Stabilization and Detox

Stabilization and detox from alcoholism and substance dependency is the necessary starting point for you or a loved one trying to find the path to addiction recovery.

The First Step

It’s important for our clients and their loved ones to understand that the detoxification process is not rehabilitation treatment. Detox is the physical process of flushing the substances and the toxins they cause from the body.

Before real recovery from drug and alcohol abuse can begin, the mind and body must be cleansed of the toxins that build up from drug and alcohol use. No rehab treatment plan can work effectively, or provide a chance for long-term recovery from addiction, until they are removed from the body. Completion the detoxification process is a step that must be taken and generally marks the beginning of recovery.

Stabilization and detox are usually followed by counseling and behavioral therapies, like one of the outpatient treatment programs offered at Advanced Health and Education rehab center in New Jersey.


During the detox process, drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms are likely to appear. Signs of withdrawal can include anxiety, jumpiness, shaking, trembling, sweating, nausea, insomnia, depression, fatigue, loss of appetite, and even seizures.

It is important to note that alcohol withdrawal syndrome and benzodiazepine (tranquilizer) withdrawal syndrome can be deadly.  If you or a loved one has been abusing alcohol or tranquilizers, you should seek medical help before beginning any detox.  You can find more information here.

What you May Need for Detox

Patients who are clinically recommended to attend a detox facility should plan to bring certain items with them. What a patient can bring will vary from facility to facility, but often includes:

  • Picture identification
  • Appropriate/comfortable clothing for a 5-7 day stay
  • Personal hygiene products that do not contain any alcohol
  • Small electrical appliances (e.g., a razor or blow dryer)
  • Appropriate outerwear (like coats or jackets depending upon the season)
  • Prescription meds (including the original bottle – with label – doctor’s name, name of medication, and dosage)
  • Reading material
  • Socks and footwear
  • Enough cigarettes to last the stay
  • Exercise clothes

Call Us for Detox Referrals and Addiction Help

Please call our New Jersey rehab center today for a free consultation and information about detox and therapy programs that are available for you or your loved one. Call our rehab facilities in NJ 24 hours a day at 888-687-6977 or contact us here.

Advanced Health and Education can refer you to a professional, licensed detox center in NJ that will help you on the road to recovery.