What is Detox?

Detoxification (detox) is the medicinal and/or physiological removal of active toxins that are acquired over the duration of substance abuse. Detox is not meant to cure addiction but rather a first step in long-term treatment. Drug and alcohol detox programs are treatments within a community program that usually lasts several months and take place in residential or medical facilities.

Why Detox Is Important

Many drug and alcohol addicts make efforts to quit on their own. More often than not, those efforts are squandered when relapse soon ensues. The need for recovery on an inpatient basis at a drug detox rehab center becomes clear. Detox is not only important because of the initial physical gains, but also because of the long-lasting mental and emotional benefits.  

What Happens During Detox

Knowing what to expect during detox can be comforting to those that are unsettled at the idea of taking this crucial step. The following is what one can expect when beginning the detoxification process:

Arrival At The Treatment Center: Upon your arrival at a rehabilitation center, you will be welcomed by doctors, physicians and other patients that are committed to helping you with your recovery.

Medical Evaluation: You will then work with skilled professionals in a comprehensive medical evaluation to assess your illness and create a treatment plan that is congruent with your needs. As part of the evaluation, the trained medical staff will keep you informed about how they work to best treat your withdrawal symptoms.

 Medically Monitored Detoxification: This is a crucial and difficult time in the detox process. The most uncomfortable aspect of this point is the withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the drug of abuse and the frequency of use, your detox may be required to be medically supervised. Alcohol, benzodiazepine and opiate addicts are advised to be under medical supervision because of the severity of withdrawals that can result in death. While in detox, you may be given medications such as methadone, suboxone or buprenorphine to help make the withdrawal symptoms more comfortable. These drugs are only for short term use. You may also be given non-addictive medications to remedy various body aches as well as nutritional supplements and fluids. Detox is usually complete within a week, although it is largely dependent on the condition of the individual.

During this time, professionals will often limit your contact to family and friends. It is in your best interest to allow you to focus on your detox recovery without outside influence.

Begin To Take Part In Treatment: Although drug and alcohol detox will not be over at this point, treatment specialist often recommend that you begin to take part in some of the various services that they provide to maximize your time at the facility. Some of these services include counseling and group activities. This point in detox will help fight against loneliness that is at times felt while going through a detox program and remind you of the life you will have after detox. 

Rehabilitation Begins: This will be your first milestone on the road to recovery. Your body will feel the best that it has in a long time, but it is not the end of your addiction. Detox helps you beat the biological need for drugs and/or alcohol, and rehab helps you prepare for life after treatment. Now you will gain insight through stress management, family counseling, therapy, and relapse prevention skills. 

Finding A Detox Facility

Detox can feel out of reach, but it does not have to be. At, we know how difficult it is to take that first step. That is why we have specialists waiting for your call 24-hours-a-day, devoted to finding you the detox program that meets all of your individual needs. All we need is some basic information about your addiction as well as any preferences you may have about your future detox facility.


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