Is Drug & Alcohol Detox Part of an Intensive Outpatient Program?
Detox is part of every drug rehabilitation program. Most treatment centers, whether they are outpatient or inpatient will not accept you unless you are drug-free. Typically, detox is organized prior to treatment, and most programs have detox as part of the services. Detox helps handle the immediate withdrawal cravings. It is important to stabilize the patient prior to treatment and ensure they are through the immediate withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, some addicts feel all they need is detox and will stop after it is complete. Detox does not provide the same counseling and therapy as an intensive outpatient program. Once you finish detox, you must attend one of these programs to treat the addiction.
An addict should find out what caused them to become addicted to drugs. This can only be done properly if they are fully detoxed. It is impossible to provide therapy or counseling when an addict is going through drug withdrawals. For some intensive outpatient centers detox will be part of the program. The facility would help you set-up the detox, and this may be at the same location, or somewhere different. When you start to contact intensive outpatient centers, you should inquire about detox, unless you are already drug-free prior to treatment.