Detoxification is not comprehensive opiate treatment

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stocksnap_6r7kcxbeeeAn interesting experience doctors can face when treating an individual with addiction is a demand for detoxification.  Indeed, sometimes the demand is so strong that it would seem that detoxification is the entire treatment for addiction. Whilst detoxification can be a step in a treatment modality, there always has to be follow up and support, often with both medicines and behavioral treatments.  Detoxification alone with no follow up might simply increase the risk of relapse, and when that occurs, overdose.