Detoxification services are for persons who want to eliminate their dependency on alcohol or other drugs -- such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, pain killers, “ecstasy” or prescription drugs -- from their lives .
Goals of “detox” services include an evaluation of the individual's addiction, getting the intoxicating substance out of the body and eliminating or reducing the reasons for the dependency. All of this is done while keeping risks from the withdrawal process to a minimum.
Detoxification services also include efforts to encourage and support people to seek ongoing treatment. Detox services can take place in a hospital or live-in program.