Detox can prevent unpleasant or fatal consequences resulting from sudden cessation of use and can aid the patient in becoming abstinent from drugs. Detox from opioids or alcohol can be a particularly dangerous process, during which medical supervision is necessary to ensure the patient’s safe withdrawal.
People suffering from psychiatric issues could benefit from antidepressants or antipsychotics in order to stabilize. Finding a stable dosage of these medications will help to prepare the patient to begin the process of working through other issues that might be driving or worsening their addiction issues. Individuals receiving outpatient detox are also more likely to cancel appointments and fail to complete detoxification. Conversely, inpatient detox facilities provide around-the-clock medical care and supervision to ensure that the patient isn’t in danger.