What Are the Physical Signs of Substance Abuse or Addiction?
The physical signs of substance abuse include general changes in appearance, which can include weight loss, less or no attention to personal hygiene, as well as frequent complaints of illness, mood swings or erratic behavior, and slurred or manic speech.

How Quickly Can Someone Become Addicted to a Drug?
There is no conclusive answer to this as everyone has a different genetic makeup and each brain is wired differently. That said, with some of the more serious drugs like opiates, stimulants, and anti-anxiety drugs like the benzodiazepine class of drugs, people can become addicted rather quickly—in a matter of days or weeks.

Does Balboa Horizons Offer Medical Detox Programs?
Yes, every client will be under a physician’s care and working with nurses, as well as receive appropriate medications to facilitate a safe and comfortable detox.

How Do I Know If Someone Is Addicted to Drugs?
Most people addicted to drugs will behave noticeably differently than they did prior to becoming addicted. In addition to physical changes in appearance and general health, behavior may become erratic, and relational, legal and financial troubles may surface. Overall for those addicted, their quality of life seems to be diminishing as their preoccupation with drugs and using increases.

Are There Effective Treatments for Drug Addiction?
Absolutely. Addiction is one of the most treatable diseases affecting society today. While there are no quick fixes, addiction programs utilizing various proven modalities of treatment such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), group and individual counseling/therapy, and family involvement in treatment—along with a comprehensive continuum of care and discharge plan—can lay the groundwork for a successful recovery.

What Is Withdrawal? How Long Does It Last?
Withdrawal refers to the physical, emotional and psychological symptoms someone addicted to a drug experiences when they discontinue use of the drug. These symptoms can range from mild to severe, and in some case can be life-threatening. The symptoms can last from days to weeks—and sometimes months, depending on the type of drug one was using and length of time they used the drug as well as other variables.

What Is Detoxification or “Detox”?
“Detox” usually refers to a facility or regimen that facilitates providing safe and comfortable support for someone experiencing withdrawal symptoms as a result of their detoxification from a drug or drugs. It is not treatment, but considered the first step in addiction treatment for those requiring the support.

Can I Take My Psychiatric Medications While in Detox?
Most psychiatric medications are allowed in Detox. The attending physician, after an assessment,  can  determine which medications can be continued and which might no longer be needed.

How Can I Receive Educational Information Regarding Drug Abuse?
There are state and federal resources dedicated to providing information to the public. NIDA (The National Institute on Drug Abuse) and SAMHSA (The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) both provide free information to the public as well as educational materials.

How Much Does It Cost to Go to Detox?
Most detox charges range from $500 to $2,000 per day.

Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of Drug Detox?
Most insurance policies do cover detox. The Admissions Team at Balboa Horizons can find out the treatment services your policy will cover.

What Happens During Detox?
Our admissions process includes an assessment, orientation and explanation of the detox process. Clients receiving medications will be monitored for safety and comfort, and receive routine checks of vital signs. The setting at Balboa Horizons Detox is meant to resemble a home, with all the comfort, safety, and security one could expect in a well-appointed home. Counseling is provided, but most clients prefer to watch TV, enjoy the Jacuzzi, and sleep during this time. The primary objective is to get through the withdrawal symptoms as quickly and comfortably as possible so one can begin the process of treatment and recovery.

Why Do So Many Drug Rehabs Use the 12 Steps?
The 12 steps seem to work the best for the most people. Additionally the 12 step program provides an ongoing, readily available source of recovery support for a chronic disease characterized by relapse.

What Happens After Discharge from Detox at Balboa Horizons?
Prior to discharge, a previously planned course of treatment can begin. If an individual comes to detox without a plan for treatment, the treatment team will put together an appropriate discharge plan for that person. For most requiring detox, it is recommended that inpatient treatment immediately follow detox, so that the individual can acquire the tools to achieve long-term sobriety.