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Drug and Alcohol Detox Is the First Step in Recovery

Achieving physical sobriety proves to be the first hurdle in recovery but without it, no other steps can take place. At Clear Residential Center, our compassionate care team designs individualized treatment plans for all of our clients to ensure the highest quality of care during their stay. Our attending physician, alongside a team of around-the-clock nurses and techs, oversees our clients to ensure their comfort and safety during the detox process at our Los Angeles facility.

Our Los Angeles based detox program allows each individual to begin their recovery from drug or alcohol addiction in a safe and calm environment.

We Help Reduce and Control Detox Withdrawal Symptoms

Often when a person thinks about getting help for their addiction, they find themselves intimidated by the idea of detox. Stereotypes abound that make it seem like detox consists of purely miserable moments. It is important to understand that, without support and monitoring during detox, withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable and even life-threatening. When a person attempts detox at home, most of them do not succeed. When they fail at one attempt or more, it can make them too intimidated to try again. 

The best scenario for a successful detox comes from a treatment program that provides constant help to alleviate both physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms. At Clear Residential Center, our goal is to make the detoxification and stabilization process as comfortable and safe as possible. We provide a safe, supportive environment for our clients to recover from the physical dependencies associated with addiction. Clear Residential’s individualized and professional detoxification care helps safely alleviate the physical symptoms of withdrawal. We also help clients determine what their next step should be in order to fully begin recovery without any drug or alcohol toxins left in their bodies.

Full-Service Detox in Los Angeles

Our full-service detox program starts from the moment the residential detox and stabilization intake process begins. During the intake process, our expert care team helps each client and their family decide the appropriate treatment plan based on their specific needs. We take into consideration the individual’s addiction history, along with a thorough medical evaluation and a psychological assessment administered by our experienced care team. Clear Residential Center doesn’t subscribe to a one-size-fits-all detox process. When our clients begin their detox, a full plan tailored to their needs and goals is in place to help guide them toward success. 

When clients begin the detoxification process from substance abuse or alcoholism, their withdrawal symptoms can feel difficult to manage both physically and mentally. Our compassionate care team works to help alleviate these withdrawal symptoms throughout the entire detox process. These symptoms can be significantly improved with the right medication management, as well as emotional support from professionals who understand how taxing detox can be at times. This kind of treatment helps our clients feel supported and empowered during the crucial detox phase, which helps them successfully achieve and maintain long-lasting recovery.

Our Clear Recovery Center team, including the attending physician Dr. Tim Norcross, is passionate about keeping our clients safe, healthy, comfortable, and equipped for success. When a person completes their drug and alcohol detox process, they are more likely to move through the next stages of recovery successfully than those who try to go it alone or use programs that offer no support for withdrawal symptoms.

Timelines for Drug and Alcohol Detox

How long it takes for a person to complete detox depends on the substance they are addicted to, how much of it they consumed, and how long the addiction has gone on. The following guideline shows the average withdrawal timeline for different substances.

Alcohol

Day 1-2

Withdrawal symptoms typically begin within 6-12 hours after a person last consumes alcohol. They may include stomach aches, nausea, headaches, and anxiety. Some people experience hallucinations and seizures. 

Day 3-5

May include sweating, fever, rapid heart rate, and mental confusion. Symptoms typically reach their peak during this time period and then begin to dissipate. 

Day 6+ 

Emotional symptoms such as depression and moodiness may continue.

Benzodiazepine

Day 1-4 

Withdrawal symptoms can start several hours after the last dose is taken. They may include rapid heartbeat, sweating, and nausea.

Day 5-14

Most people will experience increased depression, anxiety, and insomnia for up to two weeks after they begin detoxing.

Day 15+

At this point, most symptoms will have disappeared.

Opioids

Day 1

Most people start experiencing the withdrawal symptoms of opioids about 6-24 hours after their last dose. They may include muscle aches, difficulty sleeping, restlessness, anxiety, sweating, runny nose, and high blood pressure.

Day 2-4

May include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pains, and depression. 

Day 5-8

Most emotional side effects will begin to decrease, although cravings may continue. 

Heroin

Day 1-3

Withdrawal symptoms typically start within 6-12 hours of the last dosage. They may include muscle aches, shaking, anxiety, vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, and drug cravings. 

Day 4-7

Most symptoms will become less intense and end after about one week.

Day 8+

Physical symptoms subside by this time but emotional ones may continue. 

Marijuana

Day 1

Withdrawal symptoms may include irritability, difficulty sleeping, decreased appetite, restlessness, and cravings for the drug.

Day 2-7

Emotional effects are most common over the next several days. 

Day 8+

Most side effects subside by now, although cravings may continue.

Crack/Cocaine

Day 1-3

Withdrawal symptoms may begin within the first few hours after the last dosage. They may include lethargy, irritability, depression, shaking, and heart complications such as arrhythmia.

Day 4-10

Symptoms may now include dehydration, insomnia, restlessness, nightmares, and drug cravings. 

Day 11+

Symptoms end for many around this time but may continue another couple of weeks.   

Adderall

Day 1-3

Symptoms typically start within several hours of the last dosage. They may include feeling exhausted, difficulty concentrating, hunger, and depression.

Day 4-7

Symptoms usually peak during this time. Additional ones may include anxiety, body aches, insomnia, irritability, and nightmares.

Day 8+

The symptoms are mainly emotional at this point.

Drug and Alcohol Detox in Los Angeles

Clear Recovery Center in Los Angeles, CA provides drug and alcohol detox programs designed to treat your individual needs in order to set you up for success. We provide detox, residential rehab, outpatient, and teen treatment. Our family therapy, group therapy, and alumni support help round out a program that addresses all of your needs to begin a sober life you can enjoy.

If you are ready to break your addiction to drugs or alcohol, contact Clear Recovery Center today. Our dedicated team members are happy to help answer your questions.

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