Detox is the process of allowing your body to eliminate all of a substance from your bloodstream and readjust to its absence. During detox, withdrawal symptoms often occur as the body undergoes many neurological and physical changes. Medical detox at The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper can help those needing to stop using drugs and alcohol.

What Is Medical Detox?

In our medical detox program, our experienced healthcare professionals provide medical support while your body removes unwanted substances, like alcohol or drugs. Medical detox services help reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, ensure your detox is successful and reduce the likelihood that dangerous symptoms or conditions will develop.

Medical detox is generally recommended for anyone struggling to stop using alcohol or drugs or who may have dangerous or unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Some common substances that people detox from when quitting a drug include:

Who Is Medical Detox For?

Each person is unique, and someone who may need medical detox should always meet with their doctor or addiction treatment team to discuss their specific situation. You may require a medical detox if you:

  • Expect to have moderate or severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms
  • Have experienced complications with detox in the past
  • Have underlying medical conditions 
  • Have a history of mental health disorders
  • Have unsuccessfully attempted to detox in the past
  • Have an addiction to more than one substance

Benefits of Medical Detox

  • Safer detox experience 
  • Improved comfort during detox
  • Increased likelihood of completing detox
  • Immediate transfer to rehab care following detox
  • Nutritious meals to rebuild your strength

What To Expect at Our Drug and Alcohol Detox Program

Medical detox at The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper is designed to meet your needs. Withdrawal symptoms can be incredibly uncomfortable and painful, potentially becoming life-threatening in some situations. Our medical team can offer medications to reduce the severity and discomfort of withdrawal symptoms, making the medical detox experience more comfortable.

You’ll receive 24/7 monitoring and daily visits from our physicians and nurses, so you are never alone during your withdrawal. We can also provide individual and group counseling to support your emotional well-being during medical detox, which you’ll continue in later levels of care with us.

Paying for Treatment

Paying for treatment may seem intimidating; however, we accept most major insurances. Your health insurance may cover some or all of your stay with us.

Our Facility

The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper is a cutting-edge, 55,000-square-foot facility offering a full continuum of care following your medical detox. Our facility features welcoming treatment areas, comfortable rooms and amenities to improve your overall rehab experience, including:

  • A fully equipped gym
  • An indoor basketball half court
  • An outdoor volleyball court
  • Bocce ball & shuffleboard
  • A yoga room
  • A game room
  • Entertainment lounges

We also provide detox-friendly meal options that optimize your recovery. Our state-of-the-art facility offers an environment for both physical and emotional healing during your stay with us.

Start Your Treatment Journey

Medical detox is a vital first step in your recovery journey. Our Recovery Advocates can answer your questions and get you started. Start your admission and get your life back. 


FAQs About Drug and Alcohol Detox

Frequently asked questions about the medical detox process follow.

Does medical detox treat addiction?

Medical detox is part of addiction treatment. Lasting addiction treatment really begins after medical detox, once you no longer use the substance and are not distracted by physical withdrawal symptoms. While medical detox is not the focus of addiction treatment, it is an essential first step in overcoming addiction.

What comes after medical detox?

After medical detox, most healthcare professionals recommend rehab treatment, where you learn long-term strategies for staying sober and maintaining your newfound freedom. Rehab focuses on the psychological aspects of addiction, helping you avoid giving in to cravings and learning how to cope without drinking or using drugs.

What withdrawal symptoms can I expect?

Withdrawal symptoms differ widely based on the substance you use and how heavily you use it. Withdrawal occurs because your brain reduces the sensitivity of a particular type of brain receptor specific to that substance. This means withdrawal side effects will generally be the opposite of whatever symptoms the substance you are using causes.

How long does detox last?

Medical detox can differ depending on the substance used and the individual. Most medical detoxes in our facilities take about five to seven days; however, they may be shorter or longer than this typical timeframe.

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Medical Disclaimer

The Recovery Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.