What’s the Difference Between Detox and Rehab?

The journey of recovery begins with a single step. But when you’re faced with so many options for addiction treatment, which direction should you head? To start, what’s the difference between detox and rehab?

Everyone must begin their journey with detoxification — the body’s process of clearing itself of drugs and alcohol.

Tackling detox and withdrawal on your own, however, can be difficult — and dangerous. Especially if you’re heading into opiate detox.

Many people choose to enter a medically-assisted detox facility. There, trained staff can provide the safety, support, and medications that may be needed to detox successfully.

It’s after detox that residential treatment – often known as “rehab” – can begin.

Residential treatment gives patients the opportunity to confront their addiction and the underlying issues that may have caused it.

That work takes place in many different ways. At The Mend, a typical treatment plan could include any of the following:

  • Clinical Groups
  • Weekly One-On-One Therapy Sessions
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Life Skills Education
  • Outside 12-Step Meetings
  • Alumni Support
  • Breathwork Meditation
  • Music Therapy
  • Recreational Outings
  • Self-Care Outings
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Sessions

The length of residential treatment can vary depending on the severity of a patient’s addiction. But no matter how long it takes, staff members will make sure you are ready to take the next step on your journey to recovery.

At The Mend, Care Coordinators will work with you to explore aftercare if you are interested. You might choose sober living, or intensive outpatient treatment.

If you’re still not sure how to start, call or message one of our Care Coordinators today.

Or, check out our ten-step guide to see if you are truly at your rock bottom.

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