Drug detox, followed by residential addiction treatment, is the gold standard of effective substance abuse care, and at Beach House we strive to provide the highest quality of care in the nation. Our clients thus enjoy the unique comfort and convenience of not having to go to two different locations to receive these two critical recovery services. Here drug detox and residential addiction treatment belong to an all-inclusive, on-site recovery package in our idyllic, Florida beach setting, without the disruption of additional travel upon the completion of drug detox.
Up to 7-day Flexible Treatment Program
Our Drug Detox is available as a flexible up to 7-day Program. We also offer an up to 7-day Alcohol Detox Program. We strongly recommend for the best chance of success that our clients complete our 35 or 60+ day programs. However we understand that there are situations where that may not be possible. We will work with you to tailor a detox and treatment program that meets your needs.
Drug Detox and Common Drugs Requiring Detox
“Detoxification,” which is withdrawal from one or more drugs causing chemical dependency, is essential to finding freedom from a drug addiction. And withdrawal —whether from opiates, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cocaine or even marijuana —can be a medically risky process requiring oversight by licensed doctors and nurses. That’s because the physical symptoms can be hard to manage, and can pose serious and, in some instances, even life-threatening complications, depending on the drug and the severity of its abuse.
The most common kinds of drugs requiring detox and medical management of withdrawal symptoms include the following (but there are others, too):
Opiates (Heroin, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, Methadone, Suboxone, etc)
Opiates are drugs with analgesic, pain-relieving properties. They comprise both doctor-prescribed painkillers like morphine and street drugs like heroin. Nearly 2 million Americans live with a prescription opioid dependency, and every hour, two Americans die from a prescription opiate overdose, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
Frequently, an untreated dependency on opiate painkillers will develop into a full-blown heroin addiction. (Street heroin can often be easier and cheaper to procure than painkillers requiring a doctor prescription.)
In the case of opiates, early withdrawal symptoms include: agitation, anxiety, body aches, insomnia, sweating, and a runny nose; these symptoms often change, in late withdrawal, to diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting.
Stimulants (Adderall, Crystal meth, Cocaine, Amphetamines, etc)
Stimulants (sometimes called “uppers”) increase energy and alertness. These, too, run the gamut — from medications typically prescribed for conditions like Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), such as Adderall, to street drugs like crystal meth and cocaine. Common symptoms of withdrawal are depression, body aches and pains, agitation, sleep disturbances such as nightmares and insomnia, and fatigue.
Benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, etc)
Typically prescribed as anti-anxiety medications and for conditions like seizures and insomnia, benzodiazepines (or “benzos”) are tranquilizing drugs with highly addictive properties. Withdrawal can encompass a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms: sleep disturbance; irritability; elevated anxiety, including panic attacks; tremors; sweating; difficulties concentrating; dry heaves and nausea; weight loss; heart palpitations; and headaches and muscular pain.
This increasingly popular, recreational drug can be addictive and can often serve as a gateway to other more dangerous drugs. Among those who begin using marijuana at a young age, addiction rates are nearly 20 percent (almost roughly one in five young adults). The most common symptom of withdrawal from marijuana is insomnia, followed by depression, nightmares and vivid dreams, and anger and irritability.
Thankfully, the various symptoms and potential complications associated with withdrawal from one or more of the above drugs fall well within the expertise of our licensed medical team, including an on-site, addictions-certified psychiatrist. These experienced medical professionals are prepared to oversee your detox, whatever the drug(s)— whether or not it appears on the above list of commonly occurring dependencies.
The high level of medical care we provide in order to ensure that a client’s mental and physical withdrawal from whatever the substance is as safe and smooth as possible, means the length of the detox process can vary, depending on a client’s particular health profile and drug(s) of choice. Regardless of the time detox takes, our caring, attentive medical staff are available 24/7 to oversee each client’s safety and comfort.
The Drug Detox Process
At Beach House, clients can expect to undergo four basic steps in drug detox:
Step 1: On-site Admissions Assessment
Clients arriving here for the first time will receive a private assessment with one of our caring and knowledgeable intake specialists. This assessment consists of some questions and discussion to determine the appropriate level of care and treatment protocol for the client, as well as required paperwork to initiate treatment.
Step 2: Psychiatric Assessment
Next, an in-depth assessment administered by our on-site, addiction-certified psychiatrist will help us tailor detox and treatment to a client’s unique medical needs and health profile. This comprehensive physical and psychological evaluation will determine a client’s individualized plan of care from detox on.
Step 3: Tapering Regimen
Then tapering begins under the supervision of our on-site medical team. What this process looks like will depend on the drug(s) used, the severity of the addiction (how long a client has been using and the progression of the illness), and a client’s unique medical profile (whether a client has high tolerance levels or another co-occurring mental disorder, for example).
With cocaine, for instance, there is no real tapering regimen per say, but prescribed medications can help make clients feel more comfortable and alleviate symptoms like anxiety and insomnia. Antidepressants for depression (another common symptom of stimulant withdrawal) can also be introduced.
During this stage of detox, in fact, it’s not uncommon for clients to be prescribed medications to help them tolerate various withdrawal symptoms. In the case of withdrawal from heroin, for example, our doctor may prescribe a medication like methadone, which can also be used for a longer term. Other meds, like buprenorphine, help to shorten the length of detox.
Step 4: Transition to Inpatient Drug Rehab
After a safe, medically supervised detox has cleansed the body of drug toxins, clients move into residential treatment. Here they embark on a daily clinical regimen, seven days a week, that’s shaped by our signature pledge: “People. Purpose. Passion.” Within the safe, supportive intimacy of our peer community, guided by therapists trained in evidence-based, best practices for treating addiction, clients connect with the right people and with their own purpose and passion — all towards lasting freedom from addiction. Learn more about our Inpatient Drug Rehab.