The First Step in An Addiction Treatment

Detoxification, or detox, refers to the process of having substances of abuse safely removed from an individual’s system. At Casa Morphos, we offer detox in an environment that offers safety and stability while also incorporating medical interventions that are designed to make the process as comfortable as it can be. 
The symptoms that typically accompany the withdrawal process are either reduced or eliminated completely, making the beginning of recovery one that is placed easily within reach.
While engaged in detox, individuals can benefit from being monitored around-the-clock by medical professionals who ensure that their safety and comfort remains at the forefront of the care provided. Furthermore, individuals who are receiving detox also obtain ongoing support from addiction treatment professionals who offer encouragement as the beginning steps to recovery are navigated.

Heroin Addiction

Heroin is a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant. As such, it is an opiate drug that can be synthesized from morphine. Heroin is most commonly used by heroin addicts as a white or brown powder, though sometimes it comes in the form of a black sticky substance which is called “black tar heroin.”
Heroin enters the brain rapidly and changes back into morphine. It binds to opioid receptors on cells located in many areas of the brain, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure.

People who use heroin report feeling euphoria accompanied by effects that include dry mouth, heavy feelings in the hands and feet, and clouded mental functioning.
Long-term effects may include collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining and valves, abscesses, and lung complications.

Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant, appetite suppressant, and topical analgesic. In the brain, cocaine acts on the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and nor epinephrine as a reuptake inhibitor. This means that it blocks the transporters for these neurotransmitters, keeping them free-floating in the synaptic gap longer, and increasing their felt effect – which is the experience of the cocaine high. 

These are the reward centers of the brain that produce desirable feelings of pleasure and a drive to replicate experience. But the cocaine addict knows that this clinical description barely scratches the surface as far as describing the dramatic effects cocaine addiction has on our lives.

Alcohol Addiction

The effects of alcohol include a feeling of euphoria, increased self-confidence, lowered inhibitions, sleepiness, delayed reactions, emotions, an inability to walk or stand, vomiting, lack of consciousness and blackouts. As the individual habitually drinks, their liver becomes more efficient at removing alcohol from the bloodstream, so the alcoholic must consume increased amounts of alcohol to achieve the same effects, which greatly contributes to alcohol dependency. 

A common symptom among persons in need of treatment is an increased thirst or craving for alcohol, accompanied by an increase in tolerance. During withdrawal, a victim of alcohol abuse may find that they are feeling nauseous, or that they suffer from insomnia or anxiety attacks. They may also suffer from sweating spells and an increase in their normal pulse rate.

Prescription Drugs Addiction

Prescription medications such as opiate pain medications, central nervous system (CNS) depressants (tranquilizers and sedatives), and stimulants are prescribed for a variety of health conditions. Opiate pain relievers can be prescribed following pertains to psychiatric care procedures, injuries, or accidents, and are also prescribed for chronic pain conditions. Central nervous system depressants are often prescribed for anxiety disorders or sleep disorders. 

Because they are prescribed by doctors, it is more difficult to think of prescription medications as “drugs”, and people using or abusing prescription medications may continue to use other drugs or alcohol without thinking about it as “mixing drugs”. However, mixing prescription medications with other drugs can create a potent and dangerous cocktail with serious effects, including seizure and heart failure.

Co- Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. Symptoms of substance abuse or addiction can mask symptoms of mental illness, and symptoms of mental illness can be confused with symptoms of addiction. People with mental health disorders sometimes do not address their substance use because they don't believe it is relevant to their problems.
Those diagnosed with mental health disorders often use substances to feel better. People who are anxious may want something to make them feel calm; people who are depressed may want something to make them feel more animated; people who are fearful of others may want something to make them feel more relaxed and less inhibited; and people who are in psychological pain may want something to make them feel numb.

Using alcohol or other drugs not only fails to repair the mental health disorder but also prevents a person from developing effective coping skills, having satisfying relationships, and feeling comfortable with themselves. Alcohol also interferes with medications prescribed for mental health disorders. In short, drug and alcohol use makes mental health disorders worse.


The detoxification varies depending on the substance used and the severity of withdrawal. The specific cost and payment arrangements are included in the program. At Casa Morphos, detox is included from the cost of residential rehab, and normally it includes medications for 7-10 days ONLY.


The length of detox will vary depending on, for example, what drug you are addicted to and how long the addiction has lasted. Most withdrawal symptoms will resolve within a week, although milder effects may linger for a few more days. Usually, guests at Casa Morphos can move into their guest rooms within 2–3 days.


Yes, but detoxing at home can be dangerous. You cannot predict what is going to happen, and the misery of withdrawal only heightens the desire to drink or use. We encourage you to call us to get professional help. Don’t endanger yourself or a loved one!


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