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Detoxification

Detoxification is the process of clearing toxins from the body. Drug detoxification is the process of ridding the body of the residue of drug or substance abuse and controlling the symptoms of withdrawal.

The Detoxification or Detox process is not a complete drug treatment program but the first step. Detoxification should be followed up by behavioral based treatment designed to treat the underlying factors of drug addiction. Many types of addiction counseling are used within addiction treatment programs.

In order to withdraw from certain addictive substances safely, it may be preferable and in some cases necessary to undergo medically supervised detoxification in a hospital or residential treatment center that has a detoxification unit.

This would be advisable for patients that have been using an addictive substance heavily for a longer period of time and are more likely to have more severe withdrawal symptoms, or those with other significant health problems.