Detox from Cocaine, Heroin, Meth, Benzos, Fentanyl, Opioids and other drugs at Alta Centers

Hollywood Hills | Los Angeles | California

Detoxification from drugs can be a complex, unpredictable, and sometimes dangerous process. For this reason, taking the first steps toward sobriety from drugs at an inpatient detoxification program is crucial. Detoxing under medical supervision offers a safe, supported environment where you can progress through the stages of detox under close medical and mental health support.

Our staff has been trained with experience, knowledge, and education on the detox process and focus on what matters most, putting someone back into control of their life and educating them on the process of recovery while making sure they are healthy and happy during the process. We know drug and alcohol detox is often times scary and seldom do people want to come into drug and alcohol treatment. As a leading provider within Los Angeles, we are here to help you get sober and help you decide to change your life. It is okay to be scared and fearful about the detox process, but we know how to properly handle and achieve full detoxification for residents within Los Angeles and throughout California.

If you or your loved one is struggling with substance abuse and dependence, contact our staff for an assessment on withdrawal potential and reach out for help. We’re here to help.

Common Drugs that we Detox At Alta Centers

Heroin, Fentanyl, Oxycodone, Codeine, Vicodin, Dilaudid, Cocaine,  Meth (Methamphetamine)Amphetamines (Adderall), diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan), clonazepam (Klonopin), Nembutal (“goof balls”), Seconal (“reds” or “red devils”), Tuinal (“rainbows” or “double trouble”)

What is Drug Detoxification?

Prescription Drug Addiction

Data from the Surgeon General’s office shows recovery from addiction is possible. Recent studies indicate approximately fifty percent of adults who once met the criteria for a substance use disorder (nearly twenty-five million people) are currently in stable remission and have been for one year or longer. A key component of their success is comprehensive detox and addiction treatment.1

Detoxification from drugs can be a complex, unpredictable, and sometimes dangerous process. For this reason, taking the first steps toward sobriety from drugs at an inpatient detoxification program is crucial. Detoxing under medical supervision offers a safe, supported environment where you can progress through the stages of detox under close medical and mental health support.

Drug Detoxification Definition

Detoxification, or detox, is defined as the process of clearing your body of alcohol or drugs. The goal of detox is to help you safely and effectively manage the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms that accompany seeking sobriety. Unfortunately, with chronic substance use, your body develops a tolerance to the effects of a particular drug. Without drug detox, it becomes impossible for your body to function “normally” without taking your drug of choice.

Is Detoxification Good for the Body?

Drug use tends to dull pain and emotion. Many people who abuse drugs or alcohol do so to manage chronic pain or to help manage untreated mental health symptoms. Drug detoxification enables you to overcome the dependency on substances to manage physical or emotional pain. In addition, the detoxification process can also help you:

  • Take steps towards improving your physical health
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Improve and repair relationships harmed or lost due to addiction


Drug detoxification looks different for everyone. Several factors, unique to the individual, play a role in deciding how long and challenging detoxing from drugs might be. For example, factors such as the type of drug, the severity of your addiction, how often and how long you have been using, whether you have any co-occurring mental or physical health conditions, and whether you’ve completed treatment before and experienced a relapse, all play a role in the drug detoxification process.

Drug Detoxification Side Effects

The side effects of drug detox can vary from person to person based on a wide array of factors.

Symptoms of Drug Detox

Although symptoms of drug detox look different from person to person, and medical detox at an inpatient detoxification program can help alleviate many common detox symptoms, some are unavoidable. Examples of common drug detoxification symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Problems with concentration
  • Nervousness
  • Aches and pains

Severe Side Effects of Detoxification

Certain substances such as alcohol, opioids, and benzodiazepines can lead to serious detox side effects. Depending on the drug and the severity of your addiction, detox symptoms may include hallucinations, elevated heart rate, difficulties breathing, intense confusion, tremors, life-threatening seizures, and death.

Weight Loss

Another drug detox side effect that can be dangerous if not treated and monitored is weight loss. Common detoxification symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pains, and changes in appetite. Based on this list of symptoms, it is not unreasonable that someone undergoing drug detox might not follow a proper diet or eat as well as they should.

Excessive weight loss can lead to several dangerous medical complications that could require hospitalization to address. In a medical detoxification program, medical staff and nutrition and mental health experts can help you manage many of these challenging symptoms as you complete the drug addiction detoxification process.

Drug Addiction Detoxification Process

Everyone has different needs when they begin a drug detox and addiction treatment program. The addiction detoxification process helps providers better understand your care needs to ensure you receive the most personalized treatment possible. The steps of the detox process include:

  • Evaluation: Evaluation allows your treatment team to assess your current medical and mental health needs. They may also use blood tests and other tests to measure the levels of drugs in your system, which helps determine the level of detox medications needed as you begin treatment. The evaluation also involves a detailed review of your medical and mental health history.
  • Stabilization: The goal of stabilization is to use medical and mental health therapy to reduce the intensity of detox side effects.
  • Preparing for treatment: The final step of the detoxification process is preparing to enter treatment. Transitioning to an inpatient treatment program immediately after detox significantly improves your chances of treatment success.

Detoxification Program at Alta Centers

Drug detox can occur in a variety of settings. Inpatient detoxification programs in Los Angeles provide 24/7 medical support and supervision throughout detox. Skilled medical and mental health providers will monitor your health and, if necessary, provide medications to help manage detox symptoms.

Detoxification is just the first step on a journey to sobriety. Detox itself is not a stand-alone treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Once detox is complete, it is still necessary to address the physical aspects of addiction. At Alta Centers, we offer a residential detox and addiction treatment program where we provide counseling, support, education, and medically-assisted detox services to help you take your first steps towards freedom from drugs. To learn more about our programs, contact us today.