Detoxification is the first step in the recovery process.
Detox centers or alcohol addiction centers provide a safe place where the addicted individual can come off drugs/alcohol in a comfortable setting. In many cases, this is done in a hospital setting with a doctor and nurses on staff to administer medications and to ensure the client stays healthy during the detox process.
It is only after the detox is complete that the treatment process can begin. Often times, potential treatment clients try to detox on their own which, statistics show, result in a high relapse rate. Professionals from the Addiction Hotline recommend that the caller contact the drug and alcohol rehab center he or she plans to get treatment from, for their recommendations regarding detox.