Santa Monica, California is located in western Los Angeles County. As is true for most of California, the weather is fantastic and the beach close by. Santa Monica was marked a tourist town in the early twentieth century. The Santa Monica Pier was built in 1909 and is still a popular tourist destination. Santa Monica is also home to many substance abuse treatment programs and detox facilities. The city caters to all types of individuals in need of substance abuse services, with its luxury in-patient and out-patient rehab programs, as well as low-cost treatment choices. If you are in need of substance abuse or addiction treatment, Santa Monica is an excellent location to begin your recovery process.


When an individual abuses drugs it can result in significant damage to one’s physical body. The habitual abuse of drugs or alcohol causes a person’s body to rely on the abused substance to function properly. When a person’s physical body goes without the substance, he or she will experience a physical reaction which will result in withdrawal symptoms.

There are many different withdrawal symptoms that can occur for many different reasons. The different types of substances people abuse are vast, and each are accompanied by a somewhat differing set of withdrawal symptoms. The type of drug or drugs an individual abuses will obviously have an effect on the specific symptoms he or she experiences. In addition to the severity of symptoms felt as well as the duration of one’s withdrawal symptoms. An individual’s health history, how long he or she abused the drug or drugs, the potency of the drug or drugs, and the amount abused will all factor into an individual’s withdrawal experience.


Detox is the first stage a person must go through to treat his or her substance abuse or addiction. Many substances create chemical reactions in one’s body. During the detox process, the lack of abused substance will cause the body to feel a chemical imbalance, and work hard to regain its equilibrium. The detox period can be incredibly uncomfortable and filled with withdrawal symptoms, ranging from mild discomfort to potentially life threatening. Hence, it is imperative to take caution when undergoing detox.

There are several different types of detox programs. Some detox programs will be out-patient. Where a person will reside at home and attend a program for a certain number of hours, daily, for a certain length of time (usually between three to fourteen days). Other detox programs will be in-patient programs. In an in-patient detox program, an individual will reside at the detox facility for the duration of his or her detox process. In-patient detox facilities can offer an individual experiencing withdrawal symptoms, twenty-four-hour care.

Depending on the type of drug a person has been abusing, he or she may benefit from an in-patient medically supervised and or a medically assisted detox program. A medically supervised detox program will have a medical professional available and overseeing the entirety of one’s detox process. The medical professional can provide emotional, physical, and medical support to help with the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, a medically supervised detox facility will assure one’s physical safety, as the individual will be closely monitored and be provided with immediate medical support, should he or she require it.

A medically assisted detox program is when an individual is provided with alternate medication to help with one’s withdrawal symptoms and is weaned off of drugs. A medically assisted detox is not necessary, nor is it always recommended, for every individual who needs detox. Some of the substances that may require an individual to go through a medically assisted detox program can include, but are not limited to benzodiazepines, heroin, and or prescription opioid narcotics. When selecting the type of detox that is a good fit for an individual, it is best to err on the side of caution. Obtaining treatment for a substance abuse or addiction problem can be overwhelming, and seeking assistance can make the process much easier.

Further Information

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please seriously consider getting help as soon as possible. Addiction can be an incredibly damaging disease and the sooner help is received, the better. For further information on substance abuse or addiction, feel free to reach out to us at: or 1-800-210-1216. You are also more than welcome to email us at We are happy to answer any questions and provide any information you may be looking for regarding substance abuse and addiction.



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