In this video Joshua Persoff, a certified Chemical Dependency discusses drug and alcohol detox. Joshua explains the importance of going through detox with professional help with the examples of alcohol and benzodiazepines. Withdrawal from these substances can lead to potentially fatal seizures. It is highly recommended therefore to go through detox in the safe environment of a facility.
Joshua states that detox is not a fix to addiction; it is however the important first step to recovery. After detox patients are usually recommended to pursue treatment at either out-patients facilities or in-patient facilities.