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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 one’s system to reach an abstinent state. Seeking medically-assisted detox for those questioning if they’re addicted, or those who knowingly need help offers individuals the support they need.

This support it vital since withdrawal can be painful and life threatening if attempted alone. At our Orange County detox, our medically supervised drug detoxification process allows the body to cleanse itself, so addiction treatment can begin.

What is the Detox Process?

The detox process at Pacific Sands Recovery occurs in three phases. In this way, people get the best treatment during their drug and alcohol detox. Our process also ensures success for long-term recovery after detox.

Assessment of Addiction

First, our Orange County treatment team gives clients a thorough assessment. Each person’s experience with addiction is unique. Another aspect to note is one person’s detox will differ from another’s. This is because everyone has unique needs and treatments that will work better for them versus another. In addition, our team needs to understand their overall state of health for a safe detox plan.

During the assessment, we will ask questions like:

  • What substances do they use?
  • Do they mix substances, like illegal drugs and alcohol?
  • How often do they use drugs or drink alcohol?
  • How much do they typically consume?
  • When did they first begin using substances?
  • Have they attempted detox in the past? If so, what happened?
  • Have they been in recovery and recently relapsed?
  • Do they have a mental health disorder or a history of mental health condition?
  • Do they have any significant medical conditions? If so, which ones?

By someone knowing the full extent of their addiction, we can create a plan for stabilizing them during detox. As well, they might have withdrawal symptoms during detox, which can vary from mild to life-threatening.

Stabilization of Symptoms

Next, the client will undergo the stabilization phase. During this phase, they will get medical supervision and psychological support for withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable, painful, and even dangerous. For this reason, people need professional detox services to stabilize as their bodies readjusts to no longer having drugs and alcohol.

In addition, someone might use medications to ease any symptoms. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combines FDA-approved medications with behavioral therapy. MAT is best for those with severe addictions to opioids and alcohol. 

Stabilization should take about 1 to 2 weeks. Any withdrawal symptoms should peak within about 3 days after they stop using or drinking. After that, the symptoms will taper off, and the client will begin preparing for continued treatment.

Preparation for Continued Treatment

Lastly, Orange County detox concludes with preparation for continued treatment. Detox is only the first stage of addiction treatment. Thus, the client will need to continue treatment at either an inpatient or outpatient rehab program for the best outcomes. Then the treatment team will prepare a person for the next stages of their treatment.

Pacific Sands Recovery provides these services after Orange County detox to help someone move from one phase to the next. By continuing treatment within the same program, they can transition from a basic level of care to the next while maintaining connections with peers and staff. As a result, they don’t need to feel like they are starting over with a new facility as they progress in recovery.

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Can I Detox at Home?

Detoxing at home without medical supervision can be unbearable and even life-threatening. When a person detoxes at home, they increase the chances of relapse due to the access of substances when withdrawal symptoms begin to peak. At first, one might feel like they can manage the symptoms without help. However, as the withdrawal symptoms increase in intensity, they might find themselves seeking drugs and alcohol again to stop these symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can vary depending upon which substances they use.

However, some of the most common symptoms among all substances include:

  • Sleeping issues
  • Feeling tired or physically weak
  • Difficulty thinking clearly and focusing
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sweating and clammy skin
  • Fever and chills
  • Intense cravings
  • Muscle aches
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety

Some withdrawal symptoms can lead to breathing or cardiovascular issues. These symptoms can lead to hypertension, irregular heartbeat, or stroke. In addition to these symptoms, one might have extreme mental confusion or hallucinations, which could lead to dangerous behaviors.

Inpatient detox services can help clients safely manage withdrawal symptoms. To add, they can also get support for the emotional symptoms arising during detox. Withdrawal can be difficult, especially without the help of professionals in a secure environment away from any temptation.

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 caring team has experience with a wide range of substances and will work with clients to ease both the physical and mental discomfort they experience during 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 one to two 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. To add, the worst withdrawal symptoms usually occur for up to two 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 a week 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, Roxicodone, 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 a week to 10 days, though for some it may last as long as two weeks.

The severity of withdrawal symptoms depends on how long a person has used alcohol or drugs. The medical detox timeframe depends on the abused substances. To add, it also depends on the frequency of the substance use, and the person’s body type. Home detox in Orange County can last anywhere from three to 10 days. Nevertheless, it may take weeks or even months to be completely free of withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal Timelines for Different Substances

Alcohol. The first symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol may appear within several hours after the last drink. In addition, the withdrawal symptoms can peak over 24 to 72 hours. A condition known as delirium tremens can develop within 48 to 72 hours after heavy drinking. Delirium tremens can last anywhere between three and eight days.

Opioids. Withdrawal symptoms of prescription painkillers and heroin can begin anywhere between eight to 24 hours after use. These symptoms can continue for four to 10 days. The withdrawal symptoms of longer-acting opioids like methadone can take two to four days and last 10 days or longer.

Benzodiazepines. Withdrawal from prescription benzos like Xanax and Valium tends to start within one to four days after the last use. It can peak in severity in the first couple of weeks. In some cases, withdrawal symptoms from benzos can be felt for months or even years without treatment or medication.

The Benefits of Detoxing at a Treatment Facility

If a person is addicted to drugs and wants to stop using them, the recovery should begin in a safe and secure setting. Detox programs begin with an initial assessment of their detoxification needs. The most effective detox programs feature a team of medical professionals.

Additionally, they can monitor and guide them through the most difficult stages of the detox process. Keeping the client safe and comfortable is a priority during this process. If necessary, medication can be given to alleviate the more severe symptoms of withdrawal.

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Who is Eligible for Detox?

Detox is for anyone who needs help to quit using drugs or drinking alcohol. When a person tries to detox at home, they leave themselves open to giving up once withdrawal symptoms begin. In fact, many people relapse when quitting without support. However, within a medical detox facility, they are safe from external triggers and access to drugs and alcohol.

Therefore, inpatient detox is best for anyone who cannot quit on their own. In addition, someone might underestimate the impact of substance abuse on their life. By getting support from a detox facility, they won’t be caught off guard by severe symptoms of withdrawal. 

Does Insurance Cover Medical Detox in Orange County?

At Pacific Sands Recovery, we work with many insurance companies like United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna and Tricare to make our services as accessible as possible. Also, we are happy to discuss payment plans and answer any questions anyone may have about the cost of addiction treatment for themself or for a loved one.

In many cases, the insurance plan will at least partially cover the cost of medical detox in Orange County. Following the Affordable Care Act (ACA), marketplace insurers must consider behavioral health coverage, including substance use treatment, under their essential health benefits. This applies only to in-network providers.

What Happens After Orange County Detox?

Before completing detox, a client will begin planning the next phases of treatment. Since each person has different needs, they might need a higher or lower level of care compared to their peers. For this reason, Pacific Sands Recovery offers several treatment programs for them to continue recovery.

Our treatment programs include the following after detox:

  • Residential treatment continues their inpatient care within a home-like setting. Our residential treatment program provides 24/7 care to provide the tools need for long-term recovery.
  • Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) allow clients to continue treatment without residing in our facilities. IOP is best for those stepping down from residential treatment as they transition to everyday life.
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can continue after detox to prevent relapse and reduce cravings. With MAT, one might need to attend a clinic regularly for medications. In addition, their treatment team will help them stay accountable for their sobriety.
  • 12-Step programming is the hallmark of many treatment programs. At Pacific Sands, we will introduce clients to 12-Step programming and encourage them to continue attending peer support groups after treatment.
  • Addiction therapies are part of both inpatient and outpatient treatment. These evidence-based practices teach people the coping skills they need to manage relapse triggers and deal with underlying mental health conditions.

Orange County Detox at Pacific Sands Recovery

The nature of addiction means actively working on sobriety even after leaving 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, and accept Beacon Health Options and Aetna insurance plans.

If you or your loved one is in need of detox around the Anaheim, Irvine, Santa Ana and Costa Mesa areas, contact Pacific Sands Recovery in Orange County today. You don’t have to try and get sober alone. In fact, not only is it much more difficult, for some people it can be dangerous or even deadly. Visit our admissions page and start your recovery journey today.


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