The initial stage of recovering from a substance use disorder is ridding your body of any drugs or alcohol. This phase is known as detoxification, and it can be challenging and frightening. Withdrawal symptoms will vary based on the individual, the substance used and the length of time of their last use. Improper detoxing can lead an individual to suffer various medical emergencies if the procedure is not performed using safe medically approved and monitored protocols. Oversight by a medical team is crucial to ensure the safety of the individual. Often this stage has to be administered in a facility specifically designed for the detox process because of the risk involved where the individual is monitored around the clock by a medical staff. A good many people needing this phase of recovery will need to be institutionalized and will need to stay away from home in a residential environment – a hospital or stand-alone detox center – to ensure their safety. However, everyone does not enter this phase in the same condition. Some, less acute individuals may be able to go through the detox phase in the comfort of their own home interacting with family and friends in a much less life altering and disruptive manner. And for some clients, issues of privacy, past trauma, convenience, and lifestyle dictate the need for an alternative to an in-patient detox stay.