The Process of Detoxification

Everyone’s detox needs are different. The drug detox process helps people with substance dependence get personalized treatment. In most cases, the process involves three steps:



The medical team screens incoming patients for physical and mental health issues. There is also a comprehensive review of drug, medical and psychiatric histories. This information sets up the basis for the patient’s long-term treatment plan.


The next step is to stabilize the patient with medical and psychological therapy. The goal of stabilization is to prevent any form of harm to the patient and reduce the negative symptoms of withdrawal.  Doctors can prescribe addiction treatment medications to prevent complications and reduce withdrawal symptoms.

Preparing Entry into Treatment

The final step of detox is preparation for a treatment program. Doctors familiarize their patients with the treatment process and what to expect. Inpatient rehab offers the best chances of success after detox. There are also a lot of options for outpatient therapy as well.  Studies have shown that if a person is actively involved with a recovery program for at least 6 months the chances of remaining in recovery are a lot higher