How is Detox Different from Drug Rehab?

When a person decides they want to quit using drugs or alcohol, it can be overwhelming on what to do next. This is an important step to take but how does one know what step is in the right direction. What is detox? What is rehab? What is the difference? Are they the same?

Both the detox and drug rehab terms are sometimes used in the same way, but they both serve a different purpose in the addiction recovery treatment process. Detox primarily takes care of the physical effects of addiction, while drug rehab addresses the psychological effects of addiction.

Drug Detox

Detox is the process of ridding the body of the drug or alcohol that a person is physically addicted to. Detox help control the symptoms of withdrawal and make them more bearable, which occurs when an addicted individual stops using drugs or alcohol. Sometimes withdrawal from drugs or alcohol can be dangerous, and this is where detox centers can offer medications and 24-hour care in a safe environment. Detox is the first step and prepares the individual for the road to recovery. Detox, on average can be from 3 to 10 days depending on the substance and the severity.

There are a few different ways one can choose to detox. One is medical detox where medications are given under supervision to help with the symptoms of withdrawal. Another is just attending support groups such as a 12-step program without any medical care or assistance, and the most common and ineffective is quitting cold turkey.  The majority of detox centers use a combination of both medical and support therapy.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), The detoxification process consists of the following three sequential and essential components:

  • Evaluation
  • Stabilization
  • Fostering patient readiness for and entry into treatment and

A successful detoxification process can be measured, in part, by whether an individual who is substance dependent enters, remains in, and is compliant with the treatment protocol of a substance abuse treatment/rehabilitation program after detoxification.

Drug Rehab

 According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), Drug treatment is intended to help addicted individuals stop compulsive drug seeking and use. Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, take many different forms, and last for different lengths of time. Because drug addiction is typically a chronic disorder characterized by occasional relapses, short-term, one-time treatment is usually not sufficient. For many, treatment is a long-term process that involves multiple interventions and regular monitoring.

Drug treatment can be approached in many different ways but have the most success when used all at once rather than individually.

Treatment medications are effect by triggering the same parts of the brain that was triggered when illicit drugs were being used.

Behavioral therapy offers people ways to cope and learn skills for if and when drug cravings arise. Strategies on how to avoid drugs prevent relapse and what to do if a relapse occurs are also learned. Behavioral therapy can also improve relationships with family as well as communication skills.

Individual and group therapy are held in most drug treatment facilities, and both can be very effective. Individual treatment helps the individual gain some self-awareness by discussing issues and getting feedback from the therapist. Where group therapy can reassure the person that they are not alone and have others to relate to about their substance abuse while giving and receiving support. It can also help an individual develop their communication and socialization skills.

At Allure Detox, you will receive all the necessary tools you need to start and continue your road to recovery because we offer both medical detox and treatment. Clients continue to live in a home-like setting with family support during medical detox at Allure. This continued participation allows clients to learn and resume their lives, even as the substance leaves their system and medical detox is only the very first step on the lifelong road to recovery. In order for detox to be truly successful, entering into a residential treatment program is highly recommended. So call now and begin your recovery with medical detox.