Alcohol & Drug Detox Treatment
Our detox program provides people suffering from drug or alcohol addiction with a secure, supervised environment to go through withdrawals.
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.
Dana Point Rehab uses evidence-based detox treatments that minimize the risk of withdrawal-induced complications. Patients who choose to detox at Dana Point Rehab can receive quality treatment in a safe, controlled inpatient residential rehab 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 at Dana Point Rehab 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. Our 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.
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, our medical staff will review and evaluate your medical history and talk to you about your addiction so they can identify and choose treatments that may work best at treating your substance use disorder. 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 drug rehab program that uses science-based behavioral therapies to guide you through overcoming psychological addiction.
Our team at Dana Point Rehab is devoted to helping you experience a safe, fulfilling recovery from drug dependence and achieve a healthier, drug-free lifestyle.
Many people who face drug or alcohol addiction also struggle with other mental illness. 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.
Medications Used in Medical Detox at Dana Point Rehab
Scientific evidence indicates that FDA-approved detox medications can help patients experience a safe recovery and achieve long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Our detox program uses 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, 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.
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Why You Need Assistane 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 provide a safe, structured environment for clients to build a solid foundation in recovery.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What medications get prescribed
Opiate detox – Subutex
Alcohol / benzo detox – Ativan
Do I get to use the phone while in detox?
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.
Can I have visitors while in detox?
Due to a medically acute level of care, visitors typically are not allowed visitation. However, this
is determined on a case by case basis.
Is this a “medical” detox?
Yes, our detox facility is considered a medical detox.
Do I get three meals a day?
Do I bring my own clothes?
Yes, you will need to bring your own clothes.
Can I smoke?
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.
Can I get deliveries (from family) after admission to detox?
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.
Is placement after detox automatic?
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.
What if my Insurance doesn’t cover detox?
Alter Behavioral Health works to help every patient. There are options to financially assist
patients fully for their detox services provided.