Levels of care
There are multiple levels of care offered at the Palm Desert facility depending on the type of disorder the individual has been diagnosed with and the gravity of this disorder.
The first and most acute level of care is detox. The primary goal of detox is to allow the individual who is addicted to a substance or alcohol to withdrawal in a safe and controlled environment until the substance is completely absent from the body. The patient is in a secure location with personnel 24/7. Usually the detox process is approximately 72 hours, and the patient may need to be slowly weaned off the substance in order to minimize withdrawal effects.
Depending on the specific substance of abuse, the individual may be given a low-dose maintenance drug to ease the side effects. For an opioid addiction, naltrexone or buprenorphine may be given whereas for alcohol withdrawal, a slower taper of a benzodiazepine such as lorazepam may be administered. Once the substance of abuse is out of the body, the patient can then go through other types of therapy where they can learn life tool to curb cravings and dangerous behaviors. Although this process may be a lifelong journey, detox is the first step in the overall therapy approach for an individual battling with substance abuse.