Alcohol Rehab

Finding the right alcohol rehab center near you is a straightforward process once you have an understanding of the type of facility that you are looking for, as well as what level of treatment that will be most effective.
There are three primary questions to ask before getting started:

  1. What type of alcohol rehab treatment center would be a good fit? (And how will it fit in with your current commitments, your lifestyle as well as home and work life?)
  2. What are the requirements such as cost and length of time for treatment?
  3. Does the location of the rehab have an impact on your decision (Do you want to a change of scenery which would mean choosing a treatment center further away, or would you prefer to stay close to home?)

Types of Alcohol Rehab Treatment

Individuals with a severe alcohol addiction, a dual diagnosis, medical issues or previous rehab treatment often benefit from inpatient rehab care. With inpatient care, patients have access to around the clock monitoring of their medical condition, and they are separated from their using environment, so they are better able to focus on recovery.
Outpatient treatment is most appropriate for individuals with a mild to moderate alcohol addiction. Also, for outpatient treatment to be effective they should have strong family support and reliable access to transport.


This is the most common approach to treating an alcohol use disorder and involves ‘live-in’ treatment where a patient checks in to a rehab facility and stays there for the duration of their treatment.
Often the first step in the process is a medically-supervised alcohol detox offering 24-hour care by qualified professionals with the relevant experience. This is done in conjunction with individual and group therapy and a set schedule for mealtimes and recreational activities.
Important risk factors to consider include:

  • Age – for patients over the age of 60 withdrawal symptoms may be particularly severe during detox. This may cause related health complications and requires constant monitoring by medical professionals. Inpatient treatment is recommended in cases like these to overcome the addiction.
  • Co-Occurring Disorders – Many patients suffering from alcohol addiction may have one or more co-occurring mental health conditions that will require a personalized treatment plan and would benefit from an inpatient program.

The daily schedule should be clearly communicated and routine-based. The incorporation of routine and positive habits early on in the program give structure to the recovery process that allows patients to develop good routines. There is the best chance of recovery if a person suffering from an alcohol use disorder is able to develop good, healthy habits to replace a previous destructive routine. Social routines, such as regular group sessions, play an important role in rehabilitating patients preparing them for their return to normal life.

A Typical Schedule for Inpatient Alcohol Rehab at Detox of South Florida

Morning Schedule:
  • Breakfast – held in the communal dining area with healthy food options.
  • Group Sessions – led by an experienced therapist or counselor, encouraging individual participation covering topics such as why the patient is in rehab, identifying triggers and techniques for dealing with or avoiding those triggers.
Afternoon Schedule:

The afternoon schedule depends on the individual's personalized treatment plan that may vary from day to day and will include a number of the following activities and therapies.

  • Lunch - held in the communal dining area with healthy food options.
  • One-on-One Sessions – intensive therapy sessions with the patient’s therapist.
  • Group Treatment – group participation encourages the building of trust and helps the patient open up about their addiction including the root causes and triggers.
  • Private Behavioral Therapy – aiding the patient with discovering behavioral actions for triggers and developing healthier alternative responses to the triggers. There is also a focus on avoiding anxiety, stress, and confusion.
  • Specialized Sessions – for patients with specific needs including anger and tension management therapy, grief counseling and the development of coping strategies for specific behavioral issues.
  • Family Involvement – the inclusion of close family members in the treatment process, and empowering of family members to contribute to future treatment support once a patient is discharged.
  • Alternative Treatment – this includes a range of speakers with inspirational and experiential stories of their recovery from addiction, as well as a range of alternative therapies including art and music, dance, biofeedback (and neurofeedback) and exercise programs.
Evening Schedule:
  • Downtime – free time for patients to engage in activities such as journaling, reading or meditating.
  • Dinner - held in the communal dining area with healthy food options.
  • Group Session – this is usually a session focused on the 12 Step recovery.
  • Bedtime – early bedtime to help patients return to a natural sleep cycle. This helps to form healthy habits and allows for optimum recovery, both physically and mentally, so that patients are well rested and prepared for the next day’s therapies.

Different Types of Inpatient Treatment

The two primary types of inpatient treatment are residential rehab (usually 30-, 60- or 90- day programs) where you are required to stay on-site for the duration of the program and partial hospitalization, which is somewhere between an inpatient and an outpatient program.

Inpatient Residential Rehab

The patient is required to stay on-site for the duration of the treatment. It is the most intensive form of alcohol rehabilitation and has the best track record for helping patients recover from severe alcoholism. The first week of the program usually includes detoxification and is considered the first step of the recovery process. This process works to remove alcohol from the patient’s body completely so that they are no longer under its influence. From there, treatment will continue in the form of a structured daily program of activities. These treatments are designed to help patients overcome their addiction and plan for a life of long-term sobriety.

Partial Hospitalization

This program combines elements of inpatient and outpatient care. The daily structure may be as intensive as an inpatient program, but the patient can leave at the end of the day and spend the night at home. This can be an effective option for patients that live close to the treatment facility and have a stable home environment. The daily program tends to be between 6 and 8 hours, and patients are strictly monitored for signs of a relapse, withdrawal symptoms and other potential health complications.


Different from inpatient treatment where you live at the facility for the duration of your treatment, with outpatient programs you visit an addiction facility regularly to receive treatment.
Treatment typically includes:

  • Group counseling
  • 12 step programs
  • Individual therapy (including cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational enhancement therapy)

How to Choose the Type of Center

There are a number of factors that may influence your decision on what type of treatment center to choose such as:

  • the severity of the alcohol use disorder
  • the financial constraints
  • business and family commitments
  • your insurance provider and the type of treatment that they cover
  • a history of prior alcohol abuse and relapse

Inpatient care is recommended for severe cases and where homelife is a contributing factor to the addiction. Additionally, if a patient has relapsed in the past, inpatient care is the best choice. Outpatient care is a good alternative if the patient has a mild to moderate addiction, a stable home life, work or family commitments or is limited by the cover offered by their insurance provider.

Time and Cost Implications

How Long Does Treatment Take?

The typical length of time for inpatient rehab for alcohol addiction varies depending on the person. The shortest program offered by most facilities is 30 days; however, most facilities have 60 and 90-day programs as well as offer longer-term plans that may span several months. Other centers may require the detox program to be completed as an inpatient and then offer the option to switch to an outpatient for the rehab program afterward.
In less severe cases, the patient may choose a shorter inpatient program that works to eliminate distractions or triggers that the patient would ordinarily be exposed to in the course of their everyday life. This gives them the space to identify and deal with root causes as well as work on positive habits and routines that can be incorporated into normal life once the patient is discharged. For example, once the patient has completed rehab, they can continue with recovery maintenance by attending local support groups such as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and Al-Anon or meeting with a local alcohol addiction counselor.
For many people recovering from an alcohol use disorder the transition from rehab back to a daily routine can be difficult and it takes a huge commitment not to relapse when faced with challenges and triggers.
Treatment at an addition facility may take longer for individuals with a long-term addiction to alcohol. Regular heavy drinking over a period of many years has the effect of rewiring how the brain works a well as affecting major organs such as the heart, lungs, and liver. It takes time for the body to recalibrate once a patient stops drinking.
It is important to understand that the journey of recovery is a life-long commitment. So, regardless of how long the treatment program takes, the treatment is an on-going process and will require an aftercare program to facilitate the transition back into society.

How Much Does Rehab Cost?

Attending a rehab center can be expensive, especially if you are receiving inpatient care. The treatment center should be proactive in helping you understand your insurance policy coverage as well as helping you develop a payment plan to manage the costs. 
At Detox of South Florida, we accept most major insurance company policies including UnitedHealthcare (link) and Cigna insurance (link). Our customer care team has specialist knowledge on the different healthcare companies and will be able to answer any questions related to your policy.
We are able to deal directly with your healthcare insurance provider on your behalf. In this way, we are able to develop the best, personalized detox program for your needs. Each patient will have different requirements so please contact us with the details of your policy and will verify your coverage.

Location of the Alcohol Rehab Facility

How can I find the best Alcohol Rehab Center in Florida?

In many instances, it makes sense to choose a treatment center in your area, rather than traveling to a facility further afield. This may be due to family commitments, work constraints or practical transport limitations. In any case, there are a number of checks that you should do when searching for an alcohol rehab near you. It should have the relevant rehab facility credentials, be run by qualified staff and have a good track record of providing treatment for patients with alcohol use disorders. Take time to read through reviews and testimonials that previous patients have left and decide whether the center is likely to be a good fit for you.
The facility should offer medically supervised detox if you will go through withdrawal as well as having a daily schedule that they are happy to make available and a focus on evidence-based therapy.

Questions to ask when selecting an inpatient alcohol rehab center in Florida include:

  • Is the program licensed and accredited for alcohol addiction treatment?
  • How long is the program, and what can I realistically expect from the treatment?
  • Is the center transparent about their rehabilitation success rate?
  • What do those statistics look like within the timeframe of a year, five years and ten years after treatment?
  • How is the aftercare program structured?
  • Is my insurance accepted, what additional costs can I expect to incur?
  • What qualifications do the staff hold and are there medical specialists on-site to provide 24-hour care?

Why Choose Detox of South Florida for Alcohol Rehab?

The alcohol rehab program at Detox of South Florida is intensive and personalized to meet the individual needs of each patient. For each patient that is admitted to the center, a panel of professional therapists and counselors draw up a custom rehabilitation program that addresses the specific needs of that particular patient. The program draws on the extensive experience of each professional and relies on evidence-based therapies. This gives the patient the best chance at recovery. 
The focus is on a diverse program that includes detox therapy, group sessions, education on relapse prevention and aftercare planning to prepare patients for a successful return to society. Each program is aligned with the primary goal of long-term sobriety for the patient.

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Meet Our Team

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Dr. Vikram Tarugu, M.D. CEO

Gastroenterologist and medical professional focused on addiction. 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 allover the US to seek his help with 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 detox protocols and programs.

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Yolani Borato

Office Management

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Andrea Beckwith

Director of Admissions

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Darlene Mayers

Clinical Director

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Nancy Cruz

Director of Operations

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