Detoxification, or detox, is the essential first step in the rehabilitation process of overcoming alcohol or drug addiction. Rehabilitation cannot begin until the substance of addiction is removed from the body and the physical dependence is addressed. It is the physical addiction that is the primary motivation of continued substance abuse due to the painful physical symptoms that occur with cessation of use. Though detoxification is uncomfortable, it is absolutely essential and is much less painful and dangerous than continued substance addiction and damaging addictive behaviors.


Drug And Alcohol Detox in Utah

Detox in Utah is typically accomplished in an in-patient medical facility. As the body is being cleansed of the toxins created by the substance of addiction, there are side effects, or withdrawal symptoms, that require physical monitoring, support, and medications that can offer relief from the symptoms. Depending on the substance of the addiction, withdrawal symptoms can include : drug cravings, shaking, sweating, headaches, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, sleeplessness, confusion, anxiety, agitation, depression, and other behavioral changes. The medical professionals required for the detoxification process will ensure the safety and comfort of the procedure, providing medications as needed.


Detoxification alone is often not enough to result in a sustained abstinence of substance abuse even though the physical addiction is no longer present. Further treatment is needed to prevent a relapse of drug or alcohol use that can be provided in a residential or out-patient program of counseling and other therapies.