Best Detox Practices

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

Best Detox Practices

Even if you want to stop using drugs or alcohol, it can be incredibly difficult. Once addiction takes hold, recovery can feel impossible. Detox is the first step in the process of overcoming addiction long term. Understanding the best detox practices is a strong start toward getting the right help and treatment for recovery.

Professional Support is Critical for the Best Detox

First, and most importantly, all prospective patients need to understand the value of professional support. Technically, you can detox solo at home. However, there are a staggering number of risks involved. Plus, at-home detoxes are statistically not as successful.

The main goal of a detox is to end your chemical dependence on drugs or alcohol. To do that, you have to work through the withdrawal period. During that time, withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant and even severe.

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed during detox. Symptoms may include cravings, which can make it tough to stay on track. Without support and accountability, many individuals give up and return to substance abuse.

If you’re serious about ending your addiction for good, then professional help can make all the difference. It’s safer and means you’ll have a much greater chance at lasting recovery.

24/7 Medical Supervision

The best drug or alcohol detox center will always be the one with 24/7 medical care. Around-the-clock medical attention is not a luxury during detox: It’s a necessity.

Withdrawal symptoms during detox can vary from unpleasant to fatal. If a patient struggles with cardiac problems or severe dehydration, the resulting problems could be life-threatening. Getting help the next day just isn’t a viable option.

Patients deserve and require medical supervision and monitoring at all times during detox. Medical professionals can check vital signs and ensure patients are staying sober, giving an extra layer of accountability. Patients can stay on track and still be safe and secure throughout the detox process.

Secure Facilities

Drug treatment centers need to be secure. If patients are free to come and go as they please, there’s a chance for them to access alcohol or drugs. For the health of all patients, the detox facility has to remain drug and alcohol-free at all times.

In a secure detox facility, patients know that using drugs and alcohol just isn’t possible. Even if cravings and temptations are strong, patients know there isn’t a way to veer away from sobriety. This makes it easier to get through challenging times and commit to sustainable recovery.

Planning Life After Detox

After detox, patients need to commit to continuing care. This often starts with inpatient or outpatient rehab. During this time, patients learn to stay sober, explore the causes of addiction and guard against relapse. They achieve all of this through a range of addiction treatments, which can include:

  • Family therapy
  • Massage and acupuncture therapy
  • Relapse prevention education
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Talk therapy
  • Music and art therapy

Following best detox practices means you’ll have a better chance at successful, lasting recovery. After detox, head to 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida, for continuing rehab and treatment. To overcome addiction and begin your recovery today, call (866) 319-6126.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.