For some people dealing with drug or alcohol dependence, detoxification is the very first step in a comprehensive treatment plan to help them recover. Detoxing from drugs or alcohol can have unpleasant side effects and suddenly ceasing drugs or alcohol might cause withdrawal, which is why going into a professional detox center is a good idea.
What is the goal of a detoxification program?
All detox centers have a common goal of helping someone physiologically heal from the effects of long-term drug or alcohol dependence. The first step in detox is to get a patient stabilized and then to safely see them through the detoxification process.
It’s important for you to realize that detoxification is not the entire treatment for drug or alcohol dependence. Because dependence encompasses both cravings and changes to the brain, someone should go into a long-term rehab program to learn how to make the changes needed to become clean and sober.
How can you know if detox centers are the best choice?
Depending on several different factors, someone can judge if a detox program will benefit them or not. The length of time someone has been chemically dependent, the types of drugs or alcohol being used, someone’s mental health status and the frequency of use can all determine if detoxification is necessary.