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What is Detoxification?

Alcohol and opiate detox rids the entire body of the damaging substance. Before attending an addiction treatment center, the body has to be depleted of all drugs and alcohol. Addiction hurts the body physically and psychologically. Individuals need complete focus and concentration while in rehabilitation. They cannot be distracted by withdrawal pains and drug-seeking behavior. Drugs and alcohol warp the way your body regulates itself. When you decide to break free from the self-destructive cycle of addiction, you may begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms within hours or 1-2 days. These are part of your body’s struggle to begin regulating itself without the influence of drugs. This process, called detoxification (or detox), can be difficult, but it’s important to remember that it is both temporary and necessary to regain control of your life.

What is Medical Detox?


It must be said that before you begin any alcohol or opiate detox process, you should consult a medical doctor to determine which kind is right for you. This is especially true with alcohol. You can check out Cycles of Change alcohol detox centers in Palmdale and Los Angeles, California, for more information. The detoxification process is deadly, and many things could go wrong. Some individuals think they can do a self-detox because there was no complication the other 3-4 times they went through the process. If you a continuing to go through this process, it’s time to reach out for professional help. You are missing the education and experience that drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers provide. These provide the best chances for long-term recovery.

There are many factors we take into place at our alcohol and opiate detox centers in Los Angeles and Palmdale, California. One of the most important factors is what type of drug is being misused. Then other factors may determine your rehabilitation path. Certain drugs may have stronger withdrawal symptoms than others. Some of the symptoms could lead to serious complications without medical supervision and intervention. When speaking with your doctor, they will consider the following factors (and potentially others) before making a treatment recommendation:

  • Age
  • Physical health
  • Body type
  • Drug(s) abused
  • Length and severity of the addiction
  • Potential behavioral issues

If you are at risk for more serious discomfort and withdrawal symptoms, medical detox provides you with around-the-clock medical supervision. You may also be given medication to reduce pain or treat severe symptoms. This process can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.

What is Sub-Acute Detox?

In less severe cases, you might be able to use a sub-acute detox facility in Los Angeles, California, like the one at Cycles of Change. Sub-acute detoxification still provides you with supervision and a controlled environment, but you are typically allowed more freedom. You can move about the drug rehabs Los Angeles facilities, take walks outside, participate in group and individual therapy, and generally have more interaction with the world. As with medical detox, your timetable can range from a few days to a couple of weeks.

Generally speaking, while detoxing from heroin, you may experience flu-like symptoms for 1-2 days. Cocaine withdrawals can include depression and restlessness lasting 7-10 days. Alcohol detox may take 3 days to several weeks and can cause the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Some individuals withdrawing from alcohol may experience delirium tremens (DTs), which is a more severe reaction including convulsions and hallucinations. Having a good understanding of the detox process and how different drugs change the process is critical. You can read the NCBI article explaining four specific treatment regimens for specific substances for more information.

Sub-Acute Drug and Alcohol Detox Centers in Palmdale, CA

Our sub-acute drug and alcohol detox centers in Palmdale, California, are higher educated and experienced. We utilized credentialed counselors and the highest qualified medical staff. We believe in providing the best medical care. The professional staff understands addiction. They know what it’s like to be chained to addiction everyday. At Cycles of Change, our team includes:

  • Licensed clinicians
  • Family therapists
  • Medical staff
  • Other industry professionals dedicated to helping you succeed

We will meet with you and discuss your personalized treatment plan. The initial evaluation will help determine any substances currently in your system, co-occurring disorders, and behavioral issues. Then, our detox team will explain what you can expect during treatment and recovery. Once that process is complete, you will move into a residential rehabilitation program that fits your needs. Throughout it all, our team will be with you to provide the support and encouragement you need to complete your journey to a renewed life.

If you’ve tried to detox on your own and failed, you are not alone. The good news is that research shows those who commit to a rehabilitation program can succeed. Check out some of the drug rehabs Palmdale testimonials on our addiction treatment centers successes. They do it every day! We care about you and want to see you succeed. Take that first step, and contact us today. Fill out a form, or give us a call at (661) 270-7740.


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