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First Step: Detoxification

Before entering CASA Recovery, many clients will need a period of stabilization or supervised detoxification with medications to help ease the withdrawal process. We work with different types of facilities, depending on the level of care you need during your detox, to get you stabilized before entering our program. If you call our hotline, we can help guide you to local hospital resources or residential detox options who can help assess the level of care you may need.

Certain types of drugs require a detox, including: alcohol, benzodiazepines (i.e., Valium, Xanax) and opiate-based drugs including heroin and prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, etc.

Other drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana do not require detox. However, as with any drug, dependent upon the amount and frequency of use there remains the significant potential for psychological dependence. A period of stabilization followed up by a recovery program is advisable for long-term success.

Local Residential Detox: Capo Canyon Recovery

Local Hospital Detox: Mission Hospital Laguna

About Residential Detoxification Facilities for Alcohol

Initial withdrawal from drugs or alcohol can be physically distressing, painful and even dangerous. Without appropriate care, you can experience increased blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, severe muscle cramping, and even seizures. Alcohol poses one of the most dangerous forms of withdrawal. An abrupt cessation of alcohol (going "cold turkey") will result in withdrawal symptoms within hours and the time necessary for complete alcohol detox can range from 3 to 14 days.

Alcohol detox can result in a variety of physical and/or psychological symptoms. Mild withdrawal symptoms include headaches, nausea, vomiting, perspiration, restlessness, agitation, loss of appetite and insomnia. More severe symptoms may disrupt the autonomic system, resulting in seizures (convulsions), visual or auditory hallucinations and the DTs (Delirium Tremens). It is estimated that 1 in 4 patients are at a high risk for a withdrawal seizure if medications are not administered during the detox phase. Professional advice should always be sought in alcohol detox and consultation with a doctor during alcohol detox is generally necessary.

At a residential detox, doctors, physicians assistants, nurses and support staff are equipped to handle all aspects of your health and well-being at the beginning stages of the recovery process. The residential detox facilities that we recommend will offer state-licensed, medically supervised, social model alcohol detox with holistic components such as massage and acupuncture to help ease withdrawal symptoms. Their entire focus is to stabilize and minimize the physical discomfort of withdrawal so your experience is as comfortable as possible and your treatment program starts out smoothly.

A successful detox (drug or alcohol detox) is the first step in a successful recovery. You’ll receive an individual health evaluation where treatment and medications are tailored to your needs. Every effort is made to reduce stress while your body begins the initial healing process. You’ll stay in a tranquil residential home where lots of rest, personal care, nutritious meals and 24-hour supervision are provided for your comfort. If needed, prescription medication is monitored for pain, anxiety, cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Herbal remedies may be combined with the natural healing components of nutritional supplementation, alcohol detoxification massage therapy and acupuncture.

Call us now to find out more about local facilities who can provide this service.

Next Step: Treatment

Once stabilized, CASA Recovery offers clients intensive treatment services for those needing help with substance abuse and related co-occurring disorders and challenges. During your time with us, we’ll address the underlying issues that are affecting your academic, social and family functioning. Our facility provides research-based treatment from psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, and certified addiction counselors in group and individual settings plus holistic services such as massage, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, nutrition and personal training.

Why A Safe, Supportive Alcohol Detox is Important

Because a high relapse rate can be linked to an unsuccessful alcohol detox process, this specialized phase of the treatment process is a crucial element of your recovery. As you progress through the initial stages and begin to feel physical health returning, therapy and education in group and one-on-one sessions are introduced through a full-service treatment program like CASA Recovery. Residential detox programs can help clients get through an initial detox, get into a treatment program, and get on with life.