What is a Residential Detox Program?

What is Detox?

Detoxification (detox) is the process by which the body rids itself of a single or several toxins. The process of detoxification occurs throughout the body’s organs, such as the kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, and bloodstream. The release of these toxins can cause several withdrawal symptoms; sometimes, these are life-threatening or severally uncomfortable. Additionally, detox can also be associated with conditions such as:

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Anger 
  • Paranoia 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Seizures
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Pulmonary Diseases

to name just a few.

Once the substance(s) leave the body, which can happen within days or weeks, the person can be left with psychological cravings for the drug(s). There are three crucial components to supervised detoxification from substances

  • Evaluation
  • Stabilization
  • Fostering patient readiness to enter substance abuse treatment

A variety of avenues exist through which a person may experience detox:

  1. In the privacy of his/her/their home, unsupervised
  2. Detox in the privacy of his/her/their own home under the supervision of medical staff
  3. Within emergency hospital care
  4. Acute care clinics
  5. Detox only facilities
  6. Residential Detox facilities with continuing recovery treatment services 

Detoxification from substances can be dangerous, especially drugs such as alcohol or benzodiazepines. As withdrawal can become fatal, generally, one should not attempt detox alone without medical supervision or support. Without the proper medical attention to a wide range of withdrawal symptoms, one can detox at home and still be subject to all the physiological, psychological, mental, emotional, and intellectual aftereffects of drugs and alcohol. These aftereffects leave a person newly detoxed vulnerable to relapse and closer to overdosing. It should be remembered that persons going through detoxification are experiencing a personal and medical crisis. Detox is not to be taken lightly. Though it is outside the scope of this blog to discuss in full, repeated detoxes have a profound impact on the brain and the severity of cravings.

Since 1958, when the American Medical Association designated alcoholism as a medical condition (now expanded to include other drugs), many advances in treatment have been made. In a quality, licensed detox facility, a person will not be subjected to a padded cell to sweat it out or tied to a bed, as done decades ago.

What is Residential Medical Supervised Detoxification?

Medical detox aims to minimize the physical harm and psychological trauma substance addiction causes. As one detoxes from drugs and/or alcohol, a range of symptoms, some listed above, can occur. Sadly, since the late 1950s, more people have been addicted to multiple drugs and generally suffer from co-occurring mental health conditions, some brought on by the use of drugs; other mental health conditions are the underlying cause of addiction. This reality complicates the detoxification process and necessitates the need for trained medical staff: doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, trained addiction social workers, etc., to participate in a client’s detoxification treatment plan.

As stated above, the purpose of medically supervised detoxification is to minimize the harm of substances as the toxins are released from the body and brain. But that is not the sole purpose of the detox process. The second part of the detoxification process prepares the client to proceed with treatment. Many people make the mistake of thinking that detox is drug abuse treatment. It is NOT because of this misunderstanding, people who go through detox and do not go on to treatment relapse with greater regularity than those who go forward to comprehensive treatment programs, including a carefully developed after-care plan. Sometimes this includes living in a supervised halfway house.

It should be clear by now that detoxification may require a multitude of medications (depending upon one’s mental health, physical health, and state of addiction), as well as regular comprehensive evaluations during the detoxification process.

Residential detoxification facilities provide 24/7 supervision, observation, and support for clients. While some “residential detox facilities” help some people detox without medical care, they are based on a social model. They generally do not have medical staff onsite. If you or your loved one chooses this type of detox facility, you should ensure the facility has linkage to medical care in case of emergencies. 

The psychological and physical impact of withdrawal must be carefully managed to prepare a client to proceed with drug/alcohol treatment. To do this, it is oftentimes better to be away from home, friends, work, or school obligations which can “trigger” a person to use again during the detox process. These triggers can lead to disastrous results, such as relapse with a greater danger of overdosing. Residential Medical Detox facilities, such as Coastal Detox, provide the medical supervision required while removing the client from his/her/their environment, and possible triggers.

Additionally, one size fits all detox is illogical. A comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of a client’s condition is needed to help the person detox effectively and prepare him/her/them to enter drug/alcohol addiction treatment. The stress exerted on a person’s body and mind during detox can be challenging to manage alone. That is why residential medical detox facilities provide the optimum care. The presence of caring medical, psychological, and caring, experienced staff can ensure that a person moving through the detox process does so successfully.

“[T]he domain of detoxification refers not only to the reduction of the physiological and psychological features of withdrawal syndromes but also to the process of interrupting the momentum of compulsive use in persons diagnosed with substance dependence… 

All clinicians who assess and treat patients should be able to obtain and interpret information regarding the needs of these persons, and all should be knowledgeable about the biomedical and psychosocial dimensions of alcohol and illicit drug dependence.

Requisite skills and knowledge base include the following:

  • Understanding how to interpret the signs and symptoms of alcohol and other drug intoxication and withdrawal
  • Understanding the appropriate treatment and monitoring of these conditions
  • The ability to facilitate the individual’s entry into treatment.”

Residential medical detox facilities should have licensed, certified and/or registered clinicians who provide this 24/7 care. Coastal Detox offers this type of residential detox facility. Still, should you or your loved one be unable to enter residential medical detox at our facility, our staff can develop a well-managed, supervised detox treatment program that prepares you or your loved one to move forward into addiction treatment. Remember, withdrawing from drugs and alcohol does not address all the issues that arise from the disease of addiction. 

Call now and speak with our trained staff to take control of your life and bring hope back.




Connor Barton
Connor Barton
The staff here is amazing. Caring and attentive. I finally kicked the sticks and couldn’t be happier.
Jacob Rashid
Jacob Rashid
So nice to have Grandma back to her old self. She has struggled with xannies for as long as I can remember. The staff were so attentive and met her where she was, not where they wanted her to be. Thank you Coastal Detox!
Tara Payne
Tara Payne
I struggled with alcohol addiction for most of my life. After many tries nothing worked.It was my 43rd birthday and I wasn't gonna see 44 if I didn't get help. I called around and found Coastal. So glad I did. I am so grateful for EVERYONE there. This beautiful facility is not just a detox. They actually have programs to help you learn to live a sober life and enjoy being yourself again! Entire staff is awesome! (Ms Diana ❤️ and Mrs Karen ❤️)They really understand how your feeling as most are in recovery also. If your looking for some help please give them a call. I give them 10+stars. Five months sober now!!! Thank you Coastal!!!
Bob Hawkins
Bob Hawkins
The entire staff of Coastal is great, the therapists, the nurses, the techs, everyone. It’s a great environment to begin your recovery in. As an added perk, the food is some of the best you’ll ever have thanks to the chefs.
Tony Givens
Tony Givens
My experience at coastal detox was very good, the staff there is terrific. They helped me get through the process of detox in a safe and professional manor.
Jodi Silverman Goldberg
Jodi Silverman Goldberg
It been almost a year!! Thank y’all
Matthew Mcnulty
Matthew Mcnulty
This is the top tier Rehab/Detox center in Southeast FL. I’ve heard nothing but good things about them. Their attention to detail is impressive. They specialize in treating alcohol abuse among several other conditions. If you or a loved one are looking for a blueprint on how to sober up…Coastal Detox will lead you there.
Mary Katz
Mary Katz
My experience with Coastal has been one of empathy, kindness and family. From Admissions to Nurses to techs I have never felt so cared for. Food and drink 24/7. Coastal is a place I went twice. First time 14 days next 6days later for another 11. At 59 and umpteen detoxes Coastal by far is Heaven Sent! As a Nutritionist and Trainer, I'm so happy to be back....the Mary ,who was lost:)
vicky ehr
vicky ehr
Great place . Helped me so much I am a 64 year old woman and this place got me sober with dignity and kindness. I highly recommend it plus the food is incredible. Rooms are really well laid out. 2 guys to a room . Each bed has its own t.v with head sets so you dont bother your roomate. Take an extra pillow and comfort blanket from home. At least 3 pairs of pj’ s sock and shoes and comfortable clothing fit. You do your own laundry there. I will send you the link to look at. After thinking all morning this is hands down the place for you. Lots of young people and fantastic therapists. For my wonderful son who suffers. From addiction the way I do.

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