Detox vs Stabilization

Detoxification is the physical process of flushing substances from the body.  Also known as “detox“, cleansing the body of all the toxins that resulted from drug and alcohol abuse is the first step in recovery.  Because of the risks involved in the detox process, it is highly recommended that you seek the assistance of a medical professional.  By enlisting the help of a trained professional, you greatly reduce the risk of relapse when struggling with the physical symptoms of withdrawal.  The specifics of your detox program depend on the substance you are recovering from.  Performed on either an inpatient or outpatient basis, your detox program will include three distinct stages: evaluation, stabilization, and transition.


Your evaluation is critical to ensuring your caretaker understands the potential risks associated with your detox.  During the evaluation, you will receive blood tests, a screening for any co-occurring conditions, an assessment of both your mental and physical health and a risk assessment for withdrawal severity and need for medical assistance.  It is imperative that you are completely honest during your evaluation.  Your medical provider needs to know all the drugs that you have used and how much you have used.  Withdrawals from certain drugs can be extremely dangerous and could lead to death, this is not a time to be secretive.


Stabilization is the medical process of helping a person through intoxication and withdrawal.  Based on the findings during the initial evaluation, stabilization methods can include medication, proper nutrition, familiarization with the recovery process, and constant monitoring to ensure a safe detoxification.  Stabilization is achieved much easier with the assistance of an accurate evaluation.  During the stabilization phase, the medical team working with you will attempt to ease the pains of withdrawal symptoms as much as possible.

Transitioning to treatment:

While detox is the first step towards recovery it is important to understand that detox is NOT treatment and should be immediately followed-up with a treatment program of some sort.  While inpatient treatment programs tend to be the most effective programs after a detox, the decision typically belongs to you or your guardians.  The team helping you through your detox will be able to recommend if you should attend an inpatient program or if an outpatient program will suffice.  





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