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Detoxification is the process of withdrawing an individual in a safe and effective manner from a specific psychoactive substance to which the individual is addicted. It may take place in either an inpatient or an outpatient setting. The main aim of detoxification is to alleviate the signs and the symptoms of withdrawal that are generally contrary to those observed during intoxication in order to improve both physiological health and mental health functioning. Typically, detoxification is the first phase of an integrated program to prevent substance use relapse.

Detoxification Strategies

Detoxification programs involve both pharmacological and psychosocial interventions and may be accessed in an inpatient or an outpatient clinical setting. If circumstances permit, outpatient treatment is the preferred modality for delivery of care for several reasons, including the ...

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