What is Medical Detoxification?

Medical detoxification is the first step in addiction treatment for clients who require medication-assisted therapy for substance abuse. As a precursor to effective psychotherapeutic treatment, medical detox addresses and mitigates the physical withdrawal symptoms that clients may face, such as seizures, hallucinations, delirium, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, depression, strokes and heart attacks. The goal of this phase is returning the guests body to its prior state of being before being physically addicted to drugs or alcohol.

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Medical Detoxification Process at Laguna Shores Recovery

Our professional staff will determine the unique type of detoxification necessary for each individual. There are many different factors that determine the type of detox that is necessary, for instance, the type of drugs abused, history of drug use, and how frequently it was used. Our detox program is designed to aid the body in getting rid of harmful and dangerous toxins accumulated from drug and alcohol abuse. During our detox retreat in Southern California, a doctor may administer medications to control symptoms. Detox at our facility is supervised by a 24 hour licensed clinical team that oversees the individual’s physical needs and safety. We will ensure that each individual receives the best and most comfortable detox available.

Laguna Shores Recovery utilizes non-narcotic synthetic methods to assist individuals in overcoming their cravings for alcohol and drugs. While methadone is part of the standard treatment program in most drug rehabilitation centers, we do not use it because of the risks involved with its highly addictive pharmacological properties. Instead of methadone, we use Suboxone and Ativan.

Detox is only the first step in overcoming dependence. After a clinically managed detox, the individual is ready to embark on long-term recovery. Laguna Shores Recovery will assist each individual in finding the right treatments for long term recovery.

Though there are several steps in finding full recovery from drug and alcohol addiction none is more important than this step of treatment. This is the beginning of the journey of the guest and a vital step in seeing the individual get the opportunity to accept his/her treatment. If this step is not taken fully and safely then the guest never gets the opportunity to be fully clean (or clear) to realize His/Her treatment. Laguna Shores is committed to helping those under our care to detox completely so that they can be fully present for the recovery process to begin and endure.

Withdrawal Symptoms During Medical Detoxification

Withdrawal symptoms vary widely. Symptoms may begin as soon as six hours after the last time the person used, and they may last as long as 10 days to a few weeks. Alcohol and drugs have many withdrawal symptoms in common, which may include:

  • nightmares
  • general physical and emotional discomfort
  • muscle aches
  • insomnia
  • nausea and vomiting
  • dilated pupils
  • runny nose
  • abdominal cramping
  • mental confusion
  • hallucinations
  • diarrhea
  • sweating
  • body tremors and shaking