SWFAS DETOX is a 29-bed facility, under the direction of a physician, and serves adults, who are undergoing acute withdrawal from alcohol and/or drugs. The center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is the only detoxification facility in Lee, Glades, and Hendry counties. Our person-centered program has been designed with the belief and understanding that every patient is different and that one-size does not fit all. Based on this belief our duration of care ranges from 3 to 10 days, depending upon the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. Our facility is located near a major hospital, which is available for any critical physical complications.
Detox Side View
SWFAS DETOX provides medically supervised withdrawal and motivational counseling for individuals 18 years of age or older from Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. What was originally a program, serving people withdrawing from alcohol addiction, now serves an increasingly complex population of adults, withdrawing from substances ranging from alcohol to prescription and illicit drugs, and often with co-occurring mental illness. DETOX is the front end of the adult system, responding to an ever-changing set of community needs.
Patient in bed
Several major achievements have occurred within the past years at DETOX, allowing more patients to be served and for the services to be more effective. Our program currently serves an average of 1,585 patients per year and this is possible due to the support of the United Way, Lee County and the State of Florida.Still this is not enough. When individuals can’t access DETOX services, they often impact other systems.
Getting blood pressure checked
State funding for adult substance services in this region of Florida is only 75% of the state-wide average, (based on per capita funding for adults in the year round population). That means that the SWFAS’ Detox program is operating with one bed for every 32,000+ adults at risk. This represents a tremendous deficit, resulting in numerous negative consequences, including up to 30 adults being held monthly in the Lee County jail, inappropriate admissions to mental health centers, and local Emergency Rooms being over-burdened.