Alcohol and drug medical detox is the process of removing the addictive substances from a patient's body. This often means quitting immediately or going cold turkey. While some people with milder addictions can perform a medical detox at home, others need direct medical supervision. The goal of a medical detox is to completely eliminate the drug while keeping withdrawal symptoms, such as shaking, nausea and vomiting, under control. It's not uncommon for a medical detox to involve prescription drugs and medications to counter these side effects.
Detox is a process that allows the body to get rid of the drug while combating unpleasant and potentially serious withdrawal effects. It's often the first step in a drug treatment program. For certain addictions such as alcohol and opiates, detox is often needed before the rehab process begins. Going through the detox process alone is not recommended, especially if the person is suffering from a moderate to severe dependency. Part of detox involves controlling potentially serious withdrawal symptoms such as seizures and hallucinations.
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Some people can get by detoxing at home as long as they run it past their healthcare provider. However, others need more direct supervision. In this case, it is dangerous to perform a detox at home because of the risk of serious withdrawal effects such as seizures, hallucinations, and severe dehydration.
Detox itself won't trigger a relapse. The goal is to get the body used to living without the drug. However, detox is just one step towards recovery. As soon as detox is over, most treatment programs immediately begin to offer ways of coping and dealing with triggers that can lead to a relapse.
In most instances, detox can be completed in a medical setting such as ones that are often found in residential treatment centers. Once the detox is over, the next step is to start the recovery process. For many people, this typically includes forming a support system and learning how to cope with the first steps of recovery. In many instances, residential treatment centers provide a comprehensive recovery that you won't find in it another setting such as a hospital.