Why Do I Need Detox?

The Journey of Recovery Begins with Detox.

Detox is a critical first step in your addiction treatment. It is designed to help you break free from the toxic grip of addiction. Most substance abuse recovery programs require patients to complete detox before they can participate. There are sound clinical and practical reasons for requiring a patient be free from drugs or alcohol before taking the next step in their recovery journey.

Medically Monitored Detox is Safer

First and foremost, it is much safer to undergo detox in a medically monitored facility like Mayflower Detox. While it is possible for some people to successfully stop using drugs or alcohol on their own, a Medically Monitored ATS Detox program can prevent fatal side effects and reduce the intensity of severe withdrawal symptoms.

Detox Helps Patients Maintain Focus on Their Recovery

Another reason that completing detox is important is because it can help patients maintain focus during rehab and get the most out of their therapy and treatment programs. Working through recovery is a challenging process for anyone, however the chances of relapse are significantly higher for someone stuck in the grip of withdrawal symptoms.

Detox Can Identify and Treat Co-Occurring Disorders

People with substance abuse issues often have other co-occurring disorders that can be masked by their addiction. Patients with mental health disorders such as severe depression or anxiety can be at higher risk for suicide after stopping drug use.

The medical and clinical staff at Mayflower Detox is trained to diagnose and treat co-occurring disorders – particularly mental health issues. Our team looks for these co-occurring disorders during the initial intake process and continues to look for them as they may become more evident once the mask of addiction and withdrawal is removed

Detox Helps to Re-Wire the Brain

Many drugs, such as opiates, target pleasure receptors in the brain. The reward mechanism that is hardwired into all of us can make it nearly impossible to quit while your brain is still seeking drugs or alcohol. Even if a patient is mentally prepared to tackle recovery, the cravings for drugs or alcohol while still in withdrawal are a primary reason most fail and relapse.

Medically Monitored Detox Provides a Safer and More Comfortable Detox Experience

Most experts agree that the most effective environment for detoxification from drugs or alcohol is what is known as “medically monitored detox” (this is also known as ATS Detox ). In a medically monitored detox facility, the patient detoxes under the care of medical and mental health professionals who increase both their safety and comfort. Both of these factors have been shown to help increase the chances of a successful recovery.


There are several elements to a medically monitored detox. Some or all of these may be part of your individual treatment plan. These include:

  • Medications to mitigate the risks of severe withdrawal and/or withdrawal complications

  • Nutritional support and physical exercise to promote early recovery.

  • Psychological and behavioral counseling and support.

  • Supervision by a trained clinical team to manage any emergencies that arise.

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At Mayflower Detox, we have pioneered the concept of concierge-level intake support. Our Rapid Intake coordinators will handle everything from admission to scheduling and coordinating transportation to insurance billing

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Mayflower Detox is in Wilmington, Massachusetts. Completed in 2021, the brand new $12 million detox-only facility is in a great location close to Boston, Logan Airport, and Southern New Hampshire. The 22,000 square foot facility is just minutes from Rte. 95, Rte. 128, or Rte. 93. Click here for directions.