DetoxAddiction “detox”—short for “detoxification”—is a medically managed process of allowing drugs and alcohol to leave the body so that withdrawal symptoms may be carefully managed. It’s the initial step when entering recovery, and it provides a clean slate for the healing process to begin.
While it is normal to be afraid of both entering detox and of withdrawal symptoms, it’s important to know that many people detox successfully every year and come out the other side grateful for being clean. Temporary pain is worth long-term gain.
It’s also to important to know that cravings, and sometimes withdrawal symptoms, may last beyond the detox period. This is normal and a qualified rehab facility will help you manage these situations.