While alcohol detoxification programs vary for each patient, they use either an all-natural approach, medication, therapy or a combination of these methods. Detoxification can occur at a rehabilitation facility or at the patient's home, although at-home detoxification is difficult due to alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
In a natural detoxification, the patient stops drinking alcohol and allows the body to naturally rid itself of toxins. Rehabilitation facilities that use medication provide patients with medication that helps to ease withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, sweats, chills and a strong desire for alcohol. Facilities that use therapy have patients talk about issues with therapists or counselors. Most facilities use a combination of medication and therapy.