At West Coast Rehab, we know that before you can fully engage in your individualized treatment program, you need to be in a clear state of both mind and body.  Depending on the type of substance you have been using as well as the length and severity of abuse, a detox may be necessary prior to beginning your treatment process.

What is detox?

Detox is short for detoxification. Detoxification is the process of removing toxic substances or qualities from the body – in this case, drugs and alcohol.

Why do I need detox?

Detox is an essential part of the recovery process, from both a physical and psychological standpoint.

If you have been abusing alcohol or certain prescriptions drugs, stopping “cold turkey” can be extremely dangerous and can cause serious medical problems, including seizures, stroke and death.  “Detoxing” allows you to wean off the substances slowly, safely and without any serious medical complications.

Detox also minimizes both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms, making the process of giving up a substance significantly more comfortable. Many substance users relapse early in sobriety due to the severity of their withdrawal symptoms.  A safe, medical detox significantly lowers the chances of this happening.

How is it determined if I need detox?

A full assessment with a qualified medical professional is necessary to determine if a detox is necessary prior to beginning a treatment program.

What can be expected from detox at West Coast Rehab?

Here at West Coast Rehab, we aim to make the detox process as painless as possible.  Upon admission, you’ll meet with medical staff and discuss your full history of substance use, including prescription medication. Medical staff will then develop an individualized program to safely and comfortably facilitate the detoxification process.

What happens after detox?

Detox on it’s own is NOT treatment – it is simply the first step in the process.  Once you have successfully completed detox, then you are ready to truly begin the journey to recovery.