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Do I Need Residential Detox for Drug & Alcohol Addiction?

Created On Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On Tuesday, 29, September 2020

The majority of addicts going to drug rehab will need residential detox. National survey data shows there are close to 22 million Americans struggling with addiction. Roughly one in ten of these individuals get treatment or receive any type of help. Detox is typically always a requirement, or even some type of observation period is necessary. If you choose to avoid detox, most drug rehab centers require you to be drug-free for a certain number of days prior to admission. This has posed a problem for many addicts within the United States. Especially opioid addicts, because many cannot afford private detox, they are stuck on waitlists for government-funded detox. An opioid addict cannot stay clean long enough to meet admission requirements for drug rehab. 

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Detox is a necessary step for every addict, regardless of the type of drug they are using. A residential detox is a benefit and should always be considered. Prior to entering into a drug rehab program, you must be drug and alcohol-free. Yet, it is not uncommon for some residential drug treatment centers to have on-site detox as part of the program. This does eliminate the step of going to two separate locations. Detox is a requirement and everything should be done to ensure the withdrawal symptoms are managed safely.


Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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