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 us to monitor acute and sometimes dangerous withdrawal symptoms, and to prepare the mind and body for addiction treatment.
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 FAQ page.
Start Your 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 – but you have to answer the phone when they call!
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 from the following substances:
- Prescription Drugs (Opioids)
Managing Acute Withdrawal Symptoms with Medical Detox
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:
- Delirium Tremens (alcohol only)
- Panic Attacks
- Muscle Aches
- Bone/Joint Pain
Managing these symptoms is a crucial first step in recovery. Without professional addiction treatment programs in Florida, 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 an alcohol detox, drug detox, heroin detox, or opiate detox, know that we offer something unique: a fully accredited, licensed, professionally staffed, medical detox facility located at the Rose women’s rehab center and the Star men’s rehab center, both 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)
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 helps you begin your recovery with structured support and build skills for long-term sobriety.