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Drug & Alcohol Detox

An assessment can determine if detox is a necessary stage in the treatment journey. The path to freedom from drug and alcohol addiction must start somewhere – and that is to detox from all harmful substances. Not surprisingly, this first crucial step to freedom is also the most difficult to take. It is also the most rewarding.

Detoxing From Drugs and Alcohol

Detox begins a healing process that cleanses the body and allows an individual to think clearer, regain their strength and prepare for the journey ahead. It’s one of the first obstacles that clients face because when traces of drugs or alcohol linger in the body, it’s difficult to let go of harmful habits or ways of thinking and focus on recovery. A professional medically supervised detox helps individuals end their physical dependency on drugs or alcohol and overcome this challenge of early recovery, safely managing any symptoms, doubts, or fears that may arise so they can begin to make meaningful progress toward lasting sobriety.

As such a crucial part of recovery, it’s essential that detox is a positive and safe experience. It sets the stage for the rest of treatment and reinforces the desire to live a life free of drugs or alcohol, so ensuring that clients are healthy, comfortable, and engaged throughout is vital to their long-term success. Our goal is to prepare clients to transition into residential treatment and hope that they feel a sense of pride, accomplishment, and renewed hope as they complete this crucial first step on their journey toward long-term recovery.

Drug and Alcohol Detox at True

True Detox is fully licensed and certified for Incidental Medical Services (IMS) by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) medical detox center operating out of Orange County, California. True Detox provides a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment where those seeking to take the first crucial step in recovery can do so under 24/7 medical supervision of a compassionate staff. Our primary goal is not just to serve our clients with achieving a full detox but to do so with dignity, compassion, and respect while emphasizing personalized care that meets the needs of each individual. Our dedicated team will do everything possible to minimize the painful symptoms of withdrawal and ensure that our clients will not have to go at it alone. To accomplish this, we utilize a variety of therapeutic treatments.

  • Psychotherapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Experiential and holistic therapies
  • Dual diagnosis treatments
  • Client-centered care
  • Nutritional support
  • Relapse prevention

Rather than focusing on specific recovery tools that may not resonate with all clients, we offer a dynamic selection that encourages individuals to explore alternative ways of healing and find an approach that works for them. The success rate and safety of those seeking to take the first crucial step toward sobriety can be greatly increased by enrolling in a professional detox center, and we want to make sure that each client has a positive experience that allows them to heal in their own way.

Is Detox Right For me?
Detox is highly recommended for anyone struggling with substance use to ensure a productive and therapeutic recovery. Although everyone experiences withdrawal differently, the seemingly endless cycle of drug and alcohol addiction simply cannot be broken without completing the first crucial step of detoxing from all harmful substances. It takes time to adjust to sobriety, during which intense cravings, uncomfortable symptoms, and physical and psychological dependence can make individuals vulnerable to relapse. For those who attempt to quit “cold turkey” without professional help, the risks are even greater as they are often still immersed in an unhealthy environment and surrounded by people that encourage substance use. A relapse during this time can lead to a fatal overdose as tolerance quickly decreases when use is stopped. Some signs that may indicate yourself or a loved one would benefit from a medically supervised detox include:
  • Intense cravings
  • History of relapse or overdose
  • Addiction to multiple substances
  • Medical concerns or health problems
  • Presence of withdrawal symptoms
  • Erratic behavior
  • Mental health concerns

It is the extreme difficulty of detoxing that keeps those afflicted with substance abuse in a perpetual cycle of relapse despite ever-growing consequences. Removing the individual from their circumstances and providing them a safe place to detox under medical supervision dramatically increases their chances of completing the process.

What Can I Expect During Detox?
Detox isn’t an easy process. It’s demanding, taxing, and often produces unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that are difficult to face alone. To make matters worse, detoxing from drug and alcohol addiction can be potentially fatal. Some substances, such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, and opioids, are notorious for producing an intense and sometimes dangerous withdrawal. A professional, medically supervised detox can manage these symptoms and keep patients safe as drugs or alcohol are eliminated from the body. Although different substances produce distinct withdrawal symptoms, imbalances in the brain that occur from repeated exposure affect one’s behavior, emotions, and thinking in some similar ways. A few of the common effects of withdrawal include:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Muscle aches
  • Paranoia
  • Delusions
  • Seizures
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Intense cravings
At True, clients are thoroughly evaluated prior to admission to identify the severity of their symptoms, ensuring that each individual receives the appropriate level of care. Our highly experienced team of medical professionals closely monitor clients throughout the detox process and are available on a 24/7 basis to ensure that their needs are met, day or night. By utilizing personalized treatment plans that address the full scope of each individual’s mental, physical, and emotional health, we provide clients with comprehensive care that ensures optimal well-being and minimizes any pain or discomfort for a positive experience that promotes long-term recovery.
What Happens After Detox?

Detox is an important first step in addiction treatment that provides a fresh start and increases an individual’s chances of success by allowing them to regain their strength, steady their resolve and focus on the hard work of recovery. The experience may last from three to 10 days depending on a variety of factors, but clients will not be rushed through the process. Once drugs or alcohol have been eliminated from the body and clients are ready to proceed, they’ll be transitioned into a recovery program that meets their specific needs and begins to dig deep into the roots of their addiction. At True, we offer a full continuum of care that ensures high-quality treatment for all clients regardless of where they are on their recovery journey. Among our programs include:

  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
  • Residential treatment
  • Sober living
  • Extended care
  • Family program
  • Dual-diagnosis treatment
  • Court services program
  • 12-step program
  • SMART recovery and alternative programs

Although residential care is the most common treatment after detox, our addiction specialists work closely with clients and their families to determine which level of care will best meet their needs and give them the best chance at achieving long-term sobriety. Our recovery plans are deeply personalized for each client and integrate a wide array of evidence-based treatments, cutting-edge therapies, and alternative approaches. The diverse therapeutic opportunities we provide create a well-rounded experience that promotes deep healing and encompasses the physical, emotional, and mental health needs of each client.