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 offers individuals the support they need since withdrawal can be painful and 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.
What is the Detox Process?
The detox process at Pacific Sands Recovery occurs in 3 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 1 person’s detox will differ from another’s. In addition, our team needs to understand their overall state of health for a safe detox plan.
During the assessment, we will ask clients questions like:
- What substances do you use?
- Do you mix substances, like illegal drugs and alcohol?
- How often do you use drugs or drink alcohol?
- How much do you typically consume?
- When did you first begin using substances?
- Have you attempted detox in the past? If so, what happened?
- Have you been in recovery and recently relapsed?
- Do you have a mental health disorder or a history of mental illness?
- Do you have any significant medical conditions?
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 1 phase to the next. By continuing treatment within the same program, they can transition from 1 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.
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 accessibility 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
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 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.
The severity of withdrawal symptoms depends on how long a person has used alcohol or drugs. The time it takes to detox from substances depends on the 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 3 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 3 and 8 days.
Opioids. Withdrawal symptoms of prescription painkillers and heroin can begin anywhere between 8 to 24 hours after use. These symptoms can continue for 4 to 10 days. The withdrawal symptoms of longer-acting opioids like methadone can take 2 to 4 days and last 10 days or longer.
Benzodiazepines. Withdrawal from prescription benzos like Xanax and Valium tends to start within 1 to 4 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.
Who is Eligible for Detox?
Detox is for anyone who needs help to quit using drugs or drinking alcohol. When a person tries to quit on their own 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 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 Detox in Orange County?
At Pacific Sands Recovery, we work with many insurance companies like United Healthcare, Aetna and Cigna 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 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. It is important to remember that this applies only to in-network providers.
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 homelike 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.