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Drug and alcohol abuse in the United States is an epidemic. Of the tens of millions of Americans struggling with addiction, however, few will get the help they need to make a lasting recovery. In some cases, this is because they don’t feel like they need help or feel that they can handle their substance use problems on their own. More commonly, however, people do not think that they can take time away from the responsibilities of work, school, or family. And in other cases, they simply don’t know where to begin. For people struggling with severe addiction issues, medically supervised detox centers can help.

If you or someone you care about is battling a substance use disorder, reach out to ARIA today at


to learn more about the range of services our team of addiction specialists offers, including our detox center in Florida.

What Are Detox Programs?

Detox programs and substance abuse treatment programs help individuals to manage withdrawal symptoms with the help of medical professionals. When an individual is addicted to drugs or alcohol, their body has become conditioned to it. In other words, their brain chemistry and many physical processes have changed as the body has become dependent. As a result, the effects of withdrawal can be extremely painful. They can even be fatal. This difficulty is why attempts at detox so often result in relapse, and also why the process must be managed at detox centers like ARIA’s detox center in Florida.

Types of Withdrawal Symptoms to Expect

The types of withdrawal symptoms depend upon the substance and vary widely between individuals. They also depend upon factors like the duration of use, the severity of the addiction, and how much time has passed since the last use. Common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Lightheadedness and dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Unexpected or excessive perspiration
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation

Individuals with more severe addictions may experience more severe symptoms, including seizures, hallucinations, comas, or in extreme cases, death. Whatever the severity of an individual’s addiction, detox centers help manage these symptoms and ensure a safer detox experience.

The Benefits of Medical Detox Centers

Medical detox in one of ARIA’s detox centers is usually the first step on the road to recovery. It is generally followed by residential addiction treatment, in which residents participate in individual and group therapy, and learn to avoid triggers, and establish healthy routines. Because detox involves the complete removal of the substance or substances from the body, the individual is spared many of the mental and physical symptoms of going “cold turkey” and is likelier to avoid relapse.

This does not mean that detox is easy, even in detox centers. However, medical detox does offer several distinct advantages. Among these are:

  • Medical detox thoroughly removes toxic, addictive substances from the body, allowing residents to focus on the psychological and emotional aspects of recovery.
  • The process prepares residents for the rehab process.
  • It reduces the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.
  • Residents report that medically supervised detox gives them the peace of mind, mental clarity, and focus they need to move forward in their recovery.
  • It allows residents to avoid immediate relapse.

Detox centers like our drug addiction treatment center in Florida continually monitor residents medically to ensure that they are as safe and comfortable as they can be. Once the body is free of toxins, rehabilitation is more likely to succeed.

Commitment to Recovery

During the treatment process, you will first be detoxed from drugs and alcohol and then meet with counselors to determine the best course of action. Detox programs are highly recommended because they are a drastic intervention that can help individuals to begin recovery. Participating in a detox program shows a serious commitment to your recovery. Our detox and treatment program takes place seven days a week and is staffed by addiction specialists who have advanced degrees in the field of addiction.

While you are participating in the detox program, you will be under medical supervision around the clock. This ensures that you will receive the care that you need during this intensive period. Once your body has been cleansed from drug or alcohol use, we can begin to work on the underlying issues that are causing your addiction. This can include mental health issues, trauma, and depression.

Continuum of Care

Detox is not enough when seeking to overcome an addiction. This is why ARIA utilizes several levels of care for patients struggling with substance use disorder.

Inpatient Treatment

People struggling with addiction need an extensive degree of care to begin recovery. For individuals who have been abusing drugs or alcohol, it is important to receive inpatient treatment after your detox. This can help to reduce the risk of relapse and continue the recovery process. While you are participating in an inpatient treatment program, you will be able to identify your triggers for using and create coping mechanisms for those challenges.

Inpatient treatment is available in most FL rehab centers where individuals will have access to medical supervision while they go through the recovery process. Inpatient care may be available on an emergency basis or for a longer period of time. Once you complete the detox process either at ARIA or somewhere else, you can proceed to the other levels of care we offer, including inpatient care, partial hospitalization programs, and an intensive outpatient program.

How Long Does Detox Take?

The length of time an individual needs to participate in a detox program will vary based on the extent of their addiction and the services needed. Some of the most common forms of treatment that take place at ARIA Florida include individual, group, and family therapy. Each patient will work with a team of seasoned addiction specialists who know how to effectively break down the challenges you face.

Learn More About ARIA’s Detox Center in Florida

If you or someone you love is battling addiction, you know how difficult it can be to stop using substances and get clean. In ARIA’s detox centers, you don’t have to go it alone. Reach out to the Addiction Recovery Institute of America today online. Recovery is just around the corner.