recovery groups and other therapies as soon as you’re medically able
- Evidence-based clinical interventions
- 7:1 client-therapist ratio (well below industry standards at 11:1)
- The option of free legal help from a licensed attorney via our Court Liaison Program, providing peace of mind during the inpatient drug detox process so that you can focus on your recovery
- The option of free family therapy and support through our Family Program
The Beach House staff made me feel loved from the first time I spoke to them until the last day I was there. – Cody
Why a Medically Supervised Drug Detox Is Essential
Many people with a drug or alcohol problem wonder if they can detox on their own. The answer is “no.” Anyone who attempts to go “cold turkey” at home or taper off one or more substances risks serious, potentially fatal complications. Some withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures and hallucinations—risks that more commonly occur with alcohol and benzodiazepine medications, for example—can be frightening, life-threatening or both. Other symptoms can be incredibly uncomfortable. For example, in the absence of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) from an addiction psychiatrist, opiate cravings can often be so intense and uncomfortable that they soon provoke relapse. These are the biggest reasons why you shouldn’t detox from one or more drugs on your own.
In reality, the smartest, most secure option—for anyone hoping to safely and completely detox from an addictive substance—is a medically supervised detox. Bear in mind, though, that not every detox center in Florida or nationwide can be trusted to deliver high-quality substance abuse care. It can also be dangerous to attempt to detox at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Stages of Detox – What Detox Is Like
The length and stages of detox will depend on the drug of abuse, severity of the addiction and other individual medical factors. Typically, detox occurs over a period of up to seven days, during which time clients may experience the most acute symptoms of withdrawal, such as tremors, anxiety, insomnia, nausea or vomiting, body aches and headaches, sweats, auditory and visual disturbances, intense cravings and even seizures. Our medical team administers supplements and medications to alleviate symptoms, all the while monitoring clients’ vital signs for potential complications. After detox, and in some cases concurrently with detox, clients can then begin their plan of inpatient treatment.
Many withdrawal symptoms will recede by the end of detox. Others may continue or develop over the next weeks and months, as part of a phenomenon known as “post-acute withdrawal syndrome” (PAWS). Symptoms of PAWS can include:
- Drug or alcohol cravings
- Cognitive difficulties
- Irritability and hostility
- Feelings of anxiety or panic
- Depressed mood
- Relationship issues
- Obsessive-compulsive behaviors
- Low motivation, apathy or pessimism
- Sleep problems
- Heightened sensitivity to stress
We provide both comfort medications and scheduled tapers to minimize the discomfort and potentially serious complications of withdrawal. By undergoing medical detox, you increase your chances of achieving early remission and recovery, giving yourself the best chance of reaching your treatment goals. – Medical Director Dr. Meera Joseph, MD
Why Detox Should Be Paired with Treatment
PAWS is thus one reason why detox alone is not sufficient on its own to ensure lasting freedom from addiction. Clients need adequate time in inpatient treatment so that PAWS symptoms can be managed and evaluated for the presence of a co-occurring mental condition (or “dual diagnosis”) that may require additional medical and clinical intervention.
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Therefore, detox should always be paired with treatment (which immediately follows supervised withdrawal from one or more drugs). At Beach House, these treatments are available to all detox clients as soon as they have medical clearance to participate in the group and individual therapies that we offer through our inpatient drug and alcohol programs.
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The therapists and group facilitators did an amazing job in keeping me engaged while educating me on my disease and helping me process its emotional and behavioral components. The medical staff, especially nursing, made sure all of my medical needs were met on a daily basis. – Michelle
Relatedly, and more importantly, studies show that recovery success rates significantly increase the longer someone is engaged in a program of drug or alcohol treatment within a sober, drug-free environment. It’s also the case that risks of relapse are highest during the first month of recovery when cravings are strongest. 35 days of inpatient drug or alcohol rehab paired with detox is therefore the minimal length of treatment that we recommend to clients who may not be able to undertake a longer stay.
The first 28 days of recovery are a time when the client is experiencing acute withdrawal, followed by post-acute withdrawal syndrome. This is also the time when relationships are being established and re-established with their primary therapist and close loved ones. It is after the initial detox period that the underlying issues can be addressed that may have led to or worsened substance abuse and held the client back from achieving their recovery goals. – Medical Director Dr. Meera Joseph, MD
Why Choose Our Detox Programs?
Our drug and alcohol detox programs are characterized by a number of unique features that help to explain why our treatment outcomes consistently outperform the industry average— and, why so many clients choose Beach House over other detox centers in Florida and nationwide.
Medication-Assisted Treatment – We employ the latest medical advances in treating addiction. One of these is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). Research shows that short-term MATs for substances like alcohol and opiates can effectively relieve the intensity of cravings and reduce rates of relapse in early recovery.
An OTP-certified, On-Site Pharmacy – Unlike many providers, Beach House enjoys the designation of being an “OTP” or “Opioid Treatment Program,” which is the highest level of certification that an addiction treatment provider can attain, based on a strict accreditation process that requires the oversight and approval of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Our in-house pharmacy can therefore dispense all medications, from naltrexone to more highly regulated MATs, quickly, conveniently and right on site at our facility.
Our Track Record in the Community as a Trusted Florida Provider – Beach House is known locally for its high safety standards. Our medical staff can and do provide one-on-one, 24/7 medical monitoring to clients who need it. We also have strong working relationships with hospitals in the area, including Jupiter, JFK, and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, which regularly refer clients to us. Their close proximity also ensures that Beach House clients are guaranteed an extra layer of support and peace of mind in cases of medical emergency.
An unsupervised drug or alcohol detox can be medically dangerous. We have a well-rounded team of medical and psychiatric providers who are able to provide a multidisciplinary treatment program. Co-occurring medical conditions are closely monitored so that the patient can focus on the detox and recovery process while being assured that all aspects of their health are being managed. – Medical Director Dr. Meera Joseph, MD
Our Facility and Location – Our state-of-the art facility offers a full continuum of substance abuse care, all within the safety and convenience of one peaceful, self-contained campus in sunny Juno Beach, Florida.
Low Client-Therapist Ratio – One way that we strive to measure, cultivate and continually improve therapeutic alliance is by providing a very low client-therapist ratio. In contrast to other drug treatment providers in Florida and nationwide, Beach House offers a strikingly low client-therapist ratio— 7:1 as opposed to the industry average of 11:1. This ensures more personalized attention to treatment needs, even during group therapy sessions.
Therapeutic Alliance – We place a strong emphasis on “therapeutic alliance” (the degree of connection and rapport between a client and their therapist)—and strive to provide this to every client who comes through our doors. Research suggests that a strong therapeutic alliance may be the single biggest predictor of success in recovery.
I’ve personally witnessed what the research also shows: that a strong therapeutic alliance substantially improves clinical outcomes, by boosting client engagement and retention during treatment. – Chief Clinical Officer Anna Ciulla, LMHC, RD, LD
Frequently Asked Questions About Drug and Alcohol Detox at Beach House
Anyone considering detox and treatment for a drug or alcohol problem will naturally have questions about how to prepare for rehab and what to expect. In this section, you’ll find answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about detox. For more detailed, personalized information that addresses your specific needs, please don’t hesitate to call our dedicated counselors, who will be more than happy to assist you. They, uniquely, are on-site at our facility as your first point of contact with the Beach House family.
Here are some of the more commonly asked questions about detox at Beach House and how to prepare for rehab:
What items should I bring?
We encourage clients to pack lightly. For what to bring, please refer to this list of things to bring.
Can my family visit me while I’m in detox?
Detox is a vulnerable period in early recovery when it is not uncommon to experience a mixed bag of often intense physical and emotional symptoms that can raise the risks of relapse. During this phase of early recovery, clients need time and space away from their regular surroundings in order to rest, focus and prepare themselves for an intensive daily routine of group and individual therapies. Like the detox process, these treatments will require clients’ full availability and participation, so we strive to minimize outside distractions.
We therefore discourage family visits during detox. Through our Family Program, however, we give families the option of receiving weekly updates from their loved one’s primary therapist. We also give families the opportunity to visit with their loved one in a safe and supportive, therapeutic setting.
How much does detox cost?
Many insurance plans fully cover detox services, and most insurance providers offer at least partial coverage. Beach House accepts most private insurance plans. We also strive to make detox and treatment affordable for clients who do not have insurance, by offering flexible payment plans and budgeting consultations.