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What is Detox?

Medically Assisted Withdrawal


Consuming a drug or alcohol causes both mental and physiological effects in a person’s body. The danger is that drugs duplicate reactions caused by natural substances. As a person gets used to drugs, the body gradually starts to produce less of the natural substances, relying instead on drugs. The amount of time it takes for this effect to set in differs from person to person, but it is inevitable.

As soon as a person has become dependent on or addicted to taking a drug or drinking alcohol, attempting to stop will cause uncomfortable sensations or pain. In cases of mild addiction, the only result is discomfort. However, when a person has been taking drugs or drinking alcohol for a long time, stopping can lead to serious consequences, causing seizures or sometimes even leading to lethal outcomes.

Withdrawal from opioids including OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, oxycodone, methadone, or even heroin does not pose a serious threat to life. However, the process can be extremely painful, so that according to official statistics, 95% of people fail to follow through on it unsupervised. This results in the person reverting to their old habit.


Detoxification, or detox, is a process of eliminating toxins (such as alcohol or drugs) from the body. Medical detox is carried out under medical supervision. However, complete removal of all the toxins and the need for taking drugs or alcohol is not the main challenge of medical detox. The successful outcome of medical detox is, in a broader sense, a feeling of comfort and absence of any health risks associated with abstaining from drugs or alcohol. The person can then go into rehab (in case of addiction) or return to their life (in case of dependence).


  • If you have become dependent on (have withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop) or addicted to a drug or to alcohol (need to take the drug or drink alcohol because of the way it makes you feel)
  • If a drug is not helping with the problem for which it was originally prescribed and you have painful withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop taking it
  • If an unwanted drug is causing dangerous side effects


In order to be successful, a medical detox has to follow a proven protocol. A protocol is much like a recipe: when followed, it has to produce the same outcome each time. However, unlike a recipe, a good medical detox protocol is not the same for every person. Depending on individual differences in metabolism, DNA, and health condition, various procedures may be selected to ensure that each patient has a safe and comfortable detox.

For example, the standard medical protocol for an alcoholic utilizes a drug that is given to eliminate the seizure risk. Once the person is no longer a seizure risk, the person should be given less of the drug each day until they are no longer taking the drug. This is called a taper. Because of our DNA, metabolism and current health differences, some people will be able to taper off the drug faster than others. The speed of the taper should be adjusted for each person.

In addition, a person withdrawing from alcohol or an opioid is normally very dehydrated, and a good medical detox protocol will address this. They are normally vitamin- and mineral-depleted, and a good medical detox protocol will also address this. They may experience other withdrawal symptoms that will make their detox very uncomfortable if not handled.

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There are two kinds of medical detox: outpatient and inpatient. In an outpatient detox, a person regularly sees a doctor in his office, and the doctor supervises the process and prescribes any necessary drugs. This detox may take weeks or even months, since the person is not under medical care for 24 hours a day. In some cases, the person may also experience discomfort and therefore not be able to complete the withdrawal. In other cases, the person may instead become dependent/addicted to drug used as a part of their detox, thus substituting one substance abuse problem for another.

In the case of an inpatient detox, the person checks into a medical detox facility and remains there until the process has been completed. A distinction has to be made between real medical detox facilities and those that only label themselves as such, but only provide lodging without full-time supervision on the part of medical staff. An actual medical detox facility will provide medical care around the clock, giving medical drugs and/or natural products, and addressing any problem immediately, should one arise. This makes it possible to speed up the detox process, so normally, people are able to go back home or into further treatment within 6 to 14 days.


Anyone seeking medical detox at an inpatient facility should ask the following questions:

  • What is the medical protocol for the substance from which the person will be detoxing?
  • What adjustments will be made to the medical protocol if the patient has unexpected reactions to the withdrawal?
  • Does the facility provide 24-hour medical supervision?
  • What is the percentage of people who start a medical detox and complete it?
  • What is the estimated time for the detox requested?
  • Will the person leave the medical detox facility on new drugs?
  • Can the person take a walk outside, and what is the surrounding environment like?
  • Are there any restrictions on smoking, watching television, making telephone calls, and internet access?
  • Can a private room be provided?
  • What are the comments of former patients about their experience at the facility?


  • The medical detox protocol that includes not only the standard medical operations but also hydration, vitamins, minerals and delicious food
  • 24-hour medical supervision and monitoring of the patient’s progress, with adjustments according to the comfort and safety of the patient
  • Over 90% completion rate of people who start their medical detox at our facility
  • Completion time from six to eight days, and under fourteen days in cases of very high doses of opioids
  • The guarantee that the person will not leave on additional drugs
  • The territory that covers 3.25 acres of land, suited for walking and sitting outside
  • Specially designated smoking areas, television, phone, and internet access in every room
  • Private or shared rooms available
  • Patient comment forms available for review


Do we know that if you come to Novus Medical Detox Center you will not revert to using the substance from which you detoxed? No, in fact we know that most people who only go through a detox facility will not remain off the substance from which they detoxed unless they go for further treatment.

What we do know is that almost all of our patients complete their medical detox. What we do know is that our patients tell us that they leave Novus Medical Detox Center feeling better than they have in years and they are ready for the next step in their lives—whether it is going to rehab or a return to their home and family.

There is hope for a new life. Call to speak to one of our experienced & caring detox advisors today!

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