What to Expect From Our Medical Detox Program: FAQ

What to Expect From Our Medical Detox Program: FAQ

If you’re dealing with a substance abuse issue, the first step in getting better is eliminating the toxins in your body. But doing it on your own isn’t just extremely difficult — it can also be dangerous to your health. Medical detox at Warner Plaza Urgent Care offers a patient-centered medical detox program designed to help patients take that first step toward better health while easing the problems associated with withdrawal.

If you’re like most people considering medical detox for a substance abuse problem, you probably have a lot of questions. Here’s a quick review of some of the most common questions to help you understand how medical detox at Warner Plaza Urgent Care works.

What kind of substance abuse problems does Warner Plaza Urgent Care treat?

Our healthcare providers are experienced in treating a broad array of substance abuse issues, including addiction to:

  • opiate pain medications and “street drugs”, including morphine, codeine, Percocet®/OxyContin (oxycodone), Vicodin®/Norco® (hydrocodone), Dilaudid® (hydromorphone), morphine, heroin, methadone, opium, and codeine
  • benzodiazepine medications, including Valium® (diazepam), Ativan® (lorazepam), Xanax® (alprazolam) and Librium® (chlordiazepoxide)
  • “club” drugs and other street drugs, including cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal meth, methamphetamines, marijuana, hallucinogens, spice, ecstasy, molly, flakka, GHB and others
  • alcohol, either on its own or in combination with other substances

Why can’t I just go “cold turkey” on my own?

When you have a substance abuse problem, you can become dependent on that substance physically, psychologically, or both. This dependency is what makes abstaining from the substance so very difficult and sometimes very dangerous. Quitting on your own means depriving yourself of a substance despite intense cravings. It can be much more difficult to resist those cravings when you’re on your own without any medical or professional support. And if you have a physical dependency, quitting the substance without medical assistance can cause serious health complications that can even be life threatening.

What are the benefits of medical detox?

Medical detox provides you with the support you need to conquer your abuse problem so you can move on with the next stage of your treatment. At Warner Plaza Urgent Care, our detox program provides our patients with:

  • a safe environment
  • continual medical attention by trained abuse treatment providers
  • alternate medications to help ease the withdrawal process and protect you from withdrawal-related medical concerns

At Warner Plaza Urgent Care, you’ll have medical supervision around the clock, ensuring medications and other care are provided at prescribed intervals to keep you comfortable and on the track toward recovery.

What are the most common withdrawal symptoms?

Withdrawal symptoms can vary based on the substance that’s involved, the extent of the addiction, and even your own health and background. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • anxiety
  • paranoia
  • seizures
  • muscle aches and pains
  • tremors
  • nausea and vomiting
  • depression or irritability
  • restlessness

Having medical care around the clock means you can avoid or lessen these symptoms so your withdrawal period is much more comfortable and safer for your health.

How does medical detox at Warner Plaza Urgent Care work?

You’ll begin the process with a thorough health exam and medical history so our staff can understand the extent of your problem and develop a program just for you. Because each patient and each abuse problem is different, your specific program will vary depending on your needs. Our medical team will discuss the details of your program before it begins so you understand what to expect. During detox, you’ll receive medications and other supportive care based specifically on your needs and your symptoms. Our medical staff will monitor your condition continually so you can focus on getting better.

How long is the medical detox program?

Medical detox is performed on a patient-by-patient basis, and since your program will be different from anyone else’s, it’s difficult to say how long any individual program will last. Most patients can complete detox in 10 days or less, while others might need a slightly longer course of treatment.

What happens once I’m done with the program?

Medical detox doesn’t necessarily rid you of your abuse problem, but it is the first important step toward kicking the habit for good. During medical detox, your body and mind will be prepared for the next phase of your journey, which typically includes residential or outpatient counseling and other support services. Our detox staff will work closely with you to recommend the most appropriate treatment program to help you get better.

Get the help you need, starting today

If you’re ready to leave your substance abuse problem behind and start a better, healthier life, medical detox can help you get started safely and successfully. To learn more about the medical detox program at Warner Plaza Urgent Care, contact the practice today.

The Rejuvenating Benefits of IV Therapy After Jet Lag and Travel

The Rejuvenating Benefits of IV Therapy After Jet Lag and Travel

Traveling to exotic lands, or anywhere that involves crossing time zones, is wonderful and exhausting at the same time. Your body’s natural circadian rhythm — your internal clock — becomes disrupted so you feel fatigued and dehydrated after a long flight.

Dr. Hamid Mirshojae and the team of physicians at Warner Plaza Urgent Care in Woodland Hills, California, offer IV therapy for men and women experiencing jet lag symptoms. Intravenous therapy is packed with the fluids, vitamins, and rejuvenating benefits you need to recover from jet lag and travel.

Learn how it can help you feel your best, quickly, so you don’t have to endure several days of malaise during your business trip or vacation.

Jet lag symptoms are temporary but impact your well-being

Anyone who travels frequently for business or pleasure knows that jet lag symptoms are temporary, but they can be highly disruptive for the first few days of your trip or upon returning home. The air pressure and lower oxygen levels you experience on the plane at high altitudes can lead to headaches, nausea, and dehydration.

The more time zones you cross, the worse your jet lag tends to be, and it usually includes any of the following unpleasant symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Irritability

Older travelers tend to experience more severe symptoms than younger folks, as do adults with underlying health conditions like diabetes or heart disease. Additionally, if you’re not as physically fit as you should be, jet lag symptoms can last longer than for people who are in overall good health.

IV therapy reduces or eliminates jet lag faster

You may have heard of IV therapy used in weight loss, as an anti-aging therapy, or for a hangover cure, but it offers numerous benefits in treating jet lag after travel, too. Typically, after a long-distance flight, you feel the effects of jet lag for several days after you arrive at your destination. Dehydration is common because the air on the plane is much drier than on the ground.

IV therapy replenishes fluids and nutrients faster than drinking water and taking supplements because the nutrients and fluids in an IV drip go directly into your bloodstream where your body absorbs them completely and quickly. When you take medications to relieve your jet lag headache or nausea, they have to first go through your digestive system before hitting your bloodstream.

With IV therapy, we create a customized solution that contains the fluids and vitamins you need to replenish your body quickly and effectively so you can feel refreshed and energized in a just a few hours, rather than waiting a few days for your body to adjust and recover. IV therapy makes it easy for your body to absorb the fluids and vitamins, so it’s the fastest way to bounce back after a long day of travel.

What’s in an IV drip for jet lag?

Because rehydrating your body after a long flight is essential to relieving jet lag symptoms, an IV drip for jet lag typically contains fluids, anti-inflammatories, vitamin B12, and several other vitamins your body needs to re-energize.

IV therapy is beneficial both before and after your flight

You don’t have to wait until after you land to enjoy the benefits of IV therapy. In fact, many men and women who frequently travel for work get an IV therapy infusion before their flight. Hydrating your body in advance and making sure you have the nutrients, vitamins, and fluids you need to feel your best can help minimize or even prevent many jet lag symptoms.

Avoiding alcohol a few days prior to travel as well as getting enough rest and drinking plenty of water also helps you avoid severe jet lag symptoms or shortens the duration of their negative effects. Combine these efforts with IV therapy to take steps to prevent dehydration, fatigue, headaches, or even gastrointestinal issues that can occur when you disrupt your usual schedule.

IV therapy for jet lag and travel can be part of your overall health and wellness plan. Dr. Mirshojae and the team of expert medical providers at Warner Plaza Urgent Care specialize in emergency care as well as preventive medicine. They believe in treating the whole person, with an individualized, patient-centered philosophy.

If you’re experiencing one-time jet lag after travel or you’re a frequent flyer, call the medical experts at Warner Plaza Urgent Care, or request an appointment for IV therapy online.