Los Angeles is known to have over 10,000 self-help recovery support groups on a weekly basis. Participating in medical detox and drug treatment in this area surrounds individuals with thousands of others in recovery within a short radius. California is the largest state per capita with medical detox and drug rehab facilities. As such, when drug addicts and alcoholics choose to seek help, it is not surprising that Southern California is the leading destination of many seeking help.
The answer is, as a parent, you may just not know the answer to that question and that’s okay! You may not know what drug(s) your son is taking, in what quantity, through what route of administration and for how long. Even if you believe you do have the knowledge, your son may not be completely forthcoming with you. It is best to have your son complete a drug addiction screen to ensure he receives the most appropriate level of care – whether it be medical detox or drug rehab.
Quality care during medical detox: Whether in a traditional hospital setting, or in a sub-acute, clinical, residential-type setting, the detox stage of addiction treatment must be done with a professional health care team. At a minimum, this team should include the physician, nurse(s), and emergency medical technicians, because the medical detox stage of addiction treatment can be life threatening—especially if the patient is detoxing from alcohol, benzodiazepines, and some other categories of drugs.