Detox Program

Detox Program

What Is the Drug and Alcohol Detox Process in Los Angeles Like?

The drug and alcohol detox process can vary based on individual needs and the substances of abuse, but typically involves the following three steps:

  • Evaluation: A full assessment of a person’s past and current medical and psychological conditions and social history. This step also involves testing a person for the presence of addictive substances. This information is used to determine the appropriate level of care that the individual will need.

  • Stabilization: This involves managing acute intoxication and alcohol or drug withdrawal in a safe and supervised detox setting. Medication Assisted Treatment or MAT during this phase will generally alleviate any physical withdrawal symptoms quickly. Treatment professionals will also help you understand what to expect during your detox process and other treatments during this stage.

  • Preparation for further treatment: Your treatment team will support and encourage continued treatment to support successful long term recovery outcomes.

There are many factors that can affect the length of withdrawal. These can include:

  • Substance of abuse

  • Duration of use

  • Route of administration (snorting, smoking, injecting etc.)

  • The severity of the addiction

  • Family history of addiction

  • Level of willingness to change

  • Current level of family/social support

  • Presence of co-occurring medical or psychiatric conditions

  • Risk of developing severe withdrawal symptoms

  • History of previous relapses

  • History of previous withdrawals

Alcohol Detox

We know that when alcohol detox is initiated and managed by doctors and nurses there are much fewer incidents of medical emergencies and clients are considerably more comfortable. We also know that when conducted improperly, alone at home or by someone who is not trained, there can be life threatening withdrawal symptoms like seizure, tremor, or death. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include nausea, depression, anxiety, disorientation, and extreme fatigue. The Encino Recovery and Detox Center provides the most effective, safe, and comfortable detox available.

Drug Detox

Substance use disorders leads to physiological and often psychological dependence when a person needs more of a substance to achieve a desired result.  Over time, addiction takes hold and changes into an exhausting, seemingly never ending personal ‘hell’. Depriving the brain of what it biologically and psychologically craves leads to symptoms such as muscle and body pain, confusion, vomiting, insomnia, intense cravings, sweating, depression, cold flashes, intense fear, panic, and anxiety.

Do I need Detox?

There are general guidelines which have been established by the medical profession to provide a level of care needed to safely manage the detoxification process.

  • The detoxification process (detox) is a biological, physiological, psychological and physical process that occurs when the mind and body are cleansed of toxins. Detoxification is a process that occurs mainly through the liver as a person’s system naturally eliminates a number of waste products, foreign substances, and other materials.

  • Withdrawal is one aspect of physical dependence that occurs when a person has chronically used some drug and the mind and body has adjusted to having a specific level of the drug in the system, and the system stabilizes itself to function in the presence of the drug.

  • The normal detoxification process removes the drug from the system. If the individual does not continue the drug or alcohol consumption, their system is thrown out of balance. As a result, the person experiences a number of unpleasant physical and emotional consequences. If the person takes the drug again, the withdrawal symptoms will often extinguish very quickly. Treatment in a detox is the most effective and safest way to rid the body of toxins and remain sober without needing to use again.

  • The withdrawal management process refers to both medical and psychological interventions applied to individuals recovering from substance use disorders who experience withdrawal symptoms (for those who have developed physical and psychological dependence on a drug or drugs).

Detox Symptoms Management

Detox Symptoms Management A person who has been drinking or using drugs heavily for a prolonged period of time, who suddenly stops or greatly reduces the amount of their intake, may experience intense pain and discomfort, for a short period, during this phase of treatment.

Some common symptoms of detox we see at The Encino Recovery and Detox Center include:

  • Sweating

  • Shaky Hands

  • Anxiety

  • Fear

  • Shame

  • Depression

  • Vomiting

  • Headaches

  • Insomnia

  • Disorientation

  • Feeling Detached

  • Seizures

  • Hallucinations

Residential Care and Treatment

We use the term “residential” to refer to our continuity of care treatment programming which generally beings at the Detox Level of Care and leads to Residential Level of Care after medical stabilization. Residential treatment, one of the high-quality levels of care offered by numerous Acadia Healthcare treatment centers, has helped countless individuals in their pursuit of happier, healthier, and more satisfying lives. Our residential treatment programs are designed to treat people of all ages who are experiencing a wide range of mental health and substance use concerns. Our dedicated, expertly trained staff members are equipped to offer clinically excellent care and provide the support, guidance, and interventions necessary for residents to reach their treatment goals.

The following is a short list of treatment modalities within our residential treatment program:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

  • Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)

  • 12-Step

  • Refuge Recovery

  • Somatic Experiencing and Body Work

  • The Mourning Light©- Grief Recovery

Medical Focus

The Encino Recovery and Detox Center has Board Certified Addictionologist MD’s and full-time nurses on staff to oversee and supervise a safe detoxification. The The Encino Recovery and Detox Center understands that effective addiction treatment cannot be unrehearsed and are designed to take full advantage of neuroplasticity – our brain’s ability to adjust and heal itself by forming new neural connections to adapt and adjust to biological change, new situations, new experiences, and new relationships and environments.

Our medical focus is necessary because the detox process is not the same for all substances and all people.  Our clients have come to know and have faith in the experienced professionals who will care for them for 24 hours a day.

Our Facilities


The seclusion, outdoor spaces, therapy space and privacy truly give this treatment center a spa-like appeal with private bedrooms for all.


The Encino Recovery and Detox Center is an amazing treatment center which leaves little to nothing to be desired.

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Clinical Focus

We strongly believe that relationships are the antidote, to everything.

The Encino Recovery and Detox Center acknowledges addiction’s temporary relief from unwanted thoughts and feelings but emphasizes its negative impact on healthy relationships, creativity, and overall wellness. Addiction is seen as a chronic disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and harmful consequences, requiring a master list of alternatives for coping. The program aims to provide consistent relationship-oriented support to reintroduce individuals to themselves in a loving manner. Through therapeutic relationships, the center promotes health, stability, and honesty, offering a safe space for verbal communication and building healthy attachments. Despite past failed interventions, the center strives to create lasting peace, health, and freedom, fostering satisfying relationships with oneself and others.

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