Outpatient Detox

Maintaining a regular life whilst going through detox is possible. Regardless if you are detoxing from alcohol or another substance, this option can fit your needs. Our outpatient detox is a very affordable, medical treatment program that has been carefully designed to detox individuals meeting criteria while remaining at home (outpatient detox treatment).  

For those individuals who must continue to work or have family obligations, Coastal Detox has an outpatient detox program that can fit into their lives. It is designated for individuals that meet outpatient detox program criteria, be a preferable option since it does not require a full time stay within Coastal Detox’s medical detox facility.  

Outpatient Detox also affords a level of privacy to individuals beginning their journey of recovery from substance abuse since treatment still, unfortunately, carries a certain type of stigma. some of our patients are so ready for the help to get clean that they don’t care about the stigma seeking inpatient treatment holds on them while others need another a more discreet way to treat making outpatient detox ideal for them. Our professional counselors at Coastal Detox can help you make the best decision for YOU.

How Does Outpatient Detox Work?

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Our outpatient detox program includes a thorough assessment by Coastal Detox’s medical provider, review of medical history, monitoring of vital signs, medical treatment of withdrawal symptoms in conjunction with weekly clinical counseling sessions. Coastal Detoxes’ individualized outpatient detox program, which can last anywhere from 1-3 weeks depending on the individual’s needs. Following the completion of outpatient detox, Coastal Detox will provide each client with an aftercare plan that includes referrals to either an intensive or a less intensive outpatient substance abuse counseling program depending on the individual patient’s needs.

Individuals that are addicted to prescription medications or opiates such as heroin, may especially benefit from our outpatient detox program.  Over the course of the past few years, the FDA has approved the use of medications such as Suboxone (Buprenorphine) to help relieve the withdrawal from opiates.  These new medical treatment protocols have created the opportunity to safely and effectively detox individuals meeting criteria through an outpatient level of care.

What Are The Most Common Drugs In An Outpatient Detox Program?


Benzos are one of the most common drugs that are used for detox. They have the ability to reduce the severity of symptoms and lower instances of seizures or delirium tremens.

Benzos are psychoactive medication that offers the user a sedative effect. They work by slowing down the central nervous system and relieving some of the nervousness of withdrawal.

Due to the fact that they offer the user a tranquil, sedative feeling, their use must be closely monitored by a medical professional. Benzodiazepines also have the capability for abuse. No one wants to go through detox and swap one addiction for another.


These forms of medications help decrease anxiety, mental distress and overall alcohol cravings. Drugs like Carbamazepine and valproic acid are commonly used. They also aid in curbing the chance of any seizures.

Adrenergic Medications

These type of medications specifically treat individuals displaying symptoms of elevated heart rate and high blood pressure during detox. They are commonly used alongside benzodiazepines. Clonidine and propranolol are common forms of this medication used for outpatient detox. 

Other Detox Medications

Medications such as barbiturates, baclofen, and sodium oxybate, can be used in a medical detox setting. Another medication, dexmedetomidine, is generally only used in an emergency detox situation. Ketamine has also been used to treat severe alcohol withdrawals; however, due to the fact that it is highly addictive, it is rarely used. 

Common Drugs Used For Drug Detox


This is probably the most commonly prescribed detox drug for heroin. Methadone works by alleviating heroin cravings and withdrawals and produces a similar – though not as strong, high. It also stays in the body for a longer period of time. Individuals that are prescribed methadone are often given the drug for long term maintenance treatment. 

Buprenorphine (Subutex)

Buprenorphine is also used in the long-term maintenance of opiate addiction treatment. It’s considered one of the best medications as it can lessen the length of detox. When it is used in conjunction with Suboxone it can help curb addiction on commonly abused opiates.


Brand names include Depade, ReVia (in a pill form), or Vivitrol (an injectable form), Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist, which means it will actively replace current opioids neurotransmitters in the brain. This effect blocks the user’s ability to feel the drugs. This also helps decrease the cravings for the drug, as it mimics some of the euphoric effects, but at a much lower strength. Naltrexone is very often used in detox and can be prescribed to someone once they have successfully completed their detox treatment.

Adrenergic Drugs

Common forms of adrenergic drugs used are clonidine and propranolol. These medications help calm individuals in detox by reducing a person’s anxiety, irritation, cramping, aches and pains, and profuse sweating. They act by suppressing the “flight or fight” response that is commonly associated with withdrawals. Adrenergic drugs also aid with lowering blood pressure.

Common Drugs Used For Stimulants Detox


When an individual is suffering from less severe symptoms associate with stimulant withdrawal they will be given a taper of the drug. Suboxone is often used in conjunction with the taper.


Desipramine is a common antidepressant prescribed during a stimulant detox. Antidepressants are very common medications given to stimulant detox patients, as most addicts will suffer from immediate depression once they began to detox. Sometimes it is due to clinical depression, other times it is an effect of detoxing from stimulants.

Sedatives and Tranquilizers

Benzodiazepines are often used as tranquilizers for those going through stimulant detox. Diazepam is the most commonly used and helps sedate individuals that are specifically going through methamphetamine or cocaine detox.

Anticonvulsant Medications

Topamax and Neurontin are useful in the beginning stages of stimulant withdrawal to reduce cravings and prevent Adderall crash.

Stimulants are psychoactive drugs that increase brain activity and elevate mood, awareness, and alertness. Although stimulants like caffeine are widely used, some stimulant drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamines, are highly addictive and illegal. Prescription stimulants, including Ritalin, Adderall, and Dexedrine, are also extensively abused. Recovering addicts may need to undergo medically assisted drug detox for stimulant dependence. Symptoms during stimulant drug detoxification can be both physical and psychological and include:

  1. Jitteriness
  2. Anxiety
  3. Dehydration
  4. Chills
  5. Slowed speech
  6. Slowed movements
  7. Dulled senses
  8. Hallucinations
  9. Paranoia
  10. Depression
  11. Insomnia
  12. Fatigue
  13. Body aches
  14. Impaired memory
  15. Unpleasant dreams

Will My Insurance Cover Outpatient Detox?

Unfortunately, Addiction was not considered a diagnosable and treatable mental illness by the U.S. medical community until about forty years ago!  Alcohol and/or substance abuse or addiction didn’t start being considered a disease until early in the 19th century. In 1956, the American Medical Association (AMA) declared alcoholism an illness, and in 1987, the AMA and other medical organizations officially termed addiction a disease.

According to a 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 21 million Americans struggled with a dependence on drugs and/or alcohol last year, but less than 2.5 million received treatment at a specialty facility. The report also points out that a full quarter of those that needed treatment did not receive it because they lacked health insurance. That is a huge problem for anyone facing addiction and/or substance abuse problems. 

Thankfully, in more recent times, and under the new and “improved” healthcare laws, addiction treatment is now considered “an essential health benefit” that commercial health plans must cover. With pushes for healthcare reform to continue, the number of patients seeking addiction treatment for alcohol and/or substance abuse problems and addiction could more than double over the next few years. With that now being the insurance trend, it’s easier now than ever to get the treatment including outpatient detox which so many seek and deserve.

You can get cost-effective and valuable addiction treatment when it’s needed to give you a real chance at lasting sobriety. By educating yourself on your health plan, your state’s laws, and the steps to get covered treatment and care make that a real and achievable goal. There are no more healthcare rules to hold you back from seeking inpatient or outpatient treatment so NOW is the time to seek help, let our professionals at Coastal Detox start you on your journey to long-lasting sobriety.

Understanding Your Healthcare And Addiction/Substance Abuse Treatment Coverage

Now that addiction is legally defined as a “diagnosable medical condition”, that means you can get your healthcare to cover your inpatient or outpatient treatment, including outpatient detox. Insurance companies do not tend to advertise this information but as of recent, 43 US states require commercial group health insurers to cover addiction treatment. Once you or your loved one has decided to seek addiction or substance abuse treatment, make sure you have taken the time to read your insurance policy and know exactly what your benefits are as the policyholder. Pay detailed attention to the wording within your policy. Your policy should define a full continuum of addiction care, which, according to the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, includes “intervention, detoxification, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient treatment, and intensive outpatient, family, and codependency treatment.”

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act of 2008 makes it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against patients because of addiction and/or substance abuse. (The MHPAEA does not require your insurance to cover specific addiction disorders or treatments, but it does require that coverage for mental and substance abuse disorders be offered at parity with standard medical conditions.) There are two things you should do to find out about the treatment options that are available to you as a policyholder. First, contact your health insurance company to verify your policy. Second, go to the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws and locate your state’s lead agency for administering addiction treatment services. 

Is Outpatient Detox Right For You?

Our outpatient detox program at Coastal Detox can be right for you or a loved one who might believe their addiction does not require intensive treatment, however, if their addiction is fairly new and they are capable of sobriety while receiving the proper support, this is an excellent decision but not the normal situation. Unfortunately, most people or patients that seek treatment have suffered for lengthy periods of time and bring forth more questions than answers…unfortunately. This is why Coastal Detox is so instrumental at this phase of recovery and rest assured, our well-trained professionals are here – to help!

We encourage any one who is willing to change their life for the better and ready for sobriety to explore our outpatient detox center. There are no major commitments that could shy a person away from getting treatment and the clients life does not have to be put on hold. They can continue daily responsibilities all while getting the help that they need and they can gain tools to promote a more fulfilling life for them and their family. Contact us to speak to one of our addiction treatment specialists today. 




Real Client Testimonials

  • Coastal detox has an amazing clinical and BHT department offering the best care around Martin county. All the staff going above and beyond to assist their patients and families. They always have something different on the menu to serve and it’s always delicious. If you or someone you know if looking for help do not hesitate and call coastal detox.

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  • Thank you Costal Detox, 9 months sober now and loving every bit of it! I hate how mean I was while detoxing but then again it’s all part of the process. The staff were so caring and kind - helpful in so many ways! The environment was so comfortable and pleasing to be in!

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  • Every staff member made this process easier. In the darkest hours they shined light. Judy was absolutely amazing. They helped so much and my family will forever be grateful to everyone there. If you or your loved one needs help, rest assured that they will get the best care.

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  • Coastal Detox is an amazing facility. Caring and professional staff available 24/7. I was dreading going. Now I only wish I had not waited so long. Top shelf facility and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking freedom from any form of addiction.

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  • Coastal detox has an amazing staff, they are caring, devoted and caring for their clients. I cannot say enough about there level of care and response to their clients. I highly recommend them to those who need help.

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