Achieving long-term sobriety usually begins with a medical detox program. A detox helps those who have stopped using drugs and alcohol cope with withdrawal symptoms. Detox programs are supervised by medical and mental health professionals who work hard to ensure the highest possible level of comfort during the detox process. Oftentimes this involves administering medications to alleviate the most intense symptoms of withdrawal. In addition to receiving medication, clients will be encouraged to engage in activities focused on relaxation to reduce stress and promote an overall sense of well-being.