Detox Hospitalization


With the ongoing drug epidemic that plagues the United States, it is important that those who suffer from any drug abuse disorder seek addiction treatment immediately. With the large variety of addictive drugs nowadays, treatment centers must keep up-to-date on their treatment methods, using those that are only the most effective in treatment.

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Unfortunately, many of those that detect and identify their substance addiction refuse to seek treatment. Whether it be due to the stigma surrounding drug abuse and seeking treatment or simply due to the slight inconvenience of participating in treatment, roughly only 10 percent of the addicted population receive any type of treatment.

As addiction and overdose rates continue to climb, it is urgent that an addict ignore the possible stigma surrounding drug addiction. We understand that it may be difficult to seek treatment at first, but it is necessary if you desire a life free from the heavy chains of addiction. Professional treatment is the most effective way to combat an addiction problem, and disregarding professional treatment and attempting recovery by yourself is not only ineffective but dangerous.

The first step that an addict must take in treating their disorder is to remove any harmful substance, substance residue, or leftover toxins from the body. Doing so stabilizes a patient and prepares them to engage in further treatment. To best clean out a patient’s system, medical detoxification is the most common and effective choice.

Drug addiction is different for everyone, and one person may find a certain method of treatment more effective than others. Since detox is the first and consequently one of the most important steps in treatment, choosing the right one can make the difference. You may consider private detox to be better for you. However, hospital detox is always an option, and should similarly be considered when it comes down to choosing the right treatment plan for you.   



What Is Detox?

Detoxification is the process in which all addictive substances are completely removed from the body to prevent any further physical or psychological damage caused by chronic drug use.

Medical detoxification is simply detox but with the professional support of medical resources, interventions, and any other method to help a patient better handle the detox phase of treatment. Following the immediate cessation of intake, a number of complications and problems may arise, such as withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms are caused by the body attempting to regulate itself as it struggles to cope without the substance it has become used to regularly receiving. Continued heavy use of drugs and alcohol alter the very chemistry and wiring of the brain and body, and it can often take a significant amount of time for everything to adjust and return to normal. Depending on the substance of abuse, it can be anywhere from days to weeks and sometimes even months.

Why Should I Detox?

Detoxification, for many people, can be difficult and highly uncomfortable and unpleasant. However, it is almost always necessary to ensure that your treatment is a success. As a matter of fact, between 40-60 percent of all people in treatment end up relapsing, so it is extremely important that detox is handled professionally and expertly.

Starting the complete recovery treatment is near impossible if the patient still has any signs of the substance in their system. Detox eases a patient from their current state back to sobriety, ultimately making the transition from detox to post-detox treatment much easier. If someone is not sober during their treatment, they can very easily get distracted by the intense withdrawal symptoms and cravings, pushing someone to relapse.

Withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable and dangerous, sometimes even proving fatal in severe cases.


Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms are as follows:

  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Extreme body temperature
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • General mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Agitation
woman considering why she needs detox

This list includes withdrawal symptoms that are prevalent throughout almost all substance withdrawals. The more severe withdrawal symptoms are caused by alcohol or benzodiazepines, and they can be extremely dangerous and near-impossible to treat without medical supervision. These symptoms include:

  • Delirium tremens
  • Panic attacks
  • Hallucinations
  • Psychosis
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Disassociation
  • Suicidal behavior


The Dangers of At-Home Detox

Self-detox may sound good on paper at first, but detoxing by yourself creates many unnecessary risks such as an increased risk of severe withdrawal symptoms like the ones listed above.


At-home detox is ineffective and unsuccessful. In detoxing at home, an addict runs the very high risk of having extensive freedom. This uncontrolled freedom makes it easy for an addict mid-detox to simply give up and fall into relapse. At-home detox is also associated with higher risks of overdose, as many people will take too much of the substance when they do relapse. Also, it is much less likely to be successful, as many people find the symptoms of withdrawal associated with drug and alcohol detox too much to handle and will often relapse mid-detox.

Many people will attempt to self-detox by going “cold turkey.” What this term refers to is the sudden, immediate cessation of a drug instead of the common, slow tapering off of the drug. Unfortunately, your body requires time to transition from being under constant fire from drug abuse to complete sobriety, which is why tapering is so important during a detox.


Quitting cold turkey is dangerous because it allows no time for the body to adjust back to being completely sober. This sudden chemical change in an addict’s brain and body incurs severe withdrawal symptoms, such as Delirium tremens and seizures.

Hospital Detox or Private Detox

There are two main types of detoxification programs: outpatient detox treatment and inpatient detox treatment. Depending on the patient, each program can benefit the addict in their own ways. Outpatient detox treatment involves a patient attending regular appointments with a doctor or at a treatment center, but the patient still continues their normal life outside of treatment and will live off-site. Outpatient treatment is generally effective for those with less severe addictions and has a stable living environment at home. Since you will not be under medical supervision 24-7, it is important that you only participate in outpatient treatment if your withdrawal symptoms are mild at most.

On the other hand, inpatient detox involves a patient setting outside their regular life to treat their substance abuse disorder. In inpatient detox programs, patients are placed in an environment in which doctors and nurses monitor you around-the-clock to ensure that your withdrawal symptoms are in check. Those with a history of relapsing should consider inpatient detox, as the likelihood of you relapsing in a controlled environment is significantly lower than outpatient detox. Inpatient treatment allows for a smoother transition into post-detox treatment as well, so patients commonly choose inpatient detox over any other one.

Private detox and hospital detox are both forms of inpatient detox, and choosing between them may seem difficult, as both have their pros and cons. The main difference between the two is pretty much self-explanatory: Hospital detox takes place in a hospital, and private detox takes place at a private, independently-operated facility.

Private centers, unfortunately, are generally more expensive, and private detox centers are usually not entirely covered by insurance companies. However, the benefits of engaging in private detox centers are as follows:  


  • Private detox offers a higher variety of resources than hospital detox, such as semi-private rooms.
  • Private detox centers are privately owned and run, meaning more of your money spent is being used to provide higher quality treatment.
  • Private detox centers are dedicated to addiction treatment and only that. Hospital detox takes place in a small section of a hospital and does not specialize in specifically addiction treatment.

Conversely, hospital detox is a more institutional approach to detox. Those that suffer from extreme, even life-threatening withdrawal symptoms require expert-level support and help that can only be provided at a hospital. Private detox centers may not provide the support and medications needed to successfully manage your detox.

When hospitalized for detox, the patient is put in a sort of “lockdown” mode. The rules and parameters are much more extreme in hospital detox, and those that find themselves distracted and not focusing on becoming sober during detox would benefit greatly from hospitalization. Hospital detox is also greatly beneficial to those who have a history of self-harm. Anything that can be plugged into a wall is generally prohibited while a patient is in detox, and almost all contact with friends and family will be limited.

While the point of hospital detox is to keep the patient under constant surveillance, the feelings of discomfort during hospital detox actually discourage a patient from relapsing and having to go through the whole detox process over again. Though it is important for a patient to be comfortable in treatment, being “too comfortable” is one of the most common reasons that patients end up relapsing. Hospital detox eliminates the chances of a patient becoming overconfident and not staying vigilant during treatment.

Begin Recovery with The Palm Beach Institute

Here at The Palm Beach Institute, no one understands how to treat addiction better than we do. Detox is an essential part of drug treatment, so it is crucial that it is done correctly and safely. Our team of friendly and experienced doctors, nurses, therapists, and case managers are ready to help you start your journey to sobriety today.

From insurance to the treatment process, our specialists are on standby 24-7 waiting to help you. But first, you have to ask yourself; are you ready to rightfully take back your life?

Call us at (855) 960-5456 and let one of our addiction treatment specialists give you any answers you may need at any time.