Detoxification, also known as detox, is the process of removing toxins from the body, usually in the context of addiction treatment. Detox is the first step in the treatment process for individuals who are physically dependent on a substance. Its goal is to safely manage withdrawal symptoms and provide medical support as the body adjusts to being without the substance.
The detox process can be managed in various settings, including inpatient facilities, outpatient clinics, or at home, depending on the severity of the addiction and other health factors. During detox, individuals may receive medications to manage withdrawal symptoms, such as tremors, anxiety, and insomnia, and to prevent potentially life-threatening complications, such as seizures. They may also receive support and counseling to help them manage withdrawal’s emotional and psychological aspects and prepare them for ongoing addiction treatment. The length of detox can vary depending on the substance and the individual, but it is typically complete within a few days to several weeks.