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medical detox

treatment for physical drug dependence and withdrawal symptoms.

For many people, alcohol or drug rehab begins with a period of medical detoxification. At Northern Arizona Center for Addiction, we have clinical and support staff on-site who are trained and equipped to help patients cope with the severe withdrawal symptoms that can occur after stopping the use of drugs or alcohol.

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is detox necessary?

Medical detox can be necessary, especially in cases of severe substance abuse. Without medical care, withdrawal symptoms can be extremely unpleasant, dangerous, and even life-threatening. Detox allows our clients to safely withdraw from drugs or alcohol in relative comfort, with the supervision of round-the-clock nursing care.

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who needs medical detox?

Not every client at NACA requires medical detox, but certain drugs or levels of abuse warrant medical intervention. Some substances that often require detoxification include:


Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are among the most dangerous, and can be life-threatening in severe cases. A medically-supervised alcohol detox is always recommended and usually necessary.


Abruptly stopping the use of benzodiazepines (like Xanax or Valium) can be life-threatening and should never be attempted without medical supervision.

heroin & opiates

Although opiate detoxification is seldom life-threatening, the withdrawal pains of heroin detox may require medical management for relief.

prescription pain pills

Prescribed opioids produce withdrawal symptoms very similar to heroin.

cocaine & methamphetamine

Some clients with stimulant addiction need medical detox to manage the extreme mood imbalances that may begin shortly after drug use stops.

club drugs, inhalants, marijuana and other drugs

Depending on the circumstances (i.e., dual diagnosis, significant use, polysubstance addiction), people abusing other drugs—or a combination of drugs—may need medical detox as well.

how long does detox take?

Medical detox is the first step in your journey towards an addiction-free life. There is no set duration for this part of treatment, and much of it will depend on the drugs or alcohol involved and extent of the abuse. Duration also depends on the medical history of each individual patient.

Detox can take anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks, but our medical team will be there to monitor your progress and help you through the entire process.

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Our treatment philosphy.

At Northern Arizona Center for Addiction, we believe that healing of the body, mind and spirit are all necessary to overcome substance abuse. We offer a wide range of rehab options in order to facilitate your personal recovery. Our clients can go through drug and alcohol rehabilitation in a safe, comfortable environment, with holistic plans customized to their needs.

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