Drug Detox

Detox from Heroin, Opioids, and Other Drugs at Support Systems Homes

Safe and Comfortable Detoxification

Trying to stop substance use is hard. Any history of heavy drug use triggers resistance from the body. You may experience mood swings, blackouts, even loss of motor control (arms/legs don’t work).

Your body has developed its need for the substance through a complex physical process. What detox does is force the body to stop relying on that process. It cleans the chemicals out of your system, including residuals the body’s held onto.

That’s why detox is the first step in addiction recovery. It’s important to go through the detoxification process in a comfortable environment, supervised by professionals.

“Why do I have to detox under medical supervision? Can’t I detox at home?"

You may want to “just give it up" at home. No one’s around. No cost. No chance of anything embarrassing happening.

Please understand—this is extremely unsafe. Everyone’s body reacts to detoxification differently. It can go bad in a matter of seconds…and then you’re in serious trouble.

Do not try to detox on your own, alone. You ARE putting your life at risk.

We have no judgement here. When you come in for detox, our only concern is that you remain safe throughout the detox process. Our clinical team will help you safely detox from opioids using a variety of methods that we know work!

How to Detox Your Body From Heroin, Opioids, and Other Drugs Successfully

For a successful detox from any drug, you will need:

  • A safe, supportive environment
  • Up-to-date medications and medical procedures
  • Trained clinical personnel to supervise and intervene if adverse effects occur, and
  • An introduction to the principles of recovery once detox completes.

We provide all of that for anyone willing to change their lives.

“What about fentanyl?" We’ve had many questions about fentanyl. With how dangerous the drug is, your concern is understandable.

If you or a loved one is addicted to fentanyl, contacting us for detox is the best possible action. The procedures SSH uses for drug detox DO work for fentanyl use.

Drug Detox in San Jose

While You Stay With Us During Detox

You’ll be monitored by a qualified, experienced staff 24 hours a day. Clinical personnel supervise the process and coordinate services as needed. You’re assigned a counselor to work with during your stay, and you’re encouraged to participate in educational groups and group counseling sessions.


What Comes After Detox: An Individualized Treatment Plan

Your counselor will help guide you through the detox process, developing an individualized treatment plan along the way. You’ll learn to identify relapse “triggers" and how to cope with them on a daily basis. You’ll also receive information and education about longer-term treatment designed to promote abstinence from drug use.


Detox Doesn’t Have to be Painful

SSH uses a medication-assisted detoxification approach for anyone who needs it. These medications include Subutex (buprenorphine) and Suboxone.

Both of which are safe, humane medications that help stabilize your body while flushing out the addictive substance.

These medications are FDA-approved for opioid detox. They’re safe because the medication’s effects reach a “plateau," limiting instances of further addiction. It’s “humane" because it allows you to complete detoxification without the discomfort and pain often associated with opiate withdrawal.

Buprenorphine is an FDA-approved product used to help opiate addicts recover. It comes in two forms: Subutex® and a buprenorphine/naloxone product called Suboxone®.

Subutex® and Suboxone® are the ONLY Schedule III, IV, or V medications to receive FDA approval for detoxification from opiates.

Buprenorphine is an opioid “partial agonist," which means it can produce side effects like euphoria and respiratory depression…but its strongest possible effect is still less than a “full agonist" like heroin or methadone. At low doses, buprenorphine produces enough of an effect to help you discontinue opiate use without experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

The effects of buprenorphine increase with larger doses of the drug until they plateau at a moderate dose. Then the effects don’t increase anymore. This is the “ceiling effect" that makes buprenorphine a useful drug for rehabilitation purposes.

In high doses and under certain circumstances, buprenorphine can actually block the effects of full opioid agonists (e.g. heroin). It can even blunt withdrawal symptoms if administered to an addict while the drug of abuse is still in the bloodstream.

Relevant Links for More About Detoxing:
What Does ‘Medically-Supervised Detox’ Mean?

How to Choose Between Inpatient (Residential) and Outpatient Rehab

What are the Biggest Barriers to Seeking Treatment for Substance Abuse?

What ‘MAT’ Means and How it Helps with Drug Rehab Programs

What Happens During Opiate/Opioid Withdrawals?


Will This Detox Approach Work for Me?

If you:

  1. Have an addiction to opiates/opioids (heroin, prescription painkillers, etc.),
  2. Are willing to follow safety precautions at a drug rehab center, and
  3. Want to get clean.

Then yes. A medically-assisted detox will work for you.

Ready to Detox and Start on the Road to Recovery?

Call SSH and ask about our drug detox process.