There are several types of drug and/or alcohol detox programs depending on the type of your addictions as well as its severity. There are inpatient and outpatient detoxes which denote whether you stay within the facility or live at home until you have successfully completed your program. There are also those that are classified as medical and rapid detoxes. The difference is that one uses general anesthesia to force the occurrence of withdrawal symptoms while the other does not require sedation but does induce the withdrawal symptoms in a very gradual manner.
Known as medically-assisted detoxification, medical detox is a treatment approach wherein we are given a substance that is chemically and physiologically similar to the drug that you are addicted to. Since this medication is functionally similar, you can expect to achieve the same effects as what we would obtain from our addicting substance. The good news is that these replacement substances have fewer if not milder side effects compared to the primary addicting substance.
The reason why this is gradually removed is to minimize the impact of withdrawal symptoms. Going cold turkey can have serious complications. With medical detox, you will be under the direct supervision of a medical doctor so we can be confident that whatever withdrawal symptom might occur it will be managed promptly and definitively.
Medical detox is undoubtedly a lot better option than doing the detox without help. While the process may take several days, you can feel much more confident about the outcome of our efforts of ridding your body of these toxic substances.
However, there is a catch. It is imperative that we look for medical detox facilities that can be trusted and can be relied on to provide us with the most comprehensive and safest way to medically detoxify. They must have medical doctors who are directly overseeing the management of the detox program.