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 the treatment process can begin. Often times, potential treatment clients try to detox on their own, which statistics show lead to a high relapse rate. Professionals from the Addiction Hotline recommend that the caller contacts the drug and alcohol rehab center he or she plans on entering treatment, for their recommendations regarding detox.