One of the biggest steps in dealing with alcoholism is detox. It is often a process that’s feared because we hear so much about the negative symptoms. Detox, or detoxification is almost exactly what it sounds like. Any mood-altering substance such as alcohol is essentially a poison, therefore toxic. You need to go through alcoholic detox to make sure that your body is free of the toxic effects of alcohol and you can begin your journey of recovery. How do you know if you need detox? The best way to find out is to talk to your doctor. He or she will interview you about your drinking, give you a thorough medical exam and help you determine if you need to go through detox. If you’ve been drinking quite heavily on a regular basis, you might. But don’t be scared of the process! You will have medical supervision throughout the process, and caring professionals will do their best to help make you comfortable.