Our drug abuse and mental health programs take the whole person into account. We understand you will have drug cravings and have a plan in place to handle that. Our medical model puts your comfort and recovery first.

What Is Drug and Alcohol Detox?

During the medically assisted detox process in Anaheim, California, you will work with an outstanding medical team to flush alcohol and other drugs out of your system. Additionally, your treatment improvement protocol includes medical assistance to help you recover from withdrawal symptoms. 

Substance abuse treatment starts with a solid detox program, such as what we have available at our treatment center in Southern California.

Your withdrawal symptoms from substance abuse will depend on the severity of your addiction and the type of substance use disorder you have. During your treatment, you will have medical supervision and inpatient detoxification that follows your treatment improvement protocol. 

Our entire staff will work hard to help you overcome severe withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Symptoms can vary from flu-like symptoms to mood swings to more serious health risks.

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If you decided to walk away from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, you’ve already made amazing progress. However, you might wonder what to expect when you undergo detox from drugs, how long the process takes, and what the next steps are. This article provides information on what to expect from the detox level of care and your long-term recovery options. At Restoration Health Group’s treatment center in Anaheim, California, we are here to answer all your questions.

Detox is the process where you begin your physical and mental recovery from short- or long-term substance abuse. As such, it is a vital part of your substance abuse treatment.

During the drug detox process and following substance abuse treatment, your mind and body must recover from misused prescription painkillers or other illegal drugs. Drug abuse withdrawal symptoms during inpatient detox range widely depending on the type of drug you use and other factors, including:

  • The drugs taken
  • Family history of substance abuse
  • Co-occurring mental health concerns
  • Physical health status

The drug detox process occurs in three essential steps:

  1. Admissions process
  2. Medication detox and psychological therapy
  3. Preparation for an addiction recovery program

During detox, we ensure all drugs and alcohol are out of the patient’s system and help you prepare for long-term recovery inside and outside our facility.

Why Is Detox Necessary?

Individuals with severe dependence on drugs and alcohol often try to quit cold turkey before seeking professional help in Anaheim, California. Unfortunately, withdrawal symptoms often make them physically ill, increasing the risk of continued substance abuse. In certain situations, detox can mean the difference between long-term recovery and relapse. So, seek out professional substance abuse treatment rather than going it alone.

This includes individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Of course, many individuals in recovery require professional care and a controlled setting to prevent self-harm and relapse. That’s particularly true for those who face protracted withdrawal symptoms due to long-term use or high drug and alcohol consumption.

Trying to quit cold turkey is admirable but can also put you in danger.

How Long Does Detox Last?

Substance addiction treatment in California starts with detox, and the length of time needed to remove all drugs and alcohol from your body varies. Generally, it takes between three to seven days to get through detox. 

If you only have minor symptoms, alcohol withdrawal may start six hours after you stop drinking, although those with a history of heavy drinking risk having a seizure within this timeframe. Therefore, it’s important to get the right medical care.

A small portion of those with a long history of heavy drinking experience hallucinations for the first 24 hours after their last drink. Many patients experience tremors, headaches, and minor symptoms during the first two days of detox. Within the first 72 hours of your last drink, you may experience a high heart rate and seizures caused by delirium tremens (DTs).

As another example, opioid withdrawal symptoms are unique. Short-acting opioids such as heroin come with potentially severe withdrawal symptoms within the first 12 hours and peak within three days after starting the detox process. Symptoms typically last up to one week.

If you are detoxing from cocaine, prescription drugs, or other stimulants, withdrawal symptoms show up within a few hours of your last use and intensify about a week into your detox program. Depression and other psychological symptoms may last for weeks or months, requiring constant psychological and medical support.

Stages of Detox

Detoxification occurs in three stages, including evaluation, stabilization, and preparation. During the evaluation process, you will undergo an interview and medical examination to determine the best treatment course. At this time, staff members will also identify potential mental or physical health concerns.

Stabilization is the second step of the detox process. During this stage, you will stop using your drug of choice and receive medication assistance to overcome withdrawal symptoms. Ultimately, we want you to have a sustainable and substance-free life. So, you will receive information on the steps needed to secure long-term sobriety or drug-free living. Your friends and family can take part in this stage for moral support.

Preparation is the last piece of the puzzle; during this time, you face the highest risk of a relapse. Therefore, we strongly recommend continuing your recovery in a longer program designed to meet your needs.

Medications Used for Drug and Alcohol Detox

Although everyone receives a personalized treatment plan, here are some medications commonly used in detox programs.

  • Acamprosate is approved by the FDA and reduces your brain’s dependence on alcohol.
  • Antiadrenergic agents inhibit epinephrine and norepinephrine and include clonidine and propranolol. They are used to treat addiction to alcohol,
  • Antidepressants alleviate social anxiety, depression, and other forms of anxiety. However, these drugs can also correct chemical imbalances that cause behavior and mood changes. Examples include Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft.
  • Antipsychotics may seem like a strange medication to use for drug and alcohol addiction. However, these medications, which also treat dementia, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric problems, can help alleviate anxiety and agitation during detox. Examples of these medications include Risperdal, Seroquel, Abilify, and Clozaril.
  • Methadone is commonly used to treat opioid addiction. It can help those going through a short-term detox avoid misusing opioids. It reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms by blocking signals in your brain.
  • Suboxone also treats opioid addiction treatment. It consists of two other drugs, buprenorphine and naloxone. It lessens withdrawal symptoms from heroin, Percocet or other opioids.

Again, these are just a few examples of medications used to help ease the pain of withdrawal symptoms during detox and recovery.

What Do I Do After Detox?

After detox, most clients go on to a longer-term recovery program. These programs combine medical and psychological support for those suffering from withdrawal symptoms. Further, they provide individual and group therapy components for a holistic approach to healing.


Because everyone is different, no one treatment plan will work for every patient. Therefore, inpatient programs are tailored to the specific needs of each person. However, you can generally count on supervision and care around the clock in a residential treatment program.

Inpatient treatment programs may include one-on-one therapy with licensed substance abuse counselors who can help you alter your emotional and mental reactions and, hopefully, prevent a relapse. Other characteristics include an introduction to 12-step programs, family therapy, and nutrition and exercise education.


Not everyone can take time off of work in school to commit to a 24-hour residential program. To provide the assistance needed to maintain a drug-free lifestyle, an outpatient treatment program uses medication assistance, counseling, support groups, and individual therapy to help you overcome your addiction for good.

Unlike a residential program, you will return home each night to attend to family and other obligations.


Rehab alumni programs involve forming a network to support your recovery after rehab. Some well-known programs such as AA and NA provide places for recovering individuals to come together. Some people also maintain relationships with those they met in rehab, reinforcing commitment and accountability. Alumni programs allow you to build a support network and stay true to the path you’ve chosen.

Our Detox in Anaheim, CA

Our detox programs in Southern California make it easy to get the help you need to detox from most drugs. During the admissions process, you receive a customized treatment plan. Additionally, you will receive personalized care and support for every step of your recovery journey.

Admissions Process

The admissions process starts with an interview with a drug addiction treatment consultant, and they will tell you what you need to know to begin your recovery journey. Additionally, you will meet with an admissions representative to schedule your day of admission and learn how to prepare for detox.

Speak to an Admissions Representative

Rehab admission starts with the initial contact and continues with an assessment of your substance abuse disorder. You probably have a lot of questions about programs and payment options, and an addiction treatment consultant has the answers. This expert helps you to understand the progression of care and what it’s like to live at the facility. The expert will help verify your insurance coverage and determine whether you have rehab insurance coverage.

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Schedule Your Admission

Our staff encourages every patient to schedule their admission as early as possible. Use the time to travel to the facility and take care of any personal responsibilities you are leaving behind. We also advise you to check our website to learn what clothes and other belongings you’ll need during your stay. This may include reading materials and personal identification, and insurance cards.

Day of Admission

Pack enough clothes for 30 to 60 days in case you go right into a recovery program following detox. You’ll need personal hygiene products and enough clothing to last several days. Note that your ID, money, and insurance cards are secured before you enter the program to prevent loss or theft.

You may want to bring a personal journal and spend some time reflecting on the program. This may help you prepare mentally and emotionally for the work you will do at Restoration Health Group in Anaheim, California.

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Detox Programs

Detox is the essential first step in any proper rehab facility. It’s essential that your body be cleansed of any toxins prior to treatment.

Inpatient Rehab

Our treatment team will create an individualized program for you to receive the therapy and support needed for you to get comfortable with your new sober lifestyle.

Outpatient Care

Addiction recovery takes work. For your best chance of lasting sobriety, take advantage of your addiction aftercare plan. Click below to learn more.