According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), withdrawal management (drug detox) is the natural elimination of a substance from the body. A professional substance withdrawal management (detox) program, also referred to as "medically managed withdrawal," involves using a series of interventions (such as medications and other therapies) to manage withdrawal symptoms safely.(6)


It is essential to distinguish between a professional withdrawal management (detox) program and substance use rehabilitation. However, "detox" and "rehab" are frequently used interchangeably. Rehabilitation consists of ongoing services designed to socially and psychologically rehabilitate an individual. On the other hand, medical withdrawal management (detox) centers aim to stabilize patients medically, mitigate their withdrawal symptoms, prevent the potentially harmful effects of withdrawal, and assist them in transitioning into a substance use disorder rehabilitation program or another form of ongoing care.

How Long Does the Withdrawal Management (Detoxification) Process Take?
What is “Social” Withdrawal Management (Detox) or Non-Medical Withdrawal Management (Detox)?
Overdose and the Dangers of Social Withdrawal Management (Detox)
Medical Withdrawal Management (Detoxification) Programs
How to Choose a Suitable Withdrawal Management (Detox) Program?
What Happens Next?



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