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For those who suffer from an alcohol or drug addiction, the first step in getting "clean" and achieving a sober lifestyle is detoxification. During detoxification, a person must enroll in either a residential or nonresidential addiction treatment program. The difference is whether or not the recovering individual is detoxing at a facility that provides residential rehab program and will stay on the property after detoxification is completed, or if the individual will attend recovery therapies as a scheduled visit to a treatment center of his or her choice.

Depending on the drug or alcohol levels in the body, detoxification can last a few days. The side-effects of halting substance abuse may also vary, depending on the nature of the substance, and the strength of one's physical dependency. Some symptoms can be exclusively psychological or exclusively physical; though most symptoms are caused by a mixture of both. It's common for some forms of detoxification to be really uncomfortable (even devastating to the recovering individual) as the body readjusts to its normal state, which is functioning without drugs or alcohol in its system.

Detoxification is often regarded as one of the toughest parts of rehabilitation. However, a recent study shows that the real "test" is actually after detox. In a study done on 30 addicted people, only eight managed to remain sober six months after detoxification without further assistance from a rehabilitation program. This is because during detox, plenty of assistance and support is typically available to ensure that the majority of people remain sober. But after a few short weeks, once these people leave the detox center or end the addiction treatment program, the temptation to use a substance once again becomes unbearably strong, and there is virtually no support to help keep them from doing so. Detoxification in itself is difficult, considering the physical aspects of withdrawal. And not to forget that it is also the psychological end which remains with the recovering individual, even long after the body has healed from the shortage of substances. Cravings for drugs such as cocaine, heroin and meth, are known to last months after detoxification; this is why so many people who don't seek continued addiction rehabilitation treatment are so susceptible to relapsing.

Seeking out the assistance of a good rehab center is essential for the vast majority of people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. While detox is an unavoidable step in changing the bad habit of abusing drugs or alcohol, as well as the process of coping with withdrawal symptoms, alone it is not sufficient to get the job done. There are many drug rehabs in Florida that offer ample professional support, guidance, and therapy for ending the vicious cycle of detox and relapse. The key to ending a substance abuse problem is to get down to the source and sort out what may be driving the addiction. Detox should be considered a preliminary step to rehabilitation, not rehabilitation itself; psychological and mental factors must also be addressed and resolved.

Detox in itself does not contain the therapy and healing needed to clear up the root of the problem; it merely gets the body into a stable condition in order for it to do so. If you or someone you know is trying to kick the habit of substance abuse for good, it is important to know the benefits of continuing rehab after detox. By enrolling in a rehabilitation program after detoxification, the chances of remaining sober afterward jump up from a mere 11%, to a much more promising 75%. The chances are on your side when combining rehab and detox process in one whole program.

For more information on our addiction treatment programs and therapeutic approaches, call toll free at: 800-960-5041. Florida Center for Recovery offers residential drug and alcohol rehab treatment through 12-Step and Non 12-Step Programs.

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