What Is Medically-Assisted Detoxification?

Medical Detoxification is a process that systematically and safely withdraws people from addicting drugs, while under the care of a physician. Drinking alcohol or using drugs can cause physical dependence over time and stopping them can result in withdrawal symptoms in people with this dependence. The detoxification process is designed to treat the immediate bodily effects of stopping drug use and to remove toxins left in the body as a result of the chemicals found in drugs and/or alcohol.

Three categories of medications commonly used include:*


  • Antagonists, which activate opioid receptors. Taken orally, these antagonists are slow acting and can prevent withdrawal symptoms.


  • Partial agonists which activate opioid receptors but produce a diminished response can relieve cravings without producing the “high” or dangerous side effects of opioids.


  • Antagonists which block the receptor and interfere with the rewarding effects of opioids. 

* The drug categories listed above are for informative use only and are not to be taken as an indication of what medications you or any patient would receive in our facility.  Our Medical Director, a licensed medical doctor, will exam each patient and make all decisions regarding any medication prescribed for our patients.


What Comes After Detox? 

A licensed clinician is the only person that can determine what the next Level of Care is for any patient. Often, the next step after detox is enrollment in a residential, in-patient facility.  If that is the case, The Haven will refer you to a residential program that is both clinically as well as financially appropriate. If an out-patient program is suggested, our staff will give you references, assisting you in finding the very best facility for your needs.