Prescription drug addiction rehab begins with a process known as detoxification, or “detox.” This is an important phase of prescription drug addiction treatment. The human body can readily develop a physical dependence on certain drugs, and detox is the initial step that flushes the system of substances to lay the groundwork for overcoming addiction. Unfortunately, depending on the type of drug addiction being dealt with, there will be a phenomenon known as “withdrawal,” which is simply a body-wide system shock. The patient’s physiology is deprived of the drug in the system. The severity of withdrawal varies wildly with the type of drug and addiction level. For some, withdrawal may be no more severe than having flu-like symptoms and low-grade feelings of discomfort. For others, withdrawal can be excruciating, with cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and even more severe symptoms, some of which may require medical supervision.
While detox can be conducted in the home, this phase is much safer when supervised with professional help, so a hospital setting or experienced rehab center is strongly advised. This is especially true if the addiction is severe and has been going on for a prolonged period of time.