Although drug detox is an important step toward addressing an individual’s drug addiction, it is only the first step in a longer continuum of care. Drug detox alone is rarely successful over the long term.

What Is Detox?

Drug detox is a medical intervention that manages an individual safely through the process of acute withdrawal by clearing toxins from the body and minimizing the physical harm caused by the withdrawal process.

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The Process

The journey of recovery will begin with a thorough medical evaluation and psychological assessment done by dedicated and experienced clinical team. Admissions teams will help each client and their family decide the appropriate treatment plan based on their specific needs.

  • Comprehensive Assessments

    Your treatment team will conduct physical exams and assessments to determine the most effective detox protocols based on your drug[s] of abuse, medical history and individual needs.

  • Round-the-Clock Care

    You’ll be monitored around the clock by staff who will check vital signs and make sure that you feel comfortable and cared for. Staff will be there to promptly attend to any discomfort or concerns.

  • Medications

    Physicians may prescribe research-backed medications as clinically appropriate to ease the physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal.

    Most in-house rehab physicians have many years of experience managing the symptoms of withdrawal and utilize a wide range of safe and effective medications to help manage the physical symptoms.

  • Home-Like Comfort

    Many drug and alcohol detox facilities are home-like and welcoming. You’ll enjoy comfortable furnishings and warm décor in soothing settings.

Most drug and all alcohol addictions require a phase of detoxification at the start of the rehabilitation process.

This stage of detox is designed to remove all traces of drugs and alcohol from the body. In some cases, maintenance medication may be given to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with certain drugs, including opiate prescription drugs and heroin.

The severity of the detox process varies according to:

  • The individual’s unique body composition and metabolism.
  • The particular drug and dosage that was being used.
  • How long the drug has been taken.
  • If there are any other addictions involved.

Detoxification is generally a safe process when undergone in a supervised medical setting. Since detox for certain individuals and substances can be potentially very severe — and in some cases, deadly — it’s not advised for individuals to detox on their own at home.


Patients with substance use disorders or acute intoxication obtain inpatient detoxification in general hospitals each year.

But only 1 in 5 of them receive substance abuse treatment during that hospitalization.

The detoxification process is made as comfortable as possible with the most care and attention paid to recovering addicts’ physical withdrawal symptoms through the appropriate use of medication and other support systems.

If the client requires a medically supervised or sub-acute detoxification, Blue Coast offers an independent, medically monitored alcohol and drug detox that is closely supervised by an affiliated team of detoxification specialists.

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Length of Stay

Most people finish alcohol and drug detox within three to ten days after which the rehab program can begin at a residential treatment facility. The goal is the successful long-term recovery for each recovering addict and alcoholic. Each phase of the treatment experience is designed with this in mind and builds upon the previous phase, arresting the active addiction and positioning people for long-term success.

The process of drug and alcohol detox can be made easy with a compassionate team of care providers and the right medication management. The goal is to make the detoxification process as easy and as painless as possible.

For many, this is one of the biggest hurdles in recovery—just getting clean and sober to begin with. The journey of recovery begins with physical sobriety, making this a necessary and crucial first step.