An important step in The process by which addicts attempt to break the hold a certain substance or behavior has on their lives. This can refer to participation in a wide variety of methods. What they all have in common, is a sense that life is improving and the addict is regaining control. More from harmful substances. This is the process of allowing the body to recover from the damage done through overconsumption. When dependence is very heavy, detox should be done under medical professional oversight.