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A Guide to Overcoming Substance Use Disorders

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If you or someone close to you is struggling with addiction, it can be terrifying to ask for help, especially when you don’t know what to expect. How does one overcome substance abuse? What are the steps of substance abuse recovery?

Laguna View Detox is a luxury rehab center in Laguna. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive addiction treatment options in Southern California and how overcoming substance use disorders is possible here.


Detoxification is the first step in substance abuse recovery. Detoxification, or detox for short, is a process where, under supervision, all of the remaining toxins that have built up in your body over time because of drug and alcohol abuse are removed.

Detoxification looks different for separate classes of drugs. For example:


Alcohol abuse necessitates professional detoxification because it has such a high risk of severe health complications and even death. If you try to detox on your own, you leave yourself open to the risk of things like hallucinations, seizures, and delirium tremens.


Cocaine detoxification might last up to 10 days at a treatment center, during which your withdrawal symptoms peak after a few days, but the ongoing cravings can last up to 6 months.

The process of detoxification involves getting through your withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms are some of the most challenging steps in substance abuse recovery because they cause significant physical and psychological discomfort. However, with a professional detox center, you can get help managing your withdrawal symptoms and transitioning toward the next steps in your recovery plan.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Each type of substance comes with unique withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms can include things such as:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Fever
  • Chills

Withdrawal symptoms last different lengths of time depending on the substances to which you are addicted. A big part of substance abuse recovery is getting through your initial withdrawal symptoms, as this is often the most uncomfortable part.

Withdrawal symptoms tend to peak after a few days, getting progressively worse, at which point they start to decline over the span of one week.

Residential Treatment

You’ll start the rest of your treatment once you get through the withdrawal symptoms and the initial detoxification. There are different levels of care, and each may work more effectively for specific circumstances. It’s always best to consult our team for a free evaluation to determine whether residential care is best for your circumstances.

During your treatment, you can expect to participate in several sessions of individual and group therapy as well as family therapy or holistic treatments like yoga and meditation.


Cognitive behavioral therapy is a prevalent form of treatment for overcoming addiction as well as co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety. This type of treatment allows you to reconcile differences between your perception and reality. 

Family Therapy

Family therapy provides chances for clients to repair bonds with family members that may have been temporarily broken or harmed by addiction. Family therapy is a place for family members to meet on a regular basis and learn how addiction works, figure out the best ways to support a loved one who is in recovery, and turn things like mistrust into trust, hopelessness into hope, and anger into forgiveness.

Addiction Education

Education about addiction and relapse prevention serve as integral parts of the latter half of your recovery, helping you not only understand addiction and triggers or environmental cues but also learn how to cope with stress and cravings. 

Get Professional Detox with Laguna View

When you work with a professional treatment center, you can benefit from 24-hour supervision provided by several types of mental health providers and doctors. Our center provides clients with a safe and supportive detox process. As a licensed detox center, we can offer FDA-approved medications for severe addictions to things like opioids, benzodiazepines, and alcohol.

Laguna View’s Relapse Prevention

With Laguna View, clients benefit from CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, and family therapy as part of their ongoing treatment. Our luxury facility is community-focused and uses the most successful forms of evidence-based treatment. A big part of this is our aftercare program.

With aftercare, our clients benefit from learning relapse prevention tools that are essential to their well-being as they move forward along their path to sobriety. Aftercare can take several forms, such as:

  • AA or NA meetings
  • Outpatient therapy
  • Holistic treatment 

Each of these offers a chance to participate in programs that help reduce the probability of relapse, break the cycle of addiction, and provide healthier overall well-being.

Let Laguna View help you manage detox and withdrawal symptoms. Call us today at 1-866-932-3206.

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