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Orange County Detox

We know our clients come ready to do the work to get sober. Sobriety begins with detoxing from the substance or substances that are in your system to reach an abstinent state. It’s important to seek medical help in order to detox because withdrawal can be painful and even life threatening if attempted alone. At our Orange County detox, our medically supervised detoxification process allows the body to cleanse itself, so addiction treatment can begin.

The Drug and Alcohol Detox Process

The drug and alcohol detox process begins with our Orange County treatment team conducting a comprehensive assessment to determine the most effective way to help each individual safely withdrawal and recover from drug abuse. Each customized plan is based on a person’s medical history, personal goals and the history of substance use.

Fear of facing the discomfort of withdrawal is a common reason many people delay pursuing addiction treatment. We will guide and support you through drug and alcohol detox process here in Orange County, providing on-site care and pain management to prepare you for addiction treatment.

The time it takes for a client to finish detox depends on their current health, needs and the length of substance use. To assist you through this difficult period of recovery, we provide the following:

  • Individualized care and supervision 24/7 to ensure comfort and safety
  • Monitoring and management of withdrawal symptoms
  • Independent and group therapy sessions

What Happens After Drug and Alcohol Detox in Orange County?

After a client successfully completes the detoxification process, a transition into our residential substance abuse treatment program is recommended to ease into sobriety with the support and framework needed to develop sustainable habits. Here, you will participate in treatment that can include individual therapy, group therapy, medication-assisted treatment, and more.

Drug and Alcohol Detox Withdrawal Symptoms

Drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms are not the same for every client, just as they are not the same for every substance. However, they are the same in that detox is challenging and often uncomfortable or even painful to endure. Our round-the-clock team has experience with a wide range of substances and will work with you to ease both the physical and mental discomfort you experience as you detox.

Alcohol Detox + Withdrawal Symptoms

While opioid withdrawal is known for being difficult, alcohol withdrawal can be just as dangerous if attempted alone – and can even be fatal. A person suffering from alcohol dependency who stops cold turkey can experience serious and life-threatening side effects such as dehydration, vomiting, abnormal heart rhythms and delirium tremens (rapid onset of confusion). It’s critical that clients with alcohol dependency attempt detoxification in a safe and medically supervised environment. The detox timeline for alcohol typically occurs in three stages, which, with proper treatment, most commonly takes 1 to 2 weeks to complete.

Benzodiazepines Detox + Withdrawal Symptoms

Users of prescription anxiety medications can experience severe withdrawal symptoms after discontinuing use. Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, or Ativan withdrawal symptoms range from irritability, headaches, sweating and dizziness, to hallucinations, insomnia, panic attacks and seizures. The more prolonged the use, the worse the client’s withdrawal symptoms will be. Benzodiazepine detoxification should only be attempted under the care of qualified addiction treatment professionals. The benzodiazepine detox timeline varies from person to person; the worst withdrawal symptoms usually occur for up to 2 weeks before slowly tapering off. Some people will be symptom-free within a few weeks, whereas others may deal with them for a longer period of time.

Cocaine Detox + Meth Detox Withdrawal Symptoms

Methamphetamine and cocaine withdrawal typically have less acute withdrawal symptoms during detox. However, people will often experience intense cravings and discomfort during the detox process. Our 24-hour staff supervision and medication can help ease this process and help prevent relapse during the early steps of recovery. For both of these drugs, withdrawal symptoms can begin within as little as an hour after your last dose has worn off. The detox timeline usually lasts 7 to 10 days, but can often be longer for meth addicts who have been using for a long time.

Opiate Detox Withdrawal Symptoms

People going through heroin withdrawal or opiate withdrawal (including prescription painkillers) experience symptoms such as pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. In most cases, the withdrawal symptoms are so severe the user feels the need to relapse immediately. We manage withdrawal symptoms so that clients with oxycodone, heroin, roxycodone, Vicodin, Dilaudid or Percocet addiction can make it through withdrawal safely and with minimum discomfort. For most clients, the opioid detox timeline lasts for about 7 to 10 days, though for some it may last as long as two weeks.

What is Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome?

Post acute withdrawal syndrome, or PAWS, is a very serious condition that can arise after someone stops abusing drugs or alcohol. You may also hear it referred to as post withdrawal syndrome, prolonged withdrawal syndrome, or protracted withdrawal syndrome. This syndrome most commonly affects people who had severe or long-term addictions to alcohol, benzodiazepines, or opioids, but can also sometimes happen for psychoactive drug abusers.

In essence, PAWS refers to a situation in which a person experiences detox symptoms for an extended period of time. This can mean weeks, months, and in some cases even years, and the symptoms can come and go without warning. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Problems learning or remembering things
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of anxiety, panic, or depression
  • Drug cravings
  • Feeling apathetic or pessimistic
  • Problems sleeping
  • Trouble dealing with stress

People who are diagnosed with PAWS will require treatment for an extended period of time. Luckily, this does not mean that you have to remain in an inpatient program; the most common treatment is a combination of certain medications and therapy, both of which can be continued after rehab.

Orange County Detox at Pacific Sands Recovery

The nature of addiction means actively working on sobriety even after you leave our facility. This may include receiving continued treatment from an outpatient rehab, engaging with a 12-step program or a combination of services. Though aftercare is not currently offered at our rehab center, we work with several aftercare programs, each with their own specialties. We are happy to make recommendations for clients who are looking for structured aftercare programs or sober living options.

If you or your loved one is in need of detox, contact our team in Orange County today. You don’t have to try and get sober alone; not only is it much more difficult, for some people it can be dangerous or even deadly. Learn more about our drug rehab treatment and alcohol rehab treatment services, and see the difference we can make in your recovery journey.


  • I would just like to share how Grateful I am with my experience through my addiction at this facility. I couldn’t possibly ask to be in such a “SAFE/COMFORTABLE” environment while receiving treatment for my addiction. I would just like to say Thank you sooo much to ALL the staff there from the Nurse’s to counselors and therapist all of you are a True Blessing in helping me through my journey of sobriety. I couldn’t feel more comfortable there on how they monitored my physical health and on dealing with my emotional health with there therapy sessions and groups I truly see them ALL as Family!

    Andrew N.
  • As a professional in the recovery field I have worked with many detox centers and none compare to The this one. Their staff is incredibly attentive and knowledgable regarding the needs of individuals seeking recovery from the very start. Their facility is welcoming and homey while remaining very luxe. I would recommend this facility to any loved one or friend looking to start down their journey of sobriety.

  • This place helped saved my life, and a great stepping stone to get my life on the right track. Was there first client under new management, caring staff and owners, comfortable place to get you on your feet in sobriety.

  • Great Staff. Comfortable Environment. Awesome place to Get Clean and Sober. Thank you guys for everything.


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