The goal of detoxification, also called “detox” or withdrawal therapy, is to enable you to stop taking the addicting drug or put a halt to the addictive behaviour resulting in an unhealthy mental state as quickly and safely as possible.
For some people, it may be safe to undergo withdrawal therapy on an outpatient basis. Others may need admission to a hospital or a residential treatment centre.
Withdrawal from different categories of drugs — such as depressants, stimulants or opioids — produces different side effects and requires different approaches. A detox may involve gradually reducing the dose of the drug or temporarily substituting other substances, such as methadone, buprenorphine, or a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone.
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