Drug and Alcohol Detox in California

What is Detoxification?

Detoxification is a common recommendation for individuals who are hoping to enter into an inpatient rehab program. Detox programs are designed to give your body the time needed to rid itself of any drugs or alcohol that may be in your system. 

When someone is physically dependent on drugs or alcohol, they will undoubtedly experience discomfort when detoxing. This will look different for the different substances and will vary for each individual. We do know that detoxing from some substances can also lead to health crises such as seizures and death. 

What to Expect When Entering a Drug Detox in Northern California

Our drug and alcohol rehab in Northern California uses a detox program that typically lasts for one week. From the information provided above, you can see those withdrawal symptoms begin to be more tolerable after the first week of abstinence. 

Detox centers in northern California will be staffed with medical professionals who can talk to you about different medication options that can help ease your withdrawal symptoms. For many, the use of medications can make a significant difference in your symptoms.

Detox programs tend to begin by giving you information about addiction and recovery. They may have a light program schedule that is flexible to your symptoms. These will likely occur in a group setting and tend to avoid getting into therapy this early. It is understandable that you may find it difficult to participate in therapy while experiencing withdrawal symptoms. 

Withdrawal Symptoms & Detox Timeline

In order for someone to experience withdrawal symptoms from drugs and alcohol, they need to have a history of long-term abuse or are physically dependent on the substance. Physical dependency means that their body needs to have the substance in its system to feel normal. Withdrawal occurs when a person stops using abruptly and usually leaves our bodies dysregulated.

An example of physical dependence would be the development of a tolerance to the drug or alcohol. This would mean that the individual would need to take more of the drug to reach the same euphoric effect.

There are some slight differences in the withdrawal timeline for different drugs of abuse. For example, alcohol withdrawal commonly begins 6-8 hours after a person’s last drink. They may begin to feel tremors, sweating, shaking, vomiting, and anxiety. Alcohol withdrawal can become a health crisis if a person begins to experience hallucinations, seizures, and death. Symptoms caused by alcohol withdrawal usually peak between 24 to 72 hours and can last up to a week.

If someone is dependent on opioids, such as heroin, they will likely begin to experience withdrawal symptoms within 6-12 hours from the time of their last use. Common symptoms include muscle aches, insomnia, sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramping, and nausea. Opioid withdrawal tends to reach its most challenging point at 72 hours, and resolve within a week.

For individuals who are abusing benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Valium, withdrawal symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, irritability, headaches, depression, and seizures. Withdrawal symptoms can take 6 to 12 hours to appear from the time of last use. Symptoms can continue to worsen for up to two weeks, and take a few more weeks to completely resolve after that.

Individuals struggling with a methamphetamine addiction may experience irritability, exhaustion, depressive symptoms, paranoia, and sleeping for long periods of time. Withdrawal symptoms will likely appear within the first few hours since the last use and can last for about two weeks, depending on your using habits.

Phencyclidine, commonly known as PCP, can also lead to withdrawal symptoms. These can include irritability, restlessness, muscle twitches, diarrhea, tremors, and seizures. PCP can have long-term withdrawal symptoms that last longer than the initial detox period. This can be for a few months or up to a year. Long-term symptoms can include memory loss, depression, weight loss, and mood disorders.

Individuals who use large doses of LSD frequently are at risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms. These can begin as early as within an hour of last use. Common symptoms include anxiety, physical pain, nausea, vomiting, inability to concentrate, and rapid mood changes.

Withdrawal from cocaine does not have the same health concerns as substances like alcohol and benzodiazepines. However, someone abusing cocaine regularly may begin to experience withdrawal symptoms within 2 hours of their last use. Symptoms can include feeling slowed down, depression, mood swings, vivid dreams and nightmares, and an increased appetite. These symptoms can last from 7 to 10 days, depending on the person using habits.

Detox in a Safe and Serene Environment

Why Not Detox Alone?

It is highly recommended that if a person needs to detox, they go to a detox center. Alcohol detox centers in northern California are equipped to help local residents go through the detox process safely. Alcohol withdrawal can lead to major health concerns, including seizures and death. Alcohol detox programs are knowledgeable about the health risks and will monitor your symptoms to ensure your safety.

Drug detox centers are able to help locals cope with the symptoms of drug detox. Similar to alcohol detox, detoxing from benzodiazepines such as Xanax can lead to major health concerns. A drug detox facility would monitor you closely as you go through detox. 

While other drugs do not necessarily have the same risks like alcohol and benzodiazepines, the symptoms associated with withdrawal could lead to health concerns. For example, someone detoxing from opioids may become dehydrated during withdrawal if they are experiencing sweating, vomiting, and diarrhea. These symptoms need to be monitored because dehydration can have a negative impact on several of our major organs. 

Other concerning withdrawal symptoms include mental health concerns such as hallucinations and depressive symptoms that include suicidal ideation. Another argument for going to a detox center is the fact that they can give you medications to ease your symptoms. If you are ready to stop using, why not make detox a little easier on yourself? For some, withdrawal symptoms can lead to continued use to end their symptoms. 

Begin Healing Today at an Alcohol Detox Center in Northern California

At Singing Trees Recovery, we are an inpatient treatment center that offers detox in Northern California. Our addiction treatment services in California include a one-week detox program and a residential inpatient program that varies in length from 2 weeks to 90-days. We determine the length of our inpatient program after learning more about your struggles and your goals for recovery. There is always an option of extending your program if you get close to your end and feel like you need more support.

Our residential rehab program offers you a structured day including healthy meals, group therapy, individual therapy, educational group sessions, relapse prevention work, and vocational therapy if needed. We encourage you to attend and utilize a 12 Step program. This could be Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. We are located in a Redwood forest which provides you with an ideal environment for outdoor recreational activities such as walks and swimming. 

We work with you to make sure that you have a solid understanding of the disease concept of addiction and can recognize how it applies to your experience. This ties into the importance of developing a relapse prevention plan that outlines how you can cope with challenges you may experience when you return home. Difficult triggers can include emotions, celebrations, relationships, and places you used to go.

Find Your Path to Lasting Recovery

Our staff has years of experience in treating addiction, and believe that everyone deserves support from a non-judgmental environment at the beginning of their recovery. We use evidence-based practices to make sure that we are providing the best possible care. 

We are considered in-network for insurance providers, including Anthem Blue Cross California, APS Healthcare Systems, MHN, Aetna, TARP, and Cigna’s Behavioral Network.

If you are looking into detox centers in northern California for yourself or a loved one, we invite you to call (800) 344-3799 to see how Singing Trees Recovery can help you today. 

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What We Offer

At Singing Trees Recovery Center we see alcohol/drug dependency as a treatable disease, not a hopeless condition.

Our caring staff is available for 24/7 support throughout the recovery journey.

We rely on a variety of counseling approaches that honor the resident and aid in treatment.

We provide intensive education as well as reinforce concepts of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Our Treatment Program combines the best of both medical and social model approaches.


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