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The Importance of Effective Detoxification


The journey to recovering from addiction is often long and challenging. Like most journeys, it begins with a single step. Unlike most journeys, the first step often determines how successful the rest of the journey will go. On the road to recovery, that first step is detoxing, and the effectiveness of the detox experience is often what determines how smooth and successful the rest of the journey will go. In a sense, the recovery journey can be considered to be not a horizontal one but a vertical one, with detoxing at the bottom to serve as the foundation upon which the rest of the process is built. That is why it is so important that you choose your detox facility well.

What Is Detoxification?

Detoxification, frequently referred to as detox, is the process of letting the body rid itself of harmful chemicals that are inside of it. Whether it be drugs or alcohol, the body knows those chemicals are not supposed to be inside of it, and it works to remove them. That process takes time and can be quite uncomfortable, but once it is complete, the body will be free of dangerous chemicals and ready to continue onward to the next stages of recovery.

Why Is Detoxification Important?

As we said before, detoxing is the foundation of recovery and when done well, it can give people a headstart to sobriety and make the process smooth and successful. When done incorrectly, it can make the rest of the journey more difficult and likely to fail. So, when it comes to sobriety, the stakes are definitely high.

What Is the Difference Between Successful and Unsuccessful Detox?

Often, the difference between a detox experience that is successful and one that is not is how well the facility addresses the two most common problems that people experience:

  • Intense cravings
  • Uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms

When detox facilities take the necessary steps to address those problems by reducing the intensity of cravings and easing withdrawal symptoms, the chances of the person reaching sobriety are much higher. Of course, there is much more that goes into a successful detox experience, but those two factors are the most important.

Our Successful Approach to Detox

At ReAlign Detox, we do whatever it takes to address those two problems. Using research-based methods and the latest addiction recovery technology, we reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms, making our detox process very successful and effective.