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An important first step in the recovery process is detoxification.

During detox, the body is cleared of drugs and alcohol. This ensures that you’re physically stable and ready to start therapy.

Many people worry about starting the detox process because of the discomfort it can bring, but Surfside Recovery can alleviate that stress. Our expert Medical Team will not only assess you prior to your arrival, but they’ll be waiting when you get here to avoid any down time or discomfort.

We know that withdrawing from drugs or alcohol can bring about intense side effects, but we have a variety of medications to ease cravings and reduce certain symptoms. We can even provide medical care, if necessary.

Bottom line: Detox is a necessary part of the recovery process. By knowing what to expect, and choosing a medically supervised detox center, you can align yourself with the greatest chances for success.

What Can I Expect During the Detox Process?

One of the main reasons why some people are reluctant to start treatment is because of the detox process. The symptoms that accompany withdrawal can be intense, and even life-threatening. While this can feel unsettling, it’s important to know that there are ways to keep you comfortable.

Here is a breakdown of what to expect from detox.

Medical Assessment

Surfside Recovery starts with a thorough medical assessment. This way, our detox team can begin building a treatment plan that addresses your individual needs. We’ll want to know about your medical history and the nature of your addiction so that we can build a personalized plan.


When the drugs and alcohol in your body gradually reduce, withdrawal symptoms will typically begin. Withdrawal is different for everyone. Even if you’ve gone through detox previously, you may still have a different experience this time.

The reason for this is because withdrawal symptoms are based on how severe the problem is, how long you’ve been addicted, the substance you’re addicted to and how much you’ve been consuming.

Withdrawal symptoms can be both physical and psychological. This happens because the body and brain are adjusting to not having drugs or alcohol in the system. Most physical symptoms subside within a week or so. Psychological symptoms can last longer, sometimes weeks or months.

Common physical withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Exhaustion
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure

Common psychological withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Insomnia
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Mood swings
  • Cravings


While you withdraw from drugs, alcohol or both, you will be given around-the-clock support. Supportive and compassionate care is just as important as medical care, so you can expect a combination of both at Surfside Recovery.

In order to help clients cope with their withdrawal symptoms, we have a number of medications that we can use. Some of these medications reduce cravings, others ease anxiety or depression and others help with sleep. The goal of detox medications is to counteract as many symptoms as possible.

Along with medication, our clients receive continuous support and monitoring. You never have to feel alone or lost – our support staff is here to support you and ensure that you are kept as comfortable as possible. This increases the likelihood that you will have a successful detox and recovery.

How Long Does Detox Last?

On average, detox lasts around three to seven days, though this number varies depending on the following factors:

  • How much you’ve been consuming drugs or alcohol
  • How long you’ve been consuming drugs or alcohol
  • Co-occurring mental health conditions
  • Severity of withdrawal symptoms
  • Your overall physical and mental health

Each drug has a slightly different withdrawal process. For example, the physical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal typically taper off after the first week, while stimulants can cause ongoing depression, poor concentration and intense drug cravings. This, combined with your unique body chemistry, will influence how long the detox process takes.

Recover from Addiction with the Waves at Your Feet

The ocean offers a number of health benefits, including reduced stress, reduced anxiety and improved sleep. This is why we couldn’t think of a better place for our clients to start their life-changing journeys.

Surfside Recovery is located in Huntington Beach, California, right along the Pacific Ocean. We have a gorgeous beach estate with a rooftop deck, just a few blocks from the beach. After you complete the detox portion of treatment, you will move onto therapy.

Everything you need to recover from your drug or alcohol addiction is under one roof. This makes it easy to get the personalized attention you deserve from one dedicated team of professionals. To begin the detox process, contact Surfside Recovery today.