What is the Drug Detox Process?

Detoxification is often a critical first step in an individual’s journey in recovery, regardless of their specific substance of choice. There are a few substances for which a medically assisted detox may not be necessary depending on a variety of biological and medical factors. Given the complexity of addiction as a disease and the serious health risks associated with detox from many substances, it is important to have a basic understanding of detox in the context of substance abuse treatment - what is the process for a medically assisted detox, why would a medically assisted detox be necessary, and what role does detox play in the substance abuse treatment process?


There are three main types of drugs which are often abused: depressants (including opiates, alcohol, benzodiazepine, barbiturates), stimulants (including cocaine, crack cocaine, adderall, methamphetamines), and hallucinogens (including DMT, ecstasy, salvia, acid). There are certain substances whose effects fall into more than one of these categories, but most commonly encountered narcotics will exist primarily in one of these three categories. The detox process for each of these classes of substances varies in duration, intensity of symptoms, and health risk. For instance, benzodiazepines — a class of pharmaceutical depressants that are typically prescribed for conditions related to anxiety, epilepsy, and severe insomnia — are shown to be extremely addictive due to their effects on levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid in the brain after a period of consistent use. It is incredibly dangerous for a person who has developed this physical dependence on benzodiazepines to cease their use of the drug abruptly. This is why medically assisted benzodiazepine detox will often begin with the individual tapering off of benzodiazepines in a controlled, medically monitored setting. On the other hand, a person who has been addicted to a stimulant drug like cocaine or adderall will sometimes require small doses of benzodiazepines to alleviate withdrawal symptoms that can emerge when a person who has abused stimulants over an extended period of time discontinues their use of the drug.


Upon arrival at Evolutions detox facility, you will meet with an intake coordinator who will assess your medical needs and develop a preliminary plan of recovery. Part of this initial evaluation will include assessing the severity of your addiction, the specific drugs involved, and your level of physical dependence on these drugs. From this assessment a proposed schedule and protocol for your detox will be formulated. This schedule is not set in stone, as it is impossible to predict an individual’s duration of withdrawal from their substance of choice due to variations in body chemistry, dosages, and duration of physical dependence. For most individuals, completion of detox will occur after approximately seven to ten days.


Most detox protocols call for round the clock medical monitoring, which is why detox is almost always conducted as inpatient treatment. This means the patient will temporarily reside within the drug detox facility until he or she has completed the detoxification process and is physically and mentally capable of participating in their next planned phase of treatment.. Again, detoxification serves as a physical and mental cleanse lasting up to two weeks, during which time you will be encouraged to relax and focus on your recovery. To ensure the patient’s safety and success in our detox program, you will be monitored and provided with round-the-clock care. In addition to ensuring you do not experience intense and potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, this supervision guarantees you are kept as comfortable as possible.

When Do I Need Florida Drug Detox Center?

Although substance abuse treatment is incredibly beneficial to anyone dealing with an addiction, not everyone who suffers from addiction requires a stay in a detox program. There are a number of factors to consider when determining whether your journey in recovery should begin with detoxification treatment. One factor to be considered is your particular substance of choice. As mentioned previously, some drugs have a strong effect on brain chemistry which can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms should you attempt a sudden cessation of use without medical assistance. Similarly, if you have spent a very long time in active addiction — perhaps years or even decades — your body has developed an extreme physical dependence on the substance, which will necessitate your attending a drug detox program so you will be medically stabilized during the cessation of use.


There are other factors to consider as well, one of the most important being a person’s recovery history. Individuals who have had previous attempts at recovery are strongly encouraged to pursue more intensive forms of treatment, beginning with a stay in detox. The majority of people who don’t achieve lasting sobriety after completing addiction recovery programs are usually unsuccessful due to the duration and/or intensity of treatment having been insufficient. If you have previously attempted to achieve sobriety, especially with the assistance of an outpatient program, you are highly encouraged to begin the process this time around with inpatient detox.​

What Role Does Florida Drug Detox Play in Recovery?

Here at Evolutions Treatment Center, we subscribe to a holistic perspective of addiction treatment; our belief is an addict can only achieve lasting sobriety by addressing his or her physical, mental, and spiritual needs. However, these needs must be addressed in a very specific order. If you were to simply cease using your substance of choice and enroll in an inpatient recovery program, you would be unlikely to succeed due to the physical symptoms of withdrawal that would inhibit your ability to participate constructively in the program. Rather than attempting to address physical, mental, and spiritual needs simultaneously, detox treatment affords individuals an opportunity to focus entirely on the physical recuperation necessary to permit your functioning in the next stages of recovery. This period of physical healing will ensure you are ready to devote all of your energy to your recovery and maintain a focus on the necessary work to be done in the coming stages of substance abuse treatment.


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What is the Drug Detox Process?

Detoxification is a crucial part of the addiction recovery process no matter the substance to which the individual is addicted. There are some drugs for which detox treatment may not always be necessary, though; for this reason, it’s important to have a basic understanding of drug detox treatment, including the drug detox process, why drug detox treatment is necessary, and the role that drug detox plays in the overall drug addiction recovery process.

We also have relationships with South Florida’s most reputable inpatient detoxification providers should that level of care be necessary. Collectively we are deeply experienced in administering detox treatment while alleviating more severe symptoms of withdrawal.


There are many misconceptions when it comes to addiction and recovery. Those who know very little about addiction have trouble comprehending why an addict isn’t able to simply stop using drugs or drinking alcohol. Although it is certainly possible for addicts and alcoholics to get sober, it’s not as simple as just giving up substance abuse. Addiction is a complicated and deadly brain disease, but it’s also quite unlike any other disease that exists. Some see addiction as a behavioral or moral issue, but the reason why addicts have such difficulties getting and staying sober is because the alcohol and drugs have changed the chemistry, structure, and functioning of their brains; without alcohol or drugs, these individuals experience physical, mental, and even spiritual discomfort. 




We provide a comfortable, medically supervised, detox environment at our state- of-the-art luxury facility in Miami. This program is staffed with a multi-disciplinary team of experienced and credentialed medical and behavioral health providers.

Our 5-14 day detox process will assist those that are experiencing acute symptoms of withdrawal stemming from extended periods of continuous substance use.

Our expert medical staff will safely and comfortably guide our patients through the process of ridding the body of drugs and alcohol. Our detoxification program helps guide our patients through the initial stage of recovery by safely managing symptoms and stabilizing overall health.

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At Evolutions Treatment Center we are licensed by the Department of Children and Families to offer outpatient ambulatory detoxification treatment for those patients who are experiencing medical and physiological withdrawal yet are stable enough not to require residential or inpatient detox. We offer a supportive detox environment intended to provide medical stabilization and emotional support while fostering a seamless path to continued recovery via one of our other levels of care for those willing to accept recommendations of continued treatment.  When appropriate this level of detox treatment can offer substantial benefits in that participants are able to be introduced into treatment while being stabilized with the least amount of medications necessary to safely overcome the withdrawal process without the additional financial and time commitment involved in attending a higher level of care.