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Drug and Alcohol Detox in Cincinnati, Ohio

When you start your recovery journey at Hotel California by the Sea in Cincinnati, Ohio, we will guide you through every step of the recovery process. You are not alone and we are here to help. Making that first important step into substance abuse treatment is a game changing decision and first step towards a happy and healthy life in sobriety. Our inpatient drug detox program offers patients various approaches to a successful alcohol and drug detox, effective withdrawal management and continued support during the recovery process with outpatient programming. 


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Detoxing from drugs and alcohol can be a difficult process. By detoxing at our facility, we can ensure patients are safe and comfortable during what can be an intense process. Patients suffering from alcohol use disorder (AUD) often have different symptoms and require different types of treatment and care than patients suffering from substance use disorders (SUD). Ultimately, detoxing in a professional rehab treatment facility helps patients manage difficult side effects such as cravings and even relapse. 

What is Drug and Alcohol detox?

Detoxing from addictive drugs and alcohol can be difficult without the professional assistance of a certified drug and alcohol rehab program. Our inpatient drug detox program in the Cincinnati area, helps patients safely and efficiently detox from drugs, alcohol and other addictive substances. 

Recovering from substance abuse is a multi-step process where detoxing at an inpatient drug rehab facility is the first step. Depending on each patient and each situation, detoxing from drugs and alcohol can also be a dangerous process where remaining under the care of a professional facility can help prevent severe detox symptoms, cravings and even relapse. 

Detox is the medical and methodical process of ridding the body of harmful substances and toxins. We offer a safe and comfortable environment where patients are carefully monitored physically and mentally while they are still in a vulnerable state. It is the most at-risk phase in the recovery process and it is crucial to have a supportive team of medical and clinical professionals available 24/7. 

At our facilities, the detoxification process consists of an initial assessment of the patient’s medical and psychological condition. Once a diagnosis has been made, medical physicians and clinical rehab professionals create a drug and alcohol detox plan for the elimination of mind-altering substances from the body.

Effective Drug and Alcohol detox methods

Detoxing from drugs, alcohol and other mind-altering substances can be very difficult and should be done under the guidance and safety of an experienced rehab program. In addition to traditional methods of substance withdrawal, patients may require other techniques and approaches including the usage of approved medications to help with the discomforts of detox as well as drug tapering, to help the body and mind slowly adjust to life without the dependence of substances. 


Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is a form of substance detox and withdrawal management. Oftentimes patients who are detoxing from harmful and addictive substances, they experience both physical and mental withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can cover anything from loss of sleep, physical shaking and tremors, deep feelings of depression and more. Excessive drug usage can alter brain functions as well as other organ functions. If the body is suddenly unable to intake the substances, the brain and organs might not be able to properly do its job. In order to maintain the safety and well being of our patients, the medical team will use approved medications in order to combat the pain and discomfort during the detox process.  

Drug Tapering 

Drug tapering is a form of substance detox in which the patient is gradually taken off the addictive substance through a slow decrease in dosage. This is done until the body is completely free of the harmful and addictive substance. With this process, medical rehab professionals carefully monitor patients. The gradual process of drug removal is to help ease the discomforts of detoxing and allow the body to slowly adjust to functioning without drugs and alcohol.

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What is Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Management?

Drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms often occur during the initial phase of substance detox. Depending on the severity of the addiction, some symptoms can be uncomfortable, painful and dangerous. Our Blue Ash, Cincinnati inpatient detox program at Hotel California by the Sea aims to successfully eliminate harmful mind-altering substances from the body under safe and painless conditions. To combat these symptoms that can occur, patients are often recommended medication treatments through a taper medication management or comfort medication management. Both of these methods can help treat severe withdrawal symptoms such as acute withdrawal syndrome and delirium tremens. 

Look for these signs and symptoms of Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal

Detoxing from drugs and alcohol can come with withdrawal symptoms depending on the severity of the person’s addiction. These symptoms include:

  •  Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Chills and tremors
  • Mood changes
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Headache and nausea
  • Cravings
  • Delirium tremens (mostly occur as a symptom of alcohol withdrawal)

Delirium Tremens (DT) is an extreme withdrawal condition that usually occurs in patients with severe alcohol addictions. DT can occur within 2-3 days after a person has stopped consuming alcohol and can cause hallucinations, hypersensitivity to sound and light, intense emotional distress, fever and in some cases seizures.

The Drug and Alcohol Detox Timeline

The drug and alcohol detox timeline can vary greatly depending on many factors. Some of these factors include severity of the addiction, how long the individual has been using the substance and any history of other medical conditions. Detox generally lasts for about a week depending on the needs of the patients and their mental and physical ability to undergo the process. Detox symptom intensity can also vary in range from mild, moderate to severe. 

First 12 hours

The first 12 hours of detox are some of the most crucial. Patients will start to experience mild withdrawal symptoms such as sweating and nausea, irritability and at times, mild tremors. The first signs of symptoms can occur as soon as six hours after initial detox. 

1-3 days

During this phase, withdrawal symptoms will begin to increase with intensity. Physical symptoms such as increased blood pressure and rapid heart rate, along with abnormal breathing patterns can then begin to trigger more emotional stressors. 

1 week

For patients suffering from more severe addictions, intense hallucinations called delirium tremens (DT) may occur. These tremors cause extreme confusion and disorientation along with a wave of severe emotional distress. In this extreme case, patients often require hospital or clinical care. Patients undergoing detox from severe alcohol addiction are the most susceptible to experiencing DT.


Before discharging from detox, medical professionals will assess the patient’s emotional and physical state of health. Once the patient has completed initial detox, residential inpatient treatment services will be the next level of care. During this vulnerable stage, patients will begin undertaking intense therapeutic treatment methods to begin treating any psychological mental health conditions that often occur alongside addiction. 

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The typical Drug and Alcohol detoxification process

Drug detox and alcohol detox is the first step in rehab through a journey for long term recovery. The process is generally categorized into three major phases where the best interests of the patient are taken into account. Our experienced Cincinnati clinical team will be there to guide each patient every step of the process to make sure it goes smoothly and most importantly, safely. We believe in creating custom care plans to fit the needs of each of our patients. There is no one size fits all when it comes to substance abuse treatment


Upon initial entrance into our drug and alcohol detox facility at, a full physical and psychological assessment of the patient is made. The biopsychosocial assessment is performed by medical physicians and clinical psychologists, where factors such as current physical and mental health condition, history of drug usage and as well as family history of drug and mental health issues are taken into consideration. After the BPS assessment, together with the patient, the rehab medical care team creates an individualized comprehensive treatment plan. 


Depending on each patient’s treatment care plan, medication may be recommended to help with initial detox as well as overall care. Medical care is important to the health and well being of all patients during this crucial step in detox. Medication can also help target any co-occurring mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and trauma. 

Medications used during detox and throughout the rehab process, are approved by medical physicians to effectively and successfully assist in drug and alcohol withdrawal management. Under the care of the experienced rehab care team, all distressing symptoms of detoxing can be safely managed. 


Once a patient is finally stabilized after drug and alcohol detox, patients will move on to the next level of care in their rehab treatment. These treatments are meant to help patients successfully maintain long term sobriety. Drug and alcohol detox is only the beginning of a lifelong process in recovery. Patients are still very sensitive during this phase of treatment. Therapeutic methods added to the treatment care plan address the next aspect of the addiction: the psychological issues related to the addiction. In order to fully recover, a well rounded treatment plan including detox and cognitive therapy for substance use disorders, will help patients combat cravings, relapses and negative thoughts and behaviors that hinder the success of long-term sobriety.

Drug and Alcohol Detox at Hotel California by the Sea in Ohio

At our detox facilities, we believe in long-term care for all of our patients. Our intensive detox program offers around the clock supervision and options and access to medication assistance treatment if needed depending on each patient. Our goal at the Cincinnati, Ohio location is the full elimination of drugs, alcohol and harmful substances from the body in a safe and efficient process. Our evidenced-based treatment methods along with individualized care, boost the effectiveness of maintaining long-term sobriety. 

The convenient location of our Ohio inpatient detox facility allows for individuals from across the county seeking drug and alcohol rehab services, to access the help they need and deserve. Our patients are under the critical care of certified medical physicians, psychologists and essential treatment care providers who will work with each patient for the duration of the rehab process. We work with you to implement the interventions you will need to progress through the initial phase of detox as your cravings and withdrawal symptoms slowly begin to diminish. Joining our program will ensure that you advance through and overcome the detox and withdrawal process safely, comfortably and with dignity.

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If you or a loved one is in need of substance abuse treatment, Hotel California by the Sea Ohio may be the right fit for you. Our specialized treatment methods, evidenced based therapies and highly experienced rehab clinicians will guide you through lasting addiction recovery. Reach out to our admissions specialist today to learn more about our premiere residential inpatient and outpatient programming located in the beautiful Blue Ash area. We are here to support you through the process of getting sober so you can live the life you deserve. 

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