Medically Supervised Detox Program


Detoxification, or detox, is the first step in overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Mission Community Hospital uses the most advanced medical techniques to provide the safest and most comfortable detoxification available.

Treatable Substances

  • Opiates (e.g., Heroin, Methadone, Oxycontin, Codeine, Demerol, Vicodin, Percocet, etc.)
  • Pain Medication
  • Alcohol
  • Sedatives (e.g., Klonopin, Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Librium, etc.)
  • Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Hallucinogens, Cocaine, Ecstacy, etc.

Medical detoxification is based on necessity, and if detox is not required, the client may instead be referred to participate in the hospital’s Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program.

Treatment is performed in an inpatient setting where clients can be safely monitored and observed by a specialized interdisciplinary medical team during the withdrawal process.

An addictionologist (a physician who specializes in addiction medicine) leads the interdisciplinary team of professionals, which include nurses, social workers, and counselors, in providing treatment to clients during the medical detoxification process.

Mission Community Hospital’s goal is to provide a safe medical detoxification. Clients are hospitalized until all withdrawal signs and symptoms are resolved. Our average inpatient length of stay on the medical detoxification unit is approximately three to four days. Care management services are provided to assist clients in the transition from inpatient medical detoxification to specialized outpatient recovery and residential rehab programs. Dr. Dagmar Liepa is the Medical Director of “Reclaim”™ Your Life – the inpatient medical detoxification unit at Mission Community Hospital in Panorama City, Calif.

About the Medical Director

Dr. Liepa has been practicing medicine in California since 1982. Since then she has dedicated herself to help those
with addiction problems. Realizing that resources were scarce for providing medication assisted treatment, she availed herself to become one of the founding physicians for a medical detoxification program at Mission Community Hospital in 1998.

Recognizing, researching, and understanding the many new medication treatments that have been emerging, Dr. Liepa has successfully incorporated these treatments into her hospital inpatient detox program as well as into her own private practice.

As an innovator, she has been on the leading edge of providing medication assisted treatment for substance use disorders. Dr. Liepa has successfully helped thousands of patients find new ways to break their cycle of addiction.

Over the years Dr. Liepa has implemented and developed protocols for detoxification from opiates, alcohol, benzodiazepines, cocaine, and methamphetamines. Once the patient has stabilized from their substance dependency they are prepared to engage in ongoing psychosocial treatment and rehabilitation with much greater focus.