Drug Detox Florida

Using Medical Detoxification to Withdraw From Drugs or Alcohol

Medical detoxification is the usual first step when someone enters a drug treatment program. Drug Detox Florida Takes this process and helps addicts to safely withdraw from the substances with lesser side effects and under the care of medical professionals. There are multiple steps in the process, multiple reasons for medical detoxification instead of withdrawing cold turkey, and multiple medications used during detox.

  • There are three steps in the process.
    Evaluation – Before beginning, you are tested to see what substances are currently in your bloodstream, and you are evaluated for dual diagnosis, co-occurring disorders and mental/behavioral issues. It is important to form a comprehensive treatment plan instead of focusing on just one addiction.
  • Stabilization – This is where you are weaned from the drugs/alcohol in your body. Medical detoxification involves using medications to help with the process. Different medications are used to treat different addictions. Medications can help to lessen withdrawal symptoms and help your body to not shut down during withdrawal, but they do not take symptoms away completely.
  • Treatment – After all of the substances have left your body, you are ready to begin the actual recovery process. This process only deals with the physical dependency and addiction to drugs, it does not address the mental and physiological aspects of addiction. It is important to continue on with a comprehensive drug treatment program that will give you the necessary tools to have an effective recovery.


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Drug/alcohol abuse leads to real changes in certain areas of the brain–this is why quitting is so hard and relapse is so prevalent. It also affects virtually all systems in the body. A sudden withdrawal from drugs or alcohol can shock the body, causing systems to shut down and even death. This is why it is so important that detox is done under the care of medical professionals who can gradually step down the physical dependence that your body has on drugs/alcohol.

Withdrawal symptoms are no joke–they can last anywhere from hours to days to even weeks.
 OxyContin withdrawal includes: drug cravings, diarrhea, enlarged pupils, nausea, vomiting, body aches, and severe negative moods.
 Alcohol withdrawal includes: tremors, anxiety, increased heart rate, sweating, irritability, and confusion.
 Heroin withdrawal includes: restlessness, aches and pains, diarrhea, vomiting, and severe discomfort.

Every addiction is unique to the addict, meaning that treatment varies based on the severity of the disease and other factors. For those severely addicted, medical detox can be very effective and is usually necessary prior to rehabilitative care.
 Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can vary from irritability to shakiness to the inability to sleep. Benzodiazepines, such as Valium and Librium, have been proven to help reduce the effects of alcohol withdrawal since the 1960s. Depressive symptoms can increase during withdrawal, and because many alcoholics tend to suffer from depression, it is important to help lessen these side effects.
 Opiates, such as morphine, heroin, or OxyContin, have very difficult withdrawals because they can change brain chemistry. Methadone is the most commonly used medication for opiate addictions. While it doesn’t negate withdrawal symptoms, it can help. Suboxone and Naltrexone are also used, though Naltrexone is usually used afterwards to help prevent relapse.

Detoxification is not an effective treatment for drug addiction if used alone. The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends a treatment program that begins with detox and is followed up with behavioral therapy and relapse prevention. Studies have shown that the rate of relapse with no follow-up treatment is as high as 79%. Detox will get the drugs out of your system once, but they won’t get them out of your system forever unless you do a treatment program that gives you the tools to cope with life’s challenges without turning to drugs and alcohol.


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Florida Drug Detox

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North Palm Beach, FL 33408

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