Recover from Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Recover from Drug and Alcohol Addiction
The first step in treatment is called detox, or detoxification. Over time, the human body may have become dependent on drugs or alcohol, and medical intervention is necessary to help you battle your addictions. Without proper medical care at the time of detoxification, your withdrawals may be extremely dangerous.
Our Costa Mesa detox center assists people in cleansing their bodies of intoxicants as comfortably and safely as possible. Getting through detox then allows a patient to explore underlying issues.
Patients begin treatment at our detox program. During this time, there is a thorough assessment of a patient’s health. They are seen by both a medical doctor and a licensed psychiatrist who evaluate the patient’s history and assess withdrawal symptoms to create a tailored medical regime for the detoxification process.
While at this higher level of care, patients receive additional attention and supervision by the nursing and treatment team, especially during drug withdrawal. Groups and programming are available during the day; clients are encouraged to participate, but it is not required at this time.
Being armed with the knowledge of drug detoxification and the withdrawal process can help you be prepared to take the first step of getting sober.
Here are eight things to remember regarding drug and alcohol detox treatment:
You must be free from all drug toxins in order to receive effective addiction treatment, which includes addiction treatment groups, therapy and counseling.
Many believe that detox is all that’s required for recovery. This simply isn’t the case. Drug detox is just the first step in the ongoing process of breaking the cycle of drug addiction.
Your body will crave the drug, and you will likely experience physical symptoms like headaches, nausea, chills and fever.
Every individual is different when it comes to detox. For some, it takes two to three days to complete. For others, it can be up to a week or longer.
Your dependence and craving for the drug will increase, too.
You may exhibit behaviors that you don’t want to share with others. Within our detox program, you will be in a safe environment with experienced and dedicated staff members, most of whom are in recovery themselves, who will help you get through this transitional period.
The process can be very difficult, and not everyone succeeds the first time. If you don’t make it through, don’t get discouraged. If you have made the commitment to seek recovery, you must attempt again until you can complete the process.
Withdrawal symptoms can be unpredictable. With medical supervision, you can feel confident that you’ll be safe even during the most difficult phases of detox. This will minimize the chance of complications while greatly reducing the risk of relapse.
At Safe and Sound Treatment, we understand the challenges that detox can present. We work hard to create a personalized treatment plan for you. We have extensive experience working with individuals who are experiencing withdrawal symptoms, and we can help you be prepared for this first stage in your recovery.
This is a difficult but necessary process, and we are here to help you through it.
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, give us a call at (949) 763-5840. Or, you can use the contact form on this page, and we’ll contact you as soon as possible.
The first signs of withdrawal can vary depending on the substance from which an individual is detoxing, but generally include a combination of physical and psychological symptoms. Common early signs of withdrawal may include:
The duration of withdrawal symptoms varies significantly depending on the type of substance used, the level of dependency, and the individual’s overall health. Generally, withdrawal symptoms can last from a few days to several weeks. For some substances, acute withdrawal symptoms may peak within the first 24 to 48 hours after cessation and gradually decrease over the course of one to two weeks. However, some individuals may experience prolonged withdrawal symptoms, known as Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS), which can last for months or even years, albeit in a less intense form than the initial acute withdrawal phase.
After completing a medical drug detox program, the next step in the recovery process typically involves transitioning to a structured treatment program that addresses the psychological, social, and behavioral aspects of addiction. The type of program an individual enters depends on their specific needs, but may include:
Drug detoxification at home can be highly dangerous due to several factors: