In Home Detox Nurse


At Kinkaid Private Nursing Care, we understand that each patient has unique needs. The services listed below will be customized to meet your every need without compromise.


Drug and Alcohol Detoxification

At Kinkaid Private Nursing Care, we understand the many benefits of undergoing a drug or alcohol detoxification in the privacy and comfort of your home compared to an inpatient setting.  Once your clinical team determines that an in home detox is appropriate, we will provide an expert clinician-led care team to supervise the process from beginning to end.  The team will ensure that you successfully cleanse your body of the toxins caused by a substance use disorder while successfully managing withdrawal symptoms. Family members and loved ones will be provided with the support and resources they need to assist in the recovery process as well.  Once your condition is stabilized, and your body and mind returned to its natural state, you will be ready to begin the treatment phase of recovery.

Our Care Team

Multidisciplinary Care Team

Detox and withdrawal is the first important step on the recovery journey.  Kinkaid Private Nursing Care uses a fully integrated team approach to the detoxification phase.  The care team will be headed by a physician who is a board certified addiction specialist with over 20 years of expertise in the field.  The in home detox program coordinates highly qualified nurses who will remain with you throughout the detox and withdrawal process.

Therapy is an important treatment element for addiction recovery.  During the in home detox process your care team may include a behavioral therapist to do some preliminary evaluation and counseling as needed.  These clinicians have extensive experience in the field of addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions and can be provided to you and your loved ones to aid in the recovery process.

Aftercare specialists round out this multidisciplinary care team, helping to direct you toward the next phase of treatment.  Another benefit of in home detox is having the care team observe potential triggers or family interactions that may undermine recovery, and suggest changes that will be supportive of recovery.  These recommendations will be based on the specific needs of the client, ensuring a customized concierge treatment and relapse prevention plan is in place.


Drug and Alcohol Detoxification

Kinkaid Private Nursing Care will provide you with a clinician led care team that will supervise the safe in home detoxification from any of the following substances:


Alcohol detoxification is usually completed within one week. The severity of the withdrawal symptoms will be dictated by the length of history of excessive alcohol consumption, the amount consumed on a daily basis, and the general health status of the individual. Alcohol detox and withdrawal peaks on day two before symptoms begin to subside. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms might include:

  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hand tremors
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Headache
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Anxiety
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Fever
  • Mental confusion
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Seizures

Alcohol detox and withdrawal is one that must be carefully monitored. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms may seem to be subsiding, when on the third of fourth day of detox there is a sudden, unexpected development called the delirium tremens (DTs). While this complication is only experienced by 5% of those who undergo alcohol detox, it can have fatal results if not managed in a timely manner. The DTs are characterized by extreme mental confusion, profuse sweating, fever, full body shaking, delusions, seizures, and coma.

Benzodiazepines, including Ativan, Xanax, and Valium*:

Detoxing from a benzo addiction or dependency is also prone to unpredictable health risks. Long-term use of these sedatives can significantly impact the brain’s GABA receptors and neurotransmitters. It is dangerous to stop taking benzos once an addiction or dependency has developed. For this reason, the in home detox nurse will administer the drug in incrementally lower dosages, until the body is weaned off it. This tapering process can take 2-3 weeks depending on the duration of the benzodiazepine addiction, the form of delivery the individual utilized, and whether there is a polydrug addiction. Symptoms of benzo withdrawal include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Tremors
  • Vertigo
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Psychosis
  • Depression

Prescription opiates, including OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet and heroin:

Detoxing from opiates generally takes about one week, depending on the acuity of the chemical dependence. The signs of withdrawal are usually visible about 6 hours after the last dosing of the opiate or prescription opioid, and peak on day 3 before subsiding. Opiate withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Cravings
  • Anxiety
  • Runny nose
  • Tearing eyes
  • Sweating
  • Agitation
  • Excessive yawning
  • Racing heart
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Fever
  • Insomnia


Suboxone detox and withdrawal will be similar to the above opiate detox process.


Withdrawing from cocaine addiction is uncomfortable, but the worst symptoms are psychological in nature. The timeline for cocaine detox and withdrawal is 7-10 days. Symptoms of cocaine withdrawal include:

  • Chills
  • Tremors
  • Muscle aches
  • Loss of sexual pleasure
  • Fatigue
  • Slowed cognitive processes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of exhaustion
  • Nightmares
  • Increased appetite
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Intense cravings
  • Suicidal thoughts


Methamphetamine detox is usually a longer duration than most other drugs. The detox process is defined by the crash phase, which lasts 3-10 days, the intense craving stage, which can last for ten weeks. Methamphetamine detox and withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Intense fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Increase in appetite
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Mood swings
  • Intense cravings

* Depending on the severity of the dependency, at home detox may not be appropriate

in home detox

Medication Assisted Treatment

Medications, such as Suboxone or naltrexone, may be prescribed by the physician to assist with the detox process and prevent relapse. These drugs bind to the opioid receptors in the brain, limiting the effects of the opiate or alcohol. Over time, the desire to seek out and use these drugs becomes significantly reduced, which helps sustain recovery by reducing the cravings that often lead to relapse. These drugs are closely monitored and only prescribed along with psychotherapy.

Our Process

Holistic Therapies During Detox and After

Holistic therapies are quickly becoming an important treatment element in detox and withdrawal as they can significantly assist the patient in symptom relief.  Kinkaid Private Nursing Care concierge services, such as IV vitamin therapy, massage, acupuncture, yoga, and guided meditation, can be combined with ongoing nursing care during detoxification.  The techniques learned in yoga and guided meditation can be used post-treatment as part of ongoing aftercare in recovery.  These activities promote relaxation and mindfulness, both essential to managing stressors or triggers that can threaten sobriety.

Comprehensive In Home Assessments and Monitoring

A nurse and physician will visit you at your location of choice to obtain a thorough history and physical assessment during your detox. You will have an addiction nurse specialist with you at all times during your medication assisted detox to monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen level, and withdrawal symptoms.

Our goal is to maintain your safety and keep you completely comfortable allowing you to get the rest needed to heal and recover.  Your nurse will communicate any assessment changes and request medication adjustments to your physician as needed.  You will have direct access to your nurse and physician throughout the in home detox process.

Virtual Home Visits

Using Face Time technology, immediate access to your physician is made available via a virtual home visit. Your nurse will arrange a virtual home visit directly with your physician and prepare you for your Face Time visit. Your nurse will communicate her assessment findings, and any concerns you might have, to the physician prior to the appointment.  These virtual doctor visits add an additional layer of support, as well as quicker access to the doctor.

When it comes to your health, you should never settle for less than the best. It is our goal at Kinkaid Private Nursing Care to bring the very best to you. If you or a love one is struggling with an alcohol or drug dependence, please call Kinkaid Private Nursing Care at (888) 476-4442 for immediate assistance!

Is Detox Enough?

It may be tempting, after completing an in home detox, to forgo the next step of recovery, the treatment phase. After clearing the body of the substance of abuse, it is common for people to think they are good to go. They feel good, they are motivated to stay sober. The problem is, they have not yet addressed the fundamental issues that have kept them enslaved to the substance. Deep-seated behavior patterns based on dysfunctional thinking has created a cycle of compulsion to use. These patterns must be addressed and changed if the individual has any hope of sustaining their recovery on a long-term basis.

After the detox and withdrawal, the next step is to enroll in either an outpatient or residential treatment center. These programs are structured around various therapies and activities that offer the tools to remain sober, as well as make lasting changes to unhealthy thought-behavior patterns. The outpatient rehab option is best suited for emerging or mild addictions, where the residential programs are recommended for those with a moderate to severe addiction or chemical dependency.

Outpatient rehabs offer flexibility, with various levels of intensity available according to the individual’s treatment needs and recovery goals. These include basic outpatient psychotherapy or group sessions, intensive outpatient programs (IOP), or partial hospitalization programs (PHP). During outpatient rehab, the individual can reside at home, allowing them to have more freedom while in treatment. They can still attend school or go to work, or manage a household.

The residential rehab offers a much more structured and supervised setting. These programs may last from one month to nine months or a year, depending on the needs of the client. There is 24-hour monitoring and support, and a full daily schedule of therapeutic activities. A residential program will usually require that the individual take a medical leave of absence from their job.

Treatment Interventions

Treatment Interventions in Rehab

Most rehabs offer an integrated approach to treatment, meaning the programming will include psychosocial elements, medication, recovery tools, and adjunctive or holistic activities. Treatment elements include:

  • Therapy. The use of evidence-based psychotherapy is central to addiction recovery. These therapies help clients discover the self-destructive patterns that have kept them stuck in the cycle of addiction. Underlying emotional issues are also parsed out and healed through therapy.
  • Group counseling. Peer support is an important aspect of the recovery process. People benefit from sharing their own personal stories, conflicts, struggles, and emotions with others who battle similar afflictions.
  • Education. Rehabs offer classes that teach the neurobiology of addiction; how the brain chemistry and pathways are impacted by drugs or alcohol. They are taught how increased tolerance leads to higher consumption and often results in addiction.
  • Recovery skills. Learning how to cope with stress and conflict are key tools to be practiced in recovery. Anger management, better communications skills, and relaxation techniques can all support recovery and help stave off relapse.
  • Meetings. Recovery meetings are sometime integrated into a rehab program. This might involve transporting clients to a local A.A. meeting or SMART recovery group. These recovery communities provide fellowship and social support.
  • Adjunct therapies. Some programs specialize in offering a menu of recreational therapies, or spa-like holistic therapies, or special techniques like EMDR therapy.
  • Nutrition and Fitness. Increasingly, rehabs are incorporating health and fitness into their models. By offering restorative health solutions during rehab, the client is able to begin rebuilding their physical health through regular exercise and a healthy diet.

In Home Drug and Alcohol Detox Service Locations

We are here to help you connect to the best in home detox nurse for you or your loved one.  Kinkaid Private Nursing Care services Southern and Northern California.

Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Westwood, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Malibu, Holmby Hills, Cheviot Hills, Culver City, Beverly Glen, and Beverlywood.

Orange County including Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, Mission Viejo, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano, Yorba Linda, Chino Hills, and Dana Point.

San Diego including La Jolla, Eastlake, Hillcrest, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Coronado, Chula Vista, Del Mar, and Escondido.

San Francisco and Bay Area including Daly City, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Oakland, Berkeley, San Rafael, Richmond, Walnut Creek, and Alameda.

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