Drug abuse is a major problem in Florida, affecting young and older people. The state recorded 7231 drug-related deaths in 2020, a number ranking Florida 35th in death rate for the entire United States.

Substance use disorder (SUD) is a chronic illness for those in Florida and nationwide. Victims need help overcoming addiction. 

Aspen Behavioral Health is an accredited drug detox center located in West Palm Beach, Florida. We are committed to helping all patients with drug addiction overcome it and lead healthy, sober lives. 

If you’re looking for professionals who understand your plight with addiction, our team is ready to help. All you need to do is take another brave step, contact us and begin your treatment now. 

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What Is Drug Detox? 

Drug detox is the process of safely removing all traces of drugs from your body under a medical expert’s supervision. Drug detoxification aims to help you overcome withdrawal symptoms when you stop using drugs. 

Detoxification should happen under a medical expert’s watch because withdrawal symptoms can be fatal and, at times, life-threatening. 

We offer inpatient and outpatient drug detox, depending on your unique situation. 

Patients with severe cases of addiction will need full hospitalization during detox, so that they have access to 24-hour monitoring. If you have a mild addiction, we can help you detox through an outpatient program, but you will need to remain at the detox center for several hours a day. 

Drug detoxification is the first drug addiction treatment. Detoxification helps us better your physical state in readiness for mental therapy. 

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Drug Detoxification Process

Each patient is unique, and we strive to offer personalized treatment. Generally, the drug abuse detox program involves three significant steps as detailed below. 

Evaluation  Treatment Continued Care
  • Physical checkup
  • Mental evaluation
  • Blood tests
  • Review of existing medical conditions
  • Understanding of your drug use history 
  • Evaluation tests determine your treatment path
  • Medical treatment
  • Psychological therapy 
  • Solo counseling sessions
  • Group counseling
  • Family therapy sessions

The evaluation process is the most critical stage of treatment. Here we work to understand your history with drugs, any co-occurring mental health issues, and if you have existing medical conditions. The evaluation results will determine the best medicine to use during your detox. 

Medically assisted detox in our center ensures that you remain comfortable and free from any pain that comes during withdrawal. 

Allow us to help you through detox. It is the first and most crucial step toward a sober and healthy recovery.

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How Long Does Drug Detox Program Take? 

Typically, detox takes 7-10 days from start to finish. During this time, we want to give your body time to adjust while you remain comfortable and pain-free.  Several factors will determine the length of your drug detox. Some patients take longer than others. 

  • Type of Drugs Abused – Some drugs will clear your body faster than others; similarly, some drugs have more severe withdrawal symptoms than others.
  • How Long You’ve Used the Drugs  – The longer you’ve used a substance, the longer it may take to detox because your body has already gained some dependence. 
  • Quantities of Drugs Used – If you’ve been using a specific drug in extremely high doses, we may need more time to help you detox. 

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Withdrawal Symptoms to Watch Out For 

As the drugs come out of your system, you may experience different withdrawal symptoms. 

Patients will feel different symptoms depending on how long they’ve used a drug and their general health and well-being. Alcohol detox symptoms are similar to drug detox symptoms but will present different treatment scenarios for each patient. 

Physical Symptoms  Psychological Symptoms  Severe Symptoms 
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea 
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Shaking 
  • High blood pressure
  • Fast heart rate
  • Uncontrollable drug cravings 
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability 
  • Paranoia
  • Mood swings
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations 

While the withdrawal symptoms for drugs can be scary, our certified medical practitioners will be there for you every step of the way to ease these feelings. 

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Social Detox Vs. Medically Managed Withdrawal

Social detox or going “cold turkey” is a non-medical way of detoxing where you simply stop using the drug without taking any medicines. 

While this method can work, it is not recommended, as some detox symptoms can be fatal. Besides, when some patients experience extreme discomfort, they tend to relapse to ease it. 

Substances like opioids, stimulants and benzodiazepines are associated with mental health issues. If you attempt to go cold turkey when detoxing from these drugs, you may develop mental health conditions such as depression, hallucinations, violence, suicidal thoughts and more. 

We want your drug addiction recovery to be long-term, which is why we advocate for medically assisted detox programs. These programs give you access to 24/7 medical care as well as psychological support. 

Drug detoxification is the most difficult phase of drug addiction rehab and treatment. Our team will be your support system when you need us most. We will ensure that you are pain-free and comfortable during detox. All you need to do is take the next step and contact us. 

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How Effective Are Drug Detox Medications? 

Pharmacological intervention is quite effective in dealing with detox symptoms. 

Professionals know what medicine to use for which addiction problem. In some cases, we even use medicines that mimic the drug’s effects to alleviate discomfort during withdrawal. 

If you’re addicted to Benzodiazepines such as sleeping pills and painkillers, we administer medicines with similar effects but slower acting until you can get off the substances safely. 

When dealing with MDMA (“Ecstasy” or “Molly”), we are cautious because of the way these drugs interact with a patient’s brain. Patients with an MDMA addiction can quickly develop brain damage and other mental health complications. For this reason, we administer anti-depressant medications to prevent adverse effects during detox. 

It is difficult to predict how psychoactive drugs affect different patients during detox.

We will observe your unique situation and prescribe medications to help you overcome the detoxification period, which doesn’t take long. 

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Inpatient Treatments vs. Outpatient Treatment?

Inpatient programs or full hospitalization require that you get admitted into our drug detox treatment center. The treatment may last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on how your body reacts to treatment. 

Inpatient programs are ideal for patients with a long history of alcohol and substance abuse. These patients may need closer monitoring to ensure they don’t experience fatal withdrawal symptoms. 

After detox, we will start other programs such as behavioral therapy, motivational interviews and reinforcement through rewards to encourage long-term abstinence. 

Outpatient programs, on the other hand, involve patients attending treatment while commuting from home.

While you can detox through outpatient programs, it only works for patients with mild addiction problems. Either way, you would need to come to the detox center for a full day during the detox process for proper monitoring. 

Outpatient detox programs will also combine other forms of therapy where we not only work on your physical state but also your mental health. 

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Drug Addiction Therapy Services With Detox

It is not enough to detox your body. We also work on your mental health, so that you can enjoy a wholesome life after treatment. In our experience, most patients have a dual diagnosis where they have an addiction problem and a mental health issue. 

The most common conditions include;

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders 

We strive to ensure that while eliminating all traces of alcohol and drugs from your body, we also help you overcome these disorders. We understand that without a holistic approach to drug treatment, the chances of relapsing are high. 

Furthermore, most people start abusing drugs as a way of escaping their mental health problems. Still, there are people who develop mental disorders after they start using drugs. 

If you suffer from co-occurring mental health disorders, we can help! Aspen addiction specialists will take you through therapies that will work on these conditions. We combine different therapies aimed at helping you maintain long-term sobriety. 

Here is a summary of the different types of therapies offered at our detox center. 

Behavioral Therapy Medically Assisted Therapy (MAT) Psychotherapy 12-Step Programs
We identify and seek to help you change self-destructive behavior. These therapies include cognitive behavior therapy and speech therapy. During MAT, we use medicine to balance your brain chemicals, allowing you to achieve mental stability. Our mental health professionals will counsel you with the aim of helping you change any negative thoughts and emotions.  The programs offer you a network of support from people on the same healing journey as you. 

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Will Insurance Pay for Drug Detox?

Health insurance covers drug and substance abuse rehabilitation and treatment in compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Aspen Behavioral Health accepts most major insurance covers for substance abuse treatment.

In most cases, you may not need to pay out of pocket for drug detox and rehabilitation. But you need to meet the deductibles requirements. Some insurance companies will make 100% payments for detox and other treatment programs while some will require you to make copayments. 

If you aren’t sure whether we accept your insurance or whether you’ll need to make copayments, contact us and we will verify for you. 

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Life After Detox Awaits 

Don’t just become another grim statistic. Take charge of your life now. 

Detoxing is the first step to sobriety. We will combine different treatment options to help you overcome the grip of drug and substance abuse. 

At the end of your treatment, you will be physically and mentally whole through the help of our friendly staff. We utilize intensive and effective inpatient and outpatient treatment programs to treat substance use disorders (SUDs). 

Take a leap of faith and contact us to learn the benefits of our detox and rehab programs. We will find a treatment option that will work for you. 


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