Compass Detox, a State-of-the-art Drug & Alcohol Detox Facility in South Florida

Alcohol Detox Program at Compass Detox

Detox from alcohol in beautiful South Florida!

woman entering alcohol detox smilingCompass Detox in South Florida offers 24/7 care when you are admitted to our treatment facility for alcohol detox. Before being admitted, it is important for you and your loved ones to understand what to expect during this process.

Our 3-step treatment process includes a detailed evaluation, stabilization, and referral to a trusted program for aftercare. Based on your evaluation, your stabilization plan will be created to meet your personal needs and may include a combination of sedation with the use of medications, medical monitoring, IV fluids, nutritional supplements, counseling, and psychotherapy.

At Compass Detox, an alcohol detox facility in Florida, we offer 24/7 medical supervision to all detox clients. There will always be a risk with detox, but with help from our doctors, therapists, and other medical professionals, risks for complications, relapses, and overdose and provides the best opportunity for a positive outcome.

What is Alcohol Withdrawal?

When an alcoholic stops drinking after prolonged, heavy alcohol use, your body experiences a variety of physical and mental changes that present as withdrawal symptoms.

You may have heard alcohol referred to as a depressant, which it is. In order to compensate for the depressant effect that alcohol has, your body has been producing more of the hormones that counteract depression (serotonin and norepinephrine). After several hours without using, the alcohol begins to leave your system, but it can take several days for your body to fully adjust to this change. This adjustment is what we refer to as alcohol detox.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Common Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Tremors (shakiness)
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Insomnia, Intense dreaming, & nightmares
  • Poor concentration
  • Impaired memory and judgment
  • Increased sensitivity to sound, light, and touch
  • Hallucinations (auditory, visual, or tactile)
  • Delusions
  • Seizures
  • Fever
  • Delirium with disorientation

Alcohol Detox & Withdrawal Timelines

If you are an addict who has never achieved sobriety before you may wonder how long alcohol detox can take. In reality, the answer can vary a lot from one person to another. The more an alcoholic drinks, and the longer that they drink, the more severe the withdrawal symptoms can be, ranging from mild to severe. Not all users experience all of the same symptoms, but they do occur in the same pattern.

6 Hours Following Your Last Drink

Symptoms of withdrawal typically start between 6 to 24 hours and they can get most severe over the following days. The onset of alcohol detox is marked by tremors or uncontrollable shaking. Other symptoms that can accompany tremors include rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, rapid breathing, sweating, nausea/vomiting, anxiety, irritability, vivid dreams, and insomnia.

During this time, it is also possible to experience seizures that can occur over several hours. Seizures are seen up to 48 hours after your last drink.

12 to 48 Hours Following Your Last Drink

Hallucinations may start as early as 12 after your last drink and can last up to 48 hours.

48-72 Hours Following Your Last Drink

For the most severe detox cases, you may experiences what are referred to as delirium tremens, or severe delirium with tremors. Delirium tremens is a dangerous effect of alcohol withdrawal that can cause severe changes in heart rate, breathing, and temperature. Individuals that experience delirium tremens are monitored closely to prevent violent behavior, major brain damage, and loss of life.

All symptoms typically start to wear off after about 5 days but can last for longer. Psychological symptoms can take the longest to wear off, sometimes lasting weeks. Our team performs regular evaluations and creates personalized treatment plans.

Why Choose An Alcohol Detox in Florida

For a person who has been suffering from moderate to severe alcohol addiction, detox is a daunting reality. Withdrawal symptoms can be more than uncomfortable, they can be dangerous too. However, continuing to drink can cause more long-term damage to your mind, body, and relationships. If you have to detox from alcohol, you might at well do it at an alcohol detox center in Florida. Florida alcohol detox centers have a combination of benefits that no other detox centers can offer.

Alcohol Detox Centers in Florida are More Inviting

Detox and recovery are scary enough on its own, but it’s small things like the location that can help an addict get comfortable with the idea of entering an alcohol detox program (like the program being in Florida). As opposed to a gray, rainy or snowy location, when someone thinks of recovery in Florida they can think of palm trees and warm, sunny weather. There is a reason Florida is known as a state people retire to: it’s comfortable and downright inviting.

Additionally, Florida is somewhat of a hub for drug and alcohol recovery. Florida addiction professionals are well versed in helping those who are in need of expert assistance to get them on track. Those looking for help can be confident that they are indeed in good hands at a detox center like Compass Detox.

Warm Weather Can Aid in Recovery

It is no secret that Florida has beautiful weather nearly year-round. In fact, 60-degree weather is considered chilly down here! Blue skies and flat oceans are truly the norm. What you may not know is that the warm climate actually has positive physical effects on the detox process.

Whether you go outside for a stroll or you simply open the shades to let a little light in, absorbing some of the warm sunlight increases vitamin D absorption. Vitamin D is known to be a natural mood booster, helping manage any anxiety or depression that can accompany alcoholism. Sunlight has also been shown to increase serotonin levels, a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of well-being and happiness. Adequate serotonin levels also help manage stress and anxiety levels. Managing emotional and physical stressors is critical to the alcohol detox process and counteracting the symptoms.

Depending on the facility and the level of care, you will likely be allowed to go outside and move around a little. Movement and some activity can be good for detox progression, as well as managing pain and discomfort. Minus the occasional rainy day, we have year-round perfect weather for outdoor activities.

Variety of Detox and Ongoing Recovery Options

Alcohol detox and withdrawal symptoms usually start to taper off after 5-7 days. However, there really could be lingering effects for some time afterward. Traveling a long distance to get into a residential or outpatient treatment program is not ideal when you are fresh out of detox. The variety of drug and alcohol treatment programs in South Florida means that you will not have to travel far to get to the best facility for the next step in your journey to recovery. From partial hospitalization programs to family therapy and dual diagnosis treatment, Florida has the right alcohol treatment programs for you.

At Compass Detox, we work alongside a number of different treatment centers and our professionals will help you transition smoothly to a quality residential or outpatient treatment program. Located just east of Hollywood, Florida, drug detox has never been more accessible to those in need. Contact us today to get started at our alcohol detox program in South Florida.

Health Risks and Dangers of Alcohol Detox

Detoxing at home is common, but alcohol withdrawal carries a number of serious risks ranging from dehydration to brain damage and even death. These health risks are the main reason why we recommend seeking the help of Compass Detox, as opposed to attempting detox at home.

Detox is unpredictable and the ability to act quickly at the onset of severe withdrawal symptoms or unforeseen complications is key in preventing permanent damage. Our doctors know what signs to look for and what interventions need to be prescribed to prevent or control changes in your mental and physical well-being.

The unpleasant side effects of alcohol detox mixed with increased cravings make it tempting to break off the detox and start drinking again in order to escape the symptoms. In the event of a relapse, your body may be at an increased risk of alcohol poisoning and overdose because your tolerance has already started to decline. You are less likely to relapse during detox when it is completed at a detox center, under the supervision of trained caregivers and with access to proper medical treatment.

If severe symptoms occur during detox, you may be transported to a local hospital for further treatment.

Round the clock care is needed for several days, sometimes weeks before you are fully sober. You cannot care for yourself during this time and even if a loved one offers to help, a full team of caregivers is necessary to provide 24/7 monitoring.

Our staff can help minimize and treat the symptoms of withdrawal, decreasing your chances of relapse or serious complications.

Statistics On Alcohol Withdrawal

  • Only 5% of people who go through alcohol withdrawal experience delirium tremens, but 1 out of 20 people who develop symptoms die from the condition.
  • Only 20% of alcoholics who try to get sober without seeking professional assistance or support are able to stay sober.
  • On average, life expectancy drops by 15 years or more for someone who is not able to get sober and stay sober.
  • 88,000 people die each year from an alcohol-related cause, making it the third-highest preventable cause of death in the U.S.

Help With Detoxing From Alcohol

Give yourself or your loved one the best chance at getting sober safely and staying sober by admitting to our alcohol detox center. Get help from the caring and experienced staff at Compass Detox.

Alcohol Detox in Florida FAQs

Here at Compass Detox, we constantly get asked about alcohol detox. There are tons of myths and so much misinformation out there that we wanted to take the time to clear things up. Here are some of the questions that we hear most often and answers to help you understand what alcohol detox is, and more importantly, what it is not. Please take a look through to learn about what detox is like when you call on us.


The most common symptoms of detoxing from alcohol that your body experiences as it begins to detox from alcohol are the same as alcohol withdrawals. Your craving for alcohol intensifies and your focus is on getting that next drink. You become irritable, often feeling sore and sick to your stomach, similar to the flu. You may sweat or get headaches. Many people struggle with trying to get any kind of sleep. When you do sleep, you may have nightmares.

These are all the early stage symptoms associated with quitting alcohol. As time goes on, you will still crave alcohol, but the cravings will not be as strong. You may also still struggle with mood changes or feeling anxious, but those are also going to settle as time passes. Some may also notice that after a few days with no alcohol, they feel, hear, or see things that are not there. These hallucinations are somewhat common when detoxing from alcohol.


The experience of alcohol detox is unique for everyone, but the concept is simply allowing the body to remove as many traces of alcohol as possible. It can be painful for some, and nerve-wracking for nearly all to go through. However, it is a necessary step when it comes to getting sober. Your body needs to go through and remove the traces of alcohol. This helps to reset your body and allows the healing and recovery process to begin.


The amount of time it takes to detox from alcohol of alcohol detox is going to be unique for each person. However, on average, most people say they find relief from the effects of alcohol detox by the end of a week. Some noticed they felt better by day 4 or 5, while others needed a bit longer. It depends on how quickly traces of alcohol can be removed from your body. Those with damaged kidneys and livers should expect it to take longer.


You never want to see someone you care about struggle with alcohol. However, watching them go through alcohol detox is not easy and helping them without medical supervision can be dangerous, either. If you know of someone that is trying to stop drinking, encourage them to seek help. It is usually not safe to detox at home. They should be in a detox facility where someone can help keep an eye on them.

If they refuse, then at least stay with them. Should you see anything that makes you question if that person is alright, call for help. It is not your job to keep them safe, but if you take on that role, remember you have help a simple just a phone call away. Medical professionals can step in and get them the medical help they need to make it through this process.


This question is difficult to answer. Are you capable of detoxing from alcohol on your own? Most likely. However, should you? That answer is a simple no. No one should ever go about detoxing on their own, especially from alcohol. Detoxing from alcohol is hard on your body. It can go from you feeling mildly bad one minute to being in severe discomfort just a moment later. This makes the idea of trying to detox alone dangerous and ill advised.


This answer depends on your level of addiction, your health, and the type of rehab you opt to go with. However, you can expect your detox to take at minimum one week, with most people going through a 28-day stay when trying to overcome the effects of alcohol.


Again, this depends on your body and experience, but most people feel better after 5-7 days, while some struggle for weeks to have their body get to the point of being alcohol-free. The healthier you are when you start, and the healthier you stay, the easier the process will be. You should expect your detox to take no less than one week, with each day after that seeing you begin to feel a little better.


We strongly recommend a professional detox facility, like here at Compass Detox – where we are staffed with industry leading therapeutic and medical professionals – to recover from an addiction to alcohol. Alcohol withdrawals can be dangerous. They need to remain monitored in order for you to be safe. Getting help from the beginning gives you the best chances of attaining a long-term recovery.


While most people attribute sweating to being hot, it also is a way your body purifies itself. When you are going through an alcohol detox, your body pushes all of the toxins out in any way it can. One method it uses is by making you sweat. This pushes out all of those impurities your body was holding on to. That way, you get to feeling better, faster.


Detoxing your entire body is hard work. This means that every cell of your body is working hard to heal the damage alcohol did. The longer you struggled with alcohol, the more likely you are to feel exhausted during detox. Make sure to stay hydrated, eat a healthy range of foods, and sleep when you can during detox. You need all the rest you can get.


The cost of detox in Florida depends on the type of detox you choose, the facility you go to, and what is all included in your stay. Some detox facilities are minimal, and you pay less for your time spent at them. Other detox facilities in Florida provide luxury stays. These facilities are like staying at a resort while detoxing.

Most are somewhere in between. It’s also important to note that most detox facilities in Florida do accept insurance. Cost varies widely, with some facilities being out of reach without insurance assistance. Programs are available to assist those who may not be able to afford some of the costs. We would be happy to discuss that in-depth with you today, simply call us at [Direct] or contact us online today!