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Alcohol Detox FAQ's

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What is detox like?

Withdrawing from alcohol on your own is dangerous and can even be fatal.

Common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia and fatigue
  • Shakiness
  • Headache
  • Rapid mood swings, from depression to excitability
  • Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating

Sometimes alcohol withdrawal leads to delirium tremens, which also includes:

  • Body tremors and seizures
  • Delirium and hallucinations
  • Disorientation and fear

But at Sunrise Detox, your comfort and safety are priority, so you’ll go through a medical detox, which alleviates the symptoms above.

Besides getting medication and around-the-clock supervision, you’ll also get counseling, which helps you better understand the ongoing recovery process and prevent a relapse.

Expect to have time to relax in a private or semi-private room and in one of the inviting lounge areas with wide-screen HDTV and digital cable. And, expect delicious and nutritious meals—all of which are designed to help you on your road to recovery. Since you’re not at a hospital or a psychiatric ward, the doors are not locked. You’ll be treated like a welcomed guest here.

What are my payment options?

Detox at Sunrise is covered by most insurance carriers.  When you call, we'll check your coverage for you.

The only thing we can’t accept is Medicaid or Medicare. Any amount that is not covered by insurance can be paid with a personal check or Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

Do you take Medicaid or Medicare? 

Unfortunately, we cannot accept Medicaid or Medicare because we're a private facility and we don't receive any government funding. If you don’t have coverage under a private insurance provider, you can pay cash or finance your treatment on a credit card. Don’t let financial concerns prevent you from getting the help you need.

Will I be sick?

No. This is why patients come to us. You’ll be in a relaxing environment, which includes medication to counteract your withdrawal symptoms. A team of trained professionals is available 24 hours a day, so you can rest assured that any discomfort will be responded to quickly.

How do I know  if I'm an alcoholic? 

If you’re asking this question, you already know the answer. There’s no magic number of drinks that defines “too much”. However, if alcohol is affecting your job, your relationships, and/or your health, it’s time to get help.

Unsupervised withdrawal from alcohol can be extremely dangerous, so talk to a trained addiction advisor to find out how to detox safely and comfortably: (856) 238-5466

How long will I be there?

The time you spend depends on your age and health, plus the amount you drink and the length of time that you have been misusing alcohol. An average stay is about 4-5 days. If you need to detox from other substances in addition to alcohol, that could increase your stay. A trained addiction advisor can give you a better idea of what to expect, if this is the case.

Who else will be there?

You’ll find people who:

  • Truly want to get healthy
  • Want to do it in comfort
  • Can afford it

If this sounds like you, try here first because this is where you want to be. If not, we can recommend facilities that are almost as nice.

We’re not a state-funded facility, so you won’t find people who are court-ordered to go to detox or who are on Medicare or Medicaid.

You will bond with other patients and staff at Sunrise, and you won't forget the positive experience that started your recovery.

Can I smoke?

Yes. There are designated courtyard areas for smoking.

What should I bring?

Feel free to bring any personal items that will make you feel most at home. Maybe books and magazines that you haven’t had time yet to read, or comfy slippers. You can wear your own clothing, and the private and semi-private suites are equipped with closets and other space for your personal items.

Cell phones and personal computers are restricted, so you can focus on yourself and your recovery. You can bring your cell phone, but it will be secured in a safe with your other valuables. If you need to access your phone during your stay, staff members can assist you. If you need to get online to check email, bank accounts or pay bills, the staff can help you with that, too.

What's the difference between detox and rehab?

Detox lays the groundwork for a successful recovery by managing alcohol withdrawal, which can be extremely dangerous if not medically supervised. It normally takes about 5 days.

Rehab follows detox and gives a firmer foundation in which to build strategies for long-term recovery. Rehab often lasts 30 days.

Most rehab programs require inpatient alcohol detox first. This is because they are really very different processes. In detox, you need to get the alcohol completely out of your body and stop the overpowering craving that is consuming your life before learning tools for long-term sobriety in rehab.

What if I need to detox from more than one substance?

You can detox from other substances here, too, and avoid complications that can arise from withdrawing from more than one substance. This is because our clinic is also accredited to administer detox protocols for heroin, opiate pain medications, benzodiazepines and barbiturates, as well as methadone.

Is counseling required?

Individual therapy is part of the alcohol detox program. This will help you learn the skills needed to advance after detox and help you prepare for the next stage of treatment. Group therapy is also offered, but is optional.

How can I maximize my chance of success?

First, you have to be ready to truly make a change. Given that, if you follow our proven alcohol withdrawal protocols and the direction of the clinical staff, you will have the best chance for remaining sober.

More Than 68,000 People Have Trusted Sunrise for Alcohol Detox.

You Can Too. Call (856) 238-5466

"I found this place on the internet and from the first phone call I was treated with dignity and respect. Derek answered all my questions and made me feel very comfortable."

A. (female) detoxed in 2013

"I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the excellent work you did with my client. You and your support staff were professional, caring, and highly skilled. I feel that you made a significant impact in my clients life. By the way, she actually is loving being in rehab, who would have thought. That would have never happened without the experience that she had at Sunrise Detox."


"I really liked the food, the ability to smoke and eat as I pleased, as well as the positive group experiences."

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