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Drug Detox & Alcohol Detox in Florida

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Detox is the first step for people with the true desire to live an addiction free lifestyle.

Most drug and all alcohol addictions require a detox program before the start of the rehabilitation program. Detoxification, the process by which the body clears itself of drugs, is designed to manage the acute and potentially dangerous physiological effects of stopping alcohol or drug use.

When it comes to alcohol and drug detox, there seems to be a growing number of options: outpatient detox, inpatient detox, detox-at-home kits and going cold turkey. The reality of going cold turkey is that it rarely if ever works and it is a serious health risk depending on the stage of addiction and substance of abuse.

Detox from Drugs and Alcohol

Because detox is often accompanied by unpleasant and potentially fatal side effects stemming from withdrawal, detoxification is often managed with medications administered by a physician in an inpatient or outpatient setting; This is referred to as “medically managed withdrawal.” Medications are available to assist in the withdrawal from opioids, benzodiazepines, alcohol, nicotine, barbiturates, and other sedatives.

Depending on the severity of the dependence, the route suggested by most physicians is outpatient or inpatient detox that is supervised by licensed medical professionals that specialize in addiction medicine. These medical professionals help minimize the severity of withdrawal, educates those dependent on drugs or alcohol and gives them the best chance at successfully entering long-term rehab.

Detoxification alone does not address the psychological, social, and behavioral problems associated with addiction and therefore does not typically produce lasting behavioral changes necessary for recovery. Detoxification should thus be followed by a formal assessment and referral to a Florida drug addiction treatment center.

Roland Reeves, MD

Withdrawal

Withdrawals are often the number one reason people continue to use even when they desperately want to quit. This is especially true if you are dependent on alcohol, heroin, benzodiazepines or other prescription drugs. The severity of the alcohol or drug detox process varies from person to person, depending on the substance in question, how long they took the drug and at what dosage levels, and if there are any other addictions involved. When a person takes a drug or consumes alcohol regularly, the body becomes accustomed to having certain levels of the substance in it. Once the substance is removed, the body can go into a type of shock, causing withdrawal symptoms to occur. According to the US National Library of Medicine, some withdrawal symptoms can occur immediately, but most usually occur within 24 hours after the last dose.

Withdrawal symptoms include, but are not limited to:
  • Extreme depression
  • Issues with concentration
  • Decreased appetite
  • Severe fatigue
  • Agitation
  • Runny nose
  • Inability to sleep
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Troubled breathing
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension and pain
  • Seizure
  • Stroke
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart attack

Medical Detox

Medical detoxification safely manages the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal associated with stopping drug use. These medications are an important element of treatment for many patients, especially when combined with counseling and other behavioral therapies.

The type of treatment, including any medicinal assistance, received during alcohol or drug detox will depend on the specific type of addiction being treated. Prior to detox, patients should be assessed by professional medical personnel to determine what degree of medicinal assistance they may need during the detoxification part of rehabilitation. Certain addictions, such as those to cocaine and marijuana, may not require any medications during detox. In fact, certain addictions may not even require a detox process prior to the therapy portion of treatment. Other addictions, such as those to heroin, opiates and alcohol, often require medications to combat the severity of the withdrawal process.

How Medications Help with Addiction Treatment

Certain medications can mimic the effects of addictive drugs, relieving withdrawal symptoms and cravings. This makes it easier for recovering addicts to stay sober so the rehab treatment therapy can take root. Medications for addiction treatment may be prescribed as part of an inpatient or outpatient Florida rehab program.

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sw medical medical symbolDestin Recovery’s detox is performed through South Walton Medical Group led by Dr. Reeves occurring congruent with your treatment. It is here that you will get over the physical addiction to drugs and alcohol that may be plaguing you. We provide assistance with the symptoms as they occur and help you get the rest, relaxation and good nutrition you need to make it as comfortable as possible.

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