Why Is It Important to Undergo Detox Before Rehab?

Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on June 14, 2022.

Before you begin rehab, it's essential to detox your system of substances. Starting recovery is a significant accomplishment, and preparing the mind and body for treatment can make the next steps more manageable. Learn more about whether detox is needed before rehab and what detox entails.

What Is Detox?

Detox involves removing substances from your body to reduce physical dependence. This process is usually facilitated with the help of medications, such as buprenorphine for opioid addictions or benzodiazepines for alcohol addictions. Medically assisted detox can help you avoid more intense withdrawal symptoms, like insomnia, anxiety or depression.

When you detox with help from medical professionals, you can taper the substance off gradually. This process helps prevent discomfort many people associate with withdrawal and detoxing, letting you begin your recovery journey in a controlled environment.

The Detox Process

The detox to rehab process begins with an evaluation performed by a medical professional, which encompasses your physical and psychiatric health. The doctor or nurse practitioner will diagnose any conditions that may have contributed to your substance use, plus any other disorders they may find through blood tests.

The next step is stabilization, which encompasses medication use and may include therapy sessions to address any co-occurring mental health conditions. Finding out what substances are in your system allows medical professionals to decide what medication to use and how much to administer over a given period.

After detox is over, you'll continue with therapy and begin any other treatments needed, such as chronic pain management or medicating conditions like depression and anxiety.

Why You Need to Detox Before Rehab

Medically-assisted detox before rehab encourages focus, increases your chances of success and lessens your risk of relapse through education and healthy coping skills. Without detox, you may find it more challenging to follow through with necessary treatment steps or benefit from therapy.

Some substances cause physical addiction by targeting the brain's receptors, while others work through psychological dependence — though they may still have physical reactions. These physically addicting substances especially require detox so that you can manage treatment while minimizing physical withdrawal symptoms and relapses.

Learn More About Detox and Rehab From Diamond House Detox

At Diamond House Detox, we give individualized care to every client and help those with co-occurring mental health disorders receive the treatment they need to live a sober life. If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, get help today by exploring our programs or reaching out to us.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Diamond House Detox
Vicky is a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She began her nursing career in healthcare by working in the intensive care unit, and then an inpatient psychiatric hospital. After realizing the mental health needs of both the patients and the families she served, she became a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Throughout her experience working with clients, she has developed a passion for those with dual diagnoses and specializes in helping individuals recognize the issues driving their substance use. This recognition has been crucial to the individual’s success in treatment. Vicky opened Diamond House Detox so that she can address these issues early on in a therapeutic environment to allow clients to transition to the next level in their recovery.
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