Detox Overview

Drug and alcohol withdrawal is never comfortable, but sometimes it can actually be a dangerous, life-threatening process.

Just as the disease of cancer wreaks havoc on the body and requires a combination of treatments, the same holds true for the disease of addiction. To minimize the risks involved with withdrawal, it is vital that your path to recovery begins with medically assisted detoxification. Our detox programs in Huntington Beach provide MAT services, as well as medical professionals that will monitor your progress.

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At Newsong Recovery, our board-certified addiction specialists have helped more than 30,000 patients through medically assisted detoxification. Whether our patients are detoxing from alcohol, heroin, prescription opioids, benzodiazepines, cocaine, Suboxone, or methamphetamines, we manage the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal that occur when discontinuing substances while providing the highest level of comfort and support.

What Are Withdrawal Symptoms?

Substance use causes physical and chemical changes to the brain. When substance use ends,  the neural and hormonal systems are thrown into confusion. Much of the danger in withdrawal has to do with the body’s response to the extreme changes in the chemical processes going on in the brain and the rest of the body. Common symptoms include: 


● Nausea and vomiting

● Anxiety 

● Depression

● Tremors 

● Seizures

● Restlessness 

● Insomnia

● Muscle aches

● Loss of appetite

● Dizziness

● Shakiness

● Mood swings

● Elevated heart rate

● Sweating

● Dehydration

Detox helps increase safety and comfort levels for people undergoing these painful symptoms and potential medical complications that may result from ending substance use.

Why Detox Under Medical Care?

We recommend medically assisted detox as an initial step of treatment for anyone who has developed a substance dependency. Our detox programs include residential treatment that provides the most comprehensive care, and medical detox is the optimal choice in helping to make withdrawal as smooth as possible.

It is during this time that our patients are given the message that there is hope and that recovery from substance use is possible. Through our expert, compassionate care, we provide our patients with a solid foundation from which to build a fulfilling life in recovery. 

How Do Our Detox Programs Work?

At Newsong Recovery, our board-certified physicians follow a three-stage approach to detox as outlined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

1. Evaluation: Our physicians conduct a thorough evaluation and establish a comprehensive treatment plan to improve patient comfort, safety, and success during the earliest stages of recovery. 

2. Stabilization: Our subacute hospital setting allows our team to conduct all testing, treatments, and case management on-site, and our 24/7 staff can treat any unforeseen complications as quickly as possible should they arise. Medications may be used to help with the side effects of withdrawal and improve comfort and stability.

 3. Fostering patient readiness for and entry into treatment: Our physicians understand that medical detoxification is only the first stage of addiction treatment and by itself does little to change long-term substance use. As withdrawal symptoms resolve throughout the detoxification period, our staff begin promoting further treatment to increase the chances of sustained recovery following detox.

This comprehensive medical approach safely and comfortably clears the body completely of the unwanted substance, manages the symptoms of acute withdrawal, and encourages ongoing treatment. 

Ready to Get Help?

Newsong Recovery offers complimentary consultations with our team of board-certified physicians. To learn more about our comprehensive treatment program and to discuss detox and substance use treatment, call us now.