What is drug detox?

What is drug detox?


The first step prior to dealing with underlying issues revolving around drug addiction may be detoxification. Detoxification refers to the process of removing toxins from the body.


Drug detox is typically the first step in the road to recovery.

Drug detox is typically the first step in the road to recovery.

Medically-Managed Detoxification


The withdrawal symptoms an individual may experience can be both painful and discomforting, in some cases, it may even be fatal. This discomfort can deter an individual from the detoxification process and lead them back to becoming substance dependent.

A medically managed detoxification provides supervision and the utilization of specific medications to ease the withdrawal symptoms in a safe manner. This is done through the care of a doctor that specializes in addiction medicine.


Non-Medical Withdrawal


A non medical detox does not involve clinical or medical supervision and is not assisted by medication to aid the withdrawal process. The generalized theory regarding this model is to promote the physical and emotional discomfort for the individual in hopes that they do not want to repeat the experience in the future.


Most health care professionals do not recommend this “scared straight” approach as they feel it to be an ineffective model for successful recovery. Depending on the individual, the withdrawal from alcohol, drugs or prescription medications can be dangerous or fatal.


Drug Detox is not Drug Treatment


Successful recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is usually a two or three phase process- detoxification (1), primary treatment (2) and/or rehab aftercare/sober living (3). Detoxification strictly focuses on removing the toxins from the body and should not be considered as a successful recovery model.


Alcohol and drug detox is necessary for primary treatment and aftercare to be effective. For more information about drug detox and recovery, call us at (888)357-7577.