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California Drug Withdrawal and Addiction Detox Programs

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Whether you are quitting an illegal or prescription drug, drug withdrawal symptoms can be traumatic, make quitting harder, and may even be life-threatening.

Post-acute withdrawal syndrome can extend these difficulties well past the typical withdrawal period. For these reasons, quitting alone is rarely the best option.

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Treatment Options Located In California

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alcohol abuse and addictionAlcohol is a highly addictive sedative, and both overdose and withdrawal symptoms can be potentially lethal.

Laguna Treatment Hospital offers treatment for alcohol abuse and addiction. Medical detox and various individual and group therapies are available to help with the detox and to avoid relapse.

Google Review:

I came here for treatment for alcohol and substance abuse and was greatly satisfied with the care, the staff, the food, and the level of comfort that was provided. As much as I would like to go back, I know it would mean going off the wagon again (which I don't want). I'd highly recommend this to anyone seeking a comfortable rehabilitation.

Tobacco and Nicotine

medical detoxDetoxing from smoking is considerably harder than many suspect, with nicotine being a cancer-causing stimulant as addictive as heroin. Lethal overdose is rare but possible, and nicotine poisoning is becoming more common due to the growing popularity of vaping.

A medical detox is an option that can be helpful for nicotine addicts. While the withdrawal symptoms of nicotine are seldom dangerous, the risk of relapse is high and medical detox can reduce the severity of cravings. Medical detox is offered at Laguna Treatment Hospital.

Google Review:

This is by far the best facility with the most professional and compassionate clinical and medical staff. My life has changed for the better after completing treatment at LTH. My hats off to the entire staff from Doctor to Kitchen to House Keeping. Thank you so much for helping me get back to living life the way life was meant to be lived, a life of sobriety! For all those who suffer from addiction, you are loved!


opioid detoxOpioids act on opioid receptors in the brain to induce euphoria. Opioid addiction can be very dangerous because it is possible to die by overdose as well as from withdrawal symptoms.

Opioids include drugs such as heroin, morphine, laudanum, and hydrocodone (commonly known as Vicodin, along with Norco and others). Methadone is an opioid that is sometimes given during detox to help ease withdrawal symptoms but may also be abused.

Drugs used to treat opioid addiction and withdrawal include partial opioid agonists like buprenorphine (suboxone, Subutex), which partially activate opioid receptors. Opioid antagonists, which block the opioid receptors, are also used and include naltrexone (Vivitrol).

Opioid detox is available at Laguna Treatment Hospital, including medication and medical help to assist with both cravings and the otherwise potentially lethal withdrawal symptoms. Various therapies, both individual and group varieties, can't then be employed to help avoid relapse and develop coping mechanisms that serve as a replacement for turning to the opioids.

Google Review:

They were always on top of all my needs and were very knowledgeable and helped me through a brutal detox. I'll never forget this place, they will hold a special place in my heart for sure. I'd recommend it to anyone who is battling this disease. With coming up on my 1 year of sobriety, I know I couldn't have done it without their help. They were very loving and very patient with me in every way. They taught me a lot and I am forever grateful. 5/5 stars 100%!!!!

Sedatives and Benzodiazepines

ambien detoxSedatives are a class of drugs that act slow brain activity, usually through interactions with a neurotransmitter called GABA and include benzodiazepines. Legal sedatives can be addictive even when used as prescribed. Since sedatives act by slowing brain activity, overdose or withdrawal can lead to severe brain injury or death.

Sedatives besides alcohol include alprazolam (Xanax), zolpidem (Ambien and Stilnox), lorazepam, Librium, barbiturates (more about symptoms here), butalbital, diazepam (valium), GHB, clonidine, chlordiazepoxide, and clonazepam.

Medications used for symptoms associated with benzodiazepines and their withdrawals include SSRIs, anticonvulsants, beta-blockers, clonidine, and anti-nausea meds.

Laguna Treatment Hospital offers detox and treatment options for benzos, Xanax, Ambien, and other sedatives. Treatment typically involves reducing dependence by tapering off the dose and psychological treatment for underlying issues associated with the addiction.


Hallucinogen is a broad classification for a range of drugs that alter perception.

Marijuana and Cannabinoids

marijuanaCannabinoids like marijuana (including hash oil) and synthetic cannabinoids (spice) alter perception and mood by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Cannabinoid use can be psychologically addictive and may trigger or exacerbate mental illness.

(See also how long the effects of marijuana and hash oil last.)

Laguna Treatment Hospital can help with marijuana abuse using cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, family therapy, group therapy, and recovery groups. Therapies help patients identify the thought processes and behaviors that cause them to use marijuana as a coping mechanism, and group support helps prevent relapse through the use of a social safety net.

Psychedelics and Dissociatives

hallucinogen abusePsychedelics like LSD, DMT, and psilocybin (found in “magic mushrooms”) work by acting on serotonin receptors to induce a waking dreamlike state of perception. Psychedelics can severely impact mental health and perception, may trigger or exacerbate schizophrenia, and can be psychologically addictive. DMT has also been known to trigger respiratory arrest and coma.

Dissociatives cause the user to feel disconnected from their body, feel little or no pain, experience amnesia, and may lead them into a trance. They typically work by blocking the NMDA receptor and include PCP, DXM, ketamine, and nitrous oxide.

Dissociatives can cause seizure or lethal overdose and can produce severe withdrawal symptoms. People abusing dissociatives may also unintentionally kill themselves do to the psychological effects of the drug.

Hallucinogen abuse and detox treatments are available at Laguna Treatment Hospital including medical detox for dissociatives and therapy for the underlying psychological addiction.


methStimulants increase central nervous system activity and include meth, methylphenidate (Ritalin), Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate), amphetamines, and cocaine. Stimulants are extremely addictive, with potentially lethal overdoses and difficult withdrawals.

You can find medical detox and therapy for meth, cocaineamphetamines, and other stimulants at Laguna Treatment Hospital. Medical detox helps reduce cravings and reduces the severity of the withdrawal symptoms, while therapy helps patients identify the root cause of their problems and find adequate substitutes.


inhalantsThe only thing all inhalants have in common is that they produce chemical vapors which have mind-altering effects if inhaled. The lethality and withdrawal symptoms of inhalants are extremely diverse, with some potentially lethal on first use. Since they are typically made from makeshift household products or cleaners they are often too easily accessible, which can make quitting difficult.

Laguna Treatment Hospital offers treatment for Noz (whippets) and other inhalants using therapeutic options focused on identifying patterns and devising alternative coping mechanisms.

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