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Detox of South Florida Inc,
608 NE 2nd Ave, Okeechobee,
FL 34972, USA

Timings: Opens
24 Hours 365 Days

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Our Services

Alcohol Detox

Medically supervised treatment plans to manage withdrawal symptoms due to alcohol detox that matches the patient’s needs.

Alcohol Rehab

Inpatient rehab for alcohol use disorders using intensive therapy and counseling to identify and address the addiction root cause.

Drug Detox

Medically supervised drug detox for patients at risk of having severe withdrawal symptoms that might require medical intervention.

Drug Rehab

Inpatient drug rehab in a distraction-free environment to give patients the best chance of being free for life from substance addiction.

Rehab for Elderly

Specialized rehab and recovery treatment for the elderly that identify and deal with triggers and destructive behaviors.

Rehab for Veterans

Medical and rehabilitation therapies for alcohol and drug dependent Veterans including professional detox treatment and psychiatric care.

Florida Drug Use Statistics

410,000 Florida residents were addicted to drugs or alcohol in 2014

There were over 5,000 drug overdoses in Florida in 2016

The drug epidemic in Florida was declared a state emergency in 2017, with $54 million

Meet Our Team

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Dr. Vikram Tarugu, M.D. CEO

Gastroenterologist and medical professional focused on alcohol addiction treatment. A veteran in the medical field with over 25 years of professional experience. He is a consultant for many South Florida Rehab centers. Patients travel from all over the US to seek his help with alcohol addiction and Hepatitis C treatment.

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Dr. Muhammad Syed, M.D.

Doctor of internal medicine, C.F.O. He is Instrumental in the success of Detox of South Florida. He is known for his cheerful, ever happy and helpful attitude.

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Dr. Shilpa Tarugu, M.D.

Doctor of internal medicine, medical director, and Nursing Supervisor. She is known for her ethical practice and expertise in the various alcohol detox protocols and treatment programs.

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Yolani Borato

Office Management

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Andrea Beckwith

Director of Admissions

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Nancy Cruz

Director of Operations


We are a team of experienced, qualified alcohol addiction treatment professionals with over 20 years of experience in alcohol and drug detox and rehab. Our team is led by Doctor Vikram Tarugu.
We offer a range of evidence-based treatments that are customized according to the patient’s needs, including detox and rehab for alcohol and drugs.
We have treated over 4000 patients with a 98% of them successfully completed detox. Our focus on personalized intervention gives patients the skills they need to overcome their alcohol addiction.
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Testimonials & reviews

We strive to give each of our clients a positive and meaningful experience as we journey with them towards recovery. Read personal reviews from patients whose lives have changed after successfully graduating from our alcohol treatment program.

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Getting Help For A Drug Addiction in Florida Alcohol Detox

We offer specialized, comprehensive treatment for your addiction taking into account underlying contributing factors as well as co-occurring disorders.

Our trained therapists will create an individualized care plan to help you take back control of your life and provide you with the tools and skills needed to live with an alcohol addiction. Call us today to learn more. Understanding the signs symptoms and of addiction will help you understand whether you or a family member are struggling with a drug addiction.

Understanding Drug Addiction

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines addiction as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuitsleads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations.”

Put simply, a drug addiction changes your brain, setting up patterns of substance use leading to dependence that destroys the lives of both the user and those around them. Continued substance use that changes the chemical balance of the brain leads to changes that impair its ability to function normally without the asisstance of the drug.

Removing the drug leads to withdrawal and cravings for the drug as the brain struggles to regain the chemical balance. Substance use is a chronic disease and usually requires treatment as the disease progresses ultimately resulting in the possibility of disability or early death.

Why People Use Drugs

There are three main paths to experimenting with drugs. The first is through experimentation due to a curiosity around what the experience is like, or because of peer pressure.

The second is as a means of escaping feelings of sadness or anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 20% of substance users have an anxiety or mood disorder such as depression. Often when the drug use starts the person is not aware that they are struggling with a mental illness.

The third route starts with a prescription such as Opiates. Opiate-based drugs are well-known for their addictive properties and have a reputation for being overprescribed, about 80 percent of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids.

This is not to say that there are not cases where there is no utility for prescribing opiate-based prescription drugs, rather, due to the fact that they are highly addictive, they should only be prescribed for short periods of time Findings by Helpguide indicate that patients prescribed opiate-based drugs lose their efficacy after four to six months, but that use for more than a month or two is very likely to lead to an addiction.

The Underlying Causes of Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction is a complex disease that has many underlying causes. Contributing causes include: co-occuring mental health issues and genetic predisposition.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), over 50% of substance users have one or more severe mental health disorders. With the co-occurrence of two or more disorders, all disorders need to be treated at the same time to give the patient the best chance of recovery, (failure to do so often sets the patient up for relapse).

A genetic predisposition to addiction is often a contributing factor in addiction cases. A study by Addictions and Recovery showed that a person is eight times as likely to become an alcohol addict if either of their parents was an addict. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism released their report finding that hereditary predisposition was responsible for about 50 percent of the development of addiction.

How Drug and Alcohol Detox Can Help

Starting on the journey of recovery requires firstly recognizing that there is a problem, and then seeking detox help. If you are concerned about a friend or family member, understand that they might not yet be at this stage. An intervention with a professional, friends and family where you confront the addicted person may help, but they need to come to the realization themselves.

The State of Florida does have a provision through the Marchman Act to obtain a court-mandated treatment if someone is a danger to themselves or others. There are also support groups for family members and friends of addicts such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon.

The Progressive, Chronic Nature of Addiction And Long-Term Prognosis

Addiction will persist and worsen if left untreated. Addiction can be managed with long-term permanent recovery being possible with the intervention of professional detox treatment. It is a long-term outlook requiring dedication, continued maintenance, and therapy.

Does a Family Member Have A Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

Teenage moodiness can often be confused with signs of drug use. This list of broad areas to keep an eye on will help guide you, enabling you to recognize whether your teenager or another family member is using drugs:

  • Physical Health: Weight loss or gain, red eyes, lack of enthusiasm and motivation.
  • Mental Health:Increased emotional volatility, noticeably sad or down, unwilling to communicate.
  • Work/School: A sudden dip in attendance, taking sick days, skipping school, and a drop in academic or work performance.
  • Appearance: No longer concerned with dressing well, often leaving the house without showering, not interested in appearance and weight loss.
  • Behavior: Refusal to allow access to their bedroom, secretive about where they are spending their time and drastic changes to friendship circles and relationships with family members.
  • Finances: sudden or urgent requests for money without a good explanation, money disappearing from your wallet, or belongings missing from the home that might have been sold to support a drug habit.

What Are The Symptoms Of Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal?

The symptoms depend on the individual including which substance they have been using, how long they have been using the substance and the quantity of use. Symptoms include:

  • Decreased appetite (in some cases increased appetite)
  • Irritability and trouble sleeping
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Severe cravings
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Seizures
  • Elevated heart rate, blood pressure and temperature (often with sweating)
  • Lowered sex drive
  • Restlessness and attention problems
  • Increased appetite
  • Tiredness
  • Leg movements, shakiness, and overactive reflexes
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Mood swings
  • Diminished sex drive

Withdrawal symptoms may be severe requiring inpatient drug rehab for addictions, particularly heroin and prescription pills. If you are experiencing withdrawal from any of these substances, please seek immediate detox help. Call us on (855)-549-1330

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