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Some people are apprehensive about entering an addiction rehab program because they’re fearful of detox. Rest assured that Evolutions Treatment Center medical team provides alcohol and drug detox that’s safe and as comfortable as possible. Here, you’ll undergo medical detox that’s both compassionate and effective. Our drug detox centers and inpatient treatment programs are set in soothing, home-like environments. After you complete medical detoxification, you’ll take part in residential rehab.

Here at our “home away from home,” clients in our drug and alcohol detox programs can convalesce in comfort as they receive 24/7, round-the-clock medical monitoring of their withdrawal symptoms by a team of warm, experienced professionals who are there to provide individualized, one-on-one care. Our clients thus have peace of mind knowing they are in good hands. We do everything in our power to prepare you for lasting recovery.

What Is Drug and Alcohol Detox Like?

We understand entering drug rehab is stressful. We’re here to help you every step of the way. Evolutions Treatment inpatient rehabs start with drug detox, if needed. Then you’ll continue with substance abuse treatment. During medical detox, we manage the physical changes that happen after repeated drug use. We also provide the highest level of comfort and support. Our mental health professionals use evidence-based medications and alternative therapies. Here’s what you can expect during the alcohol and drug detox process:

Here is what to expect from our drug and alcohol detox program:

  • A thorough medical and clinical assessment upon admission

  • A customized plan of care for your treatment needs

  • 24/7 high-level medical supervision of withdrawal symptoms

  • Renowned high safety standard, including one-on-one monitoring for clients who need it

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for cravings, if needed

  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment for co-occurring mental disorders

  • Detox and treatment conveniently administered at our brand-new, state-of-the-art facility in Miami, Florida.

  • Compassionate and experienced addiction professionals who put your comfort first and care for you with dignity and respect

  • Participation in 12-step recovery groups and other therapies as soon as you’re medically able

  • Evidence-based clinical interventions

  • The option of  family therapy and support through our Family Program




Stages of Detox 

The length and stages of detox will depend on the drug of abuse, severity of the addiction and other individual medical factors. Typically, detox occurs over a period of up to seven days, during which time clients may experience the most acute symptoms of withdrawal, such as tremors, anxiety, insomnia, nausea or vomiting, body aches and headaches, sweats, auditory and visual disturbances, intense cravings and even seizures. Our medical team administers supplements and medications to alleviate symptoms, all the while monitoring clients’ vital signs for potential complications. After detox, and in some cases concurrently with detox, clients can then begin their plan of inpatient treatment.

Many withdrawal symptoms will recede by the end of detox. Others may continue or develop over the next weeks and months, as part of a phenomenon known as “post-acute withdrawal syndrome” (PAWS). Symptoms of PAWS can include:

  • Drug or alcohol cravings

  • Cognitive difficulties

  • Irritability and hostility

  • Feelings of anxiety or panic

  • Depressed mood

  • Relationship issues

  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviors

  • Low motivation, apathy or pessimism

  • Sleep problems

  • Heightened sensitivity to stress




We provide both comfort medications and scheduled tapers to minimize the discomfort and potentially serious complications of withdrawal. By undergoing medical detox, you increase your chances of achieving early remission and recovery, giving yourself the best chance of reaching your treatment goals. – Medical Director DR. JOEL WERTHEIMER, MD

How Long Does Drug Detox Take?

Medical detox typically takes 2-7 days, depending on the drug and individual. For some substances, lingering effects of withdrawal syndrome may continue for weeks to several months. This may include anxiety, depression, insomnia and cravings. The time it takes to detox depends on:

  • The drug(s) abused

  • How long you’ve been abusing substances

  • How much of a drug you’ve been abusing

  • Your physical and mental health

While drug detox is different for everyone, general timelines for commonly abused drugs include:


Alcohol Detox

People with alcohol use disorders may begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms about six hours after their last drink. When a substance abuser stops drinking, alcohol detox program in three phases:

  • 1-3 days after last drink – This is the first and most dangerous phase of alcohol withdrawal. Your body tries to reestablish normal functioning without alcohol. Without medical treatment and alcohol rehab, you’re at high risk for:

    • Seizures

    • Delirium tremens (DTS)

    • Dehydration

    • Heart palpitations

    • Other severe symptoms

  • 5-7 days after last drink – Alcohol withdrawal symptoms lessen in intensity. Dangerous withdrawal symptoms like delirium tremors are usually over. You may still have anxiety, insomnia and gastrointestinal problems. You will probably feel well enough to attend alcohol treatment at this point.

  • Weeks to months after last drink – You may continue to experience mild anxiety, lethargy and other psychological symptoms. Your brain continues to rebalance and your body mends from the damage of alcohol abuse.


Opiate Detox

Opioid withdrawal syndrome typically begins within one day if you’ve been abusing opiates. The first 72 hours of opioid detox are usually the most difficult. Opiate drug withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Elevated heart rate

  • Muscle and bone aches

  • Vomiting

  • Chills

  • Stomach cramps

  • Intense cravings


Typically these symptoms subside by day three to five. Lingering symptoms may include fatigue, chills and muscle soreness. Psychological symptoms like depression and anxiety may last for several weeks or months.

Benzo Detox

The first three days of benzo drug withdrawal can be the toughest. Without medical treatment you may experience:

  • Psychotic episodes

  • Heart palpitations

  • Panic attacks

  • Seizures

Less intense benzo withdrawal symptoms like insomnia and anxiety get less severe over several months.

Stimulant Detox

The length of stimulant withdrawal depends on the type of stimulant. It also depends on how fast-acting the stimulant is. Usually you’ll experience a “crash” within a day or two of the last dose. During this time, methamphetamines and cocaine can bring about physical and psychological complications. Withdrawal symptoms range from paranoia and depression to tremors and aches. Sleep issues as well as depression or anxiety may linger for several weeks.

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Our Mission is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment for drug and alcohol addiction can get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery.

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Evolutions is accredited by The Joint Commission. We have passed all safety and health requirements to ensure the highest level of care available and are honored to hold this highly respectable accreditation.


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