Outpatient Detox

Maintaining a regular life while 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. 

Why Choose Outpatient Detox?

Coastal Detox has an outpatient detox program that can fit into the lives of those who must continue to work or have family obligations. It is designated for individuals who meet outpatient detox program criteria and is 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. Our professional counselors at Coastal Detox can help you make the best decision for YOU.

How Does Outpatient Detox Work?

Our outpatient detox program starts with a thorough assessment by Coastal Detox’s medical staff. Doctors review medical history, vital signs, and various tests to determine if outpatient detox is recommended. Once outpatient detox is determined to be the best type of detox for the individual, they are prescribed medical treatment of withdrawal symptoms in conjunction with weekly clinical counseling sessions. Following the completion of outpatient detox, Coastal Detox will provide each client with an addiction treatment plan. This includes referrals to either an intensive or a less intensive substance abuse counseling program depending on the individual patient’s needs.

Who Should Consider Outpatient Detox?

Anyone that is not suffering from a long-term, severe addiction can generally qualify for outpatient detox. Also, if someone is abusing substances such as alcohol or opioids it is often recommended that they attend an inpatient detox facility, as those substances often have high relapse rates. 

If you believe that you qualify for outpatient detox, we can help you make that determination. At Coastal Detox we will always try to work with you on creating the best-structured detox plan but keep in mind we factor in what is best for your long-term recovery first and foremost.

How Long Does Outpatient Detox Last?

Coastal Detoxes’ individualized outpatient detox program can last anywhere from 1-3 weeks, depending on several factors. When withdrawing from more series of substances such as benzodiazepines or heroin, your detox may last much longer.  Your detox length and experience will be different depending on other characteristics such as age, gender, and metabolism. You’ll also have to consider the history a person has had with addiction, how long they have suffered from the disorder, and if they have any underlying mental health issues. The withdrawal process is unique for everyone.

Substances and Common Withdrawal Symptoms Associated with Detox

While there are many factors that will ultimately determine what someone will experience in outpatient detox, there are some withdrawal symptoms that are common. This is especially true as it pertains to certain substances.

Alcohol Withdrawal

In many cases, alcohol detox can be extremely dangerous. Medical detox is almost always required to keep the patient safe. Withdrawal symptoms like tremors, seizures, and vomiting can occur. In an effort to mitigate any risks associated with alcohol detox, most outpatient detox facilities will recommend an inpatient detox. However, alcohol detox can be performed at the outpatient level if the patient qualifies. 

Stimulant Withdrawal

Common withdrawal symptoms associated with stimulant detox include fatigue, sweating, flu-like symptoms, and overall cognitive decline. Many patients also report feels of depression. Mental health issues are most commonly associated with stimulant abuse. Therefore in individuals with extreme stimulant withdrawal symptoms, they are referred to inpatient care to manage psychiatric issues. 

Opioid Withdrawal

Opioid withdrawal symptoms include digestive problems, nausea, hot flashes, muscle cramping, insomnia, and delusions. Opioid detox can be extremely severe like alcohol detox. And similarly so, medical detox is recommended. A medication-assisted treatment used to taper the individual can also be used with a medication like methadone or buprenorphine. 

Benzo Withdrawal

Benzo detox usually requires a process of tapering the person off this prescription medication because it also causes serious withdrawal symptoms. The individuals are provided with lower dosage benzodiazepines until they are fully off the medication. Benzo withdrawal can include cognitive decline, insomnia, delusions, or even seizures that can be life-threatening. 

Marijuana Withdrawal

Withdrawal symptoms associated with marijuana are fairly mild compared to many other substances. Generally, the person will feel some anxiety and irritability. They may also notice that activity level and appetite will change as well. Marijuana detox is almost always available as an outpatient detox plan. 

What are the Most Common Medications in an Outpatient Detox Program?

Medications play an important role in making sure the outpatient detox is a success. Its important that the person be provided with the right medical detox plan so that they can detox safely at home. 


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 types 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. 


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. 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 to commonly abused opiates.


Brand names include Depade, ReVia (in a pill form), or Vivitrol (an injectable form). Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist, which 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 often used in detox and can be prescribed to someone once they have completed their detox treatment.


When individuals suffer from less severe withdrawal symptoms associated with stimulant withdrawal symptoms, 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.

Will My Insurance Cover Outpatient Detox?

Addiction treatment is now considered “an essential health benefit” that commercial health plans must cover under the new and improved healthcare laws. With pushes for healthcare reform to continue, the number of patients seeking addiction treatment for alcohol or substance abuse problems 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.

According to a 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 21 million Americans struggled with a dependence on drugs 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 or substance abuse problems. 

Understanding Your Insurance and Addiction Treatment Coverage

Now that addiction is legally defined as a “diagnosable medical condition”, that means you can get your insurance to cover your treatment. 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 to know 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, 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 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 may be right for you or a loved one. We encourage anyone 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 person’s life does not have to be put on hold. They can continue daily responsibilities while getting the help they need and gain tools to promote a more fulfilling life. Contact us to speak to one of our addiction treatment specialists today. 



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