Medical detox follows a three-step process: evaluation, stabilization, and preparation for future treatment.
Evaluation: This step typically includes a questionnaire, physical exam, blood tests, and screening for co-occurring mental health disorders. A therapist will examine a person’s psychological state and the strength of their support system.
Stabilization: Patients typically discontinue all drug use when they reach this stage. A health professional will provide them with medication to ease their withdrawal symptoms. Stabilization usually lasts between one and three weeks.
Preparation: A patient can expect additional treatment once they complete detox. The most uncomfortable side effects of recovery typically occur during detox, but detox alone can’t prepare patients for the psychological challenges they may face in the future. A health professional will educate patients on the importance of continuing therapy, entering a 12-step program, or enrolling in another type of treatment center to help them stay sober.