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There are a number of different types of drug detox treatments available to you: natural detox, medical detox, medicated detox, inpatient detox or outpatient detox.

The type that’s right for you will depend upon your drug of choice, the dose you are currently taking, whether or not you are living with other underlying conditions that could exacerbate withdrawal symptoms during detox, and the existence of other addictions.

Are you ready to find the right type of detox for you? Contact us today. We can help you find a detox center near you.

NOTE: It is not recommended that you attempt any of these detoxes at home. Medical supervision is necessary in the event that there are complications as well as to help you stay on track and avoid relapse during the hard parts. There is a significantly higher rate of death due to overdose when an individual relapses during detox than at any other time during addictive use.


Natural detox or “cold turkey” detox is the simplest of all: you just stop taking your drug of choice. Withdrawal symptoms will begin within a few hours depending upon the drug you are addicted to and the dose you currently take. What these withdrawal symptoms are like will depend heavily on the type of drug you are taking. For example, alcoholics who stop drinking often complain of nausea, heavy shaking and tremors, irritability and other symptoms.

Those who are addicted to opiates have withdrawal symptoms that include bone pain, muscle aches, vomiting, sweating, and more.

With medical supervision, you have the support and guidance to make it through natural detox. Perhaps the chief benefit of this type of detox is that you can be free of your drug of choice within a few days to a couple weeks.


Medical detox is the opposite of natural detox. Rather than a short-term, inpatient procedure that is completed within a week or so, a medical detox is an outpatient program that can last for months and even years.

For those who are living with opiate addiction (i.e., heroin addiction, prescription painkiller addiction, et cetera), this generally takes the form of Suboxone treatment or methadone maintenance. Both are heavily regulated by the federal government and require you to follow a number of strict regulations in order to stay on the drug and earn privileges and more freedoms with your prescriptions. The chief benefit of a medical detox is that you can continue to go to work or school without interruption and still get the treatment you need from your selected drug rehab center.


A medicated detox does not give you the replacement medication as defines a medical detox but instead offers you prescription medication (non-addictive) that responds to the symptoms you experience during detox. For example, if you have insomnia due to your detox, you may be given a medication that will help you sleep. If you have aches and pains, you may be given a non-addictive painkiller to take the edge off. The benefit of this type of detox is that you are made to feel more comfortable instead of suffering the full brunt of withdrawal symptoms.


Natural detoxes and medicated detoxes are usually inpatient or residential. You require round-the-clock medical supervision during these types of detox. The good news is that it doesn’t last long: when your withdrawal symptoms subside, you are free to go unless your detox is part of a long-term inpatient drug addiction treatment program.


Outpatient detox is usually reserved for the long-term methadone maintenance and Suboxone treatment opiate detox options. Because these types of detox can last for months or years, you are expected to live at home or at a sober living facility and come in for your medication (methadone) or take it as prescribed (Suboxone). You will usually be required to check in with your doctor or case manager on a regular basis to make sure that your dose is correct, especially as you begin the process of lowering your dose to get off the drug completely.

Do You Need More Information About Different Types of Detox? Call Now

If you would like to learn more about your detox options, call us. We can help you find the right detox program at a rehab near you.


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When you call you will be connected to a member of the Foundations Recovery Network who will assist in providing you with any questions you may have regarding the treatment process.

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