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Detoxification (detox ) is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances  from the human body during which the restoration of physiological processes returns to normal after long-term use of an addictive substance.

Detoxification safely manages the physical symptoms of withdrawal and any symptoms of psychiatric and emotional disorders.  It is only the first stage of addiction treatment. Alone, it does little to change long-term drug use. The Focus is on stabilization and takes a few days, usually 3 to 10.  This is followed by a period of assessment which informs further treatment plans, which may or may not include referal for Rehabilitation.

Some patients go home on treatment for various types of mental illness. Some patients use / abuse alcohol and drugs because they suffer from a treatable mental illness such as Schizophrenia or depression. Treatment of the mental illness leads to the reduction of the need to use alcohol / drugs.
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