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Detox in San Diego

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

For individuals seeking a detox and rehab center 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 the detoxification or detox process. Detox begins the process to eliminate the toxins or chemical substances from the body.

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

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 use, or sometimes just a single exposure, toxic substances accumulate within the body.

In comprehensive addiction treatment, detox is supervised by medical professionals, allowing the body to safely rid itself of these substances.

A successful detox stabilizes the brain’s chemistry, which then allows for an accurate assessment of the resident’s physical and psychological condition. This information is then used to determine the next steps of the recovery process.


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.

How Does Medical Detox Work?

Medical detox can mean one of two things:

  1. In medically supervised detox, medical professionals are on hand to ensure the safety of the residents undergoing the detox process.
  2. 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.

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.

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.

Length of Detox by Substance

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.

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 professional treatment for alcohol 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 Detox

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 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 rehab center 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.

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 in San Diego is here to address your specific needs. Our team of proven professionals is ready to support you during your recovery journey.

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