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Alcohol & Drug Detox Treatment

We work directly with facilities who provide detox from drugs & alcohol, then facilitate door-to-door transfer into our mental health programs.

What is Medical Detox?

Medical detox is a professional treatment that manages the physical symptoms of drug and alcohol withdrawal. People who use drugs and alcohol regularly in high amounts can become physically dependent – meaning their bodies eventually adapt and adjust to the presence of these substances. Quitting drugs and alcohol abruptly after becoming physically dependent can disrupt the body’s chemistry and trigger a range of mild to severe withdrawal symptoms. In some instances, drug and alcohol withdrawal can lead to death when taking place outside of a controlled medical setting.


As part of our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program, Alter partners with detox facilities that  use evidence-based detox treatments to minimize the risk of withdrawal-induced complications. Patients who choose to detox can receive quality treatment in a safe, controlled inpatient residential environment where there are no distractions. FDA-approved medications are used to reduce and control withdrawal symptoms, while nutritious meals, yoga, and mindfulness meditation can be used to complement the therapeutic effects of detox treatment.


Detox programs are customized for each patient based on factors such as the substances that were used, the length of time of drug use, and the presence of underlying health conditions. The length of your detox program will vary based on these same factors, and may last anywhere between a few days to several weeks.


Nurses and doctors will monitor you closely around the clock for the entirety of your detox program to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible.

Our detox program uses a wide range of medications and protocols proven to effectively reduce withdrawal symptoms and the risk of complications.

What You Can Expect During Detox

Recovery looks different for every individual. Your care team will work with you to design a custom treatment plan just for you.


First, the medical staff will review and evaluate your medical history and talk to you about your condition so they can identify and choose treatments that may work best at treating your mental health and substance use disorder.


Nurses and doctors will monitor your vitals around the clock to make sure you stay safe and to reduce the risk of complications like seizures.


Many people who face drug or alcohol addiction also struggle with other mental illnesses. During your assessment and throughout your ongoing treatment, we’ll work with you to address all of your emotional needs. Sometimes it’s hard to say whether a mental illness is the underlying cause of addiction, or if addiction is contributing to other mental health issues. Our goal is to treat the whole person and any mental health conditions you’re experiencing.


Withdrawal symptoms usually set in within 24 hours of the last alcoholic drink or drug usage. By then, you may already have received one or more medications to prevent, reduce, or relieve your symptoms. Our nurses and doctors will monitor your vitals around the clock to make sure you stay safe and to reduce the risk of complications like seizures.


After your detox treatment ends, we will help you transition into a residential treatment program that uses science-based behavioral therapies to guide you through overcoming psychological addiction.


Our team at Alter is devoted to helping you experience a safe, fulfilling recovery from mental health disorders and drug dependence to achieve a healthier, drug-free lifestyle.

Medications Used in Medical Detox

Scientific evidence indicates that FDA-approved detox medications can help patients experience a safe recovery and achieve long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Detox programs at our partner facilities use a wide range of medications and protocols proven to effectively reduce withdrawal symptoms and the risk of complications.


Heroin and painkiller dependence can be safely treated using methadone or buprenorphine — both of which can eliminate or reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol dependence can be treated using benzodiazepine medications that control and minimize symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Those who are dependent on other substances may be given one or more other types of medications to control specific symptoms.


Patients dependent on certain prescription medications like benzodiazepines may not be given other medications during detox, but instead are put on a tapering schedule in which the dosage amount of their prescription drugs are slowly reduced over time. Tapering helps reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms in instances where it may be dangerous to abruptly discontinue a substance.

How to Start Detox Treatment

We work to break down barriers to your recovery, whether those are personal, financial, or physical. Your recovery begins with a no-obligation assessment. You can schedule an assessment by phone or chat 24/7.


During your assessment, our team will talk to you about your medical history, mental health condition, substance use history, any symptoms you’re experiencing, and other information that will help us develop a customized treatment plan for you. Your assessment will be reviewed by a physician.


Following your assessment, we will recommend a treatment plan, which will take into consideration your physical, emotional, and social needs. Your plan may include inpatient or outpatient services, medically assisted treatment, medication management, behavior therapy, and activity-based therapies.


Want more information? Contact our admissions team for a free consultation or to get more details about any of Alter’s programs.

Your Mental Health Team

The team around you matters in your success, so we’ve packed it with deep experience and a variety of specialties. Our clinical team contains industry-renowned leadership and a diverse lineup of master’s level therapists with expertise in anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, bipolar, and more.

Why You Need Assistance With Detox

Complications can occur during withdrawal and detox from drugs and/or alcohol, therefore our clients are medically monitored 24/7. Beyond the physical risks, there are also psychological risks that can come into play. Indeed, detox is just the first step. Continued detox treatment and support is a must to achieve long-term sobriety. Accordingly, we partner with detox facilities to provide a safe, structured environment for clients to build a solid foundation in recovery.

Behavioral health facility

Dana Point

Check Your Insurance Coverage

We work with most PPO insurance’s out-of-network benefits. Our team is happy to help you verify benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Opiate detox – Subutex
Alcohol / benzo detox – Ativan

To focus on your detox process, personal phone use is not allowed. Pertinent calls can be made with Clinical approval if deemed necessary for your detox process.

Due to a medically acute level of care, visitors typically are not allowed visitation. However, this
is determined on a case by case basis.

Yes, our detox facility is considered a medical detox.

Yes, there are three meals per day. While breakfast items are available for you to make, lunch and dinner are provided daily by a chef. Snacks are available throughout the day.

Yes, you will need to bring your own clothes.

Yes, there are designated smoke areas outside the facility. Cigarettes or vapes can be brought in on the day of admission and MUST be unopened.

Yes, you are able to receive items from family members during approved visitation hours. Your
Case Manager will be happy to arrange that with you.

As Alter Behavioral Health residential placement is our first recommendation, placement is
determined by you and your Case Manager. Your Case Manager will do their best to get you
placed into your preferred place, if appropriate for your treatment plan.

Alter Behavioral Health works to help every patient. There are options to financially assist
patients fully for their detox services provided.

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