Detox from Substance Abuse and the Start of Your New Life

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

The whole world is filled with new experiences and opportunities, but while it might be a wonderful place for some, for others, it’s just a little bit darker. They’re seeing the world through the haze of drugs, which might make the world alright for awhile, but once withdrawal starts kicking in, the illusion begins to fade. There’s no life that can really be made any better with drugs. Luckily, there are options for detox in Broward County and the rest of South Florida for those who want to be free of a world where drugs dictate how they feel, and doing so can be one of the most empowering things a person can do for themselves.


Recognize the Situation

The first stage of medical recovery is identification, and in order to escape an addiction, one first needs to realize they’re trapped in one. If you or someone you know uses illegal drugs or abuses legal medication, it’s important to realize just how dangerous a situation that is, and to want to escape from the grip of addiction. In order for rehab to be most effective, it needs to start from a desire to change from the person themselves.



Once you begin rehab, the biggest hurdle is the first one: confronting withdrawal head on. Once, this was something to be avoided by taking a new dose of the chemical. In rehab, this is just the first part of detoxification. The drug leaves the system, and the patient and clinical staff prepare to deal with the consequences of this. For some, the detox process can even take place from home, though this is generally discouraged as clinical care is much safer.



After detox, there are still many resources available to help those who want to commit to their lifestyle change. There is access to psychological help and support meetings, and other things. Rehab clinics are full of people who know how best to help someone trying to reclaim their life after being in the grip of drugs, and if a patient asks, they’ll get an honest answer and oftentimes a point in the right direction.


Know someone who wants to quit or need to quit yourself? Contact us at  (866) 971-5531.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.