The first step in fighting alcohol or drug addiction is successfully detoxing. As such, finding the right detox program is essential for reaching your health and wellness goals. Although “going cold turkey” or detoxing on your own might seem like the best solution, for most substances, it isn’t possible to safely detox without medical support. Even when abstaining does not cause potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, the amount of discomfort it creates greatly increases a person’s risk of relapsing.
At Agape Detox Center, we offer services that establish a solid foundation for successful recovery. We’re staffed by a diverse and dedicated team of professionals who are capable of offering targeted, needs-specific support to all of the clients we serve.
Detox is always where treatment begins. When detox offers the right therapies and medical interventions, it sets the stage for a positive outlook, helps patients stay motivated and on target, and expedites the physical and emotional healing process. We use in-depth medical evaluations to provide every patient with an effective, integrated detox plan that offers seamless, end-to-end support.
From the moment you arrive at our facility, you’ll have around-the-clock access to knowledgeable, caring team members and cutting-edge pain management strategies. When you start your recovery process at Agape Detox Center, you’ll also get a step up on many of the most important aspects of addiction treatment including:
- The development of healthy coping techniques
- The power of maintaining a positive mindset
- The benefits of diligent self-care
Best of all, everyone on our staff works hard to ensure that all patients are treated with dignity and compassion throughout the treatment process.
At Agape Detox Center, we have medically supervised detox programs for:
We additionally offer targeted detox services for many other illicit and prescription drugs. Moreover, we also understand that substance abuse frequently goes hand-in-hand with undiagnosed and untreated mental health disorders. This is why we offer specialized support for those who may be living with post-traumatic stress disorder, general anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, or other health issues that have yet to be properly identified and managed.
What to Expect During Drug and Alcohol Detox
At the very start of the recovery process, few things make people more anxious than the anticipation of withdrawal symptoms. For most addicts, even simply going too long without their substance of choice can cause the body to send out intense and incredibly widespread distress signals. From nausea and vomiting to sweating, shaking, and general disorientation, sudden abstinence can be unpleasant indeed.
That’s why our team at Agape Detox Center offers targeted interventions and medically-assisted treatment from the very moment you walk in the door. We know that limiting discomfort early on helps preserve the will and dedication of those who’ve made the commitment to get well.
We’ll check your vital signs right away and provide a comprehensive medical assessment. You may be asked many of the same questions that you answered during your intake interview with our admissions counselor at the time of initial enrollment. Answering them again will give us the opportunity to:
- Update our files
- Identify any recent changes in your physical health
- Determine your current level of anxiety and discomfort
The more information that we collect, the more needs-specific your care can ultimately be. We’ll also perform an in-depth psychological evaluation at the time of check-in. Just as sudden abstinence can make many of your physical systems and general functions flounder, detox can have a definite impact on your mood balance and your overall mental health. If immediate interventions are necessary for helping you maintain a sense of calm, we’ll start these right away.
You’ll then be taken on a quick tour of our Port St. Lucie facility so that you know where everything is. We’ll also review the rules of our establishment. The rules that you’ll be subject to when participating in our medical detox program are the very same rules that you’ll find at any other detox and rehab center. Their goal is to ensure that both you and every other patient in our facility are safe, comfortable, secure, and not exposed to unnecessary temptations or stress. You’ll also get a brief review of the therapies, workshops, team members, and medical interventions that you’ll have access to throughout your stay. Finally, you’ll be taken to your room where you’ll have the chance to settle in.
Medical evaluations start immediately upon entering our detox program. However, in the interest of keeping your care on par with your progress in detox, these evaluations will be ongoing. Members of our team will routinely check your:
- Heart rate
- Blood pressure
- Mental state
and more. If you’ll be staying with us for a while, you’ll also receive nutritional check-ins to ensure that your body is getting exactly what it needs.
Medical evaluations can also include measures to ensure that any medications being used to minimize or prevent withdrawal symptoms are having the desired effects. Depending upon your substance abuse history and the types of substances that you’re detoxing from, you may receive prescriptions to:
- Alleviate anxiety
- Promote deep and restful sleep
- Safely wean your body off of highly addictive substances while your brain chemistry and brain functioning normalize
If you have any questions or concerns in-between regular medical and psychological evaluations, a member of our team will always be on hand to address them.
We take a needs-specific approach to managing withdrawal symptoms at Agape Detox Center. This ensures that patients are getting the help they require for both safety and comfort, without setting the stage for over-reliance. Just as medications like suboxone and methadone make abstaining from heroin and other opiates easier, these substances can also be addictive themselves.
Our team members leverage medical interventions on an as-needed basis and consistently maintain a strong focus on using non-habit-forming medications and therapies whenever possible. We use medications for which the benefits always outweigh the drawbacks, and the potential for causing secondary substance issues is minimal or non-existent. We also pride ourselves in taking a focused, whole-health approach to supporting and expediting recovery. We believe that factors such as good sleep, good nutrition, regular physical exercise, and general peace of mind play tremendous roles in promoting success.
One important benefit of receiving ongoing medical observation in our Port St. Lucie detox center is having a treatment plan that evolves as your symptoms do. For most substances, the full range of withdrawal symptoms does not immediately present. Detoxing often occurs in several distinct phases, and withdrawal symptoms frequently intensify as detox progresses. The same measures and dosing methods that we use at the start of your detox won’t be as effective in the mid-portion of this process. They’ll likely prove too aggressive as your detox reaches its end. By regularly observing your progress and documenting your vital signs and other factors, we can streamline your treatment plan to provide the perfect level of support each and every step of the way.
Do You Need a Detox Program?
Enrolling in our detox program at Agape Detox Center is definitely a good choice if you’ve become physically dependent upon any substance that you’ve been abusing. Drug and alcohol abuse is the final step towards full-blown addiction. When people become chemically dependent upon substances, they can no longer:
- Limit or control how much drugs or alcohol they use
- Stop using suddenly without feeling physically and mentally unwell
- Stop using without support without risking potentially dangerous changes in their health
If you’ve tried to limit or stop your drug or alcohol use before and have experienced dramatic changes in how your body functions or feels, signing up for our medically supervised detox program is the safest choice.
Can't I Just Quit on My Own?
Some people believe that undergoing supervised detox will leave them reliant upon prescription medications that are offered as alternatives to their drugs of choice. Detoxing alone can seem like a sure way to get a clean, fresh start, and to do away with substance use entirely. In reality, however, going “cold turkey” or detoxing on your own can be extremely dangerous. Detoxing from alcohol without support can cause various physical functions and systems to shut down. Detoxing from benzodiazepines and other prescription drugs can have a similar effect. In some cases, efforts to detox alone can lead to permanent neurological and physical damage and even death.
Entering a detox program also increases your chances of succeeding in recovery. When abstaining from your drug of choice doesn’t leave you feeling physically unwell, depressed, hopeless, or drained, you can keep pushing forward. Although many people view addiction as a personal shortcoming or a sign of insufficient willpower, addiction is a chronic medical condition. Most people cannot simply “power through” this process. Successful detox requires a structured, strategic plan that’s unique to the individual’s needs. This is especially true when underlying mental health issues exist.
At Agape Detox Center, we offer suboxone and methadone detox programs for people who’ve become addicted to substances as the result of mismanaged detox plans that they’ve had in the past. We understand the very real fear of becoming overly reliant on new substances in detox. With this understanding, we’ve structured our services to help people reclaim their health in the safest of ways possible.
Get on the Path to Wellness Today by Calling Agape Detox Center
Detoxing is a hurdle that every recovering addict must successfully clear. When you detox with targeted medical interventions, you can avoid overwhelming anxiety, pain, and fatigue. Detoxing at Agape Detox Center will allow you to start the path to recovery safely and be surrounded by compassionate, highly trained professionals who can give you the support you need. Call us today to learn more about our detox programs and our options in holistic therapies and dual diagnosis treatment. Our admissions counselors are always standing by.