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What is a Detox?

Detox, which is short for detoxification, is a process that the body goes through in flushing out substances and toxins. For years, sometimes decades, the addicts/alcoholics body is now dependent on certain substances, alcohol included. When the process of detox begins the person can incur numerous different symptoms of withdrawal. The amount and severity are different for all people. There are a number of factors that determine how someone is going to feel while going through the process. Remember, the body is used to something it has been getting, and detox is the body and brain’s way of asking for more. The amount of time it takes can vary on multiple factors such as:

There are also numerous symptoms of withdrawal

Should I go to a detox facility?

In most cases, the answer to that question is YES.  There are multiple reasons we say this so emphatically.  At Malibu Wellness Ranch your recovery from addiction starts in our medical detox unit.  Different drugs, substances, and especially alcohol are very dangerous to try to quit on your own.  When someone tries to detox at home they bring in numerous pitfalls.  They can be deadly too.  The next issue is that just going “cold turkey” won’t work because the withdrawal symptoms become too severe for the person to handle by themselves.  The body is asking us to put the substance back in to combat the horrible feelings of detox.  They end up using or drinking again and the awful circle of addiction takes over.  Malibu’s detox facility is a medical unit where doctors and nurses monitor the patient 24/7.  First off you’re safe.  Second, we use numerous different medications to effectively make someone as comfortable as possible and finally give the mind and body the rest and nutrition it needs.

After Detox, What's Next?

Detox is just the first part of the recovery from addiction.  The first five to seven days are used to combat the sometimes overwhelming feelings of withdrawal.  After your detox period, you will move on to the residential or rehab part of treatment.  By now your symptoms of all the physical feelings we spoke about above have subsided or are gone entirely.  Now we need to start the process of looking at ourselves and our lives from a mental standpoint.  Besides the physical piece to this, our mental health is just as, or more important.  Come join us.  Together we can combat active addiction and get you to a feeling of peace and happiness. 

Levels of care


Clients in this level of care will focus on increasing their insight on the Disease Concept of Addiction, Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, Relapse Syndrome, introduction to 12-step programming, identifying any deep-rooted areas of need.



Clients in this level learn to implement relapse prevention skills, identify relapse triggers, implement 12-step programming by completing assignments related to the first 3 steps and getting a sponsor, processing underlying resentments, processing unresolved issues related to grief or trauma, improving strained family relationships, and utilizing recovery supports.



Clients in this level of care continue to implement, work through, and practice the 12 steps in their daily lives, implement relapse prevention skills/relapse prevention plan developed with primary counselor, identify healthy leisure activities to continue with outside of treatment, work on a continuing care plan focused on the client’s transition home or to the next destination in their recovery journey.

The Following are techniques utilized to achieve these goals