Detoxification is often the first stage of drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Detox helps you, or a loved one, to safely withdraw from drugs and alcohol so you no longer require these substances to function normally. Detox leads to improved overall health, mental clarity and arms you with the strength and energy you need to recover from addiction both physically and psychologically.
Undergoing a drug or alcohol detox on your own increases the risk for dangerous health complications — especially if the struggle has been a severe or long-term addiction. But detox programs offer therapies designed to make withdrawal and recovery safe, and as comfortable as possible. This helps to reduce the risk of serious health conditions including seizures, heart attack and stroke. Many times, prescription medications are used to relieve withdrawal symptoms, and help you overcome physical dependency on alcohol and other substances.
Choose any one of several detox programs based on your addiction type, the severity of your addiction, and personal treatment preferences. Holistic detox is available for those who want to withdraw from substances using natural therapies such as exercise and meditation, while medically supervised detox involves the use of medications that help relieve or eliminate certain withdrawal symptoms. Detox programs can be customized specifically for you based on your unique medical history and struggle with addiction. Following drug or alcohol detox, you can benefit from counseling, support groups and other therapies designed to help you stay clean for life once you achieve sobriety.