Overcoming addiction is not a one-step process. It is often complicated, and challenges can hinder forward progress on your journey to sobriety. Choosing to quit drugs or alcohol is a life-changing decision. However, it is vital to seek help as you get sober. Depending on the severity of your addiction and the substance or substances you use, quitting drugs or alcohol “cold turkey” can be dangerous and sometimes life-threatening. At a detox center in Los Angeles like Concise Recovery, we can help you safely and successfully get sober.

What Is Detox in Los Angeles? 

Detox is not an addiction treatment. However, in many cases, detox is a first and vital step towards recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. During detox, your body will learn how to function again without the influence of drugs or alcohol. Because ongoing substance use disorders lead to physical and functional changes in the brain and body systems, it becomes difficult for your body to function and carry out day-to-day tasks without chemicals present. 

The detox process forces your body to “remember” how to function without the influence of substances. Unfortunately, many who seek addiction treatment are dependent on a particular substance. Once dependent, it becomes difficult to stop using or reduce the amount you use without experiencing withdrawal symptoms. For some, withdrawal symptoms can become overwhelming and dangerous, leading to potential medical emergencies or relapse. Detox in Los Angeles provides a safe and supported environment where you can cleanse your body of substances under medical supervision. 

Why You Shouldn’t Detox from Drugs and Alcohol Alone at Home

Addiction is a disease that is unique to the individual. Therefore, detoxing and withdrawal also includes many varying factors. Depending on the severity and nature of your addiction, detox may consist of mild withdrawal symptoms. However, this is not the case for everyone. Depending on the substance you are addicted to, withdrawal symptoms can be intense, unpleasant, and potentially fatal. This is especially true when detoxing from alcohol, benzodiazepines, and opioids. Detoxing alone at home means that emergency medical intervention may not be available should you need help.

For most, the first symptoms appear in as little as eight hours after your last dose. The type, severity, and duration of withdrawal symptoms will depend on the substance used, how often you use it, and how long you’ve been using it. The most common withdrawal symptoms include nausea, tremors, gastric problems, dizziness, and elevated heart rate. Often, these symptoms are mild or moderate and resolve in approximately seven days. More severe withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, delirium tremens (DTs), cardiac and respiratory arrest and stroke, can be life-threatening. Although more severe symptoms only occur in a small portion of cases, it is impossible to predict which cases. For this reason, detoxing alone or “cold turkey” may not be safe. 

Let Concise Recovery Be Your Medically Assisted Detox in Los Angeles Today

If you are ready to get sober, contact Concise Recovery today. Our highly trained medical team is here to provide complete medical and mental health support as you begin your sobriety journey. Our highly trained medical staff will continually monitor vitals (including blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and breathing) to ensure your ongoing safety and reduce the chances of an acute medical emergency. Depending on your unique needs, medication may be administered to help alleviate the more challenging withdrawal symptoms. 

If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, a medically assisted detox in Los Angeles can help you get sober. Contact us at Concise Recovery today to learn more about medically assisted detox and our comprehensive addiction treatment programs in Los Angeles.