Drug Detox

Why Medical Detox Works

For over 25 years, Pat Moore Foundation has helped patients through the detoxification process. In fact, we were featured in recent episodes of A&E's Intervention (Gabriel's story) and on Dr. PhilPat Moore Foundation patients have access to opiate and opioid detoxification provided by a third party medical corporate that uses suboxone for the detoxification process. Containing Buprenorphine, both are safe and effective medications for opiate detox. For individuals addicted to heroin, vicodin, codeine or other opiate drugs, including prescription drugs like OxyContin (oxycodone), patients are given a long-acting synthetic opiate medication (such as Buprenorphine) that prevents opiate withdrawal, blocks the effects of illicit opiate use and decreases opiate craving. Buprenorphine therapy is especially helpful for heroin withdrawal, heroin detox, OxyContin detox and other opiate detox.  


Video: Medical Detox

Interview with Katy Alexander, Intake Coordinator at Pat Moore Foundation, in which she talks about medical detox and the importance of doing drug detox in a supportive environment. I think their initial reaction is they're really scared. That it's very scary, even just the detox alone. A lot of them want to know if it's going to be painful, if we're going to be able to help them out with that. And yes, absolutely, we can. We do a medical detox here. So we try to keep them as comfortable as possible without keeping them loaded. And even just being away from their life for 30 days is very overwhelming. And it's scary. And we tell them it's very normal to feel that way. Nobody walks in the door not fearful. So it's a very normal feeling. Everybody experiences it. But once they get in, they're fine. Once one person comes up and talks to them, they're fine. Detox is just necessary to go into treatment. The only thing that detox will do is get them sober. It won't teach them how to wake up and do life differently. Nobody wants to walk into treatment. We don't want to admit that we have a problem and we can't handle it ourselves. But it's necessary. We can't do this by ourselves.

Mitigating Physical Symptoms of Detox

Managing the physical symptoms of withdrawal associated with the discontinuation of drugs is an important aspect of the detox process. At Pat Moore Foundation, we understand how the detox process affects the individual and we specialize in supporting patients who are detoxing from various drug addictions such as prescription drugs (barbiturates and benzodiazepines), methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, alcohol, and opiate derivatives such as heroin, OxyContin, Vicodin, Norco and codeine. While medical detox exclusively is rarely sufficient in terms of assisting addicts in achieving long-term abstinence, we also recommend residential treatment of up to 90 days (30-day minimum) in conjunction with a customized medical detox program.

For more detailed information on Burprenorphine as well as Subutex and Suboxone, please see the following: Buprenorphine Treatment and Therapy, Subutex and Suboxone Q&A and Subutex Information

Detox in a Safe Environment

At Pat Moore Foundation patients are in a safe, comfortable, home-like environment that is a crucial element for the client’s state of mind. During this process individuals are still able to participate in counseling sessions with their case manager and group therapy with their peers, contingent on their physical well-being.

If the individuals require further medical attention, Costa Mesa and the Newport Beach area have renowned hospitals within a few minutes of Pat Moore Foundation's Costa Mesa campus and facility.

Certified by The State of California

Pat Moore Foundation's drug & alcohol detox and alcohol & drug addiction treatment programs are licensed and certified by The State of California. Pat Moore Foundation patients have access to opiate and opioid detoxification provided by a third party medical corporation that uses suboxone for the detoxification process.  Our individual homes are on a unique co-ed campus where we offer gender specific treatment. We are located in Costa Mesa, in Orange County, Southern California, close to Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, and only an hour's drive from Los Angeles and San Diego.

To speak with a counselor, call our number above anytime. We are available 24-hours every dayIf you'd like us to contact you, send a confidential message online by filling out our online form.

Note: All medical services are administered by medical professionals, which are facilitated and operated solely under the jurisdiction of a separate medical corporation.


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