Medically Supervised Drug Detox
At Beach House, drug detox and treatment comprise a medically supervised, inpatient withdrawal from one or more drugs, followed by inpatient drug treatment. Both levels of care (detox and inpatient rehab) are essential to achieving freedom from drug addiction: detox addresses the physical symptoms of a chemical dependency, while inpatient treatment addresses the emotional and behavioral roots of the addiction, so that clients can discover healthy coping tools for preventing relapse and sustaining a lifetime free of addiction. At Beach House, recovery is holistic, healing the body, mind, and spirit through evidence-based addiction treatments.
Here is what to expect from our comfortable drug detox, including the unique features that set Beach House apart from other drug detox centers in Florida and nationwide:
- 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
- Up to 7-day, flexible drug detox program
- Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for drug cravings, depending on the drug
- 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 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.
Why a Medically Supervised Drug Detox Is Essential
Anyone with a drug use disorder who attempts to go “cold turkey” at home or taper off one or more substances on their own put themselves at risk of serious, potentially fatal complications. Some withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures and hallucinations—depending on the drug—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 quickly lead to relapse. These are the biggest reasons why you shouldn’t detox from one or more drugs on your own.
“The Beach House staff made me feel loved from the first time I spoke to them until the last day I was there.” – Cody
In reality, the smartest, most secure option—for anyone hoping to safely and completely detox from alcohol—is a medically supervised detox. Bear in mind, though, that not every alcohol detox center in Florida or nationwide can be trusted to deliver high-quality substance abuse care.
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What Is Drug Detox Like?
During a medically supervised detox at Beach House, clients live on campus in our new state-of-the-art rehab facility, which is located near miles of quiet beach preserve in the charming coastal town of Juno Beach, Florida. Here, within a warm and supportive, family-like environment, clients receive 24/7 monitoring of withdrawal symptoms by a team of caring medical professionals. Their priority is to ensure your safety and comfort throughout the detox process.
Depending on the severity of withdrawal, history of addiction and other factors, clients may remain in detox care for up to seven days. Meanwhile, they are encouraged to begin attending 12-step and other group therapies as soon as they are able. With the help of caring and experienced clinicians, they learn new life skills and therapeutic coping tools, develop systems of support, such as 12-step recovery groups, and discover the ingredients of a healthy recovery lifestyle, including the resources and opportunities that are available to them after rehab.
Why Detox and Treatment Are the Gold Standard of Care for a Drug Problem
Studies show that recovery success rates significantly increase the longer someone is engaged in a program of drug treatment. Risks of relapse are also highest during the first month of recovery when drug cravings are strongest. 35 days of inpatient drug 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.
There is evidence to support a minimum of 35 days in treatment as the gold standard for detox and achieving recovery. In general, 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 Michael Slifer, MD, PhD
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“Post-acute withdrawal syndrome” (PAWS)—a phenomenon that 75 percent of recovering drinkers reportedly experience to some degree—is another reason we strongly recommend at least 35 days of inpatient alcohol rehab as a general treatment protocol. Symptoms of PAWS can be serious and can include:
- Drug 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
In the absence of medical and clinical supervision within a safe and sober living environment, one or more of the above symptoms can trigger an alcohol relapse.
There is also the reality that a great majority of clients need medical supervision as they taper off one or more medications, such as naltrexone or buprenorphine, which may have been administered during detox in order to relieve drug cravings and ensure a safe, comfortable and complete taper off alcohol.
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Finally, a great many clients with substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental condition or “dual diagnosis” that typically requires a minimum of 35+ days of post-detox medical supervision to be effectively diagnosed and in turn treated.
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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 Michael Slifer, MD, PhD