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Orange County Detox Center

Detox Treatment at Laguna Shores Recovery in Orange County, California

At our residential detox facility in Mission Viejo, you will begin the detox process with an evaluation conducted by our board-certified psychiatrist and addiction therapist. To prepare an individualized detox treatment plan, they will assess your medical history, current state, nutritional deficiencies, and any co-occurring mental disorders. By learning about you, such as your substance use disorder (SUD), how long you have been addicted, and which withdrawal symptoms you have experienced in the past, our medical staff can avoid any complications that could arise in detox to ensure your safety and peace of mind. 

Once your treatment plan is outlined, you will begin your journey in detox. We emphasize “residential” in residential rehab at Laguna Shores Recovery. Our rooms were designed with comfortability in mind. Here, you will receive 24/7 monitoring by medical professionals and technicians to treat your needs and make sure you reach a healthy, lasting recovery.

During your stay at our facility — especially in the first week of detox — our staff will make sure you feel at home. They will prioritize your well-being through this challenging stage in the addiction recovery process. Even with the presence of therapists, physicians, and technicians, the effects of detox can be agonizing, and the mental effects can leave you feeling isolated. In this stage, it is critical to remember the reasons behind receiving treatment in the first place. In our care, we will remind you of how far you’ve come and stand by you through every step of recovery, even after graduation from our program. 

Following detox, you will enter the next stage of our treatment program called residential rehab. Here, you will learn life skills that you can utilize after treatment, as well as healthy coping mechanisms for managing stress. You will have opportunities to participate in group and individualized therapy to treat the more lasting effects of addiction. 

What Is Detoxification? 

Detoxification is the process of abstaining from alcohol or substance use in order to allow the body to remove toxins from its system. When a person is suffering from physical dependence, withdrawal symptoms can be severe and even life-threatening. For this reason, a DIY detox is not recommended as relapse is more likely to occur, which can result in a fatal overdose. The best option for lasting recovery is under medical supervision. 

Medical professionals can utilize medication-assisted therapy (MAT) to prevent and reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. The sudden cessation after prolonged, chronic use can cause significant damage to the heart, liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, emotional state, and more. That’s why detox is conducted very carefully under the supervision of medical professionals and addiction specialists to ensure a safe recovery. 

Withdrawal symptoms may onset within a few hours or half a day, and the duration of the symptoms could last weeks. These factors depend on each individual’s situation, which is why personalized detox treatment plans effectively provide clients with the highest quality care for their needs. 

Detox is available in a full-time residential setting where clients stay at a facility and receive around-the-clock care from medical staff or in an outpatient setting where clients can return as needed for medication-assisted therapy. From there, the client can return home or to a sober living facility. 

Why Receive Professional Detox? 

In order to effectively achieve sobriety, the body must go through detoxification. Certain substances, like alcohol or benzodiazepines, can cause fatal withdrawal symptoms like seizures. Vomiting and diarrhea from heroin and other opioids have the potential to cause severe dehydration and malnutrition. Additionally, with stimulants like amphetamines, monitoring the heart rate is critical, as withdrawal symptoms can lead to heart complications like cardiac arrest. 

Withdrawal symptoms also have the potential to permanently damage the brain, causing paranoia, anxiety, hallucinations, and depression. Medication-assisted treatment can help treat both the physical and mental symptoms that come in detox and from SUD. This practice has proven beneficial in reaching full recovery, as clients are not as tempted to relapse when withdrawal symptoms are treated through physician-led care.  

Detox under medical supervision can help treat withdrawal symptoms from:

  • Alcohol: Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol are considered some of the most dangerous, as they are life-threatening. Nausea, depression, anxiety, insomnia, hallucinations, seizures, vomiting, tremors, and sweating are alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
  • Benzodiazepines: Dependence on this category of drugs can cause deadly withdrawal symptoms without the presence of medical supervision. These symptoms include difficulty sleeping, heart palpitations, sweating, seizures, tremors, hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts.
  • Stimulants: Detox from stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamines focuses more closely on the client’s mental state. Withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, chills, irritability, slowed heart rate, paranoia, hallucinations, and dehydration.
  • Heroin: Heroin withdrawal can cause extreme discomfort and body aches, excessive yawning, sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, shaking, rapid breathing, and hallucinations. Withdrawal symptoms from heroin can be fatal if not monitored closely under medical supervision. This SUD may require MAT during the detoxification stage to ease symptoms and minimize the risk of complications.
  • Prescription drugs: Prescription drug withdrawal, like painkillers and stimulants, all vary in severity. Detox can help treat these particular symptoms as they arise.

Detoxification from drugs or alcohol can be unmanageable and even life-threatening, which is why individuals with substance use disorders should avoid attempting this stage of treatment without the presence of medical professionals. Laguna Shores Recovery offers detox treatment catered to each individual’s needs. Call us today to learn more about our facility and resources at (866) 229-9923.