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Anyone considering treatment for drug or alcohol addiction is faced with many options. They must consider which treatment facility would be best for them, whether inpatient or outpatient care is advisable, whether health insurance will cover the cost and the nagging worry about getting through the detox procedure.

The road to wellness begins with detox, which allows the body to rid itself of all traces of drugs or alcohol in order for effective treatment to begin. Most people are apprehensive about the detox part of treatment due to the fact that they will now be deprived of their substance of choice whether it be drugs or alcohol. When a person who is addicted to either substance is suddenly deprived of it, withdrawal symptoms emerge; some of which can be extremely debilitating.

One of the reasons residential treatment is recommended is that during withdrawal or detox, medical supervision is available and medication may be prescribed at the discretion of a clinician to make the process more comfortable. Another benefit of residential treatment is that the person being treated is away from any source of temptation and the minutiae of daily life, leaving them free to focus fully on their treatment and recovery.

If a person has been diagnosed with an underlying condition in addition to the primary condition, both conditions must be treated concurrently in order to achieve the most successful outcome. This is known as dual diagnosis. Most reputable treatment centers check for underlying conditions during the initial admission process. For example, if a person is admitted because they are struggling with drug addiction which was triggered by anxiety, both the addiction and the anxiety condition must be treated simultaneously. If only the addiction is treated, the person will leave treatment still dealing with anxiety and the chance of drug relapse will be high.


In many cases, individuals dealing with either addiction or mental illness will find the useĀ  of medication helpful in their recovery process.

With medication, the need and use of medication will depend on what is going on with the client. For instance, a client who is dealing with anxiety may be prescribed anti-anxiety medications. In other cases, a person may be given medication to help with withdrawal and cravings.

Whatever the medication used is, it is vital that the patient follow their prescription to the best of their abilities and remain in contact with their doctor to monitor any adverse side effects. Additionally, it benefits many in recovery to join the use of medication with some form of therapy. This combination often gets the best results and significantly lowers the risk of relapse.


With therapy there are normally many types to choose from though which therapy a person goes with will normally depend on their circumstances.

One commonly used therapy is Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is an integral part of treatment and is effective in changing the behavior of people suffering from drug addiction, alcoholism and a wide range of other disorders. A person works one-on-one with their therapist who teaches them to become aware of negative or incorrect thinking and how to respond in a healthier way, leading to a better outcome.

Another form of therapy is group therapy. This therapy form is supervised by a clinician and gives clients the opportunity to share their experiences and hear the experiences of others. It is comforting for a person to realize they are not alone in their struggle to conquer addiction.

As a person becomes familiar with the process, a therapist may assign homework so the technique can be practiced. A benefit to the patient is that they are able to use the technique on a daily basis following completion of treatment and when they are in their home environment.

There are also alternative therapy options one can choose from. Many treatment centers offer these alternative therapeutic activities as an adjunct to treatment. These can include equine therapy, art, yoga, meditation and exercise.

Find help today

If you would like further information regarding detox and treatment, please call the Arizona Detox Helpline to speak with a member of our staff. We can provide up-to-date information of detox assistance and help you find a detox and/or treatment program that best fits your needs. All you have to do is call.