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Detoxification is a set of interventions aimed at managing acute intoxication and withdrawal. Supervised detoxification may prevent potentially life-threatening complications that might appear if the client was left untreated. At the same time, detoxification is a form of palliative care (reducing the intensity of a disorder) for those who want to become abstinent or who must observe mandatory abstinence as a result of hospitalization or legal involvement. Finally, for some patients it represents a point of first contact with the treatment system and the first step to recovery.
One of the goals of detoxification in addition to stabilization of the clients’ medical condition is to motivate the client to enter and complete treatment. Priority admissions are required for pregnant injection drug users, pregnant women, injection drug users and women with children.
Detoxification services are currently provided in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau.