Detox is the process by which all traces of alcohol and drugs are removed from the body, ensuring that a person is physically stable and ready to start therapy to overcome their addiction. It is not always a part of addiction treatment, but is often expected when entering rehab.
Alcohol or drug addiction results in people’s bodies becoming accustomed to having these substances in their system. When these substances are gradually reduced and removed during detox, the brain will have to adjust to the sudden drop in these chemicals. This typically causes people to experience a set of unpleasant symptoms known as ‘withdrawal symptoms’.
The detox process aims to minimize the negative impact of withdrawal symptoms, and make the experience as safe and as comfortable as possible. The most effective form of detox is one that is medically assisted and supported by trained specialists here at Allendale Treatment. Attempting to detox on your own is rarely successful and it is likely that you will experience unnecessary withdrawal symptoms and become de-motivated by many failed attempts.