For many people, a stay at drug rehab begins with a period of medical detox.
A medical detox facility is a treatment center that is staffed with doctors and nurses trained in helping patients cope with the withdrawal symptoms of early drug or alcohol abstinence. Without medical care, these withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant, dangerous and even life-threatening.
People enter a medical detox facility so that they can withdraw from drugs or alcohol safely and in relative comfort.
Around-the-clock nursing care ensures safety and certain medications can reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, as well as decrease the dangers of this initial period.