Orange County Detox

Millions of Americans have a substance use disorder. In 2019-2020, that was 18.5 million of us, or one in 20 Americans. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, you’re not alone. But, you do need treatment. Detox is often the first step of that treatment, because many of us need medical assistance when withdrawing. While some substances are safe to withdraw from on your own, many others are not.

Detox is the process of using medical monitoring and management to ensure a safe withdrawal process. At Compassion Recovery Centers, that might include medical intervention. It might also be a simple process of getting support, having someone to check on you, and ensuring that medical attention is there when you need it. However, it always includes personalized support from trained medical professionals, a recovery program built around your specific needs, and the tools you need for a safe start on your road to recovery. 

Our Orange County detox center is also part of a treatment and rehabilitation center.

After detox, you can move directly into treatment, in an inpatient or outpatient setting.

What is Detox?

You probably know that most intoxicating substances cause tolerance. This is the phenomenon of the body adjusting to a substance so that the substance has reduced impact. You then have to take more of the drug to achieve the same results. Tolerance eventually leads to chemical dependence, where the body becomes so adjusted to a substance that going without it causes withdrawal symptoms. 

For some drugs, this effect is relatively light. For example, marijuana users might feel especially anxious and paranoid – which might require mental health support – but rarely suffer from severe physical side effects. Other drugs are significantly more dangerous. For example, benzodiazepines (like Valium) and alcohol interact with the central nervous system. When you go into withdrawal, you get shakes, tremors, and even seizures.

Our Orange County alcohol and detox drug center can help you to navigate these symptoms. For example, we start with an intake and an assessment to decide what care you need. Then, we implement a program that adjusts care as you move through detox – so you always receive relevant and necessary treatment. That may revolve around mitigating symptoms, speeding up withdrawal, or ensuring that you have a safe and healthy detox process depending on your goals, mental health, and treatment needs.

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Types of Detox

In most cases, if you’re going through detox, you’ll want to attend our medical facility. Our detox clinic is located in beautiful, Laguna Hills, and offers everything you need to safely move through withdrawal. You also get more monitoring and more support from medical professionals. However, those with a less severe chemical dependence or who are dependent on a drug with a light withdrawal profile (marijuana, cocaine), might prefer to attend an outpatient program. Here, you can simply check in and allow us to monitor your health, while spending most of your time at home. Both have pros and cons, but inpatient tends to offer more support, fewer chances to relapse, and more options for customization in your program.

Do You Need Detox?

If you or a loved one are currently chemically dependent on a substance, you will likely benefit from detox. That’s especially true if you want to go to a rehab program. For example, most rehabilitation requires that you be clean and sober before attending. Why? Current drug use will interfere with most forms of therapy.

You need detox if:

  • You’re currently using a substance with difficult or dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Benzodiazepines, Alcohol, and Opiates/Opioids are among the worst.
  • You experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop using for a few days. These include:
  • Cold & flu symptoms
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety / panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Seizures
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • General malaise
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Arrhythmia
  • Withdrawal is emotionally distressing, or you do not have the motivation to go through with it on your own
  • You’ve failed at withdrawing on your own in the past
  • You have mental health or health conditions (anxiety, heart disorders) which could make withdrawal more dangerous
Not everyone needs support during withdrawal. However, getting that support can be the difference between a safe recovery and hospitalization for some. For others, it’s the difference between moving forward into rehab and having to start over again later.

Drug and Alcohol Detox Times

Drug and alcohol detox at Compassion Recovery Center follows a straightforward path of assessment, treatment, reassessment, and ongoing care. We create a personalized program from day one, so you always get the exact treatment and support you need.

However, your experience in detox and your time at our Orange County detox center will vary considerably based on what substance(s) you’re using. Withdrawal symptoms almost always start between 4 and 48 hours after the last dose. Your doctor might decide that you need medication or tapering first. However, most of our patients can expect the following detox times.

In most cases, drug and alcohol withdrawal starts between 4 and 48 hours after your final dose, which will be followed by 3-4 days of symptoms of increasing severity, followed by a plateau and a gradual decline in symptoms. The decline phase can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks depending on the substance, your metabolism, and duration of abuse.

Withdrawal symptoms begin at different points depending on the substance and duration of use:


Withdrawal from amphetamines, the most common of which is methamphetamine, normally starts within 4 hours of the final dose. Symptoms increase quickly and vanish after a few days. However, you’ll have ongoing symptoms of cravings, lethargy, and emotional blunting that can last for months.

Tablet with the chemical formula of Benzodiazepines

Benzos include both short and long-acting drugs. If you’re using a short acting version of the drug, withdrawal symptoms will kick in within a few hours. In most cases, you’ll experience peak symptoms at one week and you’ll feel better after two. If you’re using a slow-release benzodiazepine, you can double that time.


Opioid drugs like heroin and morphine normally induce withdrawal symptoms within 6-12 hours of the final dose. Symptoms mimic a very bad flue and will normally peak after about 3 days. In most cases, you’ll feel better after 7-14 days. If you have a slow-release opioid like OxyContin, withdrawal might not kick in for up to 4 days after the final dose and full symptoms might not vanish for more than a month.

a glass of wine

While the most popular intoxicant, Alcohol also has one of the worst detox periods. Normally, withdrawal symptoms kick in within 6-12 hours. They get worse after the first 1-3 days depending on your metabolism and severity of the addiction. In most cases, symptoms and risks peak here, after which they taper off. In most cases symptoms vanish after about a week. However, about 11% of heavy users experience delirium tremens without treatment. This “extended” withdrawal can last for over a month and often includes dangerous symptoms like grand mal seizures.

What Does the Compassion Recovery Detox Program Include?

The Compassion Recovery Center detox program is designed to offer personalized support and care. The idea is that every person is different. Giving you treatment designed around specific mental and physical health needs allows us to deliver better care. That means you get the care and support to quickly move through detox and into treatment. It also means we take care to offer support to help you navigate the trauma of withdrawal. It’s important that you get to feel comfortable, happy, and dignified as you move into your new recovery.

Our fully trained staff are on location at Orange County to make that happen. That includes carefully tailoring detox programs to intake evaluations, medical history, dual diagnosis, and mental health history.

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Intake and admissions allow us to assess your mental and physical health and to build a program around your needs. This starts with the initial consultation. However, you’ll be asked to move through a medical and psychological evaluation on arriving at our Orange Beach rehab facility.

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You can stay at our facility in Laguna Beach for the duration of detox. In most cases, we recommend this for your safety and to ensure the quality of care. This allows you full access to our team of medical experts, including full access to daily programs with therapy, counseling, and support groups.

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Medical Support

Alcohol and drug detox is a traumatic and often painful process. Many people experience dangerous and even potentially fatal symptoms. Our medical staff will monitor your progress to ensure that you remain in optimal health, will offer medication and care to mitigate symptoms, and will work with you to ensure that you withdraw safely, consistently, and quickly. Qualified staff are available throughout the day to offer medical support.

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In some cases, you might need medical support to help you through detox. This can be discussed on a case-by-case basis, depending on your needs. Some treatments, like Naloxone to prevent overdose, will always be on the premises. Our Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) programs are normally designed for opioid addiction recovery.

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Therapy and Counseling

Compassion Recovery delivers therapy and counseling throughout the recovery process. In detox, it’s normally focused on motivation, co-occurring disorders, and giving you the support structure you need to move through detox safely.

Getting Insurance to Pay for Detox

If you’re attending Compassion Recovery Detox, contact us to discuss your insurance. In most cases, insurance is required to cover at least part of detox. We can help you check whether your insurance provider covers our detox center.

Benefits of Drug and Alcohol Detox at Compassion Recovery

Withdrawal is more than just difficult, it’s dangerous and often traumatic. Experiencing intense anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation on your own can be intensely damaging to your future mental health. Many drugs, including alcohol, are also dangerous to withdraw from. Asking for help in the form of medical monitoring, therapy, and medical assistance where necessary ensures that you can move through the process safely.
  • Recover more quickly
  • Stay on track with support
  • Avoid dangerous withdrawal symptoms
  • Get emotional support
  • Get family therapy and support
  • Get treatment for panic attacks and psychosis
  • Get full support for dual diagnosis

Attending our Orange County Detox Program

If you or your loved one needs help, the staff at Compassion Recovery is here to help. Our detox center is open and staffed by a team of licensed medical professionals, Masters-level therapists, and everything you need to make a full recovery. Our location in sunny Orange County mean you can detox in a relaxing climate, surrounded by beautiful scenery, and with plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy as you begin to feel better.

Our personalized approach to treatment also means you’ll have support every step of the way. No matter where your detox turns, we’ll be there to help. Your detox is the first step of recovery, it’s also one of the most important.

You don’t have to do it alone.

Call us for a free consultation to see how we can help.