Substance abuse comes in many forms and so does the recovery process. The first step in drug or alcohol treatment would be that of a medical detox process. Medical detoxification (generally required for withdrawal from alcohol, benzodiazepines and heroin & opioid/opiate painkillers) is a way to safely manage the acute physical symptoms of the withdrawal process associated with abruptly stopping the drinking and/or drug ingestion.

A medical detox center is one which is staffed with doctors, nurses and other clinical support staff that is well trained in both substance abuse as well as detox. They are skilled in helping clients to cope with the substance abuse withdrawal and he absence of the drug they were previously abusing. Without the proper medical care the presence of such withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous, very unpleasant and even life threatening, especially for those coming off of alcohol addictions as well as benzo addictions, such as with drugs like Xanax and Valium.

The medical detox process sometimes requires the use Suboxone during a opiate/opioid detox, i.e., heroin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, etc. Suboxone is designed to help suppress the withdrawal symptoms that often cause such intense discomfort for the addict. Suboxone generally begins working in as little as 4 to 6 hours from its initial dose, and on average is only needed for anywhere from 3 to 5 days, but at times a bit longer.

Although Suboxone and Subutex are both approved for maintenance treatment, which is when a patient remains on Suboxone or Subutex after being stabilized, Revive Detox only utilizes this type of treatment for the purpose of minimizing the withdrawal symptoms. Likewise, most residential drug treatment centers and sober living home environments will also not allow for the maintenance of Suboxone during the patient’s stay at their rehab or recovery facility.

The simplest way to describe medical detox is the detoxification process from drug addiction and/or active alcoholism, which should only be performed under the close 24/7 care of trained physicians, nurses, EMT’s and other clinical support staff.

There are many stages of substance abuse treatment, and medical detox is only but a first step within the overall rehabilitation process. The fact of the matter is that medical detoxification is a short step in the ongoing process of recovery.

Treatment for substance abuse comes in many different forms and in many different settings, using a variety of different behavioral and pharmacological approaches. Drug rehab is designed to help the addict who is suffering from drug & alcohol addiction (as well as with co-occurring mental health illnesses) in order to stop their compulsive behavior and use. Drug and alcohol addiction treatment comes in many forms, such as: residential-inpatient rehab, intensive outpatient, supportive outpatient, private therapy, etc. Nowadays we even see higher-end and structured sober living homes providing a type of treatment referred to as “PHP.”

Often referred to as a chronic and progressive disorder, many drug/alcohol addicts find themselves in a state of perpetual relapse, whereas they cannot seem to put together any real quantifiable sober time. As such, professionals in the field of drug treatment/mental health almost across the board agree that long-term treatment is more effective than the traditional 28 or 30 day program.

To summarize, the drug treatment facility is the umbrella, and medical detox, counseling, therapy, aftercare and so on,l are just a few of the specific elements that serve to comprise the recovery program as a whole. Whether or not a patient requires a formal detox process is something which only trained personnel should determine; however, if the patient is abusing alcohol, benzodiazepines or heroin/opioids/opiates on a daily basis then it’s a pretty good bet that he or she will require detox, at least for a few days. And while most inpatient drug rehab centers say they offer medical detox, the process and complexity is such that, we always recommend utilizing a bona fide detox facility for this short but critical process.

For more information about this article or about Revive Detox Center or Revive Recovery in Los Angeles, California, please contact us 24/7 at (844) 443-7746. For those with private PPO health insurance we offer a quick, convenient insurance authorization form which can help speed up the intake process.


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