LEVELS OF CARE Alcohol and Drug Detox

Detoxification clears toxins and harmful
chemicals from your body so you can start
treatment with a clean slate.

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Long-term use of alcohol and drugs changes your brain and body. Over time, you adapt to the presence of toxic chemicals. But these adaptations lead to imbalance, and this abnormal, imbalanced state becomes your new normal. When you stop using alcohol and drugs, your mind and body respond within hours. You enter a psychological and physical state known as withdrawal.

Depending on the details of your alcohol and/or substance use history, withdrawal can lead to dangerous and, in some cases, life-threatening symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can last from a couple of days to a week – depending on factors unique to you.

Symptoms of withdrawal vary, but may include:

  • Shaking
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Cramping
  • Convulsions
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Disorientation
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures
  • Muscle and joint pain

During the detox and withdrawal process, our medical team monitors and supports you 24/7 to ensure your physical safety and psychological, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. When our medical team clears you to begin treatment, you begin participating in group therapy, individual therapy, and healthy, life-affirming recovery activities with the Beacon House community.


The drug and alcohol detox process involves three main steps:

  1. Evaluation: During the evaluation phase, your treatment team assesses your needs. They test to identify the presence of substances in your bloodstream and conduct a full biopsychosocial evaluation. This process enables your treatment team to design a treatment plan tailored to meet your personal needs.
  2. Stabilization: During this stabilization phase, your treatment team provides medical and psychosocial support to help you manage withdrawal. Depending on the nature of your alcohol or substance use, stabilization may include medication prescribed by qualified physicians and administered by licensed nurses. If your evaluation indicates medication to relieve withdrawal symptoms, you may continue to take it during treatment. Stabilization also involves learning more about recovery and understanding what to expect after detox.
  3. Transition to Treatment: As you progress through detox, you and your treatment team discuss the next step. Successful recovery from alcohol and substance use disorder often involves ongoing medical and psychological care. During the transition from detox to treatment, you collaborate with your treatment team on your personalized plan and prepare to enter the Beacon House recovery community.


When our medical staff determines you’re ready to begin participating in treatment, you have options. You work with your treatment team to determine the appropriate level of care:

  • Residential Treatment Program: Live at Beacon House and receive 24/7 support
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): Six hours of treatment, three to five days a week, live at home
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): Three hours of treatment, three to five days a week, live at home
  • Virtual Outpatient (VOP): Three hours of treatment via our safe and secure online platform, three to five days a week, from home.

All Beacon House programs – from residential to virtual – include a custom treatment plan, tailored to meet your individual needs. Your plan will consist of a combination of group therapy/counseling, individual therapy/counseling, psychiatric support (if applicable), medication support (if applicable), and a selection of mindfulness, holistic, and experiential activities.