Addiction is an issue many may not seek help to address. However, detox and treatment are proven to be effective in helping individuals establish a lasting lifestyle of sobriety. While it’s certainly possible to detox on your own, a medically-assisted detox program allows for a safer, more comfortable detox opportunity. And, provides a setting in which individuals can receive alternative methods to help with numerous therapies, support, and medical professionals trained in the field of addiction. For those serious about a life of recovery and overcoming the battle with addiction, a drug detox program may be the best solution.

One of the very first things individuals must do in addiction treatment is detox. Drug or alcohol detox is the departure of substances from the body and is done simply by refraining from using. The body self-detoxes, but it doesn’t mean that it is necessarily safe to do without professional aid. Detoxing from chemicals, especially those that have developed an addiction, can be dangerous. Substances that should receive a medically guided detox due to increased risk include:


Alcohol Heroin Cocaine
Opioids Benzodiazepines Amphetamines
Barbiturates Methamphetamine Prescription Medications
Opiates Inhalants Sedatives

Essentially, when an individual stops using their drug of choice, the detox process begins. Basically, detox is the removal of the addictive substance from the body. And, in every case, this just involves allowing the body to work the substance from its systems on its own. However, after a dependence to a substance is developed, the body reacts adversely during detox. These adverse symptoms are known as withdrawal. Experiencing symptoms of withdrawal are often uncomfortable. And, for some substances, even dangerous. So, drug detox programs work to allow the implementation of medical care during the process of detox. This way, individuals can be more comfortable and medically monitored throughout the period of detox. Additionally, individuals can take advantage of having a higher chance of recovering successfully as they receive addiction support during the entire treatment process.

Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Detox in California | Diablo Valley Drug & AlcoholWhen to Know You Need Help with Detox

Certainly, people have the option to detox from home and start their recovery journey as they please. However, for most individuals, detox is not something to look forward to. In fact, it’s probably the most dreaded part of addiction treatment. But, it doesn’t have to be. With a medical facility, like Diablo Valley Drug & Alcohol Services that focuses on various substance detoxes, you can rest assured that you’ll be as comfortable as possible during the detox process. Additionally, your safety is ensured as medical professionals are on-staff 24/7. And, finally, you can get the structured support you need as you transfer from detox to learning what you need to remain sober.

Think you may benefit from a structured detox setting? Identifying the symptoms of drug abuse, dependence, and addiction can help to determine whether or not you could benefit from detox. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Trying to stop using the drug of choice but failing to halt use.
  • Experiencing cravings for a specific drug.
  • Increasing dosage of the drug to experience desired effects, otherwise known as tolerance.
  • Using a substance in a way that’s not intended. For example, crushing prescription narcotics and snorting.
  • Experiencing negative physical symptoms or illness due to drug use.
  • Dealing with legal, financial, or even personal relationship issues as a result of drug use.
  • Noticing that you have less passion for the things you once loved to do. And, avoiding people and activities to use drugs or hide drug use.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms (sickness, nausea, etc.) when the drug of choice is not used for a period of time.

Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Detox Center

Our goal is to make our patients’ detox as comfortable and effective as possible. We want to give our patients the best chance of success on their addiction recovery journey, and we know that the journey starts with the outpatient detox service. Upon enrolling in the detox program, detox specialists will:

  • Complete an initial assessment of medical history and drug usage
  • Prescribe helpful detoxification medications
  • Determine individualized medication regimen
  • Monitor prescription medication doses
  • Offer medical consultation
  • Prepare individuals to finalize detox and move to the next treatment step

Withdrawal Symptoms

When the body no longer recognizes the chemical it has grown a dependence on, it experiences symptoms of withdrawal. Withdrawal happens because an addicted body is accustomed to the drug, so when it is removed, opposite symptoms occur as a result. This means that if a substance caused euphoric symptoms during use, a likely withdrawal symptom during detox would be depressive moods. Receiving detox services from professionals allows withdrawal symptoms to be monitored and treated so the process is as smooth and pain-free as possible. Each substance produces different effects, so each withdrawal brings different symptoms. Some patients may experience many side effects while others experience a few, it varies from case to case. This is one of the reasons that it is important to have a drug or alcohol detox specialist monitor the detox process since medications can be added or removed from a medication regimen to help with specific withdrawal symptoms. Common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Mood swings
  • Muscle pain
  • Loss of focusOutpatient Drug and Alcohol Detox in California | Diablo Valley Drug & Alcohol
  • Sleeplessness
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headache
  • Increased heart rate
  • Tightened chest
  • Trouble breathing
  • Nausea
  • Hallucinations
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Seizure

Naltrexone Compressed Opiate Detoxification

The opiate epidemic is affecting every corner of America. Detoxing from opiates traditionally is painful and time-consuming. Often times, patients with an addiction to opiates relapse in early recovery due to detox difficulties. Alternative methods of detoxing, rather than just waiting for withdrawal to pass, are available for individuals who have had trouble detoxing from opiates in the past. Naltrexone is a medication proven to help those with an opiate addiction detox safely, effectively, and more comfortably within an outpatient program. For patients detoxing and placed on a medication placement program, we also offer buprenorphine as a method for controlling withdrawal symptoms. Whatever you are addicted to, our addiction detox program can help you begin your recovery journey with helpful medications and a team of support.

Benefits of Outpatient Drug or Alcohol Detox Services

Choosing an outpatient detox service offers all the advantages of medical detox without the cons of a residential detox plan. This means that while you are receiving medical detox, you can continue with daily responsibilities like schooling, work, or family. Additionally, you won’t be left to detox yourself. Your detox will be monitored daily so that you can be assured everything is going to plan. Also, detoxing from home means that if there were any complications, you wouldn’t have an addiction professional to help. Our outpatient detox services provide medical assistance when needed. Since detoxing can be dangerous, it is best to do it under the supervision of addiction specialists that understand the effects of medications as they relate to detox.

Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Detox in California | Diablo Valley Drug & AlcoholWhat can I Expect from Detox at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services?

Those who have never experienced detox may feel anxious about the experience. However, here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, we understand this concern. And, work to make the detox process as safe, comfortable, and effective as possible. When a person first arrives at our facility, they undergo an initial assessment. This is to gain accurate information on each patient’s needs and history with drug use. This way, every individual receives the specific care they need to provide the best chance possible at recovery success.

Once the assessment is complete, you’ll be introduced to your counselors and given a more indepth outline of your treatment program. Furthermore, you’ll be able to ask any question you have along the way to ensure of your comfort and stay informed throughout the entire process. Finally, if needed, you’ll be provided medications to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Patients are monitored to determine that detox medications are working as they should. And, medical care is available during the entirety of the detox and treatment process. This way, you can be assured that your safety and care is our number one concern.

Comprehensive Care at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services

Each day, patients at Diablo receive their medications to aid in detox as well as access to supportive and therapeutic services. Our staff is always available to assist patients in navigating the emotional and physical stages of detox at Diablo. Every patient is treated as a priority and care is taken to address all of the symptoms of withdrawal to ensure the most comfortable detox process possible. The specific treatment plan we develop varies for each client and is entirely based on meeting all of their physical, emotional, and mental needs throughout the process. Detox is traditionally viewed as an uncomfortable process done in an institutional setting. At Diablo Valley, we do things differently. Clients who choose to detox at Diablo Valley benefit from the highest-quality medical care by licensed and experienced professionals with the comfort of being allowed to stay in their own homes and maintain a connection to their everyday lives.
Learn More about California Outpatient Detox at Diablo Valley

Need detox for yourself or a loved one? Take life back from addiction with a California detox program at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services. Call us today at (925) 289-1430 to learn more about our drug detox programs and other treatment opportunities at our facility. Or, contact us today right from our website to reach an experienced addiction specialist.

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