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Why is Medical Detox Necessary Before Treatment?

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When you are looking to recover from drug and alcohol addiction, you must realize that your recovery is a process and is not accomplished in a single moment. Your goal of long-term sobriety must include a recovery plan that is made up of several components. The first and arguably most important step in the recovery process is successfully completing a medical detoxification program at a quality drug rehab or nearly facility. Medical detox allows you to withdraw gradually from the substances you are abusing, and you can do so in a manner which minimizes the dangers of the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms that occur when you quit taking substances.

If you or a loved one are in need of a safe detox program that is effective and proven to work, call SoCal Detox today.

Why Can I Quit Drugs and Alcohol On My Own?

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Depending on the substance you have been abusing and the length of time you have been using substances, you can experience considerable discomfort and pain. If you are ready to quit drugs but feel uneasy about undergoing medical detox, you may feel you can withdraw from substances on your own either using over-the-counter self-detoxification products or by quitting drugs “cold turkey” and riding out the withdrawal symptoms.

These methods are highly discouraged and can pose serious health risks. Without proper medical attention that you would receive through medical detox, these withdrawal symptoms can become  extremely dangerous to your health and even become life-threatening–especially if you have underlying medical issues. When you undergo medical detox services, you will be able to withdrawal from substances in an environment which is warm, safe and secure, and you will be monitored and evaluated around the clock to ensure that the withdraw process is as painless and tolerable as possible.

Reasons Why Medical Detox is So Important Before You Enter Treatment


The obvious goal of medical detox is to help you overcome your physical dependence on substances. Detox will also help your body regain its vitality and your brain can return to normal functioning. When you enter medical detox as a part of a comprehensive drug treatment program, experienced detox staff have three main objectives they want to achieve in order to help you successfully complete the detox process.

The first objective of medical detox is to complete a complete evaluation in which they test for both the amount and concentrations of substances in your bloodstream. Staff can also detect the presence of and diagnose any co-occurring mental disorders that may be accompanying your substance abuse. Drug abuse and addiction is often a symptom of a much deeper and complex issue that needs to be addressed and resolved when you enter inpatient treatment.

The second objective of drug detox is to allow you to achieve stability both medically and psychologically, as well as substance free. Medications can be used to help facilitate this process and is done in a highly controlled and supervised environment. Once that has been achieved, detox staff can prepare you for entry into inpatient drug treatment.

How Long Do I Need To Stay in a Medical Detox Program?

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When you enter a detox program, your first question may be how long you need to stay before you go to drug treatment. There are many factors that can influence the length of time you need to stay in detox, but on average the detox process can last anywhere between 5-14 days, but this time frame can run longer. These factors can include the length of time you have been abusing substances and the amount of the substance you have taken.

Along with the length of time and the amount of the drug you have taken, the frequency of your daily substance abuse can also play a role in how long you need to detox. What can further complicate the detox process is if you have been abusing multiple substances during your addiction. Finally, the length of time medical detox is needed is dependent on any underlying medical conditions that may be present.

Please Keep in Mind One Important Thing Before You Enter a Medical Detox Program…

When you are about to start a medical detox program, there is one important thing to keep in mind, and that is that medical detoxification is not a complete treatment program. Detox is an important component of an overall treatment and recovery plan. Its purpose is to assess the individual and establish a comprehensive treatment plan that best fits the individual’s specific needs. Detox is needed to help overcome your physical addiction to substances, but inpatient treatment will be needed to help address and correct the underlying causes of your addictive behavior.

In the detoxification process, detox staff gives you the message recovery is possible. It is during the medical detox process you fully realize that addiction lies within the brain and is not due to a moral issue or failing but an issue that involves a wide variety of social, environmental and biological factors. Ultimately, the importance of the drug and alcohol detox process is to motivate you to be proactive in regards to drug treatment where family and other support networks are involved in the treatment process.

SoCal Detox Provides You with Detox Programs that are Safe, Effective and Proven to Work

When medical detoxification is mentioned as a necessary part of the recovery process, you may feel unsure and even a bit frightened of what you may feel. When you undergo drug and alcohol detox at SoCal Detox, you can be assured that you will have the best in care. SoCal Detox is among the premier drug and alcohol detox facilities in the state of California and our detox programs are proven to work, effective, and safe. Our experienced treatment staff will be able to create an individualized detox treatment plan that will fit your unique specific needs and give you the best chance at sustaining your sobriety for the long run.

Call us today and start your recovery on the right foot.

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