Detox treatment, also commonly called simply detoxification or detox, is the process of removing toxic substances from the body. Detoxification in humans is used for addictions to both drugs and alcohol. Often mistaken as a comprehensive treatment, alcohol or drug detox is the first step in an alcohol or drug rehabilitation program. In order for a rehabilitation program to have a reasonable chance of success, the first step is getting the individual struggling with addiction physically stable through detox treatment. When addiction is more pronounced, a medical detox approach may be undertaken to better manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Voluntary detox treatment is generally provided through inpatient programs at alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities. These facilities have varying approaches depending upon the scope of one’s addiction, how long one has been struggling with drugs or alcohol as well as the facility’s capabilities.