Medical detox

Medical Detox Resources in California

I highly recommend all clients undergo a full medical evaluation regardless of the substance they are reducing or stopping. However, when it comes to alcohol and benzodiazepine class medications it is critical. Stopping or reducing these suddenly can be life-threatening. Here are some of the medical detox resources my clients have used with great success. If you feel you are experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms reducing or stopping any substance you should proceed to your nearest emergency room or dial 911.

Gallus Detox, Inpatient Medical Detox


Located near Phoenix, Arizona, Gallus Detox offers complete medical detoxification services with private rooms and expert care around the clock. ER nurses and doctors ensure you have the most pleasant and safe detox possible. One of my favorite teams of people in the addiction treatment industry! While they are located in Arizona and not California, I list them because you will be hard pressed to find such a great inpatient medical detox in California. The quick 90-minute flight from most airports in California is worth it. They meet you at the airport and drive you to the detox center. They do work with some insurance plans.


Dr. Ken Starr, Outpatient Medical Detox


Located in Arroyo Grande, California, Dr. Ken Starr offers full outpatient detoxification services. No list of addiction resources in California would be complete without him. Depending on your situation and support, he may be able to see you via video-conference. He is compassionate, caring and reasonably priced. Dr. Starr also offers cutting-edge NAD infusion treatments that provide many benefits for those detoxing from drugs or alcohol.


Addiction Medical Doctors in California


These doctors are board-certified in addiction medicine and may be able to assist with detox on an outpatient basis when it is medically appropriate, some accept insurance and some do not.

Dr. Stephen Stein

Santa Cruz, CA (831) 425-1385


Dr. Bradley Shapiro

San Francisco, CA (415) 407-1603


Dr. David Smith

San Francisco, CA (415) 566-1259


Dr. David Deyhimy

Laguna Hills, CA (949) 829-2779


Dr. Steven Ey

Newport Beach, CA (949) 764-5654


Dr. Chwen-Yuen Angie Chen

Palo Alto, CA (650) 306-9490


Dr. Wesley Clark

Santa Clara, CA (408) 551-3177


Dr. Belis Aladag

Los Angeles, CA (323) 783-8206


Dr. Arastou Aminzadeh

Beverly Hills, CA (310) 691-5005


Dr. Barry Blum

Pasadena, CA (626) 440-1829


Dr. Clarissa Andic

Redondo Beach, CA (310) 467-0646


Dr. James Gagne

Valley Village, CA (818) 790-4300


Dr. Jerry Ayers

San Diego, CA (619) 683-9394


Dr. Welim Azinge

Santee, CA (619) 916-3177


Dr. Jerry Cook

San Diego, CA (858) 848-9052


Dr. Christine Bell

Sacramento, CA (916) 442-4985


Dr. Michael Parr

Sacramento, CA (916) 333-5955


Dr. Sharone Abamowitz

Oakland, CA (415) 689-9184


Dr. Darien Behravan

San Leandro, CA (510) 614-9200


Dr. Raymond Deutsch

Berkeley, CA (510) 965-8970


Dr. Thomas Ghonda

Oakland, CA (510) 495-4826


Dr. Thomas Bowhay

Jackson, CA (209) 418-9178


Dr. Deborah Stewart

Chico, CA (916) 769-1387


Dr. Brandan Stark

Chico, CA (530) 899-2126


Dr. Allan Barza

Walnut Creek, CA (925) 937-1840


Dr. Richard Gracer

San Ramon, CA (925) 277-1100


Dr. Paul Nerz

Shingle Springs, CA (916) 502-1781


Dr. Shaikh Matin

Fresno, CA (559) 287-8160


Dr. Richard Guzzeta

Clovis, CA (559) 323-4495


Dr. Eva Smith

Hoopa, CA (530) 625-4261 Ext. 247


Dr. Ruby Bayan

Eureka, CA (7070) 834-8188


Dr. Manjusha Ilapakurti

El Centro, CA (859) 248-0030


Dr. Nicholas Athanasiou

Bakersfield, CA (818) 891-7711 Ext. 31150


Dr. Howard Kornfield

Mill Valley, CA (415) 383-2949


Dr. Timmen Cermak

Mill Valley, CA (415) 381-4009


Dr. Edgar Castellanos

Salinas, CA (831) 755-1600


Dr. Lee Goldman

Carmel Valley, CA (831) 659-4356


Dr. Ninad Athale

Napa, CA (707) 254-1770


Dr. Reham Attia

Rancho Mirage, CA (760) 776-4100


Dr. Barbara Lampert

Palm Springs, CA (505) 660-6406


Dr. Michelle Rowe

French Camp, CA (209) 468-7167


Dr. Ernest Vasti

Stockton, CA (209) 463-0891


Dr. Richard Cicinelli

Redwood City, CA (650) 867-7889


Dr. William Burns

Pacifica, CA (650) 743-0556


Dr. Godfrey Dyne

Santa Barbara, CA (805) 965-8284


Dr. John Kunz

Santa Barbara, CA (805) 568-0799


Dr Debra Sue Harris

Scotts Valley, CA (831) 295-1668


Dr. Dale Dallas

Felton, CA (925) 683-0551


Dr. Monica Koch

Vallejo, CA (707) 651-2622


Dr. Charles Whitehill

Berkeley, CA (707) 651-2617


Dr. Peter Madill

Sebastopol, CA (707) 823-3312


Dr. Evelyn Edelmuth

Modesto, CA (760) 831-0220


Dr. David Smith

Yuba City, CA (415) 933-8759


Dr. Tipu Khan

Ventura, CA (805) 652-6100


Dr. Walter Thomas

Simi Valley, CA (805) 527-1804

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