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Detoxification (or detox) is the initial period of medical
management aimed at helping a person who abuses alcohol or other drugs.
Medicines may be used to treat symptoms and prevent complications, such as
Detoxification is most successful when it takes place in a setting like a hospital. But it may also be done in an outpatient setting
depending on the severity of the person's dependency and other medical
problems. It usually includes mental health counseling with medical monitoring,
supervision, and support.
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
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