The decision to finally address issues with drug or alcohol addiction takes bravery, strength and a willingness to trust the unknown. Not everyone who quits drugs or alcohol goes to rehab. In fact, for people who aren’t at a point of physical dependence on the substance, inpatient, or even outpatient, treatment might not be necessary. Sometimes attending peer support meetings such as 12-step or SMART Recovery are enough to get someone on the path to recovery while others reap great benefits from individual therapy with a psychologist well versed in treating people with substance abuse issues. However, sometimes getting help in a structured setting designed to set the foundation for healthy, long-term sobriety is a crucial first step. And if the person is struggling with full-on chemical dependency, going to a full-service treatment facility could be the difference between life and death.

Medically-Supervised Care

Great medical care is one of the many reasons why it’s ideal to begin the process of detox and recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, also known as Substance Use Disorder (SUD), in a formalized rehab setting. The cessation of using drugs or drinking alcohol, after someone has been dependent on these substances for a prolonged period of time, can be dangerous if not carefully monitored by a physician. Withdrawals symptoms such as nausea, muscle soreness, anxiety and insomnia are a few examples of the many possible side effects of early abstinence from drugs or alcohol. So it’s important to have a doctor overseeing detox. Of course, a full nursing staff is invaluable too. There are even nurses who specialize in addiction medicine, many certified through the International Nurses Society on Addiction (IntNSA). Having nurses on hand throughout the detox process ensures the client is comfortable, properly medicated and safe.

During a medically supervised detox (which usually takes place the first three to seven days someone is in treatment) in a luxury residential rehab, nurses are available 24 hours a day. In fact, one of the perks of choosing to undergo treatment at a high-end facility is having someone with medical credentials within reach at all times. One-on-one attention isn’t something every rehab can claim. At many places, there are too many clients in treatment at a time for someone to receive truly individualized care. If someone chooses to undergo detox at a regular hospital, as opposed to a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he or she might have plenty of access to medical care but there aren’t necessarily extensive efforts to provide personal attention, comfort or amenities. For those reasons alone, it may be worth exploring options for detoxing and undergoing behavioral treatment at a luxury rehab.


At most premium residential rehab facilities, if the doctor isn’t available, there are always nurses ready to assess the client, check his or her vital signs and make sure the person is comfortable. They are expected to immediately report to the doctor if there the client has an issue that requires immediate attention. Recovery Malibu employs some of the best physicians in the field of addiction medicine and clients can rest assured knowing these experts are just a phone call away. There is an added level of safety and comfort knowing a 24-hour caring nursing staff is available too, so the person is never truly alone during this very difficult but important phase of their recovery.