The first step in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction (or addiction coupled with a mental health disorder) is detox.

For individuals seeking out treatment centers and medication-assisted treatment in San Diego, Villa Oasis offers professional support and upscale treatment options. Our luxurious environment and landscape of natural beauty lend themselves to help ease the detox process.

The initial stages of treatment for an alcohol or drug addiction begin with detoxification at our San Diego drug rehab. Detox begins the process to eliminate toxins or chemical substances from the body without having the patient suffer potentially fatal withdrawals.

For those who are physically dependent on substances, a safe detox is an essential part of the practical recovery process.

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    What is detox in San Diego?

    Detoxification is the process by which the body gets rid of toxins. This includes toxins and addictive substances such as alcohol or drugs. With long-term substance abuse, or sometimes just a single exposure, toxins accumulate within the body.

    At our drug treatment center, detox is supervised by medical professionals, allowing the body to safely rid itself of these substances. Our residential treatment facility is also equip to handle the resulting addiction recovery process that follows detoxification.

    A successful detox stabilizes the brain’s chemistry, which then allows for an accurate assessment of the resident’s physical and psychological condition. From here, a person’s journey through drug and alcohol addiction can transform into a path to wellness and healing.

    Our substance abuse recovery center is fully prepared to help patients find peace after their drug detox. Withdrawal is not a comfortable process, so our San Diego luxury rehab helps drug abuse patients find the peace they’ll need during this delicate time.

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    Common detox symptoms

    After the body has become dependent on drugs and alcohol, it can feel nearly impossible to stop using. When substance use is abruptly stopped it is major shock to the entire system. For this reason, detox almost always involves withdrawal symptoms, which the staff at Villa Oasis helps residents to manage.

    The type and severity of withdrawal symptoms can vary from person to person. Withdrawal symptoms are based on the particular substance and the length of use.

    Common withdrawal symptoms include:

    • Sweating
    • Vomiting
    • Seizures
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Irritability
    • Tremors
    • Hallucinations
    • Weakness
    • Watery eyes
    • Change of appetite
    • Muscle pains

    Some of these withdrawal symptoms—like vomiting or diarrhea—may seem not too serious. However, the rapid dehydration they cause can be fatal. For this reason, most addiction treatment programs include a detox that is supervised by medical professionals.

    Benzodiazepine and alcohol addiction are both especially dangerous substances to detox from. If you or your loved one needs substance abuse treatment for either of these, reach out and speak with one of our experts to see what treatment options would be best.

    How does medical detox work?

    Medical detox can mean one of two things:

    The medications used in such treatment act on the brain’s pathways in the same way the addictive substance does. These medications signal the brain to stop the withdrawal symptoms that occur when substance use is abruptly stopped.

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      In medically supervised detox, medical professionals are on hand to ensure the safety of the residents undergoing the detox process.
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      In certain cases, medications are used to support the detox process. This is called medication-assisted treatment.

    The medications used in such treatment act on the brain’s pathways in the same way the addictive substance does. These medications signal the brain to stop the withdrawal symptoms that occur when substance use is abruptly stopped.

    In other words, the medications are safer than the addictive drug or alcohol. However, detox medications do affect the brain in a similar way. Once this kind of treatment begins, the resident will no longer experience physical cravings for the drug or alcohol. The substitute medication fulfills the physical and mental demands of the addiction.

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    How Villa Oasis supports the detox process

    At Villa Oasis rehab center, the detox process is supported by a comfortable and positive setting. Medical professionals and staff members are committed to a culture of warmth and authentic care. We pride ourselves on treating residents and their loved ones with compassion and respect.

    New admissions to Villa Oasis are screened by intake staff for their need for detox. New residents will also be throughly evaluated by the Program Director or psychologist and a board-certified physician.

    In addition, Villa Oasis:

    • Provides systematic support for withdrawal from whatever substance dependence the resident suffers from.
    • Offers carefully planned and applied medical assistance from a diverse team of highly skilled professionals.
    • Assesses the medical and emotional needs of residents, and prescribes counseling and psychiatric consultation as necessary.
    • Supports residents—through individual and group therapy—in identifying relapse triggers and learning strategies to maintain sobriety.
    • Creates individual treatment strategies to meet the unique needs of each resident.
    • Ensures that a long-term treatment and recovery plan is in place, as support for lasting sobriety.

    Different substances remain in the body for different lengths of time—which affects the time required for detox. In most cases, a resident suffering from a Substance use disorder (SUD) can expect to detox from the substance within a week. However, cravings may continue for weeks or months longer.

    How long does detox take?

    Detoxing from alcohol or drugs includes clearing the body of toxic substances and managing any withdrawal symptoms that may occur.

    The entire detox process can take anywhere from a few days to several months. For instance, alcohol leaves the body within a few days—but detoxing from alcohol cravings may take much longer.

    The total amount of time required to complete the detox process depends upon many factors. Generally, the determining factors for a detox process include; the resident’s age, weight, drinking habits, and other health issues.

    Factors affecting length of detox

    How long detox takes depends upon:

    • The user’s age, weight, and gender.
    • The particular substance or multiple substances.
    • The frequency of use of the substance.
    • The quantity of the substance ingested.
    • Presence of co-occurring mental health disorders.
    • The user’s medical history.
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    Length of detox by substance

    The detox experience of each resident will depend upon the particular substance that is being detoxified and their patterns of use.

    For instance, the physical symptoms of alcohol detox generally taper off within a week. Meanwhile, cravings can continue to be strong until the therapeutic process is completed.

    In cases of severe opioid or heroin addiction, withdrawal symptoms may persist for six months or longer.

    For this reason, it is important to seek help from a professional treatment provider or drug detox in a comprehensive rehab program. Our program at Villa Oasis is supported by board-certified MD’s, registered nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

    What to expect at Villa Oasis

    There are addictive substances that require supervised detoxification at a drug detox facility. If a person attempts to detox themselves without careful oversight, serious complications can occur.

    The staff at Villa Oasis detox center in San Diego monitor our residents closely during their stay. We also ensure our residents comfort during the detox and withdrawal process. Residents in the detoxification protocol are observed very closely for the initial hours of inpatient treatment. In the following days, they will continue to be monitored by our medical staff.

    In case of a medical emergency, all staff are trained in emergency protocols. These protocols include round-the-clock consultation access to a board-certified physician. In addition, transfer to a local emergency room or an acute care hospital stay is available, as needed.

    Healing amenities at Villa Oasis

    The environment of a luxury treatment program allows residents to concentrate more fully on their therapies and treatments.

    Our facility features beautiful and calming bedrooms, stunning natural beauty, and nutritious gourmet meals. Villa Oasis rehab center in San Diego also offers a range of holistic therapies to support the detox and recovery process. These include:

    • Personal training and physical fitness facilities
    • Nutrition education and coaching
    • Reiki healing sessions
    • Daily yoga classes
    • Hike therapy through Villa Oasis’s natural landscape
    • Sound-bowl therapy
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    Start the healing journey now

    For someone suffering from an addiction to alcohol or drugs, entering a detox and rehab program can literally be life-saving. Villa Oasis, one of the detox centers in San Diego is here to address your specific needs. Our team of proven professionals is ready to support you during your recovery journey.

    We chose San Diego for our alcohol and drug rehab because we believe the Southern California atmosphere helps promote healing and health. Come and schedule a tour to see our residential treatment facility for yourself.

    To get started, or to receive more information about our drug and alcohol treatment programs, contact us today.

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