In medically supervised detox, the detoxification process is overseen by medical professionals who know how to reduce the risks for serious problems and increase the odds of treatment success. The core elements of this safer approach include:
- 24/7 monitoring and support of physical health
- Use of as-needed medications to ease the symptoms of substance withdrawal
- Emotional/psychological support in the form of counseling or therapy
Addiction specialists and public health officials agree that medically supervised programs produce far superior results when compared to other alternatives.