What is detoxification, or "detox"?
Detoxification, or "Detox" is the process of allowing the body to rid itself of a drug while at the same time managing the symptoms of withdrawal. Detoxification is very often the first step in a drug treatment program and should be followed by treatment with a behavioral-based therapy and/or medication, if available. Detox alone with no follow-up is not treatment.
What is withdrawal? How long does it last?
Withdrawal is the variety of symptoms that occur after the use of certain addictive substances is reduced or stopped. The lenght of the widthdrawal symptoms vary with the type of substance used. For example, physical symptoms may include: restkessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, and cold flashes. These physical symptoms may last for several days, but the general depression, or dysphoria (opposite of euphoria) that often accompanies heroin withdrawal may last for weeks. In many cases withdrawal can be easily treated with medications to ease the symptoms, but treating withdrawal is not the same as treating an addiction.
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