How Drug Detoxification Fits into the Recovery Process

A board certified physician in Florida with a focus on addiction medicine, Dr. William Leach has assisted patients for over 30 years. By helping individuals recover from drug addiction, Dr. William Leach provides important services for patients, their families, and their Florida communities. Among his many areas of expertise is assisting patients who are in detox.

For those who are physically dependent on one or more drugs, being closely monitored and supervised by medical professionals during the detoxification process is vitally important. Substance withdrawal can present a variety of symptoms, some of which may be life-threatening. In a facility that offers detox services, the individual’s health is monitored closely, and professionals can administer drugs to make the process safer and more comfortable. The process can be completed in a relatively short amount of time, often within a couple of weeks.

However, while detox treats the physical aspects of drug addiction, it does not treat the mental aspects. It is important that individuals continue with the process of recovery by receiving some type of mental health treatment, such as counseling or group therapy. An addiction or detox facility will typically connect an individual to these services.

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