Orange County Drug and Alcohol Detox

Detox or detoxification is the process of safely and systematically withdrawing from a substance such as drugs or alcohol. For many, it’s an important first step in recovery, allowing the body to withdraw from potentially dangerous substances without risking hospitalization.

At the Beginnings Treatment Centers Orange County Costa Mesa Detox Program, each addiction treatment program is carefully tailored to meet the physical and mental needs of each patient and occurs under the care of our highly experienced detox team, led by Dr. Lawrence Tucker, M.D.

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If you or a loved one is suffering from a substance use disorder, our medically supported detox program can help you to get over the physical dependency so that you can safely move into rehab and addiction treatment. Our effective drug and alcohol detox center provides every amenity and comfort to make the withdrawal process as comfortable as possible, so that you can begin the process of healing.

What is Detox?

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Drug and alcohol use typically result in addiction through a process known as chemical dependency, where the body develops a tolerance to the substance, forcing the user to increase their intake to maintain the same effect. This happens as the body, especially the central nervous system, adjusts to the effects of the drug or alcohol. When a user quits, they go into withdrawal as the nervous system adapts – forcing rapid and often uncomfortable change inside the brain and body.

While withdrawal is sometimes relatively mild, many users are at risk of relapse, panic and anxiety attacks, seizures, and potentially dangerous or even fatal symptoms during this period.

During detox, the withdrawal process is managed to facilitate a safer and more comfortable process, by controlling progression and symptoms.

The alcohol and drug detoxification program at Beginnings is designed to treat the immediate physical symptoms of withdrawal while working to ensure the long-term recovery and mental health of the client.

Residential detox treatment is undertaken at our beautiful Orange County facility in Southern California. Here, patients are given 24/7 care in our comfortable and effective detox center, with full medical supervision from our experienced team. Residential detox allows you to receive full support from our trained professional team so that you stay clean or sober, your symptoms are managed, and to make sure you are proceeding as quickly and safely as possible.

If you have questions, please contact Beginnings today for a confidential and comprehensive consultation.

Who Should Attend the Detox Program at Beginnings Treatment Centers?

Anyone who is currently addicted to a substance can likely benefit from detox. Many people experience strong withdrawal symptoms which can lead to taking more of the substance to stop withdrawal, dangerous side effects, and even hospitalization. In severe cases, withdrawal can result in seizures and death. While not everyone needs medically supported detox – for example, if you already stop using for long periods of time or have only been addicted for a short while – getting medical support during substance withdrawal will make the process less traumatic and could prevent serious repercussions to your health.

What Will I Experience During Alcohol and Drug Detox?

Drug and alcohol detox can vary significantly depending on you, your health, and the substance. For this reason, every program at Beginnings is carefully tailored to the patient based on an intake evaluation, where we will consider the substance, length and history of abuse, and amounts abused as well as your age, social condition, and history of psychological issues which may complicate the process. Our medical team also works to ensure your emotional and psychological comfort throughout what is often a traumatic experience.

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Our fully trained staff are on hand to offer everything you need to ease withdrawal symptoms to keep you comfortable throughout the process.

Symptoms of Drug and Alcohol Detox

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:


Benzodiazepines vary quite a bit in longevity and withdrawal, with most experiencing a withdrawal phase within a few hours of the last dose. In some cases, drug withdrawal may last for up to 4 weeks.


Alcohol has a 3-part withdrawal process, typically beginning 6-12 hours after the final drink. Symptoms quickly escalate, with most users reaching stage 2 of withdrawal within 24-72 hours. Symptoms peak at stage 3 after 72 hours, where users are most at risk of seizures, hallucinations, and psychosis. With treatment, symptoms taper off after about a week, but may last several weeks without treatment.


Withdrawal from amphetamines and other stimulant drugs typically begins rapidly, generally within a few hours of the final dose. However, symptoms also vanish quickly, and most amphetamine detox periods will be over within a few days.

  • Methamphetamine – Methamphetamine is a synthetic amphetamine, commonly abused recreationally. This drug has a 3-part withdrawal phase, with a crash starting anywhere from a few hours to a few days after the final dose. Most withdrawal symptoms will be gone within 2 weeks.

During the detox period from drugs or alcohol, you may experience addiction withdrawal symptoms including:

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  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Insomnia or restless sleep
  • Tremors or shaking and sometimes seizures
  • Short term concentration and memory problems
  • Mood swings and anxiety
  • General malaise or cold and flu symptoms
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Heart palpitations or arrhythmia
  • Muscle pain

Specific Detox Programs We Offer

Risk of Detox

Withdrawing from any substance has risks, especially if you chose to do it alone. While the goal of any detox program is to reduce the risks of withdrawal, you will still experience dangerous side effects. These symptoms can be relatively mild or can extend to grand mal seizures and psychosis or delirium. At Beginnings, we work to increase your comfort and safety using medication, clinical support, and psychological care to reduce the severity of symptoms and ensure you stay as safe as possible.

If you have questions, please contact Beginnings today for a confidential and comprehensive consultation.

Medication for Alcohol and Drug Detox

Medication is used to treat withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings so that you can recovery more quickly. At Beginnings Recovery, you are given a complete assessment to determine if, when, and how much of any medication you need to facilitate a fast and easy recovery from your addiction. While the exact treatment you receive will vary depending on your situation, and may not include any, the most common medications used at Beginnings include:

It is a non-selective and competitive opioid receptor agonist, meaning that it attaches to the opioid receptors in the body, preventing opioids from binding or affecting the brain and central nervous system. It is used to facilitate a faster withdrawal, providing you are already clean, as it will create immediate and severe withdrawal symptoms if you are still using. Naloxone is also used in maintenance programs after you leave rehab, because it prevents you from relapsing by blocking the effects of opioids.

It is an opioid used to reduce withdrawal symptoms in addiction recovery while blocking the effects of other opioids. It’s typically administered in a controlled setting designed to allow patients to switch onto the drug, which is less addictive and harmful than other opioids, and then tapered off as the user goes through behavioral therapy and treatment to recover from addiction.
It is a partial opioid agonist which stops or blocks the effects of other opioids, reducing withdrawal and cravings. Like methadone, it is used in a controlled setting to allow patients to recover from addiction, after which they are tapered off.

Other drugs such as desipramine (an antidepressant) and benzodiazepines are used to ease depression and anxiety, ease tremors and seizures, and as a muscle relaxant to reduce withdrawal symptoms.

Most types of addiction recovery include some form of medication to reduce symptoms, block the effects of introducing new drugs into the system, and increase the comfort of the patient.

What Can I Expect at the Beginnings Substance Abuse Detox Program?

The Beginnings Recovery Detox Program is fully personalized to provide you with the most comprehensive care. We understand that you want and need to recover from addiction in dignity so that you can achieve your best health. Recovery is a long and difficult process, but it begins with detox, and we are here for you to ensure that you have the care and support necessary to get on the fast track to clean and sober living. With every amenity for your comfort and well-being, Beginnings is a safe space to begin your journey into recovery.

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Individually Tailored Detox Programs

We believe that every person has unique needs. Your history of drug or alcohol use, personal health, substance, and length and volume of abuse will each impact the detox treatment that is right for you. That’s why we work to ensure that every patient is given a custom detox program, designed to tackle every aspect of addiction and withdrawal so that you are as safe and as comfortable as possible throughout the process.

Our admissions team begins every intake with a thorough review of your substance use history, personal health, and medical and social history – enabling us to build a comprehensive recovery program based on your specific needs, so that we can assist at every step of the process.

Every facet of our detox program is based on extensive research and best practices. With evidence-based support and a holistic approach, as well as an experienced team including licensed therapists, nurses, and a board-certified specialist in addiction medicine, we aim to offer the best possible support for your recovery.

If you have questions, please contact Beginnings today for a confidential and comprehensive consultation.

What Happens During the Detox Process

While the process will naturally change depending on the substance you are addicted to and the duration, Beginnings uses a simple process to begin addiction treatment.
Every drug and alcohol detox program at Beginnings begins with an intake, including an interview and evaluation. Here, our admissions team will evaluate your medical, psychological, and drug use history to attempt to determine the best course of action and treatment for your specific needs. Our intake and assessments are thorough and comprehensive, to help ensure that the detox and addiction treatment you receive is right for your needs.

Once you’ve gone through the intake process, you’ll move into our residential detox facility in Orange County, in sunny Southern California. Here, you’ll have full access to our team of professionals specializing in addiction recovery, including licensed therapists and doctors, with support for your mental and physical health throughout the process.

Therapy and counseling are an important part of the detox phase. Many patients begin to experience complications, including rebound anxiety and insomnia, suppressed problems, and coocurring disorders which may have been hidden by substance use and addiction. Our licensed therapists will work with you to provide emotional and psychological support so that you have the care you need to recover fully and without trauma.

Alcohol and drug detox is a traumatic and often painful process. Many people experience dangerous and even potentially fatal symptoms. Our experienced team 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.

A Personalized Detox Program

Beginnings starts every addiction treatment program with a thorough evaluation to ensure that your treatment matches your needs. Our comprehensive assessment works to identify and evaluate your physical health from the perspective of multiple diagnostic perspectives and factors including underlying psychological conditions.

This allows us to assess the role drug use takes in your mental health, working to ensure we make the right choices regarding your care and when creating your unique recovery plan.

Every individual is unique, so physical and psychological needs will change dramatically from person to person. We believe in taking the time to create a specific detox program based on your needs.

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If you have questions, please contact Beginnings today for a confidential and comprehensive consultation.

Insurance at the Beginnings Treatment Centers Orange County Detox Program

Your insurance will likely cover part or all of your stay and addiction treatment at Beginnings Treatment Center, including your drug detox program. We accept a wide variety of insurance programs to ensure that you can receive optimal care without concern.

Call your insurance provider or fill out our easy form to determine if your insurance covers your addiction and detox treatment at Beginnings.

Benefits of Drug and Alcohol Detox

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Why Seek Treatment at the Beginnings Substance Abuse Detox Program?

Beginnings Treatment Center is located in sunny Orange, County California. Our beautiful and peaceful detox facility is staffed by an experienced and compassionate team, always available to provide you with support and care. Beginnings offers a combination of science-based care from certified and licensed professional staff, a peaceful surrounding designed to take you away from the stress and triggers of home, and a comprehensive and holistic detox program designed to tackle every aspect of your addiction to move you into recovery.

Detox is the first step of addiction recovery, and one you shouldn’t have to do alone. Contact us today for a free and comprehensive consultation so that we can help you make the best choices for yourself or your loved ones. Addiction is a serious illness, and we are here to help.