Addiction Receiving Facility / Medical Detox

941-953-2519 

First Step’s detoxification / addiction unit is on 18th Street in Sarasota. It is a 24/7, 30-bed, medically supervised detoxification unit.

First Step guides clients through the physical and emotional crisis of withdrawal, emphasizing good nutrition and vitamins, links to self-help support groups and planning for continuing care. During the average stay of three to 10 days, clients participate in structured, daily activities, including educational groups, AA/NA groups and discharge planning. It cares for those who are in crisis from drugs or alcohol, whether they are referred voluntarily or involuntarily. Involuntary admissions are initiated through the Florida Marchman Act.

This inpatient program provides safe, medical detox from drugs or alcohol. In addition, case management services refer clients to residential or outpatient programs for continuing care.

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