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Detox in Costa Mesa & Huntington Beach

Heroin and other opiates like morphine and codeine charm those that use them, producing a warm and fuzzy feeling of well-being. Opioid drugs like these are around to pharmaceutically treat severe pain and help people through struggles in surgery.

Unfortunately, opiates have an extremely high potential for abuse, and that little pill doctor prescribed can quickly turn into a big problem. As a person uses opiates, even as the doctor ordered, they may inadvertently find themselves chemically dependent and begin experiencing withdrawals.

Our Orange County located Rehab and Detox Facilities in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach can help make the opioid detox process safer and more tolerable.

Opiate Detox & Withdrawal

Opiates like heroin can build a chemical dependency fairly quickly, especially at highly abused doses. Those who have reached this point and had withdrawals know by experience how painful and grueling this can be.

Symptoms of Opiate Withdrawal include:

The brutal reality of the above cannot be understated, and it is the reason why so many opiate addicts struggle to avoid relapsing over and over again.

These symptoms peak around days 3 to 5 of abstaining from opioids.

Those who choose the “cold turkey method” of completely abstaining without tapering off feel the pain even more. Thankfully medicated assisted detoxification using opioid replacements like Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) can ease cravings and reduce withdrawal symptoms as the user starts their recovery journey.

Medically-Assisted Opiate Detoxification

During medically-assisted detoxification for opiates, the person in recovery is given a measured dose of Suboxone or a similar prescription containing partial opioid agonists and opioid antagonists.

Buprenorphine is the partial agonist many users turn to get them on their sober journey. Being a partial agonist, rather than a full agonist like heroin, buprenorphine can satisfy the body’s opioid receptors without producing the great euphoria associated with drugs like heroin.

Naloxone, the other compound found in Suboxone, is what we call an opioid antagonist. It works by reversing the depression of the nervous system and respiratory system caused by opioid use. It is sometimes used alone to reverse an opioid overdose. When paired with buprenorphine, Naloxone works to reduce further the gentle high produced by buprenorphine.

Some people disagree with the use of Suboxone to get clean and write it off as an easy cop-out. However, this FDA-approved medicine has been confirmed by studies to greatly reduce the rate of relapse, thus helping people stopping the cycle of addiction.

Here at Safe & Sound in Costa Mesa, we use Suboxone as a detoxification tool, tapering down doses rather quickly. We safely do this so that our patients do not have to continue relying on medicated-assisted treatment for long periods of time.

Detox from Opiates in Costa Mesa & Huntington Beach

If you or a loved one is looking to detox in Orange County, our Costa Mesa Opiate Detox Center can help make the process more tolerable. Don’t continue to try detoxing at home if you have continuously failed to hold your sobriety. In addition to the medically assisted detox, our therapeutic services can provide the tools you need to maintain abstinence and avoid relapse. Find comfort and community at our Huntington Beach sober living homes, and get your professionally licensed treatment at our Detox Center in Costa Mesa. When you’re ready to make the first step, give our detox and rehab admissions line a call (949) 763-5840. Our experienced admissions team will then quickly get started on your comprehensive, personalized treatment program.


Opiate detox is the process of eliminating opiates from the body and managing withdrawal symptoms. It’s a critical first step in recovery, allowing individuals to address their addiction in a supportive environment.

The length of opiate detox varies but generally spans from a few days to a week, with some symptoms persisting for longer periods.

Common symptoms include muscle aches, anxiety, nausea, sweating, abdominal cramping, and cravings.

Yes, medical supervision is essential to safely manage withdrawal symptoms, reduce discomfort, and provide medications that can ease the detox process.

Home detox from opiates is not recommended due to the risk of complications and the high likelihood of relapse. Professional detox offers a safer, more effective approach.