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Detox

Tres Vistas Recovery

Addiction Medicine & Addiction Treatment Centers located in San Juan Capistrano, CA

Detox, the first step along the road to recovery, can cause debilitating withdrawal symptoms and could cause dangerous health complications. Daniel Headrick, MD, and the trained experts at Tres Vistas Recovery provide comprehensive, compassionate medical and psychiatric care during detox. This ensures your safety and sets you up for long-term success on your journey to end addiction. For safe detox from opioids, alcohol, and other addictive substances, call the office in San Juan Capistrano, California today.

Detox Q & A

What is medically-assisted detox?

Taking the first step on your addiction recovery journey means you stop using drugs or alcohol. This process, known as detoxification or detox, ends your physical dependency on addictive substances, including:

  • Prescription opiates
  • Heroin
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamines
  • Alcohol


During detox, you experience withdrawal symptoms. Medically supervised detox ensures you remain safe and comfortable during the detox period. It involves the use of addiction medication to lessen withdrawal symptoms and careful monitoring while providing the emotional support you need to complete the first step on the road to recovery.

What are the typical withdrawal symptoms?

Withdrawal symptoms differ depending on a variety of factors. Opioids, alcohol, and other substances cause different symptoms.

Your withdrawal may range from mild to severe, depending on the extent of your dependency on the drug, your overall health, and other individual factors. Detox can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to complete.

The most commonly occurring symptoms of drug and alcohol detox withdrawal include:

  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting
  • Body aches
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shaking, twitching, or muscle tremors
  • Increased heart rate 
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest tightness
  • Difficulty breathing


Psychological symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other mental health concerns, frequently occur during substance withdrawal.

What happens during medical detox?

When you begin treatment at Tres Vistas Recovery, you receive a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation as well as a physical exam by a doctor with specialized training in addiction psychiatry.

Your evaluation includes drug and alcohol screening, evaluation of co-occurring disorders, risk assessment, an electrocardiogram (EKG) to assess your cardiovascular health, and testing for hepatitis C.

Your experienced addictionologist doctor then designs a custom treatment plan to assist you through the withdrawal period. 

Your personalized care plan may include:

  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) using prescription addiction medication
  • Antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications
  • Treatment for co-occurring mental health conditions
  • NAD IV therapy


During detox, you also receive therapy services from a licensed counselor to help you cope with the many feelings that can arise as you work to end your physical dependency on drugs or alcohol.

Tres Vistas Recovery is licensed to perform incidental medical services. This means you can receive expert medical care for conditions that arise during detox and ongoing recovery treatment. You see your board-certified doctor three times a week to monitor your progress during detox and recovery.

Tres Vistas Recovery provides support during detox and beyond. If you’re ready to end your struggle with addiction safely, schedule a confidential consultation at Tres Vistas Recovery. Call the office today.