A detox is a period of time where the body gets rid of any drugs or alcohol in it. During this time, your body may react physically and mentally with uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms—some of which can be deadly. Addiction recovery requires medical monitoring and supervision. The time it takes to fully recover depends on individual factors, such as how long the drug was abused, the drug intake method, and your genes and family history.
There are inpatient and outpatient detox programs available. Here at Gratitude Lodge, we offer inpatient detox programs, meaning you’d stay in our luxurious, welcoming rooms in Newport Beach or Long Beach and have access to professionals during your recovery. Our local partners offer outpatient detox, which is available to those who have a less severe addiction and want to continue their work or school during their detox. Though detox sounds uncomfortable, it’s a necessary step to take to start a new life.
Getting the drugs or alcohol out of your system is the first step to recovery. Detoxing in a safe, professionally staffed environment is important because your brain may have become dependent on drugs or alcohol, which can affect its chemical makeup. In severe dependency cases, suddenly ending alcohol intake could lead to fatal seizures, and suddenly stopping the intake of benzos (benzodiazepine) could lead to delirium, a lost sense of self, and psychosis.
Detox from substance abuse can take a short or long period of time, depending on the substance addiction. Some addictions cause withdrawal symptoms, and some of these can be quite severe. Most physical detox symptoms begin within a few to 12 hours after last ingesting the drug. Some substances also require a period of treatment for mental symptoms as well as physical symptoms.
Common Symptoms from Substance Detox
Medications can be prescribed to help patients with the symptoms of substance detox. These can include oral tablets or patches worn on the skin to manage high blood pressure and suppress cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine is used for alcohol addiction but also works with opioid addiction treatment.
While detox is the first physical step to recovery, there are mental steps involved in recovery after detox. Structured activities, group therapy, and individual counseling are built into your day when you stay at a residential addiction treatment facility such as Gratitude Lodge. After that, you’ll be able to transition to outpatient care, where you can stay in your own home, attend work or school, and attend therapy in the daytime or evening.
You’ll feel your withdrawal symptoms become manageable after detox with your medical therapy. Then, you can partake in group activities, learn from a set schedule, develop responsibility, and become self-sufficient again. Taking all of the steps from detoxification to outpatient rehabilitation is what helps establish the foundation of a lasting recovery and decreases the chance of relapse.
We accept most PPO insurances at Gratitude Lodge, whether you’re staying with us for as little as 7 days or more than 90 days. We accept BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Aetna, and many more. As with any insurance, the cost depends on your insurance policy deductible and your policy co-pay. Inpatient and outpatient facility costs may vary.
Some insurance may limit your care providers or may want you to contribute to the cost. Most treatment facilities can help determine if your insurance is eligible. We’re happy to see if your insurance covers treatment for you or your loved ones. When you choose Gratitude Lodge, you’re choosing to invest in a new you.
Drug and alcohol rehab should be accessible to everyone. At Gratitude Lodge,
we work with most insurance plans to cover the costs of treatment.