For many people, detox is the first step toward recovery from drug addiction or alcoholism. But not all detox centers are the same. Credentialed programs with a proven history of positive outcomes increase your chances of lasting recovery, and below average programs can put you at risk for complications and unnecessary chaos. There are a few things to look for to ensure that you choose the best South Florida detox facility possible for yourself or a loved one.
1. Comprehensive Detox Services
Detox varies from person to person, and the best facilities will tailor their services to each client and their circumstances. In addition to detox, services should also include:
- Dietary assistance and healthy meal preparation.
- Aftercare planning.
- Individual and group therapy.
- Family programming.
- Access to 12-step meetings.
2. Accreditation and Licenses
The most reputable detox facilities adhere to all local, state and federal laws that govern drug and alcohol detox and treatment facilities. Look for accreditation, licensing and certifications from neutral, credible organizations that promote an exceptionally high standard of care, such as the Joint Commission or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
3. Assistance Planning for the Next Step
Recovery is a process, and detox is just one part of it. A client who completes detox needs to immediately follow up with a primary treatment program that keeps them fully engaged in recovery.
After detox, a client is at very high risk of overdosing because they aren’t used to having substances in their system. A quality detox facility will be able to help you start planning for your next phase of treatment as soon as it’s medically appropriate.
4. Professional Staff
Medically-supervised detox facilities should be staffed 24/7 by licensed physicians and clinicians. Other key staff members include nurses, addiction counselors and psychologists. The facility, as well as each of its staff members, should hold up-to-date credentials and certifications.
Look for acronyms such as LPC (licensed professional counselor), LADC (licensed alcohol and drug counselor), CAC (certified addictions counselor) or CCDP (certified co-occurring disorders counselor).
Boca Detox Center is proud to serve as one of South Florida’s premier medical detox centers. Our holistic approach and comprehensive programming have helped hundreds of people begin their treatment journey and achieve lasting recovery. For more information on how our detox programs can help you or someone you care about, contact a Boca Detox Recovery Specialist at 561.303.2492.