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The Dangers of Social Detox

Therapy is a critical part of any treatment program, but it shouldn’t be the only part.

People used to think that rehab and detox were the same thing. In other words, get the drugs out of your system and you’re good to go.

We now know that’s a joke.

Sure, the drugs may be out of your system, but your brain is still changed—and it takes time and treatment to recover. That’s where many say that social detox comes in. It’s a way of getting both your body and your brain back to normal.

But here’s the thing: It can also be dangerous—and there are ways of getting the benefits of social detox without the risks.

What is Social Detox?

Social model detox is kind of a fancy term for a pretty simple concept. It’s when you get through detox without any medication and, instead, embrace therapy and counseling as the sole methods of managing your addiction.

Sounds great, right? The problem is there are some addictions for which the physical withdrawal can range from unpleasant to life-threatening. This is especially true of alcohol, opioids and heroin.

And that’s where medically assisted treatment comes in. It can get you past the rough patches of the initial detox and help you reduce cravings as you move forward with rehab.

A Third Option

There is a third option that offers the best of both social and medical detox.

Research has established that treatment programs are most effective when they’re 90 days or longer. In the best programs, doctors treat everyone like the individuals they are. You may need medical detox or you may not. But the point is that it will be available if you do need it.

Once you’re past the initial detox, that’s when you dig into the hard part. You’ll grapple with the past and try to see why you started using in the first place. You’ll work on learning coping skills and new strategies for managing life. You’ll address any co-occurring conditions like depression or anxiety.

In the best treatment programs, you can have it all—which will give you the support and strategies you need to move forward with confidence.

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The Raleigh House is a residential treatment center located in Denver that believes addiction isn’t just a physical problem. Our master’s level trained therapists get to the root cause of addiction and will help you develop a strategy to manage and enjoy life without drugs or alcohol. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about our 90-day drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs.

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