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Drug Rehab – Detoxification

Do you have a drug addiction problem and planning of going to a drug rehab? It can be scarring especially when you don’t know what to expect. Here is what you should expect.

Stages of Drug Rehab

Most drug rehab programs are divided into four stages: intake, development of a treatment plan, treatment, and continuing phase.

Intake: this is the assessment process that happens when you visit the rehab center for the first time. During intake the treatment professional will ask you a number of questions that are aimed at understanding your drug use history. The medical professionals will also want to understand your family history.

You will have to fill many forms including the treatment consent form that outlines the confidentiality policy of the program.

Development of the treatment plan: the doctor will come up with a treatment plan that is guided by the information that you give during the intake phase. The doctor will discuss the plan with you and if you have any question you are free to address it.

Treatment: this is where actual treatment begins. One of the most important parts of the treatment is detoxification where the doctors attempt to eliminate all the drugs from your body.

Continuing care: this is aimed at helping you to easily return to your “normal” life. If you have enrolled yourself in a good rehabilitation center, you will be given a “sponsor.” This is a person who has successfully abstained from drugs and is clean.

What Happens During Detox?

As mentioned above, the detoxification process is one of the most important processes in a drug rehabilitation center; therefore, you need to have a good understanding of it. The main purpose of this process is to help you eradicate physical withdrawal

The process takes between 3 and 7 days and it’s done under the supervision of a qualified physician. To relive anxiety and prevent seizures, the doctor may prescribe some medications such as methadone or buprenorphine.

Once you have successfully undergone the detoxification process, you can now start addressing the social, emotional, and psychological issues that are related to your addiction.


This is what you should expect in a drug rehabilitation center. For ideal results you should be careful when choosing a center. To choose the right center you should consider a number of factors such as: programs offered in the center, cost of treatment, degree of family involvement in the programs, and availability of the continuing care program.

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