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What Is Medical Detox?

In alcohol, opioid, and substance use treatment, medical detoxification is the process of removing dangerous by-products of drugs, alcohol, or other substances from the body. This allows healthcare professionals to monitor acute and sometimes dangerous withdrawal symptoms, and to prepare the mind and body for addiction treatment. A drug and alcohol detox center provides the care and support both medically and emotionally that individuals need to go through this process and begin their addiction treatment.

When individuals form a dependency on drugs or alcohol, it affects their entire body. Simply stopping use or abstaining doesn’t end the addiction. The body has to re-adjust to the absence of a substance it has become reliant upon to produce certain chemicals in the brain. Stopping use or reducing use usually results in withdrawal symptoms as the body re-learns to operate without the drugs or alcohol. For some individuals, the stress and physical strain of these withdrawal symptoms can trigger or exacerbate other ailments or health issues. When this occurs, individuals are at risk. Thus, medically supervised detox is the best route to go to work through withdrawal and begin treatment with a clear mind and healthy body.

Our medical detox center in Jacksonville, Florida, provides custom-designed, physician-approved medical detox procedures supervised around the clock by medical professionals dedicated to your recovery. Our board-certified doctors and nurses provide immediate treatment in case problems arise, administer therapies and medications to alleviate severe withdrawal symptoms, and collaborate with therapists to form the first stages of your long-term, personalized recovery plan. Learn more about our medical detox process by visiting our detox FAQ page.

How Can I Start a New Life Free from Addiction?

Taking the first step is tough. We understand what’s going through your mind as you consider checking yourself into rehab. We know what it’s like to be afraid of recovery and sobriety. To get started, provide your contact information below and one of our admissions specialists will contact you within 30 minutes. They’ll help you begin the rehab admission process, and answer any and all questions you might have a– but you have to answer the phone when they call!

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— Lantie Jorandby, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

Who Needs Medical Detox?

A person who has been consuming alcohol or drugs for an extended period of time becomes dependent on the presence of the substance. Once they stop using these substances the side effects they experience can be life-threatening, which is why medically monitored detox is often recommended for patients undergoing withdrawal. Medical detox programs are necessary for patients experiencing withdrawal. While some withdrawal symptoms are minor and can make an individual uncomfortable, other symptoms can be quite serious and dangerous if left untreated.

Lakeview Health offers the following medical detox center resources:

Alcohol Detox Center

One of the most abused substances in our nation, alcohol can have a very serious impact on bodily health as it can do damage to major organs like the liver and heart. Medical detox monitors heart rate and blood pressure so that patients are never in danger.

Heroin Detox Center

Heroin is one of the most addictive and potent illicit drugs available. The withdrawal symptoms from heroin are usually as intense as the euphoria the drug produces making it extremely difficult to get through alone.

Prescription Drug Detox Center

Medications, used correctly or abused, can lead to addiction. When this is the case, individuals need targeted attention as they work through their symptoms and treat the condition originally prescribed.

Benzo Detox Center

Anxiety and depression are the two most common mood disorders in the nation with millions affected every year. When individuals develop a dependency upon the medication used to treat these conditions, they need detoxification treatment that is rightly suited to their needs.

Cocaine Detox Center

As an extremely potent stimulant, cocaine can have a significant negative impact on the body. When individuals attempt to abstain or work through withdrawal, they can experience several health issues. Medically supervised detox is the best way to get through these symptoms.


Why Is Medical Detox Important?

Prolonged abuse of alcohol and drugs leads to significant changes in your mind and body. Your brain adapts to the presence of these substances and compensates by altering the delicate balance of neurotransmitters – your brain’s internal messaging system – related to pleasure, pain, reward, and mood. At the same time, your internal organs work overtime to process the toxic chemicals and your musculoskeletal system responds to the changes in your brain chemistry, sending your entire system out of balance.

Over time your body creates a new normal, dominated by the presence of your drug of choice. When you detox and remove the substance from your system, you enter a state of physical and psychological withdrawal. Depending on how much and how long you’ve been using, the acute stages of withdrawal can last anywhere from three to ten days. Symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs of use can include:

Managing these symptoms is a crucial first step in recovery. Without professional addiction treatment programs, most people have difficulty handling the uncomfortable physical and emotional aspects of withdrawal, which leads to high rates of relapse. In some extreme cases, people trying to detox without adequate medical supervision end up in the emergency room with life-threatening medical conditions.

Detox Safely at Our Medical Detox Center

We want you to achieve sustainable sobriety, and we want you to do it in a way that doesn’t put your health at risk. Whether you’re looking for alcohol detox, drug detox, heroin detox, or opiate detox, know that we offer something unique: fully accredited, licensed, professionally staffed, gender-responsive addiction treatment programs at our medical detox facilities at The Rose women’s rehab center and The Star men’s rehab center, both located in Jacksonville, Florida.

We primarily use the following protocols for detoxing, though we do adapt based on individualized patient needs:

  • Librium protocol – Alcohol dependence (5 days)
  • Serax protocol – Alcohol dependence with liver impairment (5 days)
  • Phenobarbital protocol (includes clonidine) – Sedative dependence and opiate dependence (6-7 days)
  • Buprenorphine protocol – Add-on for opiate dependence (6 days)

What Can I Expect at Lakeview Health’s Treatment Centers?

At Lakeview Health, we provide safe, comfortable environments to focus on your whole health – mind, body, and spirit. Our team of experts help you address alcohol and substance use disorders simultaneously with any co-occurring mental health or physical health issues. The evidence-based, comprehensive care we provide helps you begin your recovery with structured support and build skills for long-term sobriety.
At our detox treatment programs, patients can find the exact support they need. For those who feel it would be a good fit for them, our gender responsive treatment offers men’s detox and women’s detox in gender-specific programs designed to meet those needs. Often, individuals struggling with substance use disorder have experienced significant trauma. Sometimes this occurs in their home life and other times in their personal or intimate relationships. Drug or alcohol abuse is frequently connected to domestic violence, intimate partner abuse, and child abuse. In gender-responsive detox, we take into account that working through withdrawal and beginning treatment may work best when with those of the same gender. This allows for a sense of security, which increases involvement and commitment to the program.
We currently accept Aetna, Cigna, and United Healthcare. We do not currently accept Medicare, Medicaid, or Florida Blue.

Reach Out to Lakeview Health Today

Our Florida facilities provide a serene backdrop for our clients to begin the healing and recovery process. Our well-kept grounds and spacious facilities offer several amenities to help clients feel comfortable, welcomed, and safe during their time in treatment. To learn more about our medical detox center and how our team can help, contact Lakeview Health online today by calling 904.531.3505.

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