We know how tough heroin withdrawal is. We understand the pain and depression that occurs when you suddenly stop using your drug. We are here to help you through detox, which is the first stage on your road to recovery. We are experts at alleviating the worst of your withdrawal symptoms. Some clients may experience no symptoms at all. We don’t want you to suffer. We want you to succeed.

What is Heroin Withdrawal?

Heroin withdrawal symptoms will set in about 12-18 hours after your last dose. They include sweating, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, joint, bone and muscle pain, diarrhea, anxiety, chills and extreme weakness. The whole thing is miserable to endure, and there is really no reason to do so. Medications are available to suppress these symptoms until your body adjusts to the absence of heroin.

Abuse of heroin causes changes to occur in the brain. Eventually these changes cause the brain to be unable to function normally unless heroin is present on the brain’s opioid receptors. The brain’s endorphin system has also become deranged. Endorphins are natural brain chemicals that suppress pain, relieve depression and cause feelings of pleasure and reward. When exogenous, or outside, opioids are taken for a period of time, the brain stops producing its own endorphins. It takes time for the body to begin to produce them again. The brain also grows extra opioid receptors. These extra receptors are abnormal. The presence of the extra receptors and the low levels of endorphins probably contribute to much of the misery of withdrawal. The body will fix itself. But it takes time.

Medications can help by treating your symptoms as they occur. Suboxone is one medication that we use a lot. It contains buprenorphine, a synthetic opioid. Buprenorphine attaches to the same brain receptors as heroin does, but it doesn’t activate them in the same way. Its effect is only partial. However, for many heroin addicts, it’s enough to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. You will not feel much, if any, euphoria while taking Suboxone. You will just feel relief. We will gradually reduce your buprenorphine dose, from high to low, over a period of time. We do it slowly. This gives your body time to adjust. This method of slowly reducing a drug’s dosage over time is known as tapering. It’s highly effective for most people.

If you still experience significant withdrawal symptoms after your Suboxone taper is finished, we can extend the time a bit. Our goal is to get you drug-free, but not everyone is the same. Some clients may need a little longer. That’s okay. It’s not a race to see how fast you can become drug-free.

Some clients may not get enough relief from Suboxone alone. Medications such as muscle relaxants, anti-depressants and benzodiazepines can help. We are careful with benzodiazepines because they are addictive, but we understand that some very anxious clients, or those with severe insomnia, may require a low-dose, short-term, course of these calming medications.

When Detox Doesn’t Work

The goal of detox is to get the client off of all addictive drugs completely. It’s the ideal outcome, but does it work for everyone? No. It doesn’t. Not all heroin addicts will be able to live drug-free for any length of time. Heroin causes profound changes to occur in the brain. Some of these changes may lead to persistent drug cravings in some individuals, even in the absence of withdrawal symptoms. Some people, especially those who abused heroin in high doses for long period of time, simply don’t feel normal without an opioid in their systems. Even high-quality residential drug treatment may not help these people. The problem is physical.

Drug cravings that won’t go away set a clean former addict up for almost certain failure. Living with powerful cravings will nearly always lead to eventual relapse. A person can only take it for so long before giving in. For these people, there is Suboxone and methadone maintenance.

Both Suboxone and methadone are used for detox purposes. Gradually decreasing doses are given over a certain period of time. This allows the body to adjust to the absence of an opioid. If done properly, it almost always greatly reduces opioid withdrawal symptoms. But Suboxone and methadone can also be given on a daily basis as maintenance medications. Both are highly preferable to heroin use.

However, both Suboxone and methadone are addictive. Both are long-acting and will produce withdrawal symptoms, if suddenly stopped, that are far worse than those of heroin. Symptoms drag on for at least a month for Suboxone and even longer for methadone. A person who has become dependent upon either one must either continue to take the drugs or face a highly unpleasant withdrawal syndrome. Both drugs can and should be tapered before stopping them, but they tend to still cause some uncomfortable degree of withdrawal to occur.

But then again, a person using heroin risks death every time they use it. It could be contaminated with dangerous bacteria and toxins. It’s probably been cut with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid many times the strength of heroin. In the United States, there is no such thing as pharmaceutical heroin. All heroin sold there is produced in illegal, makeshift labs with little regard for safety and purity. When you buy heroin, there is no way to be sure what you’re getting. Certainly maintenance on Suboxone or methadone is preferable to death.

The controversy rages on. Opponents of opioid drug maintenance say that it makes no sense to trade one addiction for another, but that’s not exactly true. At least Suboxone and methadone maintenance are medically supervised and safe. Proponents of Suboxone hail it as a life-saving medication. They are partly right, but then again, Suboxone is so new, there is no way to know what its long-term effects might be. It seems that there is no easy answer.

If you’re struggling with a substance abuse problem, we would love to help guide you to the right treatment option for you. We are here 24 hours a day at 877-978-3125. Just call us. A friendly, trained counselor will listen to you and then advise you as to the best options available to you.

Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid prescription drug used for the treatment of pain and cough. It’s known by many different brand names. Three of the more well-known ones are Vicodin, Norco and Lortab. It’s mostly combined with other non-narcotic ingredients like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. These ingredients are used to both enhance the pain-killing effect and to discourage abuse of the hydrocodone. When hydrocodone is used for cough, it’s combined with another non-narcotic agent as well, usually some type of antihistamine. Hydrocodone is an excellent antitussive, or cough suppressant.

Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms

Hydrocodone is a relatively weak opioid when compared to other stronger ones. However, it can and does produce withdrawal symptoms of the morphine-class type in those individuals who have become dependent upon it. Withdrawal symptoms include:

Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms tend to be shorter in duration and less intense than those produced by stronger opioids such as oxycodone and hydromorphone. However, this is widely variable. Everyone is different. It’s possible for someone to feel nearly normal after a week to 10 days. Others may have some level of withdrawal symptoms for up to a month. In general, though, most of the worst symptoms will be greatly improved after a week or so. It’s common for insomnia and fatigue to continue for several weeks or more.

Some people manage to withdraw from hydrocodone at home. This is best accomplished by a gradual tapering of the dose over time before stopping the drug completely. However, this isn’t recommended. Hydrocodone withdrawal may not be as bad as withdrawal from stronger opioids, but it’s still pretty bad. You may not be able to tolerate the symptoms and then resume drug use just to get relief. If you’re addicted as well as physically dependent on hydrocodone, you will find it near impossible to stop on your own. Changes in the brain, together with your emotional dependence, will conspire against you to create a temptation that very few people can resist.

Physical dependence upon an opioid isn’t the same as an addiction to one. All regular users of opioids will become physically dependent over time, but not all who are physically dependent are also addicted. Addiction is defined as the use of a drug for non-medical purposes that continues even when the negative consequences are obvious.
Most people who take opioids under medical supervision and who do not deviate from their dosage schedule do not become addicted.

If you think you may be addicted to hydrocodone, it’s not hard to confirm it. Just try to stop. If you can manage to abstain for about 12 to 18 hours, the first withdrawal symptoms will appear. If you find you cannot stop taking hydrocodone for more than a day or two, if that, then you are addicted. A non-addict can stop and stay stopped.

Hydrocodone and Your Liver

What does hydrocodone have to do with your liver? Well, in itself, it doesn’t. Hydrocodone causes no known direct damage to this organ. However, since so many of this drug’s products contain acetaminophen, commonly known as Tylenol, users of this drug need to know about the potential for severe and fatal liver damage.

Acetaminophen is very toxic to the liver when taken in high doses. Recommended dosage limits are not to exceed 1000 milligrams in a single dose and 4000 milligrams over a 24-hour period. If you don’t believe that, just look at a package or bottle. You will see a special warning about liver damage. Many over-the-counter products containing acetaminophen even highlight this ingredient in neon yellow.

Acetaminophen Overdose

When you consider that the average tablet of a hydrocodone combination pain reliever contains 10 milligrams of narcotic and 325 milligrams of acetaminophen, it’s not hard to see how someone trying to get a high dose of narcotic would also have to consume dangerously high amounts of acetaminophen as well. Some dosage forms are as low as 5 milligrams of hydrocodone. These still contain 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per tablet.

If you have liver disease, or if you drink alcohol regularly, you are at even higher risk. It’s likely your personal safe dosage limits are lower than those listed above.

Acute liver failure from acetaminophen overdose is a leading cause of hospitalizations in the US. If caught early enough, acetaminophen poisoning can be treated with a drug known as Mucomyst (acetylcysteine). Mucomyst helps restore a critical liver chemical, glutathione, that was depleted by the ingestion of too much acetaminophen. Protect your liver by never exceeding recommended acetaminophen dosage limits.

Seek Hydrocodone Addiction Help

If you would like to stop hydrocodone, especially if you have tried and failed in the past, you should seek help. Withdrawal from this drug in an inpatient rehab or detox facility is nothing like doing it on your own. You will receive medications that will greatly reduce your discomfort. You should not be vomiting, in pain or unable to sleep all night. You should be able to sit comfortably and eat and drink normally. Restless leg symptoms aren’t acceptable. If you’re not getting sufficient relief, speak up. Your medications can be and should be adjusted. Make sure you tell staff members how you feel. It’s their job to make sure you’re not excessively uncomfortable. Medications commonly used include:

How to Get Detox For Hydrocodone

You can call us 24 hours a day. We are here to help assist you with any kind of substance abuse issue that you may have. Just call 877-978-3125. You can speak confidentially with a trained counselor who will be able to tell you what your best options are. Your new life is just a phone call away.

Suboxone can provide relief for those attempting to recover from heroin addiction. It does this by reducing heroin cravings. However, this medication has to be used as part of a comprehensive professional treatment program. Only experienced clinicians are qualified to determine a what the correct dose is when using Suboxone. They can combine the use of this medication with appropriate therapy, allowing an individual to establish resistance to the temptation of heroin use.

Heroin comes in several different types. Pure heroin is cut and sees combined) with some other substance, such as starch or sugar. When combined with these other substances, pure heroin is a white powder that can be smoked for snorted. It is not injected. Another form of heroin known as black tar is injected. It has a dark color and is either hard or sticky. It’s dark appearance is a consequence of impurities produced from processing.

Heroin is classified as an opioid. This places it in the same class as a number of legal prescription medications, such as codeine, hydrocodone and oxycodone. These legal drugs are often used for pain relief, since they can bind to the opioid receptors found in the brain. In this way, they can increase an individual’s tolerance to pain and reduce the intensity of pain. When an individual uses heroin, it goes to the brain, converts into morphine and binds to the opioid receptors. This produces of rush for the heroin user. After a few hours, the rush is replaced by drowsiness, as well as reduced breathing, heart rate and cognitive ability.

How Does Suboxone Help with Heroin Addiction?

Suboxone is a prescription medication often used by doctors in treating opioid dependence. It contains buprenorphine and naloxone, both of which are useful in treating heroin dependence. Buprenorphine acts as a so-called “partial opioid agonist.” This means that it provides the user with a mild form of the same effects produced by opioids. In essence, buprenorphine binds to the brain’s opioid receptors in the same way that opioids do, but does so without producing the same kind of high. The fact that it cannot produce a full-blown opioid high makes it very difficult for anyone to abuse Suboxone. This cannot be said for methadone, which is one of the alternatives to Suboxone.

Naloxone – included in Suboxone – is also an opioid antagonist. In the event that a user attempts to crush and snort one of the Suboxone tablets, the naloxone will bind to the opioid receptors in the brain and prevent the individual from receiving any sort of high. This helps to discourage users who might be considering snorting a crushed pill.

Another advantage that this particular medication has over methadone in the treatment of heroin addiction is that – unlike methadone, which can only be provided at treatment centers – Suboxone can be prescribed by a doctor. This is a very important point, since very few people suffering from opioid dependence are currently being treated for their addiction. The availability of Suboxone via prescription makes treatment available to those who might otherwise not have a treatment option in their area. And a good deal of research has demonstrated that Suboxone can be very effective in treating heroin addiction.

Some of the benefits offered by using Suboxone for heroin addiction treatment include:

• Reduced risk of abuse
• Greater accessibility
• High rate of success in treating opioid dependence

Potential Dangers in Using Suboxone

Although Suboxone is an effective option for anyone trying to recover from an opioid addiction, just like any other medication it has certain disadvantages as well. Even apart from potential side effects, users find that with Suboxone they have to continue taking the drug for a long time in order to maintain their recovery. And since this drug is a opioid agonist, there is at least some partial dependence for users. This means that when users finally try to get off of Suboxone they will need medical supervision to gradually reduce their dose.

Also note that just like any other medication-based treatments for heroin addiction, Suboxone cannot be considered a cure. Also, this drug should only be used as part of an overall treatment program. Further, it needs to be used under medical supervision, since it can produce a degree of dependence in those who use it. At the same time, because Suboxone is milder in its effects and has a slower onset than any full opioids, it is far less likely to produce the same kind of addictive behaviors.

During early treatment, when Subutex is more often prescribed – rather than Suboxone – users can sometimes get a high from the buprenorphine by crushing or injecting the Subutex to get faster onset of an opioid reaction and pleasurable sensations. But with Suboxone, the naloxone included in the tablet does not allow this to happen. This means that there is very low risk of addiction with Suboxone.


Suboxone is a prescribed medication that can help relieve opioid withdrawal symptoms by filling in the brain’s opioid receptors. In this way, this drug can aid heroin users in transitioning in their treatment program. It does this by helping them avoid the often painful symptoms of withdrawal associated with kicking a heroin habit. In the early stages of this treatment regimen, Subutex is usually prescribed at first, but then the user is transitioned to Suboxone. The primary difference between these two drugs is that the latter includes naloxone to discourage users from abusing the medication.

If a user tries to take some other opioid when taking Suboxone, the opioid receptors in the brain will be blocked by Suboxone. This will prevent them from getting the high they normally expect from taking heroin or some other opioid. This can break the positive reinforcement that they normally get from using heroin, since they will no longer receive the reward they expect. Users can avoid the severe withdrawal symptoms they would normally experience by stopping heroin use.

If you or a loved one are dealing with substance abuse, please feel free to contact us at 877-978-3125. Our experienced and professional staff will be happy to help and advise you.

Going to detox is the first step in the lifelong road of recovery. Addiction is a physiological disease. When you developed the addiction, having the addictive substance in your system became your body’s new homeostasis, which is the regular internal state that your body tries to keep itself at. If your body does not receive the addictive substance, it causes you to experience violent, fatal withdrawal symptoms (e.g. rapid heart rate, hypertension, body aches, seizures, etc.). The purpose of going to detox is to safely and comfortably go through withdrawal.

Your stay at a detox center will consist of:

Medical Assessment

Upon your arrival at the detox center, the medical staff will perform a routine physical exam, run additional tests based on your individual case, and ask you questions about your substance use history. You should be completely honest during your assessment in order to receive accurate medical treatment. Most likely, the medical staff has heard similar situations before, and they are there to help you, not judge you. The medical staff will plan out your drug protocol and meal plans.

Monitoring and Medication

Detox can last anywhere from a several days to two weeks. The length of your detox will depend on your addictive substances, the length of time you have been addicted, age, gender, and size. If you are in the early stages of addiction, you may not even need detox at all. During your detox, the medical staff will monitor you around the clock. They will be cognizant of every change in your vitals. You will be given medications to treat the withdrawal symptoms, and you may also be given opioid replacement medications (e.g. suboxone, vivitrol, methadone, etc.) to allow your body to gradually come back down to a normal homeostasis.

Psychological Counseling

In addition to physiological symptoms, withdrawal also presents an array of psychological symptoms (e.g. depression, anxiety, insomnia, etc.). Most detox centers have counselors to help the clients work through the psychological challenges of withdrawal. The counselors will also help you arrange the next step in your journey to recover (e.g. an inpatient rehab facility).

Holistic Treatment

In addition to medical treatment, holistic treatment is also a part of most detox programs. Prolonged substance use takes a toll on the body, so a healthy diet is essential to restoring the body’s health. Yoga and meditation may also be taught. You will have time for a plethora of rest because that is all you will feel like doing. Detox will not be too heavy on meetings and therapies because their primary focus is treating the physiological component.

How to Reduce the Chances of Relapses After Detox

Getting through withdrawal is only the first stop on the road to recovery. Going to detox only addresses the physiological component of addiction. Addiction also has psychological and spiritual components as well. You must engage in other forms of treatment after detox to address the other components of your addiction in order to ensure the best chances of recovery.

Inpatient treatment or an intensive form of outpatient treatment is the most common requisite following detox. The primary goal of treatment is to holistically treat the disease. Individual talk therapy is used to address your personal psychological triggers (e.g. childhood trauma, single traumatic events, depression). Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most common form of psychotherapy that is used to address and correct errors in thinking. Group therapy is used to teach you how to collaborate and with others who are dealing with the same issues. Twelve Step Meetings are the most form of group therapy. Addiction is a family disease. In order to successfully live your new life upon your return home to your family, your family will need to recover. Addiction breeds a lot of broken relationships and affects family members in many ways. Family therapy will educate your family on the disease of addiction and help restore the broken relationships. Experiential therapy is a group of therapies that involve hands-on experiences. Art therapy, equine therapy, acupuncture, and yoga/meditation are the most common forms of experiential therapy that is used in treatment centers. Experiential therapy will allow you to heal by accessing your unconscious through your experiences. The fun of experiential therapy can also help you explore interests and hobbies that can occupy you when you return home and make you realize that you can have fun and socialize as a sober person.

Aftercare Activities to Prevent Relapse

Recovery is a lifelong process. Though that may sound daunting at first, time will prove to you that recovery is a gift. Upon completing treatment, you will need to continue doing activities throughout your life that will keep you grounded in recovery. Recovery is not just about abstaining from your addictive substances; it is about creating a new life for yourself.

Maintaining a genuine recovery lifestyle is almost impossible without fellowship. Alcoholics’ Anonymous and Narcotics’ Anonymous are the oldest and most common form of fellowship for addiction recovery. However, many people find that 12-step programs are not for them. There are many 12-step alternative groups (e.g. SMART Recovery, Lifering, Secular Recovery, etc.) that are just as effective or even more effective than AA and NA. Living a healthy lifestyle that consists of healthy diet, fitness, and plenty of rest is an essential part of recovery for most people because it helps them physically and mentally feel good, which reduces their urge to use. Treating the psychological component of your addiction can take years, so seeing a counselor on a regular basis can be beneficial after you finish intensive treatment. Many recovering addicts go back to school or start a new career. Addictions counseling is one of the fastest-growing job fields in the country, and some positions require as little as a high school diploma/GED. Working in an environment that is nurturing to their recovery is why many recovering addicts go into addictions counseling.

Coastal Detox is located in Stuart, Florida. We offer a state-of-the-art facility to begin your journey on the road to recovery. In addition to quality medical care, we offer a variety of holistic therapies to help you sail through detox.

If you are interested in Coastal Detox, call us today at 877-978-3125

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) is one of the most popular health insurance plans that people have. According to their website, one in three Americans are covered by BCBS. The popularity of BCBS can be attributed to their affordable, quality plans. However, coverage for addiction treatment remains an ambivalent area of coverage with all health insurance companies. Common issues people run into for coverage with addiction treatment are

They May Not Cover Enough Time

Most insurance plans only cover 30 days of treatment because that is the amount of time it takes for the drugs and alcohol to detoxify from the system. Many studies have shown that 90 days or more of treatment is the most effective for long-term success. Insurance companies seem to only be willing to cover the time to treat the physiological component, not the psychological component of addiction.

They May Only Cover a Percentage

Most insurance plans tend to cover only a certain percentage of the costs of addiction treatment, which is typically not even 50 percent. Some insurance plans may not cover addiction treatment at all until the deductible is met.

They Might Only Cover In-State Treatment Centers

Going far away to rehab has been proven to produce the highest success rates. The reason going to an out-of-state rehab is better than an in-state rehab is the recovering individuals can avoid relapse triggers before they have developed the tools to deal with them. A relapse trigger can simply be passing by the McDonald’s that they used to go to when they were high or running into a friend that they have used with. Another reason going to an out-of-state rehab is better is it makes it harder for the recovering individuals to give up on treatment during intensive periods. Addicts in treatment tend to develop doubt and resentment as part of the process. If they are merely a ride or walk away from their home, it will be easier for them to give up, as opposed to if they were an airplane flight away.

Detox is the first step in the recovery process to allow the recovering individual to safely and comfortably go through withdrawal. It is vital because withdrawal symptoms can be excruciating and fatal if not overseen by medical professions. Rapid detox is a quicker, less painful method of detox. Because rapid detox is considered a luxury procedure, it is typically not covered by insurance. Whether or not BCBS cover rapid detox is dependent upon your individual BCBS plan. You would need to contact a representative of your insurance plan to know for sure whether or not a rapid detox center is covered.

How Rapid Detox Works

Rapid detox involves putting clients under general anesthesia and giving them an opiate blocker (e.g. naltrexone) to accelerate the detox process. When they wake up, the drugs will be fully detoxified from their system, but they are still experiencing some withdrawal symptoms. They may be prescribed an opiate blocker to take regularly for several months to work on the psychological component of addiction. Traditional detox can take several days to two weeks; rapid detox takes hours.

Rapid detox was introduced in the 1990s and was a controversial procedure due to the safety risks. The rise of the opiate addiction epidemic has caused rapid detox to be increasingly talked about. Though rapid detox seems appealing because it greatly accelerated the detox process and decreases the severity of withdrawal symptoms, it presents many risks.
Once people become addicted to drugs, their bodies’ new homeostasis becomes having the drugs in its system. When their bodies do not receive the drugs, the body reacts to the disruption in the biochemical balance by causing violent, fatal withdrawal symptoms to come on. Though the traditional detox method is painful and extensive, it works in the body’s favor by gradually getting it back to a normal homeostasis. Rapid detox puts the body into shock because it is taking the body from one extremity to another within hours. The risks include:

• Complications from general anesthesia
• Coma
• Worsening of mental health symptoms
• Death

Medical detox is the best option for detox because it respects the body’s natural progression while keeping the client safe and comfortable. It also takes a holistic approach to the detox process through counseling, supplements, and nutrition to heal the mind, body, and spirit. However, if you feel that rapid detox is the best option for you or your loved one, make sure that you choose a reputable facility that is well-experienced in rapid detox.

Sail through Detox by the Coast of Florida

Coastal Detox is state-of-the-art detox facility in Stuart, Florida. Their luxurious facilities and beautiful environment by the coast provides an ideal healing environment to begin your new life. They offer detox services for drugs and alcohol and are connected with the best rehab facilities for the next step in the recovery process. They value the dignity and privacy of their clients. Their treatment protocol is personalized to each individual. In addition to the medical approach, they use counseling and other methods to heal the mind, body, and, spirit during the difficult detox period. They accept most major insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield. If you or your loved one are interested in sailing into recovery with Coastal Detox, call them today at 877-978-3125 to discuss admission or ask general questions about addiction, recovery, and detox.

Drugs and alcohol have a way of taking over your life when abused unknowingly. By the time you decide to stop using, the effects of these substances override your ability to cut back or stop using altogether. Detox rehab programs provide the types of supports most needed to break the drug/alcohol abuse cycle.

While it can be easy to assume that all detox programs offer the same types of services, there are several different types of facilities from which to choose. Understanding the differences between program types can go a long way towards helping you choose a program that offers the level of treatment support you need.

The Purpose of Detox

Any type of addictive substance, be it opiates, stimulants, alcohol or sedatives, interferes with the chemical systems that regulate the brain and body. These substances weaken the body’s systems and over time, cause physical and psychological dependence to develop. These conditions account for why you can no longer stop using drugs and alcohol on your own.

Detox programs specialize in treating the brain and body’s dependence on addictive substances as well as help you better understand how addiction warps your thinking and behavior. The different detox program types are designed to treat different severities and different types of addiction.

Types of Detox Programs

Detox programs operate as either inpatient or outpatient facilities. From there, programs become more specialized in terms of intensity levels and types of addictions treated.

Specialty program types include:

It helps to keep in mind that many detox programs also offer a combination of specialties, meaning a program may be holistic-based but also offer medication-assisted detox.

Inpatient Detox

Inpatient detox programs offer the most intensive level of treatment care. These programs treat the most severe cases of addiction where serious medical and/or mental health problems have developed as a result of an addiction problem.

With severe forms of addiction, detox withdrawal symptoms tend to be quite severe and in some cases, life threatening. Inpatient programs operate a live-in treatment settings that provide round-the-clock medical treatment and mental health care as part of the detox process. Inpatient detox programs can run anywhere from one week to three months long depending on the severity of your condition.

Holistic Detox

Addiction’s effects on your thinking and self-esteem can be debilitating to the point where any sense of self value is gone. Holistic detox programs combine standard treatment practices with alternative therapies that work to heal the mind and spirit.

Holistic programs offer a range of treatment interventions, each of which addresses a different area of healing and spiritual development, including:

Combining standard detox interventions with alternative therapies enables holistic programs to treat the whole person (body, mind and spirit) as opposed to just the body and mind.

Medication-Assisted Detox

Medication-assisted detox programs use government-approved medications to help relieve severe withdrawal symptoms. To date, medication-assisted approaches are available to treat opiate- and alcohol-based addictions.

Methadone, Suboxone and Subutex are medications used in opiate detox. Antabuse, Vivitrol and Campral are used in alcohol detox.

These program types also offer behavioral interventions, which address the destructive thinking and behavior that addiction leaves behind. Behavioral interventions commonly used include:

Outpatient Detox

Outpatient detox programs offer the least intensive approach to detox. Unlike inpatient-based facilities, you don’t live at the facility so much of your time is spent on your own.

Outpatient programs focus mainly on helping you learn to manage substance-using urges in your daily life. These programs also use many of the same behavioral interventions that inpatient programs do.

Treatment sessions are scheduled throughout the week, sometimes three times a week, sometimes five times a week depending on the program. As far as treatment duration goes, outpatient programs can run anywhere from three months to several years depending on your treatment needs.

Choosing the Right Detox Program – Which One Do I Need?

No one detox program is right for everyone. Choosing the program that can best address your treatment needs offers the best chance of a successful recovery.

While physical withdrawal can be difficult to deal with, the psychological withdrawal symptoms that detox brings can be just as uncomfortable. Psychological withdrawal may take the form of:

For this reason, your likelihood of experiencing severe psychological withdrawal effects should also be factored in when choosing a detox program.

Factors to Consider

Length of Time Using

The effects of substance abuse accumulate over time, wearing down the body and mind in the process. If you’re coming off months or years of drug or alcohol abuse, the aftereffects of addiction will likely require an intensive level of detox care such as what an inpatient-based program provides. Otherwise, the likelihood of relapse runs especially high with other less intensive program types.

Prior Drug/Alcohol Rehab History

Some people struggling with addiction have gone through multiple rounds of rehab before actually gaining control of the addiction problem. A past history of drug or alcohol rehab indicates a severe addiction problem is at work.

Under these conditions, an intensive level detox program should be seriously considered. Inpatient-based programs are best equipped to deal with the physical and mental health problems and challenges that chronic addictions leave behind.

Mental Health Issues

It can be easy to overlook the mental health issues that develop during the course of abusing drugs and alcohol. People recovering from moderate to severe addiction problems stand to experience severe emotional withdrawal effects during detox when mental health problems are present.

When issues like depression and anxiety are a factor, it’s best to choose a detox program that’s equipped to treat both the addiction as well as any emotional or mental problems that may exist.

If you need help choosing a detox program or just need help getting started, call us today at 877-978-3125. This is a 24-hour a day helpline with counselors available to help you find a program that’s right for you.

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  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Brenda A.
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.

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