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Substance abuse detox is a critical first step in treatment and should never be attempted without professional supervision. Chronic substance abusers who try and quit drugs or alcohol "cold turkey" almost always fail and can suffer serious and even life-threatening consequences. That is why a professionally supervised detox in a certified and well-staffed facility is so vitally important; your life is quite literally at stake. At Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, our team of highly-qualified professionals deliver the kind of world-class care that enables individuals to safely detox from the substances they are abusing and begin their journey to life-long recovery.
At Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, our detox programs offer safe, compassionate and comprehensive symptom relief. Each patient begins their treatment with medically supervised, onsite, residential detox at one of our facilities. Our professionals are qualified to treat withdrawal symptoms to minimize the discomfort of the withdrawal process and to provide immediate care in the event of a medical emergency. Our medical staff can also treat any medical issues that patients may have in addition to their substance abuse. Particularly long-term substance abusers may have a number of these health issues due to the damage they have sustained from their drugs of choice over the years.
Each drug has its own unique withdrawal symptoms, and our medical professionals use the most up-to-date medical protocols to lessen the pain and discomfort of withdrawal and monitor all potential health warning signs. Medications and other procedures may be utilized where appropriate to lessen withdrawal symptoms and manage the patient's overall health throughout the detox process. Our professional staff also educates individuals in detox as to possible withdrawal symptoms associated with the substance or substances they have abused. This is the beginning of an educational process that continues in treatment, empowering those in recovery with the knowledge that can help them remain sober and improve their overall wellness in the years to come.
A SERIOUS THREAT: Heroin use has continued to spread and has grown to epidemic proportions worldwide. In the United States, heroin-related overdoses have steadily expanded, resulting with a 300 percent increase in recent years.
Detox is an integral part of any treatment program; however, it is often the biggest obstacle to a successful recovery. Patients are often reluctant to enter detox because of the potential physical discomfort of the withdrawal process. They let the fear of pain and illness prevent them from taking this necessary first step toward recovery.
Once an individual starts abusing drugs, it’s only a matter of time before abuse turns into dependency. At that point, the difficulty of drug detox – the process of ridding the body of a toxin while managing the withdrawal symptoms – will significantly increase due to the change in the patient’s body chemistry.
The Painkiller Epidemic: Prescription drugs, specifically painkillers, have become the most dominant drug addiction threat in the country and now claim more lives per year than cocaine and heroin combined. The problem has hit Florida particularly hard.