Prescription Drug Detox Program

Prescription Drug Detox San Diego

APEX Rehab

The certified, licensed therapists at APEX are highly trained in all detox therapies, including prescription drug detox. If you’re currently dependent upon medications such as Vicadin, Oxycontin and Oxycodone, you’re not alone. Even prescription drugs can cause widespread addiction, and oftentimes patients need a medically supervised detoxification program to overcome their dependence on these controlled substances. Our detox programs are individually designed for each patient, and our caring, attentive staff work with patients to ensure a safe, comfortable environment for detox.

Prescription drugs that people develop addiction to are painkillers called opioids. They are narcotic pain medication that is prescribed for moderate to strong pain. They bind to opioid receptors and intercept the messages of pain the body is sending to these receptors and consequently, the patient feels minimal or no pain.

Prescription drug addiction is a chronic medical condition, induced by a prolonged use of opioids. These drugs cause changes in the brain, especially in individuals who have a predisposition for addiction.

People addicted to prescription drugs usually toy with the idea of quitting every day – every time they delay taking the drug. However, giving up prescription drugs is very difficult and addicts are generally put off by the overwhelming feelings of discomfort that start immediately. The longer and the more serious the abuse, the more changes happen in the whole body, making the withdrawal effects that much more intense.

The detox is best conducted with medical supervision because the body may react unpredictably and abruptly. Without professional support, the unease may become so unbearable for the patient that they relapse in the middle of the detox attempt.

As with every withdrawal, symptoms will depend on a variety of factors. That is another reason why the presence of a supervising physician is crucial – because only a qualified healthcare professional will know how to handle the symptoms to ease the discomfort and control the process in accordance with the patient’s unique case.

The range of symptoms includes: drug craving, aching body, abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea, vomiting, yawning, dilated pupils, goosebumps, agitation and severe irritability. The time period for the symptoms to fade is highly individual, they can take hours, days or weeks. This depends on the type and severity of the patient’s addiction. It often happens that addicts mix prescription drugs with alcohol and/or other drugs, which complicates the situation.

Successful detox is the first and necessary step in the prescription drug rehabilitation process. The best results are achieved when the patient is supported by knowledgeable and caring professionals who have the expertise and experience to guide the patient safely through this stage. This is the case at APEX Rehab.


Prescription Drug Detox Program

Benzo Detox Program

Benzo Detox Program San Diego


Benzodiazepine drugs, or Benzos, including Xanax, Klonopin and Valium, are prescription medications that can easily lead to dependence. Because patients find they need higher and higher doses, they often become addicted within a matter of weeks. APEX’s licensed therapists have worked to restore the health of hundreds of patients with Benzo dependence. Our Benzo detox program doesn’t just treat the addiction; by utilizing a holistic approach, we get to the root of the dependence and treat the physiological causes of illness as well. As a result, our patients are able to break free from their Benzo addictions.


Benzodiazepines are prescribed for stress, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks and other similar disorders. They can also be prescribed as part of drug addiction rehabilitation. They fall into two categories: short-acting drugs or fast-acting, such as Xanax, Ativan and Halcion, and long-acting drugs or slow-acting, like Valium, Klonopin and Librium.


The way they act is they provide the body with a feeling of calm. Unfortunately, the body responds to them by shutting down the natural mechanisms for sedation and that’s why it is so easy to get dependent from Benzos.


The intensity, duration and type of symptoms vary from one case to another, but they follow some general characteristics. First of all, it depends what type of Benzo the patient was using, how much and for how long. Short-acting Benzos, like Xanax, are known for rather intense and serious withdrawal symptoms. This is because these medications take less time to leave the patient’s body.


With short-acting Benzos, such as Xanax, withdrawal symptoms usually kick in after 6 to 8 hours and may last for up to two weeks. They normally manifest themselves as a strong discomfort, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks and restlessness. As we said, the body is struggling because it has switched off its natural calming mechanisms. Bodily sensations include sweating and increased pulse rate and blood pressure.


Quitting long-acting Bezos, such as Valium, will usually show signs of withdrawal after 1 to 4 days. The symptoms usually peak around 10 to 14 days after the quit date and fade away after 3 to 4 weeks. It is possible that some patients who have used this type of Benzos will experience a Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, known as PAWS, which is protracted withdrawal that can last from 3 months up to 2 years. During PAWS, the patient will feel anxious and worried and might experience bouts of sudden, acute-like withdrawal symptoms months later.


Having a physician for support during detox is essential for success. The drug needs to be removed from the patient’s system, but this must be done with expertise and professional knowledge, to minimize the health risks. Lack of supervision is particularly dangerous if seizures or suicidal behavior emerge as part of the detox.


A physician is qualified to customize the detox program to every individual case. Sometimes, tapering the dose down or switching from short-acting to long-acting Benzos will be the best way to detox. In others, non-addictive medication is used to support the process. However, in either case, it is important that the patient goes through counseling with a psychologist or psychiatrist in order to get to the bottom of the dependence problem. Counseling will diminish the possibility of relapse and assist the patient in coping with problems that led to the addiction in the first place.




Benzo Detox Program

Heroin Addiction Treatment San Diego

Heroin Addiction Treatment San Diego

We use Suboxone detox treatment for heroin addiction, as we find it to be a much better alternative to Methadone, which used to be the detox treatment of choice. Suboxone detox is a synthetic opiate that has a number of benefits, including lessened depression and withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone is also a more convenient detox therapy.

Suboxone is composed of buprenorphine and naloxone, which have different effects. Buprehorphine partially imitates the effects of heroin, because it activates the same receptors in the brain. However, it is not addictive because it doesn’t produce the intense euphoria like heroin does. Naloxone works in the opposite direction and it blocks the brain receptors for opiods – this prevents heroin from affecting the body in the usual manner. In overdose patients naloxone is used for the immediate effect of heroin blocking.

The benefits of Suboxone are numerous and it is becoming a widely used detox medication. Suboxone reduces the patient’s cravings for heroin by stimulating the same brain receptors, but because there is no “euphoric high”, the risks of overdose or habit formation are minimal. Cognitive functioning, decision-making and respiratory functions are better than with methadone detox. It is also known for fewer adverse interactions with other medications as opposed to methadone.

Symptoms of heroin withdrawal are highly individual and they may vary in type and intensity, based on the severity of heroin abuse, general state of physical health, co-existence of mental health disorders, family history of addiction and the patient’s history of detoxification. Generally though, symptoms are anxiety, insomnia, agitation, muscle pain, sweating, nausea, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea, goosebumps and watery eyes.

Our addiction physician consultant tailors the medication for heroin detox according to every patient’s unique situation. The core process, however, is that the dose of Suboxone administered is slowly decreased, so that the patient can gently wean off heroin. Sometimes, if the circumstances call for it, a minimal dose of Suboxone is prescribed after the detox is over as a maintenance drug. This can support the patient in the more difficult challenge that follows detox – the core rehabilitation process. Maintenance drugs can both facilitate this stage and prevent the patient from relapsing.

As mentioned, Suboxone is particularly convenient because it can be administered in conjunction with some other drugs, such as those for HIV or mental disorders. This is important, since the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that around a half of drug addicts suffer from at least one severe mental illness.  


Heroin Detox San Diego Program

Alcohol Detox Program

Alcohol Detox Program

APEX Rehab

APEX’s medically supervised alcohol detoxification program utilizes an individualized approach to treat each patient. Because of the different stages and severity of alcohol dependence, patients can expect differing levels of withdrawal during treatment. However, our highly trained staff will take all necessary steps to minimize these symptoms and help patients slowly wean off of alcohol and get back to normal life.

Alcoholism affects all segments of American life. Unlike most addictive substances, alcohol is both readily available and legal for persons over the age of 21. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism announced in 2013 that around 16.5 million of adult Americans had an alcohol abuse disorder (AUD). In addition, almost 700,000 teenagers between the ages 12 and 17 shared the same problem.

Alcohol indulgence and abuse can start very early, as can be seen from these statistics. Prolonged abuse of alcohol can, and it usually does, lead to multiple health issues that involve the cardiovascular system, the digestive system and the liver. Alcoholism can also result in depression and very serious conditions like stroke and cancer.

It’s obvious from this information that alcohol withdrawal is not an easy thing to go through if you are struggling with an alcohol problem. The severity of symptoms depends on a host of factors: the duration and scope of abuse, mental health disorders and traumas, a family history of addiction, the number of previous detoxifications, stress levels, overall physical health, etc.

“Cold turkey” detox and detox without medical supervision is extremely dangerous, because symptoms can manifest rapidly and without a warning. In extreme cases, it can even be fatal.

Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are highly individual and that’s why a physician is the best support in the process. Symptoms can start between 2 and 8 hours after the last drink and they generally peak in the period between 48 and 72 hours, but in severe cases that can be prolonged. Physical symptoms of abstinence typically disappear after 5 to 7 days.

Mild symptoms are anxiety, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, increased heart rate (palpitations), confusion, mood swings and irritability and depression. Moderate symptoms are increased body temperature and blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, sweating, heightened irritability and clouded thinking and sometimes hallucinations. These hallucinations don’t feel real and that’s the main difference between them and delirium tremens (DT) which is characterized by fever, seizures, agitation and hallucinations, which the patient is not able to perceive as distorted perception. Delirium tremens happens in up to 5% of the most difficult cases. Not only is it highly dangerous without a supervising physician, but it can also occur suddenly.

Alcohol detox is an absolutely necessary step in the alcohol rehabilitation program. To alleviate this stage, the addiction physician consultant at APEX Rehab will use appropriate medications and nutrition.

Alcohol Detox Program