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Detoxing on your own at home is tempting but it’s also risky. From relapse, overdose, mental health issues, and medical complications, attempting to detox without medical supervision can have some very serious consequences. If you’re ready to get sober, medical detox can be an excellent solution. Here are seven of the top benefits of medical detox.

  1. Medical detox provides a solid foundation and introduction to the treatment process.

Effective addiction treatment is made up of a series of treatment episodes that address each individual’s various physical and psychological aspects of addiction. For many people, medical detox is often the first stage of this process, and a very important one too. It stabilizes your physical state of being, helps you cope with the emotional aspects of sobriety, and provides a stable and supportive foundation for a life in recovery. It also serves as a bridge into rehab and ongoing treatment because your treatment team can provide trusted referrals to high-quality drug and alcohol rehab that will cater to your individual needs and preferences.

  1. Medical detox can save your life.

In some cases, drug withdrawal can cause death. Certain drugs like benzodiazepines, alcohol, or opiates can produce dangerous and deadly drug withdrawal symptoms that require immediate medical attention. If you’re detoxing at home, you are less likely to receive the treatment you need in a timely manner, especially if you’re detoxing alone without a support person. Medical detox is the safest option and ultimately, it can save your life. If you’re addicted to benzodiazepines, alcohol, opiates, or you’ve been abusing several different substances simultaneously, we can help you safely detox.

  1. Medical detox is more comfortable.

Depending on certain individual factors, the type of drug(s) you abused, and how long you’ve been abusing them, withdrawal symptoms can range from very mild to very severe. It’s often difficult to anticipate the severity and duration of withdrawal symptoms, but generally, the longer and more frequently you abused a drug, the more intense and long-lasting the withdrawal symptoms will be. Fear of drug withdrawal can easily keep you trapped in a lifestyle of addiction, but medical detox makes the whole process much more comfortable. We use medications and clinical therapy to help you heal and rest as you prepare for ongoing treatment in rehab.

  1. Medical detox may reveal and treat underlying issues.

While treating your withdrawal symptoms, detox staff may uncover medical or mental health disorders that may have contributed to your addictive behaviors. This is called dual diagnosis and it’s quite common in America.  In fact, 7.9 million people in the U.S. experience substance use disorders and mental health problems simultaneously.1 If you are experiencing mental health problems, it’s important to receive treatment for both your addiction and your mental health issues, otherwise, a full recovery may be impossible. Detox can help uncover these issues and begin treatment for them right away.

  1. Medical detox provides a sober and safe environment.

Our detox center in Houston provides an ideal environment in which you can focus on your recovery, rest, and heal while you receive professional support and treatment. Our medical detox center can shield you from the triggers you would normally encounter in your home environment or elsewhere in other places that you frequent daily. We also provide immediate access to professional staff members (many of whom are also in recovery) as well as supportive peers who have similar life experiences and struggles.

  1. Medical detox reduces the likelihood of relapse.

A medical detox program is often much more effective than self-detox at home. This is because clients receive one-on-one professional care with treatment that is tailored to their individual circumstances. If you enroll in a detox program at Briarwood in Houston, you aren’t treated like a statistic. You’re treated as an individual with unique circumstances, physical factors, treatment history, preferences, and emotions. We work closely with each client to ensure their comfort and address any ongoing or current factors that may increase their risk for relapse. A medical detox program can also greatly reduce your risk of overdosing after detox because we will provide personalized recommendations for sobriety maintenance, whether that’s residential rehab or outpatient treatment.

  1. Medical detox makes the transition into rehab easier.

Detox alone isn’t a cure for addiction. Instead, it’s the start of a brand new lifestyle and a precursor to ongoing intensive treatment for substance abuse problems. Medical detox is a process that allows you to safely achieve a stable, sober state so that you can start thinking clearly and healing physically. Mental and physical healing also lead to emotional healing, which is just as important for a full recovery from addiction. Starting treatment for addiction isn’t always easy, but medical detox can bridge the gap and help clients find the right type of treatment in an environment that is safe, comfortable, and supportive.

Why Choose Medical Detox in Houston?

Our medical detox programs at Briarwood Detox Center in Houston are offered in a safe, secure, and home-like environment. They are individually crafted to meet the needs of each client. Every detox program begins with a comprehensive assessment that will help us determine the extent of your treatment needs and design a personalized detox program for you.

Throughout your treatment at Briarwood, we will provide compassionate and professional care, with round-the-clock medical assistance and clinical treatment with professional counselors. Our multidisciplinary treatment programs are designed to be fluid, so as your needs change, so does our treatment plan. We adjust according to what you need and what will provide the best opportunity for sustained sobriety.

Briarwood Detox Center in Houston also provides additional care services and options that cater to clients’ lifestyles, individual preferences, and financial abilities, such as:

  • Executive detox program
  • Music and art activities
  • Private and shared rooms
  • Family support
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Delicious and nutritious meals
  • H&I meetings
  • Multiple payment options (health insurance, EAPs, HSAs, financed loans, etc.)

We also provide intervention assistance, so if you’re struggling to get a loved one into treatment, we can connect you with a qualified interventionist.

A medical detox program is often the safest and most effective way to get sober. If you’re ready to take the next step, call Briarwood Detox Center to learn more about medical detox in Houston today. Our admissions representatives are ready to take your call.



  1. https://www.nami.org/learn-more/mental-health-conditions/related-conditions/dual-diagnosis