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What To Expect in Private Detox

When you or loved one suffer from an alcohol or drug addiction, it becomes paramount that you find professional help and treatment as soon as possible. If you don’t find treatment to help you overcome your substance abuse issues, you will continue to struggle with the addiction and your problems will only grow worse. Once you make the commitment to get clean and sober, the first step in the recovery process is undergoing medical detoxification

While detox is necessary in order to rid the body of the toxins that have accumulated after years of drug and alcohol abuse, undergoing detox can be uncomfortable and difficult and addicts may go into detox feeling uncertain of what to expect. For that reason, many people prefer to go through private detoxification services in a safe and secure environment. The following article outlines what private detox is and what to expect when you are undergoing treatment at a private detox facility.

If you would like to know more about the tremendous benefits of private detox services and how it aids in your recovery, call the professionals at SoCal Detox today.

What is Private Detox?

A private detox facility allows those who are seeking recovery to progress through the stages of the detoxification process in an environment which is both safe and secure. Private detox facilities typically offer private rooms for each client that features there own private bedroom and bathroom. These facilities may offer other amenities that are not found in other detox facilities such as exercise rooms, saunas, flat screen TVs and WiFi.

Private medical detox facilities also are located in picturesque settings with mountains and miles of countryside, and many of these facilities take advantage of these locations by incorporating a wide variety of outdoor activities. Because of all of the amenities these facilities offer, the price of undergoing treatment at a private detox center may be higher than it would be at other treatment centers. There may be some private detoxification facilities that require cash payment up front.

What Can You Expect When You Go Through Private Detox?

private room in detox center

When you make the commitment to undergo treatment at a private detox center, experienced detox staff will utilize a three-step approach that will ensure that your detox experience will be as comfortable and tolerable as possible while providing the essential medical care that you need to overcome the physical aspects of your substance abuse.

First, detox staff will the staff will work to manage and eventually eliminate the physical and psychological symptoms associated with withdrawal that can pose a danger to your health. This is accomplished by allowing you to slowly taper off the substances you are addicted to until your body is completely rid of those substances. In some cases, the appropriate medications may be administered as part of a detox therapy plan and done under strict medical supervision. By allowing your body to gradually rid itself of the toxins that have accumulated due to years of drug and alcohol abuse, you will be able to regain your physical and mental health.

Secondly, the staff at a private detoxification center will carefully evaluate you for any co-occurring physical or mental issues that may be the underlying causes of your addiction. Addiction to drugs and alcohol are often seen as a symptom of deeper issues, and medical detox process is important in discovering these issues. In the event that staff diagnoses a co-occurring mental issue such as depression, anxiety or PTSD, treatment staff can create an individualized treatment plan that can adequately address those problems which will give you a better chance at achieving and maintaining long-term and meaningful recovery.

Once your body is free of the toxins that have accumulated in your system and you are physically and psychologically stable, the staff at a private detox program will prepare you for your transition into an intensive drug treatment program. Staff will introduce you to the drug treatment program you will be entering and will help familiarize you with the essential foundations of your recovery program which includes individual and group therapy, 12-Step groups, life and coping skills training, relapse prevention education and other important treatment programs.

How Long Can I Expect To Stay in a Private Detox Program?

When people first enter a private detox, the first question that most people will ask is how long do I need to stay in detox? In general, you can expect to stay in private detox from a few days up to a couple of weeks and even longer depending on the severity of your addiction. There are several factors that will determine how long you will need to stay in detox in order to be truly effective:

  • The length of time you have been abusing substances.
  • The frequency of your substance use.
  • The amount of the drug you have taken and the presence of other drugs in your system.
  • Underlying medical condition, either diagnosed or undiagnosed.

It is important to remember that recovery in itself is a process and there is no set time limit on what you can expect to completely get past the physical symptoms of addiction. It is also important to note that completing detoxification does not mean you have completed the treatment process. While you may have overcome the physical aspects of substance abuse, you will need to successfully complete intensive drug treatment to address and overcome the psychological aspects of addiction.

Start Your Recovery Journey With Help From SoCal Detox

Successfully completing treatment at a private detoxification center is an essential part of an overall and comprehensive recovery plan. Don’t neglect this important step; call SoCal Detox today. Our detox programs are evidenced-based, proven to work and conducted in a safe and inviting environment. No matter how severe you addiction or what substances you are addicted to, our experienced detox staff can create and individualized detox program that perfectly fits you unique needs.

Call SoCal Detox today and take that first important step on the road to happiness, health, and lifelong sobriety.

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5 More Celebrities in The SoCal Recovery Scene

In a previous article, we had put the spotlight on celebrities who have beaten their addiction to drugs and alcohol and found lasting sobriety. We often look to actors and actresses as well as to athletes, musicians and others in the public eye for inspiration in our own lives. When a celebrity falls from grace due to their addiction and are able to overcome their substance abuse it gives those struggling with their own issues hope that recovery is possible. The following are five more celebrities who are part of the recovery community in Southern California.

Colin Farrell

Collin Farrell in recovery

At one point in his career, Colin Farrell was known as one of Hollywood’s bad boys due to his behavior while under the influence of alcohol. However, the Minority Report and Miami Vice star went to rehab and spent considerable time out of the spotlight. Clean and sober since 2005, Farrell is thankful those days are behind him. In an article for The Telegraph, he stated the following:

“All the madness and all the chaos and all the people around me got so tiring after a while that I had to find another way, and while I don’t live a monk-like existence, I have a new appreciation for solitude that would have terrified me years ago. And I’m glad the madness is over. It was interesting to experience, but I’m glad it’s passed.”

Rob Lowe

rob lowe in recovery

Lowe was one of the stable of young actors in the 1980’s which were dubbed the “Brat Pack”, and he seemed to be more known for his womanizing, and his drug and alcohol abuse than his acting ability. Once blacklisted in Hollywood for his behavior, Lowe has been clean for 25 years and recently received the Spirit of Sobriety award at the Brent Shapiro Foundation Summer Spectacular held in Beverly Hills. In a People magazine article he was quoted as saying:

“Everyone at some point has to come to terms with their own relationship with drugs and alcohol. I have learned a few things over the years. Whenever I have an opportunity to share that with people, it’s very fulfilling to do it.”

Mick Mars

Mick Mars in recovery

The guitarist of the legendary Motley Crue has experienced his share of excess during the band’s nearly 35-year career. Mars has overcome both an alcohol addiction as well as an addiction to painkillers. Sober for the last few years, Mars had given up the party lifestyle in order to focus on music. In an article for The Fix, he stated the following:

“I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I don’t have many vices, except playing my guitar too much,” he says. “I guess I’m kind of a boring guy these days. But that’s how I’m gonna keep going with Mötley Crüe as long as I can.”

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith in Recovery

The actress, musician and wife of Will Smith, grew up in a tough Baltimore neighborhood where drug use was widespread. The daughter of a drug addict, Pinkett Smith had her struggles with drugs and alcohol until getting clean and sober in 1997. In a 2012 interview with IOL, she had remarked how blessed she has gotten this far:

“There was a possibility that I wouldn’t make it past 21—that was the reality. When I turned 40 (last year) it was a surreal moment because I had never imagined reaching 40.”

Wes Bentley

Wes Bently in Recovery

The star of American Horror Story: Hotel was addicted to both heroin and cocaine, and it nearly cost him his career in the early 2000’s. First getting recognition for his role in 1999’s American Beauty, he was unable to cope with his sudden fame and turns to drugs in order to cope. He entered drug rehab in the summer of 2009 after a failed stint the year before and has been clean ever since. Bentley has been candid about his drug abuse in interviews and he hopes that his story will help others.

“I want to speak to young artists who might think they should do drugs because they’re creative,” he said. “It’s something I fell into. I already had a wild, creative mind and I thought I could accelerate that with drugs. Then I learned many of the artists I admire did not do drugs … The biggest problem is the shame. It keeps you down. But you can turn it around.”

If You Are Struggling With Addiction, Recovery is Possible

Drug addiction is a progressive disease which can affect anybody and anytime. If you or a loved one need help in overcome your substance abuse issues, your road to recovery begins with SoCal Detox. We are one of the premier detox facilities in Southern California and we offer drug and alcohol detox programs can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Call SoCal Detox today and start your journey towards lifelong sobriety today. Recovery is not only possible, but it is a reality.