A lot of people entering drug rehab go through a medical detox first. Medical detoxifications are most commonly done at a medical detox facility that is staffed by doctors and nurses trained in helping patients deal with the withdrawal symptoms of early drug abstinence. Without medical care, these withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant, dangerous, and even life-threatening.
A medical detox helps people withdraw from drugs or alcohol safely and in relative comfort.
24/7 nursing care makes sure you’re safe and have access to medications that will reduce the severity of withdrawal.
Who needs medical detox?
Not everyone needs a medical detox. People that need a medical detox will meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Physical addiction to certain drugs
- Experiences great discomfort withdrawing without help
- Withdrawing without medical supervision will put health at risk
People that use the following drugs may need a medical detox
How long does a medical detox take?
There are no set lengths for detox. The length of time required to detox is dependent on many factors like medical history, extent of drug use, and more.
Do Drug Rehabs Offer Medical Detox?
Some drug rehabs will have medical detox facilities on-site. Those rehabs that do not can generally arrange for your entry into a suitable detox program prior to your admittance in drug rehab.
Is Medical Detox Enough to Treat Addiction?
Although patients will often leave a medical detox facility feeling better than they have in years, those that do not transition from detox to continuing addiction treatment are almost certain to relapse.
Medical detox is the first necessary step in recovery that readies a person for addiction treatment. Medical detox alone is not addiction treatment and offers very little promise of continuing sobriety. Detox should always be followed by immediate entry into a residential or outpatient addiction treatment program.