Once life has become unmanageable, then the addict needs to make huge changes. They need to get out of their environment temporarily or permanently. A drug addict usually needs an inpatient rehab stay, which is generally a minimum of 30 days. It is important to get medical supervision while detoxing off the drugs, but it is equally important to get other psychiatric help after the detox. Detoxing is the first step of inpatient rehab. The first 3 to 7 days is typically a detoxification period for addicts. Opiates require suboxone, subutex, methadone, or other medications to help comfort the withdrawal symptoms. Other medications such as Vistral and other anti-anxiety medications can be given. Benzodiazepines can be just as dangerous to detoxify from because seizures are a common withdrawal symptom. Methamphetamine detox can be dangerous because the addict may arrive intoxicated with a lack of sleep which may cause a dangerous psychosis. Alcohol withdrawal is a bit different and can actually be fatal. It can cause life-threatening seizures, organ failure, and hallucinations. Alcohol withdrawal needs to be done with the right medical supervision. By remaining within a treatment center, the addict can receive vital coping skills and can then learn how to live without chemicals. Once the drugs are not in the person’s brain, then the real rehabilitation occurs. The brain has to rewire itself, so during the time stayed at the facility, there is rehabilitation happening within the body and the mind.