Medication-Assisted Detox Now Available Near Santa Rosa County

Medication-Assisted Detox Now Available Near Santa Rosa County, FL

Addiction to various psychoactive substances is an increasing problem – not just in Santa Rosa County, FL, but throughout America, Thus, widening the availability of detoxification and addiction treatment centers has become a priority to combat this terrible public health issue. While withdrawal symptoms can be troubling and uncomfortable,, rendering certain medications during the detoxification process can greatly diminish many of the most terrible effects.

Substances and Withdrawal Effects/Treatment

Prescription Painkillers

Medications used for prescription painkiller withdrawals commonly include Suboxone, and Naltrexone. These medicines help with the transition from opiate dependence to sobriety. Also, benzodiazepines are often rendered to treat anxiety and irritability.

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Decreased energy/fatigue
  • Irritability and/or agitation
  • Anxiety/nervousness/Panic
  • Insomnia/sleep disturbances
  • Runny nose, watery eyes
  • Hot and cold sweats
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Abdominal pain, cramps
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea


Medicines used to treat heroin withdrawals are quite often the same as for opioid painkillers, because heroin is an opioid-based drug. Naltrexone is commonly administered in either pill or injection form (Vivitrol). It attaches to opioid receptors in the brain but does not induce a high. In severe cases, however, opioid replacement therapy via Suboxone may be appropriate. Anti-anxiety medication (benzodiazepines) may be rendered as well.

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

  • Fatigue/lethargy
  • Irritability and/or agitation
  • Anxiety/Panic/Nervousness
  • Insomnia/sleep difficulties
  • Runny nose, watery eyes
  • Hot and cold sensations, sweats
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea


Santa Rosa County | Just Believe RecoveryAlcohol withdrawals are among the most complicated to treat. If not addressed appropriately, alcohol detoxification can be deadly. Medications to relieve withdrawal symptoms include naltrexone, which attaches o the same receptors in the brain as alcohol (as well as opioids) but does not cause the patient to get high.

In addition to anti-anxiety medications, anti-seizure medication (anti-convulsants) can be given to alleviate the tremors and seizures commonly seen with alcohol withdrawal.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

6-24 Hours

  • Shakiness
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Headache
  • Insomnia/sleep disturbances
  • Visual/auditory hallucinations

24-72 Hours – Delirium tremens

  • Disorientation, confusion, and severe anxiety
  • Hallucinations which cannot be distinguished from reality
  • Increased sweating
  • Seizures
  • Hypertension
  • Rapid and irregular heartbeat
  • Severe tremors
  • Low-grade fever


Cocaine withdrawals are a bit unique from other popular drugs, because cocaine, unlike alcohol and opiates, is a stimulant. Medications for treatment may include anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications, and medications to treat hypertension.

Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Agitation, irritability, restlessness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety/panic
  • Paranoia
  • Fatigue/exhaustion
  • General feeling of discomfort
  • Increased appetite
  • Vivid and unpleasant dreams
  • Slowing of activity


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Medications rendered for methamphetamine withdrawal often include anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications.

Also, beta blockers to treat hypertension may be administered.

Meth Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Intense drug cravings
  • Insomnia/Sleep disturbances
  • Shaking and tremors
  • Fever, chills, and increased sweating
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Hypertension
  • Heart palpitations
  • Respiratory failure
  • Seizures
  • Coma

What to Expect from a Medical Detox Near Santa Rosa County

Medically-managed detox is highly encouraged for withdrawal from any addictive substance. This permits the patient to be monitored in a medical environment around the clock, and symptoms can be treated as managed as necessary.

Most people in Santa Rosa County, FL, who complete a detoxification program then often choose to undergo an intensive outpatient or residential outpatientprogram.

If you are a substance abuser, please do not attempt detoxification alone. Withdrawal from a substance without assistance may result in relapse, or severe depression and suicidal feelings. Please seek treatment in a medically-managed environment.

Are you or is someone you know a drug addict in Santa Rosa County?

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~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology