Drug & Alcohol Detox Program

Drug & Alcohol Detox Program

Northbound is proud to offer a fully licensed detox center in Orange County, California. This sub-acute residential Orange County detox center provides a safe, supervised environment where clients can achieve abstinence, overcome the symptoms of withdrawal, and begin the healing process.

What is Detox?

Detox, short for detoxification, is the period during which the body of someone beginning addiction treatment is cleansed of chemical substances and toxins, returning to a state of physical health. Detox addresses the physical withdrawal symptoms of substance use through individualized interventions and 24/7 monitoring by qualified professionals. We include therapeutic sessions and assignments, so the focus is on the mind as well as the body. Detox also serves as preparation for the next phase of treatment.

Northbound’s Orange County detox center located in Southern California is overseen by Medical Director, Dr. Edward Kaufman, former president of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry with over 40 years of experience as an addiction psychiatrist, and Dr. Kristen Schmidt. We offer around-the-clock supervision and therapeutic services to make the experience as safe, comfortable, and motivating as possible for a premier alcohol and drug detox residents can rely on.

Our credentials include an IMS (Incidental Medical Services) certification, which allows for people to see physicians and get blood drawn right at 180 Detox.

How Long Does Detox Last?

On average, a person generally spends seven to ten days in detox. The length of time varies depending on the severity and type of addiction. We have some people that are with us for a mere matter of days as well as those where we successfully uncover an underlying diagnosis, such as anxiety, depression, or other mental health disorder that leads to a more robust treatment plan in order to successfully treat drug and alcohol addiction. 

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Often, drug detox programs are only the beginning, and critical to sustained recovery, yet we recommend it not be utilized as a standalone treatment. The next phase of the recovery journey typically involves either Residential Treatment or an Outpatient Program to facilitate long-lasting recovery.

What to Expect During Drug and Alcohol Detox

During drug and alcohol detox, the body rids itself of toxins and begins to relearn how to function without their negative influence. Withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Seizures

It’s no wonder so many people who attempt detox without support are unsuccessful. However, our compassionate and trained clinicians and care coordinators are there every minute to alleviate these symptoms. We also employ tried-and-true coping strategies, such as medication-assisted treatments, group and individual counseling, drug and alcohol education, 12-step meetings, and peer support.

Toward the end of detox and rehab, as the body is healing, the mind clears, and the soul becomes stronger. Cravings and withdrawal symptoms typically become less intense, and clients become equipped to face the next phase of their healing journey.

Why You Should Not Detox at Home

It can be tempting for individuals to go cold turkey and try to detox at home. However, this can be a dangerous decision, as withdrawal symptoms range in severity from discomfort to deadly. Severe symptoms include delirium tremens (DTs), hallucinations, seizures, rapid heart rate, and even cardiac arrest. When detoxing at home, clients do not have access to immediate care, and their health is not being closely monitored. At 180 Detox, Northbound’s Detox Center, each person receives an individualized treatment plan that keeps them safe, and as comfortable as possible. 

During the medical detox process, skilled professionals assist the patient when going through substance abuse detoxification to ensure their safety and well-being during this difficult time. The patient will most likely experience flu-like symptoms and other undesirable side effects while detoxing. Because of these symptoms, most individuals that try detoxing from drugs or alcohol on their own end the process with a relapse. When going through a detoxification program at a certified center, recovering addicts will be guided throughout the entire process and supervised by trained medical staff to ensure long-term recovery. In short, detox is an incredibly challenging and demoralizing road to face alone.

From the 180 Detox center, individuals can transition into our Men’s or Women’s Residential Treatment Programs, our Outpatient Programs, or another program that aligns with where that individual is within their recovery journey and treatment needs. 

The Full Continuum of Care at Northbound


The first step toward developing a lifestyle of recovery is becoming substance-free. Northbound is proud to offer a fully licensed drug and alcohol detox center, which provides a safe, supervised environment where clients can achieve abstinence, overcome the symptoms of withdrawal, and begin the healing process.

Residential Treatment

Our gender-responsive Residential Programs are a safe, comfortable place where your clinical support team customizes your treatment plan, and helps you reach a new, hopeful place in your recovery and life.


The term “outpatient” means that you are no longer living in the building. Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) requires at least 12 hours a week at our IOP treatment center, while our Outpatient Treatment requires less of a time commitment but is no less important to the recovery process. Through Outpatient Programs we see great increases in the likelihood of sustained recovery.

Addiction Support Services

Northbound Treatment’s Addiction Support Services allows those who have graduated from our Inpatient and Outpatient Programs to adjust to the realities of living a sober life. You are held accountable to your sobriety while increasing your independence and getting back to your family, friends, and those people whom you care for.

Article Reviewed by Paul Alexander

Paul AlexanderPaul Alexander is the founder and CEO of Northbound Treatment. He received his Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist training at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and was awarded Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2002. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society, Summa Cum Laude, from University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He believes wholeheartedly in transformational leadership, organizational health and effective, fully integrated substance use disorder treatment.