About Us

About Us

A good number of treatment facilities claiming to provide the best drug and alcohol rehab in Florida fail to live up to their promise. This is definitely why Florida has an ever increasing relapse rate every year. However, Detox of South Florida has over time proven to be an excellent top tier drug rehab center. Besides having successfully treated thousands of individuals suffering from substance abuse addiction, we also take pride in our unique personalized approach to detox and rehabilitation. What makes us different from other addiction rehabilitation centers? Here are a few things that make us better than other South Florida rehab centers:

  • We focus primarily on detox, which ensures that you start your recovery journey on a clean slate.
  • We provide world class care and treatment services. You’ll always feel at home in the entire duration of your stay at Detox of South Florida.
  • We only work with professional medical experts who are knowledgeable in addiction treatment and rehabilitation. Our staff is fully committed to provide you with the best care and service.

If you’d like to know more about our treatment services or want to verify your insurance, feel free to contact us today and talk to one of our friendly professionals. We are here to assist you in any way possible to help you lead a healthy drug or alcohol-free life.

If you still have a few more questions, take a look at our FAQ’s below:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Get the answers for your questions right below!

What characteristics should I look for in a good detox Florida center?
Research studies on addiction treatment have shown that some alcohol and substance addiction treatment and follow-up procedures are more successful than others. At Detox of South Florida, we emphasize on using the best approaches in alcohol or drug detox.

What type of addiction treatment do you provide?
Our goal is to ensure that all our patients regain their physical and mental states of health. Our treatment is therefore tailored to address each patient’s unique conditions. The treatment involves a combination of detoxification procedures such as opiate detox, alcohol detox, and heroin detox, just to mention a few, with other intervention procedures such as group and individual therapy, relapse prevention education, after-care planning, and in-house completion programs aimed at ensuring long-term sobriety and prevention of relapses.

How long do the addiction treatment and rehabilitation take?
Every patient has his or her unique type and level of addiction which is why the treatment period will normally vary from one individual to another. While some patients go through a 30-day rehab program, others will require a 60-day or 90-day program to recover from alcohol or drug addiction. The time it takes to recover will depend on the assessment report provided by the assigned medical professional who evaluates your case.

What happens in the case of a relapse?
As the best rehab in South Florida, we believe a relapse should not be viewed as a failure but rather as a sign to help you get back on track by making necessary adjustments to your treatment.

How much does the overall addiction treatment and rehabilitation cost?
Our rates generally depend on the services provided. The overall cost will be determined by factors such as professional treatment fees, facilities, food, and utilities.

Do you allow visitations?
Unlike other addiction treatment centers across the country, at Detox of South Florida, we take your treatment and recovery process very seriously. Your treatment against addiction is a comprehensive process that may be affected by unwarranted interruptions. All visitations must, therefore, be approved well in advance by the treating therapist. We do this to ensure that your safety, focus on recovery, and stability are maintained at all times. The only visitors allowed are significant members of your family and close friends.

Why choose Detox of South Florida?

Experience and Knowledge We have the experience and knowledge necessary to keep you safe through every step of the detoxification process. With our Florida Detox staff experts by your side, it is easier to feel confident in every decision you make. Personal Attention We don’t treat people like numbers. We treat people like people. When you are a guest of Detox of South Florida, you can be rest assured that you will receive personal attention and advice based on your situation. High Success Rate Our success rate is among the best in the industry, proving that our approach to detoxification works and why we were voted as 2016’s #1 Florida Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center!

Our Staff

Dr. Shilpa Tarugu

Medical Director

Dr. Shilpa Tarugu, Detox of South Florida’s Medical Director, is committed to the full recovery of all her patients. She has years of experience in Internal Medicine having practiced in the field for more than 6 years. “My goal has always been to address every patient’s unique or individual needs,” she says. Dr. Tarugu earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia before attaining her M.D at Spartan Health Sciences University of St. Lucia. She is a leading expert in the treatment of Hepatitis C, mental health, and substance dependence.

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Darlene Mayers, LMFT

Clinical Director

Darlene is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience in both the private and public sector. She is the Clinical Director at Detox of South Florida. She specializes in diverse fields including family issues, abuse and trauma, as well as substance abuse addiction. Darlene Mayers is well known for upholding high standards and ethical practices when dealing with clients from all sorts of social and economic backgrounds. She attended Palm Beach Atlantic University where she earned her Bachelor of Psychology Degree and later got her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University.

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Dr. Vikram Tarugu


As the Chief Executive Officer at Detox of South Florida, Dr. Vikram Tarugu recognizes the importance of earning the trust of his patients for their recovery and overall well-being. He has made it a daily quest to address all the questions, concerns, and any other issue regarding any critical aspect of every patient’s well-being and recovery. “As an excellent physician, you need a balanced combination of knowledge, empathy, and compassion while demonstrating good communication and clinical skills,” says Dr. Vikram Tarugu.

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Dr. Muhammad Syed


Currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer at Detox of South Florida, Dr. Muhammad Syed has practiced Internal medicine for more than 15 years. He is a leading authority on detoxification and mental health treatment. His vast experience in detox is highly valued at Detox of South Florida. He has a warm compassionate nature that has earned him great respect from our patients.

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Aflatun Kaiser
07:14 12 Mar 17
The techs at this detox are awesome and caring, doctors are nice and all around great facility. The groups are informative and the therapist are so amazing and caring. They accommodating to your needs. It's a very clean facility and they really care about your needs except the cook doesn't accommodate to certain diets. Like I don't eat vegetables and every meal was covered in vegetables and there was only water as well and I personally hate water.read more
Anna Smart
12:23 20 Mar 17
I was in really bad shape when I entered the detox . I had severe withdrawals from heroin and they were quick to address them From top to bottom, this is a fantastic place to detox. The doctors, nurses, counselors, staff - and especially the techs - are incredible and caring. The facility is clean and the food is good. The rooms are simple but sufficient. I would highly recommend Detox of South Florida to anyone that is serious about overcoming their addiction(s).read more
Mark Bruno
14:04 19 Mar 17
Naturalistic remedies are available which could ease both physical and emotional discomfort. I learned some breathing techniques and art of balancing life. My body and mind are at peace! Heal yourself!read more
Lana Aranga
12:29 09 Oct 16
I've been to multiple treatment centers and detox. Bar none, Detox of South Florida is the best care I have received. The staff is compassionate and upbeat. The supervisor (behavioral health tech) Kevin is caring and works hard to make sure all patients are safe and well taken care of. I am grateful for this facility and hope anyone in need of detox chooses this place. The facility is clean and the food is good. I am a critical person and cannot find any issue to complain about. If you have any problem while you are here, the techs and Kevin help resolve the issue in a professional manner. If Roger Ebert was still alive, he would give Detox of South Florida two thumbs up! I am happy to be here and I know anyone that comes here will be happy too.read more
Adrianna Stuart
22:47 18 Feb 17
Detox of south Florida save my life!. I am a mother of 3 wonderful kids and I needed to get clean to get my family back. I have struggled with addiction for many years and been to some detoxes and rehabs in my life . I can without any hesitation say this detox is one of the most caring place. They are a bit strict in how much medication you get but I guess it's ok if you want to get better.read more
Rita Bohl
10:58 22 Jun 17
When I first arrived I was very nervous and I kept thinking what have I done, 3weeks later, I was clean! It was the hardest thing I've ever done! With all the love from staff and people in detox, I got through, day by day! It was like a family! Everyone was so kind and caring! Best thing I've ever done for ME😊read more
Alice Taylor
09:48 22 Jun 17
The care I received at Detox of South Florida was the outstanding. The staffs are so kind full with patience.
Paterson Adam
10:02 22 Jun 17
The detox of SF was outstanding with their technology,care and Staffs are very friendly. Highly recommended !!!
Sebastian Dhadda
07:45 12 Jul 17
The medical team provided 24*7 supervision and ensured safe withdrawal of chemicals and toxic substances. Now my body is stabilized and cocaine levels have drastically reduced. Said goodbye to depression and anxiety.read more
Sclafani Gerson
07:31 13 Jul 17
Regular therapy was given and all the pills I have been in-taking all these days were monitored. I had an opportunity to attend some recreational activities and it was fun and cool. After the session I would feel myself active.read more
Michael Rebeto
18:53 11 Jul 17
Throughout the program, assessment was done based upon my individual need. My addiction severity on heroin was gradually decreased and I gained mental health after the course. Best place to find yourself!read more
Oswaldo Squire
07:21 17 Jul 17
It was a pleasant journey here. No complications. They analyzed before getting me into the course. It was great to have professional guidance for attending a detox program. Opiates have been flushed out and I am back to normal.read more

Why choose Detox of South Florida?

“Experience and Knowledge We have the experience and knowledge necessary to keep you safe through every step of the detoxification process. With our Florida Detox staff experts by your side, it is easier to feel confident in every decision you make. ”