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What is Rapid Detox?

Rapid detox is a controversial procedure that promises to get a client through the withdrawal process in as little as a day. It’s not medically endorsed. It makes no scientific sense. It makes no common sense, either. It’s little more than a medical gimmick. Moreover, it’s inherently dangerous.

The process makes use of sedation, anesthesia and a drug called naltrexone. While you are getting the naltrexone, you will be heavily sedated and unaware. Naltrexone is a drug normally used to help recovering opioid addicts stay clean. However, when used for that purpose, it’s given only after the person has completely detoxed from all opioid use.

Naltrexone has the ability to occupy the brain’s opioid receptor sites, but not to activate them. Only one molecule can occupy a receptor site at a time. Naltrexone is able to knock any existing opioid molecule off a receptor. Then it occupies it.

Any circulating opioid molecules cannot attach to any receptors while the naltrexone is there. This is because naltrexone has a higher affinity, or preference, for the brain’s opioid receptors. Naltrexone receptor site occupation will result in a state of instant, full-blown withdrawal for any person addicted to opioids. This is the reason behind the rapid detox sedation. A similar substance, Narcan, or naloxone, is used to rescue victims of acute opioid overdose from death.

After the rapid detox procedure is completed, you are supposed to wake up feeling fine. Again, this is nonsense.

The so-called rapid detox technique has been discontinued by many centers who used to perform it. Some dangers include:

  • Paranoia
  • Heart attack
  • Infection
  • Nausea
  • Very high fever
  • Drug reactions
  • Vomiting
  • Aspiration

Rapid Detox Isn’t Considered Safe

Aspiration occurs when an unconscious person vomits and draws stomach contents into their lungs. This is why you must always refrain from eating for a period of time before a surgical procedure. However, even this isn’t a guarantee that aspiration won’t occur. Even on a so-called empty stomach, it’s still possible to aspirate stomach acids and swallowed saliva into the lungs. Sedation and anesthesia should never be given for frivolous reasons or outside of a surgical setting. Rapid detox is risky. Vomiting is a very common symptom of opioid withdrawal.

Anyone who has experienced withdrawal and gone through the process already knows that rapid detox won’t work. It takes time for the body to recover from a physical drug dependency. Opioid rapid detox claims that naltrexone cleans the brain’s receptors of all opioids. This is true, but so what? This fact does little to address the withdrawal process as a whole. It also does nothing to correct the brain’s altered brain chemistry. The brain will eventually ramp up its own correct production of critical brain chemicals, such as dopamine and endorphins. But it takes time. Lots and lots of time. It can’t be done in a few days, no matter what rapid-detox advocates say.

Even without naltrexone, a withdrawing addict’s brain receptors will be clean of opioids early on in the withdrawal process. The body metabolizes them out within a day or two. In fact, that’s when withdrawal symptoms start to intensify. It’s obvious that clean receptor sites have little to do with a comfortable withdrawal process. Rapid detox sedates the patient during the naltrexone cleaning process, but this makes no sense, either. The patient may be comfortable while they are sedated, but when they wake up, they will feel the full wrath of withdrawal. What’s the point?

Rapid Detox and Relapse

Another problem with rapid detox is that it fails to address the underlying problems that led to the addiction in the first place. The very idea that you can deal with a problem as complex as drug detox in a day or two is fundamentally flawed. It’s downright ludicrous. Even if rapid detox were safe and effective, which it isn’t, it would still be useless. What good does it do to stop a drug if you’re just going to take it up again because you’ve been given no tools to help you stay clean?

That’s not even taking into account the physical process of drug withdrawal. It simply cannot be done in a period of time measured in days. The body can’t heal that fast. It’s especially true for those who have been taking their drug of choice for years or decades. It’s similar to weight loss. No one gains large amounts of weight overnight. It took time to gain the weight. It will take time to lose it, especially if you want to keep it off. Drug dependency is like that. It took time for your brain and body to become changed by your drug use. It’s not reasonable to think that you’re going to just feel normal again right away. Patience is key.

A drug detox and rehab plan must include intensive therapy and counseling in order to have any hope of success. Even some of the best rehab centers in the country still have significant relapse rates in the long run. What good could a day or two of rapid detox possibly do? The whole idea of rapid detox is ludicrous. The only people benefiting from it are the so-called medical professionals collecting the fees for the procedure. Rapid detox can be ridiculously expensive.

Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Available

If you want to stop using drugs, there are many effective ways to do so. There is a wide variety of treatment choices available. If your addiction is in its early stages, you can consider outpatient treatment. This is much less expensive than inpatient treatment and also allows you to continue with your daily life and routine. If your addiction is more severe, inpatient rehab is probably your best choice. Again, you have lots of choices. Some facilities are co-ed; others are not. Perhaps you’d rather not be distracted by the opposite sex while you’re in rehab. Some use the 12-step program; others use other methods.

Ask for Help

You can call us 24 hours a day. We are here to help you find the best resources and facilities for your needs. Just call us at 866-802-6848. We will be happy to answer all your questions and help you find the best detox, inpatient or outpatient center for you.

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How Does Outpatient Detox Work?

For people who lead demanding lives but also struggle with the cessation of their drug or alcohol usage, inpatient treatment is not always be the answer. In these particular types of situations, outpatient detox may be the most ideal solution.

When a person undergoes outpatient detox, he/she visits a facility during regular hours for detox treatment and leaves at the end of the day. Outpatient detox is probably the least invasive method of treatment for issues with alcohol and drug abuse, and it is a solid solution for people who cannot afford to completely change their lives for rehabilitation.

What to Expect in Outpatient Detox

When you decide to engage in an outpatient detox program, a couple of different things will initially happen. First, the medical staff involved in your course of treatment will create an effective, personalized plan that focuses on your needs and personal situation. Second, the chosen course of treatment will heavily depend on a number of factors that are specific to you and your needs. Likewise, these factors will be used to determine if you are a suitable candidate for outpatient detox. Some of the factors include:

  • The substance you’re struggling to stop using
  • How long you’ve been addicted to the substance, and the addiction’s severity
  • The state of your physical and mental health
  • Your gender
  • Your age
  • Your familial, friendly, and romantic relationships

If medical personnel determines that your personal life could support outpatient detox, it is likely that it will be recommended as a treatment option to you. (Note: Your personal life is considered suitable for outpatient detox is you generally have reliable transportation, a stable housing situation, and a network of strong supporters in your social circle.)

How Does Treatment Work for Each Type of Drug?

Detox is not an easygoing process, and there are going to be points throughout it that you will likely find difficult or challenging. However, it’s important to keep the end goal in mind as you navigate the process of outpatient detox: your recovery.

It might help to look at it another way, such as envisioning a happy, more focused and stable version of yourself that does not depend on drugs to function. This is the essentially the goal you should work toward as you progress through treatment.

You will experience withdrawal symptoms while in recovery, but the effects will be heavily mitigated and lessened with the help of medical staff. Depending on your usage habits, these are the withdrawal symptoms that could be experienced to some degree as you rid your body of alcohol and drug-related toxins:

Alcohol: There is a chance while in treatment that you will become nauseous, and help will be administered to curb these effects, along with copious amounts of fluid. If symptoms become severe enough, you will likely be given medication to assist with the discomfort associated with withdrawal. Along with nausea and discomfort, you might also experience the following symptoms in the beginning of your outpatient detox treatment plan: anxiety, tremors, shakiness, increased blood pressure and heart rate, change in sleep pattern, and dehydration.

Benzodiazepines: Treatment for this benzos tends to be slower in pace, as it requires a gradual, steady weaning from the substance. In some cases, alternative drugs might be administered to aid in the weaning process including chlordiazepoxide or diazepam. Utilizing a different drug in place of the usual one serves the purpose of enabling the weaning process and reducing the impact of withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, these symptoms might include aches and pains in the muscles, grogginess in memory and focus, irritability, anxiety, inability to sleep or rest, and changes in sleep pattern

Opioids: When it comes to opioids, patients are assessed on a regular basis using the SOWS (Short Opioid Withdrawal Scale) to ensure symptoms are properly controlled. Drugs such as methadone and buprenorphine are used to mitigate opioid withdrawal symptoms which are likely to include excessive sweating, watery eyes, diarrhea, cramping and discomfort in the muscles, anxiety, vomiting and nausea, changes in sleep pattern, and cold/hot flashes.

Stimulants: When patients slowly come off of stimulants, they are extremely susceptible to developing anxiety and depression or other illnesses. Therefore, medical staff closely monitors them for signs of their onset. Particularly, staff will make sure that your water intake is ideal, and that you are taking adequate amounts of B and C vitamins. Symptoms that might be experienced include irritability, pain and discomfort in the muscles, changes in sleep pattern, and changes in appetite.

What Will Outpatient Detox Be Like for You?

As you progress through outpatient detox, you will experience three integral phases in the process. These are evaluation, stabilization, and preparing for your new life beyond recovery, or preparing for further treatment.

Evaluation

Once you agree to enter outpatient detox treatment, you will be given a thorough examination that will be used to determine the current type and amount of drugs in your body, as well as what type of care is necessary.

Stabilization

Stabilization is a large chunk of the detox process, and depending on your personal situation, it can take anywhere from a few days to multiple weeks. Help and medication will be administered during this process to make your withdrawal symptoms much more manageable. Any drugs administered to help your detox treatment will later be gradually tapered back off at the end of treatment.

After Detox

If you feel confident in your ability to maintain your sobriety and resume a life without drugs or alcohol, treatment will officially end once outpatient detox is over. However, it’s highly possible that you will require further guidance even beyond initial phase of detox. For many people, the next step in the journey towards recovery is inpatient or outpatient treatment.

When outpatient detox is drawing to a close, medical personnel will help you better understand your options following detox. With these suggestions in mind, you can weigh out each of the possibilities and potential benefits with a medical professional before making an informed choice.

If you’re ready to find out how treatment can dramatically reshape your life, contact us today. It’s never too late regain control over your life and future. Call 866-802-6848

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Looking Into Alcohol Detox After Getting Your First DUI

Alcoholism is a condition that can sneak up on you if you aren’t careful. It often progresses from social drinking to drinking to numb pain. In time, you become addicted to alcohol. You get drunk and then you say and do things that harm other people.

If you just received your first DUI, you are aware of the fact that your drinking habit can pose a threat to the general public. The question for you now is: will you continue down the path to alcoholism or will you get on the path to recovery and relief?

You Know You’re Becoming an Alcoholic if…

As a disease that can easily sneak up on you, alcoholism isn’t just something that happens to others. You’ve got your first DUI now. Do you know whether or not you are still in control of your drinking?

To answer that question, you need to take hard look at the following list and make an honest self-assessment.

• It takes more alcohol to get a buzz than it used to take, making you drink too much
• You experience problems at work that you did not have before you started to drink
• You do and say things that you don’t remember – things that cause family and friends to tell you that they don’t feel safe around you anymore
• You feel sick, shaky, sweaty, itchy, anxious, and/or irritable whenever you try to stop drinking and you find it hard to not drink when you are in social situations

How did you do? You’re already on the alcoholic path if you can relate to just one of them. If you have more of those problems, you are definitely an alcoholic.

Depressant Detoxification

Alcohol is just one of several substances that fall into the depressant category, with the others being marijuana, Lorazepam, Ketamine, GHB, and Xanax.

Key take-aways about the depressant category:

• You can overdose on any one of them
• Combining a depressant with another drug makes the other drug exponentially more effective, which may kill you through overdose
• Depressants, though dangerous, are highly available

What exactly does “depressant” mean? It means that the substance affects the central nervous system, making you drowsy and causing you to lack your motor skills and general coordination. You can also have respiration problems too. A depression of your central nervous system can make you a danger to both yourself and to others.

You can overdose on just a depressant without combining it with another drug. For instance, too much depression of your respiratory system through getting really drunk can cause you to stop breathing.

These slowdowns to your system are bad enough, but the real danger actually comes if you combine one of the depressants with other drugs in an attempt to increase the effect of the other drug. The effect of combining drugs is harder to judge than when not combining. The other drug becomes exponentially more effective, as desired, but it can easily also result in an accidental overdose.

Opiates, in particular, may tempt a person to try to increase their effectiveness because of their ability to relieve pain. Like alcohol, opiates are addictive and lose their effectiveness over time. Combining the two may sound like the solution to a pain problem, but combining the two drugs may offer the undesired, permanent pain solution of death.

It is very important, therefore, to not combine drugs or overdose on depressants.

The Advantages of Using a Detox Center

A detox center can offer you:

• Medically safe detoxification
• Minimal withdrawal symptom discomfort
• Education about depressants
• Support

If you have tried (and failed) to stop drinking, you already realize that you have a drinking problem that needs your attention. However, you will likely continue to fail if you don’t get professional assistance because alcohol is addictive and the withdrawal symptoms are too much for most people to endure.

Even if you do manage to abruptly stop drinking after a prolonged period of heavy drinking, you could give yourself some additional health complications or even inadvertently kill yourself.

Other alcoholics remain in total denial of the fact that they have a drinking problem. They lie to themselves and to others about being an alcoholic. Denial just prolongs an alcoholic’s suffering and intensifies the problems associated with alcoholism.

Whichever category you fall into, you need to look into getting into a detox program. Detox centers offer holistic therapies and treatments, medical care, and supervision in addition to counseling and medically-assisted detoxification. Millions of people have dried out at one of these facilities, so why not you?

On day one at a detox facility, you will be given a tour, you will meet the staff, and you will be given an overview of how the detox process works. A professional will ask you questions about your health so that your treatment can be tailored to safely rid your body of toxins. You can ask your questions too.

A counselor will be assigned to you. Your counselor will create your individual treatment plan according to the answers you gave to the medical person about your health. Your counselor will be your go-to person. After you and your counselor have finished talking for the day, you will be taken to your accommodations.

As you can rightly expect, you will likely start to experience some withdrawal symptoms during your treatment. Depending on your detoxification treatment plan, you may be given medication that will make you comfortable. Feelings of anxiety will also be normal as you detox, but your counselor will listen to your concerns and support you.

Take Action About Your Alcoholism

Hopefully, you now see your situation as it really is and you realize that you need to detoxify your body with help from detox professionals. Checking into a detox center is absolutely the smart and comfortable way to get yourself back on track! When you are ready to take action, call 866-802-6848. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day.

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What Happens To People During Blackouts From Alcohol?

When a person consumes alcohol, their brain goes through a number of changes as the BAC (blood alcohol content) level gradually rises. Once a person enough alcohol has been ingested, the risk of “blacking out” also starts to grow.

When a person officially blacks out from drinking too much alcohol, the brain will somewhat or entirely fail at creating long term memories. This can be incredibly dangerous because it can lead to destroyed friendships and relationships, assault on a physical or sexual level, injury, and even death.

What Happens to the Brain During a Blackout?

In simple terms, a significant amount of alcohol consumption can cause amnesia, or a loss of memory over a certain period of time. When a blackout occurs, a person is experiencing amnesia induced by alcohol, and during this time, their brain is incapable of forming memories that can be later remembered over a long term.

Once the individual regains their memory, usually by the next day, they will likely have no recollection of anything that occurred after a certain point while they were drinking. Sometimes, they might even wake up in places that are unfamiliar to them, or with people they don’t know or can’t remember.

When a person experiences a partial blackout, or when they can still recall fragments of a drunken episode, this is commonly referred to as a brownout.

Studies have shown time and time again that a person’s memory can be affected from even just a couple of alcoholic drinks. As the person consumes more alcohol, their memory is more severely compromised. Once a person reaches a BAC level of roughly 0.15%, they are at a heightened risk for experiencing a blackout. If this level reaches .20%, it is highly likely a blackout will occur. A number of factors can impact a person’s likelihood to black out including:

  • Weight
  • Sex
  • Level of food consumption prior to and during the alcohol consumption
  • Genetics
  • The speed at which the individual is drinking

What Happens Around a Person During a Blackout?

When a person blacks out from consuming too much alcohol, they may not later recall the things that occurred during that time. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the person was incapable of making decisions while they were blackout-drunk, either. Certain things might occur during a blackout episode including:

  • Arguments and fighting
  • Spending money
  • Experiencing sexual or physical assault
  • Having unprotected and/or unwanted sex
  • Damage to property
  • Injury
  • Death

Does Getting Blackout Drunk Make Me an Alcoholic?

There are plenty of researchers, scientists, and healthcare professionals who are firm believers that getting blackout drunk is a warning sign for dependency. While blacking out from drinking excessively is a theme that’s not too uncommon in college/party life, experiencing it repeatedly is enough to raise questions over what is happening at the molecular, physical, and mental level in the body.

Addiction is a very real and serious problem that often goes unnoticed until it has become extremely pronounced and complex. This is especially true in today’s society where alcohol is a common staple in practically every aspect of the western lifestyle. What might seem like a harmless weekend activity to you could actually be fueling a growing dependency that has the potential to eventually wreak havoc on all aspects of your life.

When It’s Time for Treatment

When you struggle with alcohol addiction, your life revolves around supporting the dependency and ensuring that it is sated at all times. As a result, your job, school life, relationships, and quality of life all suffer and fall by the wayside. At some points, it might even feel like you can barely hold your life together due to the addiction’s influence and power. The good news is that there is simply no addiction that is too powerful to be treated. There will always be hope and help waiting around the corner, should you choose to accept it.

Sometimes, it can even be a struggle for people to determine whether or not they are suffering from an addiction in the first place. As a rule of thumb, these are common signs of alcohol dependency:

  • Frequent blackouts or brownouts
  • Constantly having to “clean up” after mistakes made during a drunken episode
  • Agitation/anxiety from not having a drink for a certain period of time
  • Inability to quit drinking, even when it’s overly apparent you need to do so
  • A tolerance level that seems to get higher each time you drink
  • Avoiding situations that won’t involve alcohol
  • Problems at work due to drinking
  • Concerned family and friends who have spoken out about their concern

Seeking Help with Addiction

The idea of getting an alcohol addiction under control via “cold turkey” methods or alternative means seems enticing, especially in a society where independence is so heavily sought after and encouraged. However, as human beings, not everything can be effectively approached without guidance. There is no shame in requesting the help of others with something as complex as addiction.

The truth is that quitting alcohol suddenly can be an extremely dangerous health hazard for people who have strong alcohol dependencies. The withdrawal symptoms for alcohol can sometimes be so severe that nausea, heart palpitations, heightened blood pressure, hallucinations, and even seizures are possible. Simply put, an effort to stop drinking should only ever be made in a medical facility that offers a safe detox program.

If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of alcohol addiction, the only answer is to seek treatment. Once a person enters an official program for treatment and therapy, only then can the process toward true recovery actually begin.

Don’t let addiction maintain control over your life for another string of weeks, months, or even years. Regain control over your life by choosing recovery. Contact us at Coastal Detox by calling 866-802-6848

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I Need A Detox Program, But I Can’t Afford To Miss Work

Struggling with addiction as a working adult can make getting into recovery even more challenging. You have to worry about keeping your job and being able to financially support for yourself and/or your family. Know that you are not alone in your conundrum. Approximately 77 percent of people who suffer from addiction are employed. Addiction is a progressive disease. Though you may be high functioning now, your addiction will eventually become so severe that you will be unable to keep your job, home, and family. Going to a detox program is the first courageous step on the recovery process.

If you need to go to a detox program but can not afford to miss work, there are several options that you can consider:compassionate, well-trained medical staff is on-site 24/7 to ensure that all clients

Outpatient Detox

You do not stay overnight at an outpatient detox program. An outpatient detox program can either consist of the detox staff coming to your home to monitor and treat you or you going to the doctor to get monitored and prescribed medication and then going home afterwards. However, the detox process is typically uncomfortable; therefore, you will most likely not be in the mood to go to work.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can provide you to 12 weeks of time off work. You will not be paid for this time off, but you will have a position upon your return to work. If you want to go to detox, you can go to your employer and request time off under the FMLA. You must complete the necessary paperwork and have it approved prior to your entrance into detox in order to be protected. If you go to detox and then call your employer and state that you intend to take time off under the FMLA, you will not be protected.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Addiction is now considered a disability by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). You cannot be fired for admitting that you have an addiction problem and are willing to go to treatment. You may also qualify for short-term disability benefits to provide you and your family income during the time you took off to go to addiction treatment.

Hospitalization

If you cannot afford to go to a detox center or cannot take the time off from work, going to the hospital can be a last resort. However, hospital staff members tend to not be very understanding of substance use disorders because medical programs do not teach much about them. You can simply have a family member let your employer know that you are in the hospital and bring a hospital note upon your return to work.

Why You Definitely Need a Detox Program

You may already know that you feel “sick” when you do not use your addictive substance. The “sick” feeling that you feel is called withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms (e.g. body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, hypertension, rapid heart rate, etc.) occur because the body’s regular internal state is disrupted. An everyday life example is when you feel hungry, thirsty, or the urge to or to the bathroom. Your body makes every effort to keep itself at a regular internal state called homeostasis. In addition to being a psychological disease, addiction is also a physiological disease because the body’s homeostasis is changed by the repeated substance use. When you do not use your addictive substance, your body’s homeostasis is disturbed, so it it reacts.

Withdrawal can be agonizing and even fatal if it is not gone through under proper medical supervision. Medical staff will assess your needs, administer medications to treat the symptoms, and monitor changes in your conditions. The medications that you will be given will be a combinations of medications that behave similarly to your addictive substances to slowly wean your body off and medications that treat hypertension, rapid heart rate, seizures, and other symptoms. You may go through withdrawal for two to fourteen days, depending on your age, gender, substances used, and length of the time that you were addicted.

Cutting Edge Detox

While medical treatment is the most important, cutting edge treatments are not being utilized in detox centers to take a holistic approach. Detox – just like other stages of addiction treatment- is now being recognized as a process that requires the holistic approach. While the clients’ physical health is top priority during the detox process, their mental health and spirituality need to be nurtured as well.

Medical detox centers are the best places to go through process, as opposed to a hospital, because they have treatments available to address all facets of the person. They have counselors and social workers on staff to help the clients through all of the emotions that going through withdrawal and entering recovery brings on and arrange their post-detox treatment plans. Biosound therapy, far infrared sauna, acupuncture, yoga/meditation, and chiropractic care are just few of the many cutting-edge treatments that detox centers offer. Meals are prepared by chefs and reviewed by dieticians to ensure that clients’ are receiving the nutrients their recovering bodies need.

Sail Through Detox

Coastal Detox is a state-of-the-art facility in Stuart, Florida. Both alcohol and drug detox is offered by the facility. We are located a short distance from the exquisite Treasure Coast. The zen garden and clean, comfortable semi-private make it the perfect place to recovery physically, mentally, and spiritually. We have the most safest, comfortable withdrawal as possible. Massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, biosound, far infrared sauna, cold laser therapy, and amino acid are the cutting-edge holistic therapies that we use. The Joint Commission Accreditation has bestowed us the Gold Seal of Approval, which means we meet the highest national standards in safety and client care. Most major health insurance plans are accepted.

Call us today at 866-802-6848

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Is Outpatient Detox Really A Good Option Or Not?

When you are seeking help with addiction, detox can put your body through painful withdrawal symptoms. Medical help is often necessary as a hasty detox can sometimes lead to death. The goal of any detox facility is to help you overcome your physical and psychological dependence on alcohol or substances and to relieve your withdrawal symptoms.

Getting professional help at this stage is crucial. You need the support of your family, friends, and medical professionals. Together, they can guide you to a healthier state of being. When you are ready to check into a detox facility, you can select one based on the following factors:

  • Which substance: Some detox facilities treat for all substances and some specialize in just one or two. There are alcohol detox facilities only, for example.
  • Cultural preferences: If religion is a central part of your life, you may want a detox center that is faith-based. Or you may prefer an all-male or all-female center. Select a detox facility where you will feel most comfortable.
  • Insurance: Make sure that your health insurance covers the detox center of your choice. Some insurance companies will cover the whole cost and others will cover part of the cost. Make sure you are financially prepared.

Once you have narrowed down facilities by substance, preference, and insurance, you will have to make additional choices. There are two types of detox facilities. One is an inpatient detox facility and the other is an outpatient detox facility. Both will evaluate your condition to see if your condition is mild or severe. They will then stabilize you and provide treatment. Both also offer medical support to help you detox safely. However, there are differences.

  • An inpatient detox facility means you stay at the facility for as long as you need it. You are cut off from the outside world and from your temptations. Your detox takes place in a safe environment surrounded by a team that is there to ensure your well-being.
  • An outpatient detox facility lets you stay at home, where you can continue to work or meet your daily obligations. Every day, you are required to check in. As with an inpatient detox facility, you have medical support to ease your withdrawal symptoms.

The duration of your treatment will depend on the severity of your symptoms.

The Benefits of Outpatient Detox

Outpatient detox usually requires you to travel to the outpatient facility on a daily basis. You can come alone or have someone drive you. Your sessions can be in the morning or evening, whichever is easier for your schedule. The initial visit will last the longest as lab tests must be done. Subsequent visits are shorter. The entire treatment can last anywhere from 3 to 14 days. Here are the advantages to using an outpatient detox center:

You Can Continue Your Daily Routine

When you have hit rock bottom and are ready to change your lifestyle, there probably have already been months of disruption to your daily life. Missed work days is common. Being able to get back on track with your life while detoxing is important for many. Bills still need to get paid and an outpatient detox lets you attend to your daily routine.

Being able to stay at home also means your family and friends can come to your aid. They can help monitor your health and provide you with emotional support. If you have children, being able to see them daily is incredibly helpful.

Outpatient detox centers are less time consuming than inpatient centers. If you have daily obligations such as long work hours, it may not always be feasible to spend hours at a detox center. Another benefit of having a daily routine is that you learn to withdraw from drugs without complete dependence on a medical staff. This inner strength is a resource you’ll need in the future for your long-term treatment.

You Have Access To Medical Support

When you check in daily, your medical state is monitored for two reasons. One, the outpatient detox staff ensures that you have not relapsed by making sure there are no drugs and alcohol in your system. Two, the outpatient detox staff ensures that your body is safely detoxing.

The staff also provides you with a plan based on certain criteria. These criteria can be:

  • The severity of your addiction
  • Your age
  • Your physical health
  • The substances in your body

Withdrawal from drugs and alcohol can affect each person differently and the staff at your outpatient detox facility needs to monitor your withdrawal symptoms.

  • Alcohol withdrawal can cause tremors, anxiety, elevated blood pressure, dehydration, and nausea.
  • Heroin withdrawal can cause diarrhea, muscle cramps, sweating, nausea, and vomiting. Often medication like methadone or buprenorphine is administered to ease the withdrawal symptoms.
  • Benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, etc.) withdrawal can cause muscle aches, irritability, insomnia, and restlessness. Like heroine, medication is often administered to ease the withdrawal symptoms. This medication is often Valium or Librium.
  • Cocaine withdrawal can cause muscle pain, lethargy, shakiness, weakness, irritability, and insomnia.

The Cost of Treatment

Few people can afford to take extended vacations, which is what an inpatient detox facility financially amounts to. You’re spending money to pay for the facility and you’re not earning an income. This kind of treatment is luxurious but too expensive for most people to realistically consider.

Outpatient detox offers the same end results with more affordable costs. This is a big bonus. Bills may have already gone unpaid with addictive behavior: missing work, getting fired, and so on. Having to pay a detox facility while not working can be a double whammy.

Overall, detox facilities play critical roles in drug and alcohol recovery, especially when the treatment plan is combined with medications. There is no final answer to how successful a detox plan will be but it does depend on your willingness to get clean and stay clean. However, counselors at detox facilities can help you with an effective long-term treatment plan for staying clean and healthy. If you are ready to get started, call us today at 866-802-6848

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The Average Cost Of A South Florida Detox Program

Detox is the first and most important step in the recovery body. Physiological addiction is like a biochemical equation. The repeated substance use causes changes in the body’s regular internal state, which is called homeostasis. When your body does not receive the addictive substance, your body’s homeostasis is disrupted. As you may already know, your body reacts to this disruption by manifesting withdrawal symptoms (e.g. tremors, body aches, diarrhea, vomiting, anxiety, etc.). Withdrawal can be excruciating and even fatal if it is not gone through under proper medical supervision. Detox centers are the most common places to undergo withdrawal. South Florida detox programs are your best best because the staff is highly-experienced and well-trained in taking both a medical and holistic approach to treating withdrawal. Many people assume that quality comes at a price; therefore, the cost of a South Florida detox program may make you cringe. The average cost of an outpatient South Florida detox program is 300 to 800 dollars per day.

A variety of factors go into determining the exact cost of a South Florida Detox program:

  • Outpatient Vs. Inpatient
    Whether the program is outpatient or inpatient makes a huge difference in the cost of the program. An outpatient program consists of the patients going to see the medical staff at the facility and them going home to take the prescribed medications and follow other instructions. The medical staff may come to the patient’s home to assess and monitor them. The total average cost of outpatient detox is 1,000 to 2,000 dollars. On the other hand, the total cost of inpatient detox can cost up to several thousand dollars due to the fact that the patients stay overnight at thee facility for around the clock monitoring, meals, and other amenities.
  • Length of Stay
    The exact length of detox depends on each individual. Your age, gender, size, medical history, type of addiction, severity of addiction, and the length of time that you were addicted are factors that determine the length of your detox. Detox can range from several days to two weeks.
  • Amenities
    The more amenities a detox center has, the more money the program will cost. Basic detox centers will be the cheapest because they only offer medical treatment, a bed to sleep on, and food to eat. Detox centers that provide holistic, cutting edge treatments, comfortable living quarters, and meals that are prepared by a chef and nutritionist will cost more.
  • Your Insurance
    If you have health insurance, you should definitely try to use it to fund your detox. Most health insurance companies recognize addiction as a disease; therefore, they cover at least part of the cost. Many detox centers will perform insurance verification for you. You can also contact your health insurance company to inquire about the exact coverage you can receive for addiction treatment.

What to Expect at a South Florida Detox Program

Fear of the unknown hinders may be hindering you from receiving the addiction help that you need. You may have heard stories about detox from your “friends” who are in active addiction or seen detox depicted in movies. If you have heard negative stories about or seen scary depictions of detox, chances are those detox centers were not South Florida detox programs. South Florida detox programs ensure your maximum level of comfort.

Upon your arrival at a South Florida detox program, you will be greeted by a friendly admissions counselor. He or she will take your basic information and psychosocial history. You will then be assessed by a medical team. They will take your vitals, go over your medical history, run some more tests, and draw up a preliminary treatment plan.

If you are staying in an inpatient detox center, you will be escorted to your room. Your room will be almost identical to your bedroom at home. You will have a clean, comfortable bed, fluffy pillow, nightstand, and window that will provide a stunning view of the sunshine state. The walls will be light colors that will provide a calm feeling. You may share a room with one other person. Your bathroom will be spotless. The medical professionals will monitor you around the clock. You may be woken up throughout the night to be monitored.

During your stay, you will eat nutritious, delicious food that is prepared by a chef and nutritionist. Since the primary focus of detox is to address the physiological component of your addiction, you will not be constantly attending counseling sessions and group therapy sessions. You may meet with a counselor or social worker to discuss your feelings about getting into recovery and your post-detox plan. You may also attend some 12-Step Meetings or group therapy sessions. In addition to medical treatment, you will also be treated with a variety of cutting-edge holistic treatments. These cutting-edge treatment include, but are not limited to, biosound therapy, yoga/meditation, acupuncture, cold laser therapy, and far infrared sauna.

Following detox, you should definitely have a rehabilitation plan to address the psychological component of your addiction. This can include inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, recovery programs, etc. Remember that detox is only the beginning of the road to recovery. Psychological healing is a much more extensive and complex process, but it is necessary for full recovery.

A Cutting-Edge South Florida Detox

Coastal Detox is located in Stuart, Florida. We offer both drug and alcohol detox services. Our beautiful facility is located by the beautiful Treasure Coast. The scenic grounds provide a comfortable healing environment for you to sail through detox. We use a variety of holistic therapies to nurture your mind, body, and spirit. We are Joint Commission Accredited, which means we have are ranked the best in the nation for quality and client care. Most major health insurance plans are accepted, so cost should not be an issue.

If you are interested in Coastal Detox, call us today at 866-802-6848 to learn more.

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How Long Is The Program At A Opiate Detox Center?

Addiction disrupts your life until you no longer can find the time to take care of other parts of your health. While addiction is difficult to overcome no matter which type of substance you use, people who have developed a dependency on opioids face some of the toughest withdrawal symptoms that anyone can face. An opiate addiction develops when you become emotionally and physically dependent upon using substances such as pain pills or heroin, and it doesn’t take long for some people to develop strong dependencies that make it hard to just quit on their own.

While you may be eager to get your detox over with, you should understand that slow and steady really does win the race to overcome addiction. Since opiate withdrawal symptoms can be severe enough to cause life-threatening reactions, medical assistance is often necessary to help keep you safe. In medically-assisted detox, you receive support from trained professionals who can monitor your progress through each stage of withdrawal. In some instances, you may be able to quit cold turkey with the help of medications, or you may need to slowly be weaned off of the opiates to protect your health. Since each person is different, you must understand that multiple factors go into the determination of how long an opiate detox program takes to complete.

Is An Opiate Detox Program Right For Me?

You may be wondering if you even need to go to detox. After all, many people go straight into a normal rehab program without any problems. While this works fine with mild addictions to substances such as marijuana, you are likely to need rehab if you have used opiates for a long time. The use of strong opiates such as fentanyl or heroin is also another sign that you need to attend a detox program before you move forward with any other type of treatment. At our detox center, you can get help with overcoming an addiction to the following different types of opiates.

• Fentanyl
Heroin
• Oxycodone
• Hydrocodone
• Codeine
• Tramadol

As you explore whether or not detox is right for you, keep in mind that most people never imagined that they would end up with an addiction. You may be the type of person that no one would ever suspect to have a problem. Many people who come to our detox center come from healthy backgrounds that are not always associated with an addiction. For example, you may have started using prescribed pain medications to overcome a sports injury, but you found that you could not stop using them once your body had healed. Alternatively, you could be a new parent who was prescribed hydrocodone to cope with the pain after your delivery, and you now find that trying to stop taking the medication causes you withdrawal symptoms. There is no specific type of person who attends treatment at a detox center. Instead, your intake team will help you determine if our program is ideal for helping you get clean.

How Long Should I Plan to Stay at An Opiate Detox Center?

The average stay at an opiate detox center can range from several days to multiple weeks. While you never quite know how fast your body will detox and your mind will respond to therapy, we can help you gain a better understanding of how long detox lasts once we get to know you. Factors that influence the length of your stay at an opiate detox center include your motivation to follow your treatment plan, guidelines set forth by your insurance company as well as how severe your addiction was before you came to the program. Since it is often not recommended to try quitting opiates on your own, you may enter the program already under the influence of the drugs, which can extend your stay slightly by an extra day or two. Keep in mind that this is perfectly normal, and we encourage you to come to our center ready to get sober even if you had to use the drug earlier in the day.

Once you’ve entered the program, you will need to allow time for the treatment plan to work. Healing your body after months or years of drug abuse takes time, and it does not usually all happen overnight. However, you should begin to notice changes in how you feel beginning from the very first day. Once the main withdrawal symptoms ease, you can then begin to enjoy the benefits of a nutritious diet and exercise plan that are all designed to help you revive your joy for life. By the time that you are ready to leave the program, you will likely find that you wish you could stay. That’s because everything from the tranquil serenity garden to the massage therapy room is designed to help you learn how to relax without needing the influence of opiates to alter your mind.

Will I Need More Treatment After My Detox Stay?

Your journey toward recovery begins in detox, yet you can expect to work on staying sober for the rest of your life. Typically, you will receive services during your stay that help you through the worst part of getting off of opiates. Sadly, many people try to quit opiates but go back to using them within the first day or two of quitting. With medical assistance, you have the help you need to overcome cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms so that you can successfully avoid a relapse during the critical early period of sobriety. This gives you the best chances for avoiding a relapse down the road.

Before you leave the detox center, your treatment team will help you develop a plan that helps you stay committed to sobriety. Like detox, this plan will be different for everybody since your lifestyle, mindset and personal experiences all impact your need for after care services. For example, you may only need to attend meetings in your community to help you avoid opiates. Alternatively, you may be a candidate for a sober living community. Either way, you’ll be ready for the next stage of your recovery once you gain control over your cravings in detox.

Are you ready to kick your addiction to opiates? Give us a call now at 866-802-6848

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Quitting Suboxone After Getting Into AA or NA

Suboxone helps many opioid users to live normal lives. They take their dose in the privacy of their homes. The drug can be filled at any pharmacy that stocks it. It keeps opioid withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings at bay. Suboxone itself is an opioid. It’s addictive. However, it’s a viable, safe and legal option to the illegal activity often associated with opioid drug use. It’s certainly way better than injecting heroin and other opioids.

Suboxone, like methadone, is controversial. Its use is not necessarily approved by NA or AA (although no 12 step programs have rules necessarily). If you’ve joined a 12 Step program, and you admit that you use Suboxone, other members will likely say that you’re not drug-free and not following the program as intended. You will probably find yourself under considerable pressure to stop the Suboxone.

If you’re in AA or NA and also on Suboxone, you may feel that you only three options:

  • Stop attending the meetings
  • Stop the Suboxone
  • Keep your Suboxone use to yourself

Should you stop taking Suboxone for the sake of AA or NA? That depends. If you think the program has great value and will help you more than the drug, then maybe you should. If Suboxone is key to keeping you away from the opioid use lifestyle, then you may want to keep taking it. After all, there are many other groups you can join besides NA or AA. You can also just say nothing. You don’t have to reveal that you take Suboxone. The only true fact is that you should be in good communication with your doctor and follow his/her direction.

If you decide to stop taking the drug, know that it won’t be easy. Suboxone is a powerful opioid. It’s very long-acting. Once you have taken for awhile, it will be very difficult to stop. Your drug cravings may return. You will face protracted withdrawal symptoms that can easily last six weeks and more. This is especially true for those taking more than 2 milligrams a day. However, even small doses of Suboxone will not be easy to stop.  Once again, make sure to work closely with your physician when making these types of decisions.

If you decide to quit the drug, you must first speak to your prescriber. He or she is obligated to taper your dose and wean you off the drug if that’s what you want. The longer you have taken Suboxone, the slower your taper should be. It’s not a contest to see how fast you can do it. It’s not about suffering through painful withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor should reduce your dose in tiny increments over a sufficient amount of time. This will make it easier for you to stop the drug in the end. That is, if you want to.

12 Step Program’s Peculiar Obsession with Tobacco Use

NA and AA both tolerate the use of nicotine. They even endorse it. Great clouds of cigarette smoke are seen rising up after these meetings as members gather outside for a smoke. Nicotine is a psychoactive drug just like any other. Cigarette smoking kills many Americans every single day. It’s one of the most dangerous and destructive habits ever known. Worse, it doesn’t just affect the smoker. Second-hand smoke can kill, too. Smoking is a drug habit. There’s no question of that. The 12 step program, which advocates a drug-free life, should not make this exception for smokers. It’s ridiculous. It’s also hypocritical and illogical. Yet NA and AA see Suboxone use as unacceptable and different from smoking. It makes no sense at all.

Why do NA and AA advocate tobacco? It’s a deadly habit. It’s an addiction. It causes heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer, just to name a few. It’s expensive. It pollutes the air. Cigarette smoke contains some 5000 potentially cancer-causing compounds.

While less serious, AA and NA always have large pots of coffee at meetings. Caffeine is also a stimulant. It’s a psychoactive drug. A couple cups of coffee a day probably does little harm. Coffee actually contains valuable antioxidants that help the body fight off harmful toxins. But that’s not the point here. If AA and NA are going to approve the use of tobacco and caffeine, then they can’t vilify Suboxone. They can’t have it both ways. It goes against common sense and it’s not fair.

By allowing their members to smoke, NA and AA are saying that smoking is an acceptable drug habit. It’s ludicrous. There’s nothing good about smoking. On the other hand, Suboxone does a lot of good for many opioid users. Suboxone allows people to work and attend to family responsibilities without the constant need to search out their drug of choice. It has eliminated the risk of overdose and serious health problems for people who used to inject heroin. It has stopped people from heading straight into financial ruin from all the money they were once spending on drugs.

Suboxone is not the enemy. If you’re taking Suboxone, attending NA and AA meetings and feeling pressured within yourself to stop the drug, think again. The decision to use Suboxone is a personal one that should not be influenced by the opinions of outside sources. You should not feel guilty. You are doing nothing wrong. By being nonsensical and judgemental, it’s the program and its members who are wrong. You can still attend NA and AA and take Suboxone. It’s your choice. It’s also your choice if you want to share that information or not. The main important thing to be sure of is to cooperate with your doctor regarding your decision.

Better yet, find another support group. There are many alternatives:

  • SMART: Self-Management and Recovery Training
  • Secular Organizations for Sobriety
  • LifeRing Secular Recovery
  • Women for Sobriety
  • Moderation Management
  • Celebrate Recovery (Spiritual)

If you want to stop Suboxone and continue with AA and NA, then ask your doctor for help. But don’t let the 12 Step program push you into it. If you stop the Suboxone, will you relapse into your old drug use? Think about it.

If you want help with any substance abuse problem, we are here to help. Just call us 24 hours a day at 866-802-6848. A trained counselor will be able to point you in the right direction for you. We look forward to speaking with you.

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Why You Should Choose A Heroin Detox in Florida Before Considering Your Hometown

Yet again, heroin abuse has become an epidemic in the United States. Combined with an increased abuse of other opioids like painkillers, these drugs have put a tremendous strain on the entire addiction treatment industry. This is an important issue because treatment from a professional treatment center still stands as the only reliable way for a user to beat their addiction.

To combat these current issues, the country is seeing an expansion in the treatment industry. Even with this ongoing expansion, South Florida remains the “rehab capital of the world.” There’s a lot of reasons why rehabs in South Florida have been able to establish such a strong reputation not only in the U.S., but also throughout the world.

Notably, there are reasons that seem to standout above the rest. First, South Florida rehabs are able to draw from the top counselors and clinicians from around the globe. Collectively, these people are changing the addiction treatment industry with their insight and ability to innovate in a space that has long needed new ways to treat patients. The addition of behavioral treatment models and holistic treatment methods has given South Florida’s best counselors and clinicians the tools they need to truly set patients on the road to recovery.

The second reason South Florida rehabs stand above the crowd is the emphasis they put on being full service treatment centers. These days, it has become quite common to see South Florida addiction treatment centers that take a patient from detox to counseling, all the way through some meaningful aftercare programs. It doesn’t take much effort to understand this provides and unprecedented level of continuity of care. When a treatment facility has the ability to get involved with the patient at the very start of the treatment process, detox, it can only help the entire process move along smoothly.

While we are on the subject of detox, it would be remiss if we didn’t emphasize it’s importance to the person with a heroin or opioid addiction. It doesn’t take long for users to develop a significant addiction to these types of substances. As bad as the side effects of heroin abuse can be, the withdrawal symptoms can be just as dangerous. A good detox program allows people the opportunity to eliminate cravings and clear their withdrawal symptoms with minimal exposure to pain and discomfort.

The Benefits of Seeking Detox Treatment in Florida

When someone is suffering from an addiction, they will eventually get to the point where they have to make that all important decision. We are talking about the decision to stop using and get treatment. If convenience were the only thing that mattered, then it behooves drug users to simply check into one of the local treatment centers. With that said, should convenience really be considered the basis for making such an important decision? Here’s a few more important things one should consider when choosing an addiction treatment center:

  • Quality of care
  • Ability to eliminate distractions
  • Treatment environment
  • Amenities
  • Financial resources

While all five of these would create a reasonable basis for choosing a rehab, we want to focus on the first three.

Quality of Care

As we indicated above, many of the nation’s best addiction counselors and clinicians are working in South Florida. One would think that most every person trying to beat an addiction would want the best care they could afford. Unfortunately, there’s far too many rehabs and detox centers in local communities that lack the proper resources. The facilities are impacted and the counselors are overburdened. With access to the best treatment resources, South Florida rehab and detox facilities are better able to effectively address the needs of all patients. In fact, they have the resources that allow them to customize specific treatment plans. Imagine that, each patient getting exactly the care they need.

Ability to Eliminate Distractions

It might be convenient to seek treatment in a local community, but doing so creates a significant problem. A local community is exactly the same place people develop their addictions. This is where the dealers live and where people hang with other users. This is exactly the wrong place to try and get treatment.

Another related issue involves the personal problems drug users create in their lives. This include some of the following:

  • Relationship and family problems
  • Problems at work or school
  • Financial problems
  • Legal problems
  • Overall health problems

These are all things that can serve as significant distractions. A successful treatment program demands focus and commitment. Trying to deal with people, places and things as part of the user’s collateral damage will certainly affect one’s focus. The effects of these things can be minimized by temporarily heading to South Florida for treatment.

Treatment Environment

There’s a reason people head south for relaxation and recreation. It’s the same reason South Florida is such a terrific destination for addiction treatment. We are referring to the weather and amenities. Year round, South Florida has some of the best weather in the nation. The area also has beach and lake communities abound. It’s in these areas that treatment centers can flourish. They can do so by providing visitors with a calm and peaceful environment within which they can get treatment. When stress is eliminated, the detox and treatment process just seems to go much smoother.

The end-goal of both detox and counseling are single-minded. Treatment is only a success if the patient has the opportunity to establish a lasting recovery. Setting financial considerations aside, there’s too many compelling reasons for people to travel to South Florida for addiction treatment. Convenience is the only reason to stay local. If you are ready to get the best detox and addiction treatment on the planet, you owe it to yourself to call us immediately at 866-802-6848. Truly, one phone call is all it takes to change your life forever.