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At DetoxLA, our mission is to help you (or a loved one) break free from the chains of addiction. Offering quality, evidence-based medical detox programs for many forms of addiction, we help our clients take the first steps on a path toward lasting, stable sobriety.

Finding the right treatment center or program is a daunting task. To make this as smooth and easy a process as possible, we’re answering some of the questions you may have as you explore addiction treatment options.

“Our mission,” as our CEO Joseph Grossman has noted, “ is to help you become a better you.” If you or someone close to you is struggling with addiction, you might not know where to turn. Our clinical specialists are standing by to help you take back control of your life. To learn more, call us at 818.671.4765 today. 

The best way to explain medical detox treatment is to put it into context.

After drinking alcohol or using drugs habitually for some time, an individual will become physiologically dependent on the substance. And when they attempt to stop using the substance, that individual will experience symptoms of withdrawal, which is the body reacting to the absence of a substance it’s accustomed to having.
Being physiologically dependent on a substance makes recovery quite difficult. Can you even imagine trying to concentrate on treatment while dealing with withdrawal?

That’s where medical detox treatment comes in. Medical detox treatment is a type of clinical care that often occurs as the first stage of recovery. This program addresses withdrawal using a variety of treatment methods, including medicinal when necessary.

The length of time required to complete medical detox treatment varies according to a number of factors, which include:

  • Substance
  • Length of time addicted
  • History of addiction/recovery
  • Co-occurring health conditions

Typically, people spend about one week completing a medical detox program. However, it’s important to realize that the time to detox successfully can vary.

At DetoxLA, our intake process can be broken into three main phases, which are:

  • Assessment
  • Evaluation
  • Orientation

The first phase, assessment, is our initial consultation with a prospective client. In most cases, this takes place on the phone or over video chat. During the assessment, our goal is to develop an understanding of the client’s basic needs. We answer questions like: Which substance or substances are they addicted to? How long have they been addicted?

Similar to the first phase, the evaluation phase allows us to get more acquainted with the client’s needs and preferences. To do this, we get more in-depth information about the client, including their history with recovery and whether they have co-occurring or comorbid conditions. With this information, we construct an individualized treatment plan for the client.

Finally, there’s the orientation phase, which is precisely what it sounds like: We help the client prepare for the start of the medical detox program.

DetoxLA offers one program, which is our Medical Detox Program. Then below that program, we provide several specializations or sub-programs, which include:

  • Alcohol detox program
  • Benzodiazepine detox program
  • Heroin detox program
  • Opiate detox program

There are many similarities between these sub-programs, but there are also some critical differences. Detoxification from alcohol involves an entirely different approach to stabilization than you would find in a benzodiazepine detox program. Because detoxification can be dangerous when these kinds of substances are involved, additional resources are sometimes needed to ensure client safety throughout the process.

Take the First Step on Your Road to Recovery at DetoxLA

If we didn’t answer your question in our FAQs, or if you’re ready to take the next step, then we’d love to hear from you. Reach out to our addiction specialists at 818.671.4765 to learn more today.