An Inpatient Alcohol Detox Program is Part of a Full Continuum of Care

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

An Inpatient Alcohol Detox Program is Part of a Full Continuum of Care

Many times when patients dealing with alcohol addiction decide to get treatment, the first step is an inpatient alcohol detox program. Whether you need detox or not depends on the amount of time you have been abusing alcohol and the quantity you regularly consume. An assessment is usually performed at the beginning of treatment and then detox, if necessary, will be recommended at that time. You may know that you need detox if you have ever tried to quit alcohol and then experienced a myriad of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

An alcohol detox program is an intervention to mitigate withdrawal symptoms when patients have formed a chemical dependency on the substance. Your body and brain begin compensating for the use of alcohol over a period of time and ceasing use could cause severe symptoms like seizure or stroke. Medically monitored detox uses various medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms and help patients detox from the substance safely. Ultimately, detox addresses the physical aspect of addiction to drugs or alcohol.

What to Expect at an Inpatient Alcohol Detox or Drug Detox Program

Inpatient alcohol detox is the first step on a journey to recovery from alcohol addiction and it usually lasts from a week to 14 days. Withdrawal symptoms are typically mitigated with medication, but patients might experience headache, depression, fatigue or nausea among other symptoms. 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida primarily uses Suboxone Medication Therapy for opiate addiction, as an example.

Another important aspect of detox is giving patients access to good nutrition and healthy food. Addiction, whether to alcohol or drugs, tends to have terrible effects on the body and many patients also experience a lack of appetite, which makes it even harder to get decent nutrition. During detox, patients are likely to feel some manner of sickness and fatigue, which can be mitigated with healthy eating and exercise.

Treatment After an Inpatient Alcohol Detox Program

Detox is only the beginning of recovery from addiction and if patients stop at detox, most likely they will experience a relapse. At 1st Step Behavioral Health, a step-down level of care is available and usually starts with detox, then proceeds to inpatient care and from there partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and then general outpatient. With this model, patients can gradually transition from intense treatment to less intense treatment as their recovery progresses. This is often very beneficial to patients with long-term addiction issues as it can be difficult to transition from a period of treatment directly back into regular life again.

Overcoming addiction doesn’t happen overnight, but with professional drug or alcohol rehab it is possible. Don’t wait to reach out and find help. Make that important decision today and give 1st Step Behavioral Health a call today 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.