Beach House Center for Recovery offers medically supervised inpatient detox at our beautiful South Florida facility. Our compassionate and welcoming environment helps patients safely and comfortably recover from the debilitating effects of substance use disorder.

Our experienced, dedicated team of medical professionals specializing in addiction recovery design individualized programs for each patient based on their history of substance use and health status.

What is Medical Detox?

Medical detox at Beach House is an intervention that facilitates the removal of chemical substances from the body while managing the accompanying physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Medications are oftentimes administered to lessen the effects of withdrawal. The patient is continually monitored by 24-hour nursing staff to ensure the process is as safe and as comfortable as possible.

The physiological phenomenon resulting from continual misuse of alcohol or drugs is medically known as withdrawal syndrome. The body adapts to the presence of depressant or stimulant substances and reconfigures its neurological pathways. When the use of those depressant or stimulant substances is abruptly discontinued, the brain and body readapt to their absence, causing deeply uncomfortable, sometimes dangerous symptoms, depending upon the type of substance.

While not all withdrawal symptoms are the same, withdrawal from alcohol, opiates, and benzodiazepines often include the following complications:

  • Muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Disordered sleep
  • Tremors

Alcohol withdrawal, particularly after years of addiction, can be especially dangerous. One of the most serious complications from chronic alcohol misuse is delirium tremens.

What is delirium tremens?

Severe alcohol withdrawal can trigger a potentially deadly condition known as delirium tremens, also known as DTS or alcohol withdrawal delirium. This symptom is experienced by approximately 5% of patients undergoing detox from an alcohol dependency.

Delirium tremens is characterized by its extreme medical and psychological effects. While alcohol withdrawal causes significant physical and emotional discomfort, delirium tremens causes dramatic changes to the nervous system that can lead to extensive cognitive deterioration and cardiovascular failure.

Patients who have experienced delirium tremens in the past are at a greater risk of its onset if they return to alcohol use. Without proper medical detox and monitoring, delirium tremens has an anticipated mortality rate of approximately 37%.

What is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome?

Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) is the onset of symptoms that mimic those of anxiety and mood disorders. While the precise cause of PAWS hasn’t been definitively established, it is believed to result from long-lasting neurological changes from substance misuse and dependence. The symptoms can occur and recur throughout the recovery process, and can include the following:

  • Depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Mood fluctuations
  • Cognitive difficulty

Between 75% and 90% of patients undergoing medical detox for alcohol, opioids, or benzodiazepines will experience PAWS, which can recur months and even years after initial withdrawal and treatment. Without close monitoring, medical supervision, and continual support, PAWS symptoms can trigger a return to substance use.

Medical Detox Center for Alcohol and Drugs

Beach House Center for Recovery is among South Florida’s leading providers of inpatient addiction treatment services. Patients entering our medical detox center for alcohol or drug rehabilitation can expect the following:

  • Medical and clinical assessment upon admission
  • Personalized treatment plans
  • 24/7 high-level medical supervision
  • One-on-one monitoring for patients who need it
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), where appropriate
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment for co-occurring mental health issues
  • Experienced addiction treatment specialists and medical professionals on-call 24 hours per day
  • Access to 12-step recovery groups and a variety of therapies on an inpatient basis
  • Low patient-to-therapist ratio (7:1) that allows for dedicated, one-on-one care

While detox is an essential component of addiction treatment, it cannot be a standalone process; medical detox must be accompanied by inpatient treatment to be effective. Our holistic rehabilitation is designed to foster mental, physical, and personally-spiritual healing from addiction using research and evidence-based treatment protocols and programs.

The detox process differs from patient to patient depending upon the severity of the withdrawal symptoms, the length of the addiction or dependency, and other issues.

Comprehensive and Caring Medical Detox in South Florida

Beach House Center for Recovery offers in-depth programs for the treatment of substance use disorders. With experienced mental health clinicians, addiction specialists, and psychiatric providers, we uncover the most effective therapeutic interventions for our patients’ individual symptoms, goals, and patterns of use.

To learn more about our medical detox center, please contact our caring and helpful admissions counselors.