Detoxification can be accomplished suddenly, by complete and immediate cessation of all substance use or by slowly decreasing (tapering) the dose that a person is taking, to minimize the side effects of withdrawal.
Other helpful alternative approaches include identifying and eliminating food allergens from the diet, enhancing the function of the liver, augmenting the hydrochloric acid in the stomach, and completing a detoxification program.
Supporters of detox diets, like naturopathic doctor and author of Detoxification, Linda Page, assert that benefits of detoxifying include renewing and recharging the body, while jump-starting a healthier lifestyle.
Over 20 months 137 consecutive opiate addicts were followed after in-patient detoxification.
Detoxification using adrenergic alpha-2 agonists An excess of noradrenaline at the synapses is responsible for many of the withdrawal symptoms.