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Substances

Knowledge of general toxicology is key in recognizing acute symptoms and conditions requiring treatment and in developing a medically informed plan to guide you beyond withdrawal. Without help, even the best-intentioned attempt at sobriety is tentative, at most.

Villa Oasis San Diego offers withdrawal management for these substances-

  • Alcohol such as beer, hard seltzer, wine, hard liquors, distilled and undistilled
  • Benzodiazepines including sedatives such as Xanax, Valium, Clonazepam, Lorazepam, Temazepam
  • Ambien also known as Zolpidem, and other sleep aids
  • Methamphetamine and other stimulants such as Cocaine, Amphetamines, and Methcathinone
  • Hallucinatory substances such as LSD, PCP, Ketamine, Dextromethorphan “DXM”, Psilocybin, Peyote, Ayahuasca, Dimethyltriptiphamine ”DMT”
  • Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid~ “GHB” and other steroids
  • The newer class of drugs of abuse including,
    • Synthetic Cannabinoids
    • Synthetic Cathinones
    • Salvia
    • Desomorphine
    • Kratom
    • Any new laboratory manufactured substance (such as Bath Salts) engineered and marketed as the next best high.

Chronic substance use is an often, misunderstood disorder, commonly attributed to hardheadedness or choices, poorly made… While, in truth, substance use disorder is a miserable, chronic, and potentially terminal condition. Many of these substances can have severe or life-threatening effects. Perceived physical discomfort coupled with often, unmanageable cravings can quickly lead to relapse. Without the security and guidance of a medically and clinically informed treatment provider, success is short-lived or nil.

At Villa Oasis, we specialize in conveying our residents through the initial stages of recovery in order for them to then, engage in meaningful and effective therapeutic care.

DETOX

Recovery begins with ridding the body of harmful toxins to free yourself of the physical bonds, innate to chronic substance use. The elimination of toxins is the first step toward restoring you to health. While detox may not be as uncomfortable as you imagine, we stand with our residents in making this journey as comfortable as possible.

Residential detoxification at Villa Oasis San Diego provides the opportunity to transition into recovery with the least possible discomfort and without the dangerous risks.

Villa Oasis San Diego offers 24-hour residential withdrawal management services, using evidence-based, medically appropriate strategies including medication assisted therapy. We deliver individualized, trauma informed care to patients who have complex biological and psychological histories and, for whom our program is a lifeline.

We approach treatment with a new and radical model of care; one that recognizes that substance use and co-occurring disorders are SHAMELESS conditions from which we can recover. It is our honor to help guide the way.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Opiate Use Disorder (OUD)

The 2016 Surgeon General’s Report, states that for opiate users, drug-free treatment is not as effective as MAT. For many, residential treatment is an appropriate level of care when embarking on the journey to recovery and the perfect place to start MAT.

Although, all evidence confirms that MAT is highly effective in collaboration with additional behavioral health services, the misunderstanding of how MAT helps, do exist. If you have questions about MAT, and how it is used to improve treatment outcomes, we can help answer your questions.

Some MAT will almost immediately assuage a patient’s discomfort from withdrawal. Shortly after MAT is administered and while under observation, patients are often surprised to find that at the moment the medication takes effect (usually around 30 to 45 minutes) the patient feels “normal”.    For many people, “normal” may not sound like a big deal, but, for anyone suffering from the constant misery of day-to-day in and out of withdrawal, “normal” is a giant step-up.

Relapse is common among users who attempt to get and stay sober without assistance. On one’s own, maintaining abstinence from opiates is an almost impossible challenge.

Where we have the opportunity to alleviate discomfort and stabilize the patient, that is our priority. Substance use disorder is a powerful foe. A patient’s commitment to treatment can be quickly worn down when strong cravings and physical discomfort are present. We are mindful of this and our patients are assessed by our medical staff upon admission, and an individualized withdrawal management plan is initiated.

MAT administration does not typically end when the body is rid of toxins. The American Society of Addiction Medicine recommends maintaining buprenorphine for at least one to two years, although, long-term opiate users may require medications for a greater length of time due to the greater impact substance use has had on brain function and endorphin system performance.    If we consider that other diseases with behavioral components also require medications in order to maintain recovery, pharmacology is a prevalent and familiar approach.