Detoxification, or detox, is often a first step in treating addiction. However, it’s important to know that detox alone is not a complete treatment for substance use disorder.
During detoxification, the body metabolizes drugs and alcohol in the system to clear their toxic influence. Professionally supervised detox programs can:
- Safely clear the body of an unwanted substance
- Manage symptoms of acute withdrawal
- Motivate people to pursue ongoing substance use disorder treatment
How is detox included in treatment for substance use?
The severity of a substance use disorder will help a professional to determine whether inpatient or outpatient detoxification is the best choice for an individual.
Your doctor or counselor may suggest:
- Medically supervised detox – If you’ve had negative experiences with withdrawal in the past, or have experienced significant mental or physical health issues, you could benefit from medically supervised detox. Medications may be administered to ease the process and ease substance cravings. Medically assisted detox is most appropriate for people fighting alcohol addiction, barbiturates and benzodiazepines abuse and dependence on opioids like heroin, morphine and prescription pain medication.
- Clinically managed (“social”) detox– This is a short-term, non-medical strategy that can involve peer encouragement and professional support.
Regardless of the method, detoxification is a necessary step in recovery. And for those fearing withdrawal symptoms or feeling anxious about the loss of drugs or alcohol, it may seem like a giant leap. But detox is only the beginning of a journey towards a happier, healthier life.
Detox is only the first step in treating substance use disorders
The road to recovery is a lifelong process, and detoxification is a key step. However, the treatment process involves more than the initial elimination of substances.
While the physical symptoms of withdrawal may subside in hours, days or weeks, it can take months to heal the brain. That’s why specialists agree that detoxification and ongoing treatment should take place in a supervised facility that offers a support system for the challenges that may follow, both emotionally and psychologically.
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