AToN Center’s San Diego Detox

AToN’s San Diego alcohol and drug treatment center believes that a comfortable and safe detoxification is an essential component of treatment for those who are dependent on substances. New admissions are screened in advance for the need for detox by intake staff, and then again more thoroughly by both the Program Director or covering psychologist and a consulting Medical Doctor upon admission.

PROGRAM COMPOMENTS_DETOXIIFICATION SERVICESThe staff ensures close monitoring and the comfort of residents during the withdrawal phase. With a ratio of 3 staff to 1 resident, we are uniquely able to attend to the comfort of our residents during their detox phase.

If a client is to be placed on a detoxification protocol, AToN Center Policy dictates that a client be observed very closely for the first 36 hours of treatment and thereafter, residents are observed every 30 minutes throughout a resident’s stay. If there ever was to be a medical complication, all staff are trained on emergency protocol that includes 24/7 consultation access to a medical doctor, and we can arrange for a rapid transfer to our local emergency room, or acute care hospital if needed.

Our Southern California drug detox does provide Suboxone treatment for opioid withdrawal. Our staff is happy to consult with you should you have concerns about whether detoxification is required as a part of your treatment. Our staff is here to assure your comfort and safety, and will discuss your options including the latest approaches to detoxification, maintenance, or anti-craving interventions.

There are drugs of abuse that require supervised detoxification at a drug detox and without such intervention, serious complications can occur.  With Incidental Medical Care (IMS), the constant care and monitoring by registered nurses satisfies the insurance requirements for BCBS of AZ patients at our San Diego Residential Treatment Center.  AToN Center facilitates sub acute detoxification from:

  • Withdrawal from Alcohol
  • Withdrawal from Benzodiazepines
  • Withdrawal from Opiates

All other drugs of abuse do not warrant a protocol for detox as the symptoms are not life threatening or likely to result in a serious physical complication.

Alcohol Detox – detoxification is traditionally treated with a benzodiazepine taper such as Librium or Valium as well as “comfort medications” that include medications as needed for sleep, nausea/vomiting, and anxiety. The detoxification time frame is dependent upon factors such as other substances of use, length of use, quantity, and frequency, and prior detoxification symptom information. It is considered dangerous to detox from alcohol without supervision, and AToN Center collaborates with consulting doctors in order to determine the best course of action for each individual.Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • High blood pressure during withdrawal
  • Presence of tremor first seen in hand
  • Vomiting / Nausea (during intoxication and withdrawal)
  • Sweats
  • Tactile Disturbances – tingling in extremities (fingers and toes)
  • Agitation
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea when intoxicated, constipation thereafter
  • Risk of seizures
  • Delirium – (in rare cases) including auditory or visual disturbances / hallucinations / delusions / paranoia

Benzodiazepine Detox – Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs used to treat anxiety, some seizure disorders, and is present in some sleep medications. Some examples of medications that contain benzodiazepines include, Ativan, Valium, Klonopin, Xanax, and Ambien. Detoxification is traditionally treated with benzodiazepines, either by titrating down on the drug of abuse, or by a Valium taper as well as “comfort medications” that include non-addictive medications as needed for sleep, nausea/vomiting, and anxiety. The detoxification time frame is dependent upon factors such as other substances of use, length of use, quantity, and frequency, and prior detoxification symptom information. It is considered dangerous to detox from benzodiazepines without supervision. AToN Center collaborates with consulting doctors in order to determine the best course of action for each individual.Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • High blood pressure during withdrawal
  • Agitation & anxiety – panic attacks common during beginning of withdrawal
  • Tremor
  • Tingling & numbness
  • Insomnia
  • Hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Confusion
  • Risk of seizures
  • Delirium possible in severe cases including auditory or visual disturbances / hallucinations / delusions / paranoia

Opiate Detox – Opioids are a class of drugs with pain reducing (analgesic) properties. Examples of opioids include Vicodin, Suboxone, Percocet, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, and heroin. Regardless of whether an individual uses pills or heroin, the drug effects are the same. Opioid withdrawal may be addressed with Suboxone (which is a partial opioid agonist with naloxone). Suboxone dispensing requires a special permission and registration, and it is only available through certified doctors. Sometimes the use of Suboxone is supplemented with Clonidine that assists with chills and related high blood pressure.

Additionally other non-addictive “comfort meds” for sleep, nausea/vomiting, and anxiety are recommended. Because of the highly uncomfortable state of detoxification symptoms, many people with dependence are unable to detoxify without being supervised and in a 24-hour setting where they are made comfortable and have no access to opiates. AToN Center collaborates with consulting Doctors in order to determine the best course of action for each individual.Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • High blood pressure during withdrawal
  • Sweats – heavy night sweats
  • Runny nose, congestion & watery eyes
  • Agitation, restlessness, & anxiety
  • Dysphoric mood
  • Pupil dilation
  • Aches of bones and joints
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting and Nausea (vomiting common when intoxicated and when in withdrawal)
  • Yawning
  • Twitching
  • Chills
  • Perceptual disturbances are rare but possible during withdrawal

AToN Center’s intake staff is ready and available to answer any questions you might have about our San Diego detox. We welcome your questions about our opiate detox, benzodiazepine detox and alcohol detox services. During our intake screening we will ask you about your substance use in order to help you determine a treatment protocol for you at our San Diego detox and addiction treatment center.