For those fortunate enough to be living in Los Angeles, CA and The San Fernando Valley, medical detox for drug & alcohol addictions offers more service options.

California has one of the highest concentrations of addiction treatment centers in the nation, many of which are located in Los Angeles, or its surrounding neighborhoods, such as San Fernando Valley. Given the city’s long history of drug and alcohol addiction, it’s not surprising how many drug rehabs are located in LA. Los Angeles may be the poster child for luxury rehabs, but California is also home to holistic centers, affordable treatment, sober living homes and the finest medical detox programs.

What makes Los Angeles, California such a hotbed of drug addiction is perhaps the city’s short distance from Mexico. The primary drugs that feed into LA from south of the border are heroin (particularly “black tar”), cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. Upscale adolescents, suburban housewives and middle-aged thrill seekers do them. Gangs wage turf wars over them. It is common for kids to have done pot, ecstasy, cocaine, and heroin by the time they graduate high school. Although drug addiction seems epidemic, alcoholism still remains prevalent, whereby both diseases can benefit from medical detox.

The first step towards recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is medical detox. California has the world’s leading medical doctors and professional staff qualified to address drug and alcohol addiction and administer medical detox. They will evaluate any pre-existing medical conditions that could affect detox; subscribe medication that allows for safe, effective transition during detoxification (i.e. Suboxone); provide nutritional care to ensure the patient stays healthy through withdrawal symptoms; then detoxification followed by continued assessment of the patient’s needs.

Medical detoxification safely manages the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal associated with stopping drug and alcohol use. However, medical detoxification is only the first stage of addiction treatment and by itself does little to change long-term drug use.

The San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, a region collectively home to some 1.8 million people, where abuse of heroin has skyrocketed since shortly after the turn of the millennium. One of the reasons is it’s availability in a smokeable form as a blend with marijuana that need not be injected to have the desired narcotic effect. In Los Angeles, CA, overdose remains one of the leading causes of both premature and general death in the metropolitan area, in part due to the dramatic increase in fatalities from prescription drugs (which nationally eclipse those of cocaine and heroin combined).

On a much lighter note, once you are on the road to recovery from your drug or alcohol addiction, San Fernando Valley, California (sometimes called The Valley), and it’s surrounding neighborhoods such as Glendale, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana and Calabasas, are spectacular with so much diversity, charm and fun things to do. When in San Fernando Valley, you must see Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Citywalk, Mission San Fernando, NoHo Arts District, Van Nuys Japanese Garden, O’Melveny Park. There are also many places to hike in the mountains that surround the Valley. For you fashionistas and gourmets, Ventura Boulevard, a strip of high-end restaurants and shops that stretches from Universal City to Thousand Oaks. Here you’ll find everything from diners and fast-food joints, boutique shopping to traditional clothing stores, grocery stores, coffee shops and lots of retail shopping.

The San Fernando Valley has a centralized location for attractions such as the Getty Center Museum, Six Flags Magic Mountain, the beaches of Santa Monica and Malibu, and The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. The region is conveniently accessible from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via the FlyAway Van Nuys bus service, or you can fly directly into the Valley via Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. If you’re coming from Downtown, the Metro Red Line stops in both North Hollywood and Universal City.

For more information on medical detoxification services for heroin, opiates, opioids or any other classification of drugs or alcohol, contact Valley Detox Center in Los Angeles, California 24/7 at: (888) 544-6049.