Harbor Detox

Huntington Beach

Discover why Harbor Detox is your best choice for addiction treatment near Huntington Beach. 


Huntington Beach Drug Rehab Center

When someone struggles with addiction, appropriate treatment is critical. Addiction is difficult to overcome but is considered a treatable chronic disease. Harbor Detox is nearby if you’re looking for a Huntington Beach drug rehab center. Our programs include medical detox as well as inpatient rehab.

The Science of Addiction

Addiction is a treatable chronic medical disease that often stems from complicated interactions between genetics, the brain, the environment, and your experiences as an individual. If you have an addiction, you compulsively use substances even in the face of adverse consequences. Since addiction involves brain circuit functional changes, it’s considered a brain disorder.

The reasons that people initially use drugs or alcohol vary. It could be to feel good or deal with negative feelings, to improve performance somehow, or because of curiosity or social pressures.

When someone first uses an addictive drug, they might feel like positive effects come with doing so. For example, the person might feel euphoric from releasing neurotransmitters in the brain. You could believe your substance use is within your control initially, but this disease quickly spirals out of control.

With ongoing substance use, once pleasurable activities aren’t anymore, you might continue to use alcohol or drugs because they’re the only way you can feel normal. You could feel the need to take larger doses over time to chase the high you initially got from the drug.

While the original decision to use the addictive drug was voluntary, your ability to control your behavior is impaired with continued use. Impairments in self-control are a defining feature of substance use disorders. In brain imaging studies, researchers have identified physical changes in the brain’s parts involved in decision-making, learning and memory, judgment, and behavioral control. These brain changes, at least in part, explain the compulsivity of addiction.

There are a lot of risk factors influential in whether someone will develop an addiction, including:

  • Childhood Experiences and home environment
  • Early substance use
  • How the drug is used
  • Genetics
  •  Co-occurring mental health disorders

Substance use disorders happen on a spectrum and can be mild, moderate, or severe. You can also be addicted to more than one substance simultaneously. Substance use disorders, regardless of severity, affect relationships, mental and physical health, career, and quality of life. Addiction is technically the most severe type of substance use disorder.

If you’re dealing with addiction and searching for a Huntington Beach drug rehab center, we encourage you to contact Harbor Detox to learn more about our comprehensive treatment programs.


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What Are the Signs of a
Substance Use Disorder?

The following are potential signs of a substance use disorder:

  • Taking more significant amounts of a substance or using it longer than originally intended.
  • Having strong urges or cravings to use the substance.
  • Unsuccessful attempts to cut back or stop
  • Spending significant time to get more of a substance, use it, and recover from the effects.
  • Having problems meeting responsibilities.
  • Giving up other hobbies, interests, or activities.
  • Continuing to use a substance even though it’s putting you at risk or has negative consequences.

Since it is a medical condition, there are diagnostic criteria for addiction. A healthcare or mental health provider will evaluate your medical history and learn more about your history of substance use. You’ll also provide information about your mental health history because it’s common for psychiatric disorders to co-occur with addiction.

For anyone seeking a Huntington Beach detox center, contact nearby Harbor Detox for more information about our recovery programs.

Stories of Recovery

Experience, Strength & Hope

I'd recommend this place to anyone trying to better themselves, this place truly saved my life..I have the upmost respect for each and every TECH and COUNSELOR here..The program Director's are always looking out for you and your concerns..The program likes to actually take you out for walks, the beach, to other fun outings and breathing exercises on the beach..TY to everyone....
Thomas C. Alumni
Harbor Detox was truly a God send! After countless tries at other facilities, I finally found the treatment program that worked best for me. I am coming up on one year sober and I wouldn't be where I am today without the help of Harbor Detox!
John Doe Alumni

What Are Effective
Treatments for Addiction?

An effective treatment program for addiction first has to be individualized. No two people will be exactly the same regarding their treatment needs or medical and mental health history. That’s why the approach to treating addiction has to be tailored to the specific person.

Continuing care is also often necessary since a substance use disorder is a chronic and potentially relapsing condition. A continuum of care approach is one where you start with the most intensive treatment level first, such as a medical detox followed by inpatient rehab. Then, your care continues in less intensive and more flexible outpatient programs.

The three primary forms of addiction treatment are detox, behavioral, and medication-assisted therapies.

There are also different settings where you can receive treatment. In addition to inpatient programs, there are partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient treatment, and long-term therapeutic communities.

  •  The first stage of treatment for most people is a medical detox. During this time, as you withdraw from drugs or alcohol, you receive around-the-clock medical monitoring. This improves your comfort and safety during this time.
  • Once you complete detox, you can move into your rehab program, focusing on cognitive and behavioral therapies. Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is one of the primary ways that people learn coping mechanisms, and it’s also used as a treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a commonly used treatment approach that’s structured and goal-oriented, so you learn how to manage negative thoughts and behaviors and transform them into healthier patterns and habits.
  • Medication can be part of some treatment plans. Medication-assisted treatment can help change your brain chemistry when you have a substance use disorder. Medication-assisted treatments are available for opioids and alcohol. For opioids, FDA-approved medicines include methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. For alcohol, medications approved include acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone.

An option if you’re looking for a Huntington Beach addiction treatment center is Harbor Detox. Along with medical detox, we also offer inpatient rehab programs.


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Why Choose Huntington Beach

You have a lot of options available to you when you’re comparing addiction treatment programs. There are a few things that you should keep in mind as you compare the options for a Huntington Beach drug rehab center or one nearby.

  • Is the center licensed appropriately?
  • What will treatment costs be, and which insurance does the center accept? Factors influencing the cost of care include the facility location, how long you’re in treatment, your level of care, and the amenities and services available.
  • Do you need any specialized care? For example, some programs will work with specific populations or people with a particular addiction type.
  • Is the level of care that you ideally need available? Residential rehab involves staying onsite for a few weeks up to several months or more, and it tends to be the best first step in most situations.
  •  How close is the center to your home? Do you want to be far from home or nearby?
  • Are there aftercare programs and planning?

Harbor Detox is a leading evidence-based rehab center in Southern California if you’re looking for a nearby Huntington Beach drug rehab center. Contact our team for more information, to ask questions, or to begin your recovery journey.

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