When the decision has been made to kick an addiction to an illegal and harmful drug, the type of treatment method that will work best is based on the patient and what type of treatment they will respond to the best. Detox programs are typically beneficial for those individuals with a severe addiction. Others may be able to begin their treatment in either an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation center.


Detox is the procedure of getting the drugs out of your system. There are two forms of detox, one is going ‘cold turkey’, meaning ceasing use of the drug immediately, and the second is a gradual decrease in the use of the drug.

The process of immediately discontinuing the use of an addictive drug can be shocking to the body and is considered to be extremely dangerous. According to the statistics, the dangers of cold-turkey withdrawal from drugs and alcohol are:

  • Seizures
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Tremors
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium Tremens (shaking frenzy)
  • Heart Attacks
  • Severe Overheating


Because the cold-turkey detox can have severe effects on the body and cause death, it is best to endure this process under the supervision of a physician that can provide medicines to lessen the severity of the symptoms.


The best method with the most success rate for drug rehabilitation is to be admitted to an inpatient facility. An inpatient facility will provide the proper medical supervision during the detox phase ensure the health and safety of the patient.

In addition to detox assistance, an inpatient rehab facility will provide structure, treatment supervision, complete focus on the self and recovery, a variety of therapy options, exercise sessions, balanced nutritional diet and emotional support. All of these things are needed to assist the patient in regaining full control of their lives and reduce the possibility of a relapse.

Once the patient has completed the program and been discharged they will continue to receive support from the facility.

Drug Treatment


If an addict can benefit from a less intensive program than an inpatient facility, the outpatient rehabilitation program may be a viable option. Geared toward the early stages of drug addiction, the outpatient facility is more successful addicts with less severe addiction. An outpatient rehab facility can offer:

  • Alcohol and Drug Education
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Life Skills
  • 12 Step Program
  • Proper Medication

Seeking treatment at an outpatient facility will allow the addict to continue to work, school and/or family activities. An outpatient facility is also less costly than an inpatient facility.

Addiction recovery is not a one size fits all method. The treatment choice should be based on the severity and the needs of the addict. Whichever method is chosen as an effective treatment is one that will not only address the addiction but all areas of the addict life, therefore greatly reducing the chance of relapse.

Contact Asana Recovery today to start your journey towards a clean and sober life.  We offer medically supervised detox as well as a residential drug treatment facility.  Call us today at 949-438-4504 to speak with one of our admissions counselors about the best course of action to take for your journey to recovery.