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 facility 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 treatment team conducting a comprehensive assessment to determine the most effective detox process. 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, 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?
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.
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.
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
- 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.