What to Expect from Inpatient Rehab?

Many people are hesitant to enter into alcohol or drug rehab in Broward County for a variety of reasons. Often there is such shame surrounding the substance abuse that the addict is worried about others finding out. But there isn’t need to worry, there are strict confidentiality policies surrounding drug rehabilitation and the information will not be shared with anyone other than you without your consent. Many people worry that rehabilitation will be too hard, too scary, or too long, but there are a variety of treatment options to meet your needs. Fear of the symptoms associated with withdrawal can also be hindering, but know that the skilled professionals can offer support and assistance during this difficult time.



The first step in drug rehabilitation is intake. There will be forms and questionnaires to fill out. Be as honest and forthcoming as possible, as these will help the staff find the right and most effective treatment for you. There may be some screenings and diagnostic health tests done as well to ensure your safety. These all require your consent.



This is the stage where the drugs or alcohol leave your body and withdrawal symptoms may occur. The length and severity of the process depends on the drug, extensitiviy of use, and your metabolic rate. You will be monitored closely during this time and may have symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, nausea, excessive sweating, insomnia, and diarrhea. It is important to work closely with your healthcare professionals during this time as some substance withdrawal symptoms can be more severe and include heart attack, seizures, and stroke.



During rehab and recovery it is likely that you will participate in group therapy, individual therapy, complete work books, and attend classes. Many treatment options also include family counseling, which can help to repair the damaged relationship caused by the addiction. These treatment options will provide you with the tools you need to stay sober and safe.  


To get yourself or a loved one started on a path of recovery from a drug or alcohol use disorder, contact us immediately. It’s never to early to seek treatment.

Substance Abuse & Addiction: Signs & Symptoms

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates the financial impact of drug abuse in the United States to be roughly $740 billion each year. The costs come from crime, healthcare services, and a lowered work productivity. It is estimated that there are over 20 million people over the age of 12 in the US with substance abuse concerns, but less than 3 million received treatment. Deaths from overdosing on substances has more than tripled in the last 20 years and over 5 million addicts visit emergency rooms each year. It is likely that someone you know suffers from addiction and could benefit from residential detox


Physical Symptoms of Addiction

There can be a wide variety of physical symptoms of substance abuse, depending on the substance. Common physical symptoms include:


  • Overly energetic or lethargic, depending on the drug.
  • Dilated pupils
  • Change in eating habits
  • Weight loss
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Insomnia
  • Sores or bruising at injection sites
  • Constant congestion
  • Intermittent flu like symptoms (from suffering from withdrawals)


Behavioral Symptoms

Changes in behavior can be a warning sign of addiction. Things to look for include:


  • Financial struggles
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Legal problems
  • Missing work or school frequently
  • Isolating oneself
  • Knowingly making poor choices
  • Sudden changes in friends


Emotional Symptoms

Often before outsiders notice physical or behavioral changes in their loved one, they may notice concerning behavioral changes. A partial list of emotional changes includes:


  • Argumentative behavior
  • Irritability
  • Defensiveness
  • Lack of coping mechanisms in times of stress
  • Lack of interest in prior hobbies
  • Easily confused
  • Low self esteem
  • Negative feelings about life


Addiction and substance abuse affect each aspect of a person’s life. Physically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally they begin to deteriorate. When the warning signs and symptoms of addiction become recognizable to others the addict is deep into the addiction. It is imperative that they get help before they put themselves into even more danger.