Medical detoxification is only the first stage of addiction treatment and by itself does little to change long-term drug use.

Participants must be detoxed and medically stabilized before entering the long-term residential treatment program. Fred Brown Recovery Services recognizes that acute withdrawal from some substances needs to be medically monitored and at best can interfere with optimal participation in residential treatment. Participants are assessed for the need for detoxification based on their usage history. When necessary, referrals may be made to appropriate medical detoxification.