Detox programs are a critical part of an alcohol and drug rehab program for many patients. Detoxification can pose serious health risks and must be carried out under medical supervision.
Medications may be involved to ensure a safe withdrawal while helping to ease the pain and discomfort often associated with withdrawal symptoms. Patients undergoing detox are closely monitored 24 hours a day by physicians and other medical staff.
It’s important to understand that detox alone is never considered a full course of treatment. It’s often a necessary first step for many patients, and it prepares them to move on to their next level of outpatient or residential care.