If you have been struggling with an alcohol or drug use problem and have been resisting getting help because you are unsure if you need detox or treatment, because you do not understand the difference between the two, here is some information that can perhaps help you make a decision.

Excessive drugs and alcohol use can over time result in toxic chemicals that build up in the body as a result of the substance use. Detox or detoxification is the process of removing these chemicals from the body. Depending on the type of drug use you have had, the amount of drugs you have used, how often you have used drugs and how long your use has continued; you may or may not need detox from drug use. If you are unsure as to whether or not you will need detox, you should talk to your doctor, who is the best qualified to help you make that decision.

Detox is available as an inpatient or outpatient and with the aid of medication or without medication. Holistic detox may consist of vitamin or meditation therapy and yoga and acupuncture and is considered non-medical.

Medical detox is available as both outpatient and inpatient. Outpatient medical detox, such as is found in a Methadone clinic, give the individual the opportunity to self report and receive medication that they may take and detox at home. The overall benefit to this type of detox is that it allows the individual to maintain their regular daily schedule while detoxifying.

Inpatient medical detox may be given in a hospital or a private facility and both of these procedures allow the patient to receive medication that will help alleviate the withdrawal symptoms. Although both are believed to be effective, IV therapy medical detox seems to be the type of medical detox that most physicians recommend due to the ability to control the medication for an immediate response.

Rehab treatment is a program that an individual may attend after detox or in place of detox to help them rebuild their live and develop coping skills that will help them as they try to be successful at sobriety.

Treatment programs are available in holistic methods, similar to those found in holistic detox, as well as traditional programs that include 12 steps programs and cognitive behavioral therapy programs. 12 steps programs follow the traditional philosophy that alcohol and drug use are a disease and that they are passed down through an alcoholic or addiction gene. These types of programs also believe that the individual is powerless against drugs and alcohol and the only treatment available is abstinence, belief in a higher power and therapy for the rest of the individual’s life. There is some controversy as to how effective 12 steps programs and Saint Jude Retreat’s research has proven that people are more successful on their own, or in an alternative non 12 step program.

Cognitive behavioral education, exclusively available at Saint Jude Retreats enlists the aid of self change, behavioral modification and making decisions and creating habits that lead to a more productive and purposeful life. St. Jude Retreats offers a cognitive behavioral therapy program that builds confidence and self esteem to empower their guests to have a life that is permanently free from drugs and alcohol.