Medical Detox is a type of detox. Detox, short for detoxification is defined as a “period medical treatment, usually including counseling, during which a person is helped to overcome physical and psychological dependence on alcohol or drugs.” This definition is applicable to medical detox. Where medical detox differs from other types of detox is that medical detox takes place under the supervison of medical professionals. Medical detox is not for everyone. For cases in which addiction is mild a more traditional detox can server as the proper route. For more pronounced addictions, medical detox is recommended as the added medical supervison provides the right environment for a safe, medically assisted approach to dealing with withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Medical Detox, as with other forms of detox, is merely the first step in the rehabilitation lifecycle. Detoxification in and of itself (in any form) is not a long-term fix, but a step usually followed by a comprehensive drug rehabilitation program.