Receiving safe and comfortable care at a West Palm beach detox is at the front of most people’s minds when seeking treatment. Most people living with addiction realize it will likely take more than the West Palm beach detox treatment to establish lasting recovery. But the fact remains that for safety and comfort, the medical detoxification process must come first. This is also the best way to ensure sobriety that stands the test of time.

Effective drug and alcohol treatment is about not only returning the addicted person to health but giving them the tools and the insights to succeed. ARIA’s West Palm beach detox is a critical part of our evidence-based solution for addiction. Our focus at ARIA from start to finish is on patient success. The way we see it, there is no more important metric for evaluating the effectiveness of our treatment than the success of those we have the privilege to treat.

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Research has shown that not only does brain chemistry undergo significant changes, but there are also structural changes to the brain due to addiction. This change and damage didn’t occur overnight and it won’t be repaired overnight either. That said, the human body is remarkably resilient. That includes the brain. Habits become engrained over time. The sad truth is that drugs hijack the pleasure centers of our brains and use the reward pathways to reinforce addictive behavior.

But just as the brain’s chemistry and functioning changes with addictive behavior and drug use, it can return to healthier functioning. The bare minimum needed to initiate that process though is sound, medical drug and alcohol detox at a qualified facility. When a person finishes with medical detox, they aren’t cured of addiction. But they are free of drugs and alcohol, safely and under supervision. This is where the change of direction really begins if they choose.


Dependence on drugs and alcohol destroys relationships, careers, families and lives. It costs the economy billions of dollars every year in lost productivity. Addiction is an incredibly challenging mental illness. If you’re going to battle with it, you need absolutely every advantage you can get. Whatever reasons you or your loved ones may find not to go to a West Palm beach detox are likely to outweigh the risks of not acting decisively.

One of the most common concerns is work or job responsibilities. It’s often said in the rooms of recovery that anything you put ahead of recovery, you will lose. Experience as shown this to be true more often than not. If you or someone you love is battling addiction and there was enough concern to search for West Palm beach detox programs, then there is a reason you are here.

There are three main reasons to enter treatment at a West Palm beach detox:

  1. Withdrawal from alcohol and most drugs is very uncomfortable and can be dangerous, or even deadly. This is especially true where alcohol, benzodiazepines and barbiturates are concerned.
  2. A medical detox is not only much safer and far more comfortable, it also significantly reduces the odds of relapse.
  3. People who attend an inpatient medical detox are much more likely to attend a full course of treatment. A full course of treatment is the single biggest factor for success in early recovery, clinically speaking.

How long will it be before you or they lose that job that’s keeping them from going to detox? Where does that leave them then? If the person works full-time at a company with 50 or more employees, chances are they can use the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to protect their job for up to 12 weeks while they get the help they need

If that seems simple, that’s because it is. Successful recovery is often a matter of life and death. That isn’t being dramatic, it is the truth. We all know it, even if it is frightening to face sometimes. Surviving means you live to fight another day. Life is chock full of opportunities, but only if you’re alive to take them. In our business, we have seen some truly miraculous recovery stories. Who says that you or your loved one can’t have a miraculous recovery of their own? But it’s got to start somewhere and our West Palm beach detox is a great place to begin. So, we know detox is a good idea, but let’s talk about what happens if we don’t go to detox.


Withdrawal symptoms are one of the biggest fears of any addicted person. Consequently, they are one of the biggest obstacles to that person getting the help they so desperately need. The fear of withdrawal symptoms keeps people from accepting treatment and it increases the worry and frustration of their loved ones twofold.

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. Medical detox treatment alleviates or eliminates the majority of these withdrawal symptoms.

Common physical drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include:

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

Individuals with more severe addictions may experience more severe symptoms, including seizures, hallucinations, coma, or in extreme cases, death. Deadly seizures are a pronounced risk with withdrawal symptoms in three specific categories:


An individual’s specific risk of seizure depends on what they are using, how much and for how long. Other variables such as the persons age, general health and a predisposition to seizures are also significant factors. Many people may be completely unaware that they predisposed to seizures. The risk of life-threatening seizures is just one more reason why a West Palm beach detox is a critical step in the recovery process. Detoxing at home simply isn’t a safe or sensible option for most people and that’s especially true of anyone with an alcohol use disorder or someone dependent on benzodiazepines or barbiturates. It is a mistake that can have tragic consequences.


The decision to attend a quality detox in West Palm beach , like ARIA’s has saved thousands of lives. Whatever you do, you or your loved ones should not try to “white knuckle” it or tough it out at home. It’s simply not worth the risk. Whatever the severity of an individual’s addiction, detox centers in West Palm Beach like ours help manage these symptoms and ensure a safer detox experience. The “inside work” of recovery can begin immediately after detox. The chance for success improved markedly if a patient is already admitted to a facility like ARIA’s which offers detox, inpatient and all of the relevant levels of care in one program


The person who is battling addiction can feel misunderstood. After all, if the people asking them to get help have never experienced the kind of withdrawal they are anticipating, how could they ever understand the fear gripping them? This section details many of the psychological withdrawal symptoms addicted people may face when quitting drugs or alcohol without a thorough West Palm beach detox process.

It is important that the person living with addiction understand that none of these withdrawal symptoms are necessary. It’s true that no West Palm beach detox can guarantee a symptom-free experience. However, they can promise an experience that will be vastly safer and more comfortable than anything you can do at home or without proper medical support. Even when it comes to the mental side effect of withdrawal, we can do a great deal to provide relief at our West Palm beach detox.

These are the psychiatric withdrawal symptoms that most people are concerned about:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Anhedonia
  • Sleeplessness
  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)


Treating the psychological symptoms of withdrawal can be more challenging than the physical ones. A large part of the reason why is that physical withdrawal symptoms have a definitive cause. They can be more easily evaluated and treated. The psychological effects however can be caused by the dramatic changes in brain chemistry someone in withdrawal experiences, but others like depression and anxiety can simply be situational in nature.

Often times it is a combination of both neurochemistry and situational considerations. This requires more than just a medical team trained in drug detoxification. It also necessitates mental health staff who can evaluate and treat psychological symptoms under the direction of a psychiatrist. Getting the right balance of help during the critical detox phase is one of the things that ARIA does best. The continuity of care in our program extends from our West Palm beach detox through residential drug treatment and beyond.


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.

Rest assured we don’t leave anything to chance here though. Your detox will be thorough and we hope you will continue to complete the program. If you do, you will get a complete individual patient plan that is customized to your needs. When you’re all done, we offer some of the most comprehensive aftercare planning and alumni support in the industry.


One of ARIA’s greatest strengths is our commitment to continuity of care. You have many choices when choosing a drug rehab in Florida. However, there are few programs which offer all of the primary levels of care as defined by ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine). Most Florida rehabs rely upon third parties for their medical detox and other critical phases of treatment. Many do not offer the inpatient or residential levels of care. Instead, they opt to move patients from detox in West Palm beach Beach directly to a partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient level of care immediately.

There are times when such a transition might make sense of course. This is also not to say that people cannot get the help they need at such a program. But our view at ARIA is simple. Addiction is such an incredibly challenging condition that patients need every possible advantage in their corner. It is a matter of life and death for many of them. If there is any therapeutic edge we can provide the people we care for, we’re going to do it. We consider our West Palm beach detox and its position in our continuity of care model a key advantage our patients enjoy.


However, ARIA believes that allowing patients to begin their treatment at our West Palm beach detox and continue through every phase of treatment without discharging and transferring to other programs gives us a distinct advantage. In fact, clinical research has shown that more continuing care improves patient outcomes. When a program needs to transfer patients from a third-party detox to their program and from sober living to different offices spread around town it can compromise quality of care. Time that might be otherwise be spent in therapy is instead spent being ferried around in white vans. We think the less disruption that happens during treatment, the better the patient is able to focus on their recovery. To that end, we do all of our core treatment in-house. That’s not something that most Florida rehabs can say.

The Primary ASAM Levels of Care are:

  • Intensive Inpatient (Our West Palm beach detox)
  • Residential/Inpatient
  • Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
  • Outpatient Treatment (OP)


Treatment in ARIA’s West Palm beach detox is the first step on the road to recovery for most patients we treat. It is generally followed by residential addiction treatment at ARIA. There, residents benefit from ARIA’s comprehensive evidence-based addiction treatment. Each patient receives a thorough biopsychosocial assessment and psychiatric evaluation. The critical information we gather throughout treatment informs each patients individualized treatment plan. We do not believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach to addiction treatment. Addiction is complex. People are complex.

Just some of the benefits of evidence-based addiction treatment provides include:

  • Treatment based upon clinical research.
  • Improves the efficacy of treatment.
  • Contributes to developing better treatment over time.
  • Helps inform better treatment decisions by practitioners.
  • Facilitates learning and critical thinking among clinicians.

Our evidence-based philosophy means we apply proven treatment modalities that are supported by clinical research. But research has also shown that which of the array of treatment options we have will be most effective varies from patient to patient. This is a big part of why ARIA’s evidence-based addiction treatment program is so thorough and patient-focused. It’s not just about what works best. It’s what works best for you. Ascertaining what will be most effective requires evaluation, analysis and even adjustments to treatment protocols as we progress. This continual fine-tuning is how ARIA delivers results and earned its reputation as the best West Palm beach detox and one of the finest drug and alcohol treatment centers in the country.


We all know the reality. Getting off of drugs and alcohol isn’t easy. There are no miracle shortcuts or half-measure that will get it done. If anyone claims to offer you such a thing, you are right to be skeptical. So-called ‘rapid-detox’ programs are, at best ineffective and at worst, dangerous. It’s pretty easy to make the argument for being safer and more comfortable getting detoxified under expert medical supervision. But that’s just where the benefits of a West Palm beach detox begin. This key phase of treatment makes a significant difference across the board. From reducing the risk of relapse to greatly raising the chances of long-term sobriety.

Lasting recovery is the ultimate goal after all, isn’t it? In the short term the person suffering from addiction just has immediate relief in mind. West Palm beach detox provides that. But it also substantially improves that person’s chances of remaining sober for the long haul. In no small part, that’s because they will be more likely to complete an entire addiction treatment program. As they say, well begun is half done. Getting a safe and comfortable medical detox in West Palm Beach with ARIA is recovery well-begun.

Treatment at our West Palm beach detox offers several distinct advantages. Among these are:

  1. A medical detox removes toxic, addictive substances from the body and alleviates the acute physical and mental side-effects of withdrawal. This not only provides immediate relief, but it also allows the patient to focus on moving forward in recovery sooner.
  2. It provides a safe, medically supervised environment at the patients most vulnerable moment. The chances for relapse are highest during the detox phase. Without this crucial clinical support and comfort care this just becomes astronomically more difficult.
  3. Patients who get an inpatient medical detox are statistically more likely to continue their treatment and complete the entire program. Those who complete ARIA’s program are far more likely to remain sober.
  4. Entering our West Palm beach detox prior to treatment eases the transition to recovery. Few people are ready to begin the serious work that happens in therapy the day after they take their last drink or drug. The detox phase makes this transition much easier to manage both mentally and physically.
  5. It allows clinicians additional time to assess the patient’s needs before they enter regular treatment at the residential or partial hospitalization level of care. Starting with our West Palm beach detox means the clinicians who treat in the next level of care will have more information to work with.


The time immediately following medical detox offers us a precious opening to get things moving in the right direction. Make no mistake. Attending a drug rehab is a pivotal moment in anyone’s life. Or at least it can be. The most important thing is that we capitalize on the opportunity. Right after detox, we’re in the eye of the storm. For the first time, perhaps in a long while, there is some calm and peace in this person’s life. What they experience in those early days can help set the tone for the rest of their recovery. Will they finish up their medical detox and go home, back to things as they were? Will they leave prematurely against medical advice (AMA)? Or will they take the hand that’s being offered and continue with their treatment?

While a patient will be thoroughly assessed in our inpatient detox phase of care, the repair work is just beginning. Treatment beyond the detox phase is strongly recommended for most patients for a number of reasons. One of the most important is that the detox period and early recovery that follows is one of the most vulnerable times for a person with a substance use disorder. Outpatient treatment and 12-step fellowships are very helpful for maintaining established recovery. However, they are not a suitable substitute for residential inpatient, partial hospitalization or even intensive outpatient treatment. As clarity begins to return to the mind after a medical detox, emotions are still simmering just beneath the surface. Impulses may be hard to control. But the clarity is there, and that is something we can build upon. That’s provided the recovering person is in a safe, structured environment and can immerse themselves in treatment.


You have, no doubt heard the old axiom “strike while the iron is hot”. That applies here. Basically, it means leverage your advantage. Time is of the essence, so if there’s something that is hard to change, like the shape iron holds (or the behavior of an addict) then you act when they are malleable and can be shaped! Everything we can do to initiate a recovery mindset at this time should and must be done. This, again, is one more reason why ARIA’s evidence-based addiction treatment functions as an integrated system. It is why we provide detox, residential inpatient, partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP) and outpatient care here. We believe the time we have to work with each patient is precious.

When the fog of addiction begins to clear, we want their first thoughts and actions to be filled with hope, not despair. We want them to feel seen, heard and understood. At ARIA’s West Palm beach detox, we conduct perhaps the most thorough patient evaluation in the field of addiction medicine. This is only the beginning. Our evidence-based care model values information. Specifically, the information we can best use to help someone build the strongest recovery possible. This may be anything from diagnosing a psychological disorder for the first time to unravelling the impact of past trauma. The more time we can spend with that patient, the more progress we make down that road. The biggest leaps and bounds and “ah ha” moments in early recovery often happen in treatment.


Recovery is a process and seeing it through requires commitment. Many people beginning treatment at a West Palm beach detox are anything but ready to think about being sober for the rest of their lives. We understand that. This is the reason for the recovery saying “one day at a time” after all. While going to treatment and getting sober is a big deal, you don’t need to take it all on at once. Especially in the beginning, the most important thing is just suiting up and showing up. The very first thing is to get out of your own way. If you’re afraid, that is OK.

Make a promise to yourself that you will keep moving forward anyway. In spite of the fear. Make a promise to yourself that you will no longer turn away help when it is offered. Just promise yourself you’ll try. This isn’t about being perfect. It’s about making the effort to be open and honest with yourself and everyone else about your addiction. That, and being willing to accept help.

The HOW of Recovery means being:

  • Honest
  • Open-minded
  • Willing

The thing to know about recovery is that it’s about action. Being willing and accepting help is just the price of admission. You’ve got to be willing to roll up your sleeves and get to work too. Some like to think of recovery like building a house. It happens in stages. You can’t do it alone. It always starts with a solid foundation that can bear the weight of everything on top of it. Going to addiction treatment is about building that foundation and often getting as much of that house built as you can while you’re here. That’s going to be your shelter back out in the world after all.


We hope this article has been informative and enlightening for you. Addiction is complicated, but the action needed to halt it in its tracks and begin recovery don’t have to be. Wherever you find yourself, ARIA can help. Whether its you who needs help, or someone you care about, we can provide you with advice and guidance. Even if the person you love doesn’t seem ready for treatment or will only commit to detox for now, there’s reason to hope and we can work with that.

Our hope for you is that you or your loved one gets to experience the miracle of recovery and thrives in it. One of the most rewarding parts of recovery is when you get to pay it forward and contribute to the recovery of others. It also happens to be one of the absolute best ways to help sustain your own recovery. We all have to start somewhere though, so why not pick up the phone now?


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 Florida drug detox centers, you don’t have to go it alone. Reach out to the Addiction Recovery Institute of America today online or over the phone. Recovery is just around the corner.

Please feel free to call us at (844) 973-2641 or reach out to us via our contact page.