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Should I Detox Before I Go to Rehab?

In most cases, it is much safer to detox as part of your rehab program. If you need to find a safe, reliable rehab center fast, call 888-646-0635Who Answers? now. We will match you with the best facility for your needs.

Detox as Rehab’s First Step

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are many different types of rehab programs available, and it is important to find the one that is best for your particular situation. “Most, however, start with detoxification and medically managed withdrawal, often considered the first stage of treatment.” In rehab, detox involves the use of medications and therapies to treat and minimize withdrawal symptoms in order to make an individual’s early recovery much easier.

Is This Method Safer?

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Attempting to detox alone often leads to relapse.

In general, yes. It is much safer to attend detox as a part of one’s rehab program than to attempt to detox at home or before you begin your treatment. Though every drug causes a different withdrawal syndrome––and those with more or less severe addictions are likely to experience different levels of withdrawal––this is true for many reasons.

  • Withdrawal, and the symptoms it causes, can always lead to relapse if the individual is not careful. According to the National Library of Medicine, opiate withdrawal is not life-threatening in most cases, but those who attempt to go through the process on their own are likely to put themselves in danger of relapse.
  • Some withdrawal syndromes can be deadly, and if you are not receiving treatment from a professional rehab center, you will not be able to ensure your safety in this case. Some of the deadliest and most dangerous syndromes include those associated with benzodiazepines and alcohol, but any withdrawal syndrome can become risky because of the aforementioned risk of relapse.
  • Detoxing in a rehab center can also help ensure that you stay in treatment. Many people who do not go to a program like this for the duration of their withdrawal do not follow up their recovery with addiction treatment, and as stated by the NIDA, “Detox alone with no follow-up is not treatment.”

Should I Detox Before I Go to Rehab?

It is usually much more dangerous to attempt to detox before being admitted to a rehab program. In addition, one is more likely to attend addiction treatment, stay in their specific program, and build a stronger recovery if they attend detox as part of their treatment. Detox is considered the first step of treatment for a reason, and if you have made the decision to go through withdrawal from a substance you were abusing, the best way to do so is to detox as part of your rehab program.

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There are many reasons why rehab is a necessary step for recovery, and detox is only the first part of this process. Let us help you find a rehab center you can trust in order to begin your recovery today. Call 888-646-0635Who Answers? now and make a change in your life.

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