What is Detox? Detox, or detoxification, is the process of cleansing the body of toxins. When an individual abuses drugs or alcohol, the body needs time to process the substances out of the system and return to normal. During this period, it is recommended to seek professional care from trained clinicians.

Medically Assisted Detox

Medically assisted (also known as medically supervised) detox is a type of treatment done under the care of trained mental health and medical professionals. Changing Tides Treatment offers medically assisted detox to help you go through the withdrawal process in a safe and effective manner. Medications may be administered to help ease physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal.

Some detox facilities offer a clinically managed, or social, detox program. This is a short-term detox program that does not incorporate medical care. Often individuals have the opportunity to meet with mental health clinicians, engage with support groups, and participate in group therapy during social detox.

At our medically supervised detox we are equipped to handle detox from many drugs, including:

  • Opioids (heroin, prescription painkillers, morphine)
  • Alcohol
  • Benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Klonopin)
  • Barbiturates (Phenobarbitol, Amobarbitol, Pentobarbitol)

We also offer detoxification for drugs that may not always require medically-assisted detox, such as:

  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Marijuana
  • Hallucinogens
  • Ecstasy

Detox is the first step toward recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. As your withdrawal symptoms begin to subside, staff will work with you to build a program to help you continue on the path to long-term sobriety. It is crucial during the period immediately following detox to receive qualified clinical care.

There are multiple stages of the detox process. From the time you arrive in our care, we are working to ensure you detox safely and continue on to build a life in recovery.


The first stage of detox is evaluation by a trained physician. During the evaluation period, your doctor will work on you to assess the level of care you need. Your medical and clinical team will look at your history of drug and alcohol use, the presence of any mental health disorders, and existing medical issues in order to decide what the most appropriate detox strategy will be.


This part of detox is the main phase. Through proper medical and psychological care, your team will work to manage your symptoms and keep the discomfort at a minimum during the withdrawal process. During stabilization, a doctor may prescribe medications, clinicians will meet with you, and you will be offered the opportunity to cleanse your body of the abused drugs and alcohol in a safe and caring environment.


Who should go to rehab?

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What is the definition of addiction?


According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is a disease that affects brain structure and function, resulting in a person’s inability to stop using a substance without physical and psychological consequences.

Addiction is a mental health disorder that also results in a diminished ability to control behaviors and to recognize the consequences of continued substance use. It is a chronic condition that, without treatment, can lead to disability or even death. However, like other chronic illnesses, addiction can be managed through specialized treatment.

When is it time to have an intervention?

An intervention is required when a person’s substance abuse has begun to disrupt the ability to function normally on a daily basis. Signs that it may be time to seek treatment include:

  • Inability to keep up with daily work, school, and other responsibilities due to substance use
  • Diminished interest in activities that used to be enjoyed
  • Extensive time and resources spent seeking the substance
  • Relationship damage due to substance use
  • Inability to stop using the substance even in light of negative consequences
  • Strong cravings for the substance
  • Withdrawal symptoms that occur if substance use is stopped

These and other negative effects on the person’s behavior and ability to thrive indicate that a substance use disorder may be present, and it’s time to seek professional help to diagnose and treat the issue.

Do you have payment options?

The admissions professionals at substance abuse treatment centers are specialists in helping people find a manageable pathway to getting care. They are familiar with the different options that can help people afford appropriate treatment. Some of these options include:

  • Insurance plans
  • Grants or subsidies
  • Loans
  • My Treatment Lender
  • Installment plans

Fear of financial challenges should not be a barrier to treatment. Continued substance abuse can become a greater financial issue than treatment, and there are ways to get treatment even on a limited income. Working with the professionals at a treatment program can help potential clients to overcome these challenges.

Why is medical detox recommended?

Medical detox can keep clients safe and control the level of discomfort experienced during withdrawal, which might otherwise be extreme. In addition, some symptoms of withdrawal, particularly symptoms associated with withdrawal from alcohol or benzodiazepines (benzos), can be dangerous or even deadly.

Medical detox is also beneficial because cravings during withdrawal can be so intense that it causes the person to relapse and return to using the substance. With the support and supervision provided with medical detox, relapse is virtually impossible. For this reason, medical detox provides a stronger chance of reaching and maintaining recovery from substance abuse