Agape's Drug Detox in Port St Lucie, FL
Untreated drug and alcohol addiction have a progressive and incredibly damaging impact on people’s lives. Substance use disorder destroys relationships, causes legal and financial problems, and undermines a person’s physical, emotional, and mental health. The very same substance that you or your loved one has been using to create feelings of heightened confidence, relaxation, and euphoria, are likely causing immeasurable stress. Successfully completing drug detox is the first step to safely and sustainably managing substance use disorder.
At Agape Drug and Alcohol Detox Center of Port St. Lucie, we take a targeted, whole-health approach to helping our clients get well. We offer around-the-clock support in our drug detox program, and we leverage all of the most trusted and effective therapies and treatment modalities. Our efforts allow recovering addicts to enjoy greater levels of comfort, expedited healing, and higher levels of long-term success. With the right medical detox services, completing this initial and most challenging stage of the recovery process becomes infinitely easier.
What is Drug Detox?
Drug detox is the process of clearing the body of illicit or prescribed substances that a person has been abusing. When people are addicted or chemically dependent upon a substance of choice, the body and brain no longer function without it. As a result, when abstinence occurs, widespread distress signals are sent in the form of withdrawal symptoms. When detoxing, it’s not uncommon for people to experience:
- Rapid changes in body temperature
- High or low blood pressure
- And more
and more. The range and severity of symptoms that a person experience is determined by various factors including:
- General health
- The type of substance(s) being used
- Individual addiction histories
At Agape Detox Center in Florida, we streamline our detox services to meet the unique needs of the individual. We offer targeted detox programs for a vast range of substances while additionally accounting for personal lifestyles and risk factors. As the body clears itself of harmful substances, it additionally relearns how to function without them. Throughout this relearning process, we offer nutritional support and other natural interventions for increased safety and a more rapid return to normal functioning.
The Process of Drug Detox
Detox support at Agape Detox Center starts from the very moment that our clients enter our Port St. Lucie facility. We know just how physically and emotionally challenging the initial stage of the recovery process can be. When you or your loved one walks into our doors, we’ll quickly perform a psychological evaluation and medical exam. We’ll combine the information that we collect during these assessments with the information obtained during the patient’s intake interview. We’ll take notes on current vital signs and pain levels, and then structure a needs-specific plan for promoting comfort and all-around medical stability.
Shortly after arriving, patients are shown to their rooms. Once there, they’ll receive regular check-ins from team members to monitor their vital signs, ask questions about their emotional well-being, and revise their detox plans as needed. For most substances, withdrawal occurs in several distinct phases. We’ll always be on hand to evaluate and mitigate:
- Physical withdrawal symptoms
- Psychological withdrawal symptoms
- Behavioral withdrawal symptoms
Our detox program at Agape Detox Center of Port St. Lucie is held in a clean, comfortable, well-organized environment. Our facility is staffed by a diverse team of incredibly talented and highly compassionate professionals who love what they do. More importantly, our patients have the opportunity to complete their withdrawal in a safe and comfortable environment that’s absolutely free of temptation, common triggers, and other challenges.
Managing Withdrawal Symptoms
Addiction and denial go hand-in-hand. Not only do people living with substance use disorder often deny that they have problems with addiction, but when they’re finally willing to admit that their substance use has spiraled out of control, they may attempt to detox on their own. Overconfidence and other emotions frequently cause people to attack this Herculean task by themselves. Detoxing without support or “going cold turkey” greatly diminishes a person’s chances of success in recovery. Moreover, for certain substances, it can be downright dangerous. Whether detoxing from addictive prescription drugs, or addictive illicit substances, unsupported detox can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms that may cause permanent physiological damage or even death.
We manage detox symptoms thoughtfully, carefully, and consistently. Our goal is to leverage interventions that provide the right support without setting the stage for new dependencies. When medications are required, we use these to help stabilize vital signs until the body relearns how to function on its own and to prevent significant changes in behaviors and psychological well-being. Throughout the entirety of the withdrawal process, our primary goals are to:
- Prevent existing withdrawal symptoms from worsening
- Limit the discomfort that patients feel
- Shorten the detox process overall
For certain substances, when the right interventions are leveraged early on, some withdrawal symptoms may never manifest at all.
What Happens After Detox
Completing detox successfully is an incredible feat, and one well worth celebrating. This remains true whether people detox on their own or in a licensed and well-equipped facility like ours. However, detox is merely one step in the recovery process. Moreover, it’s quickly followed by a progressive range of new challenges.
After the body has cleaned itself of drugs or alcohol, the brain must heal. Drug and alcohol use cause significant changes in both brain functioning and brain chemistry that make sustained abstinence a real struggle. Many substances also cause post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) to present. PAWS are largely psychological symptoms that indicate that the brain is still working towards balance and normal functioning. They can include:
- Insomnia and other sleep troubles
- Lack of motivation
- Trouble focusing
- And more
Sadly, only 15 percent of people who are admitted through emergency rooms for detox go on to receive additional addiction treatment. At Agape Detox Center, we make it possible for patients to seamlessly transfer from the detox process into structured addiction treatment. The risk of relapsing is at its highest during the first several months of recovery. By preventing prolonged gaps in treatment, our programs set a solid foundation for success.
Types of Drugs We Treat With Detox
General drug detox programs cannot provide the targeted, needs-specific approach that each patient requires. The risk of detoxing and the symptoms of withdrawal can vary greatly for each substance type. At Agape Detox Center, we offer drug detox programs for many common substances including:
All of our team members are familiar with the needs and nuances of each detox type. This allows for streamlined treatment plans, optimum levels of comfort and safety, and reliable, effective support.
Risks of Detoxing on Your Own
For most substances, detoxing alone is physically unsafe. People use drugs like benzodiazepines and opioids to artificially trigger feelings of euphoria. This is accomplished by inciting the release of powerful chemicals within the brain’s reward system known as neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters operate as both “feel good” chemicals that are capable of inspiring heightened confidence and relaxation, and drivers for critical physiological functions. For instance, neurotransmitters support balance, memory, coordination, and various aspects of general cognition, smooth muscle control, and more. When a person is chemically dependent upon a substance and the substance is taken away, these same neurotransmitters can misfire or undergo dramatic changes in their normal production or release.
These changes within brain functioning and general brain chemistry make detoxing from certain substances dangerous. Medical care mitigates these dangers by helping the brain and body to gradually ease their way back towards normal functioning. When targeted support isn’t provided, this process is far more physically taxing. It can lead to permanent or long-lasting damage to the heart, brain, liver, and other vital organs. It can also lead to seizures, coma, and even death. It is always far safer to enroll in a drug detox program that can provide the targeted medical interventions you require.
Preparing for Your Admission Into Treatment
Finding a quality detox program and getting enrolled might seem difficult. In reality, effective treatment is only a phone call away. When you contact Agape Detox Center, our admissions counselors will perform a comprehensive intake interview. This will help us learn more about your addiction history, your general health, and other factors that will enable us to streamline your care. We’ll talk to you about your insurance and your other payment options, and we’ll assist you in making transportation arrangements to our treatment center. Even early on in the enrollment process, we’ll be actively providing support to make things easier for you and your loved ones. Get in touch with us today to get started.