In many, if not most cases of addiction, chemical detoxification is the usual first step in treatment. Alcohol, sedatives and opiates all require some form of detox. Alcohol and sedative detox can be dangerous, but if often easier to do with proper medical supervision. Opiate detox is typically not dangerous, but is more difficult to complete. Historically, drug and alcohol detox was done on an inpatient basis. Over the last 10 years, more and more methods for outpatient detox of alcohol and drugs have been developed. For motivated and compliant clients, outpatient detox is a viable option. The benefits of undergoing this process on an outpatient basis are many, including lower cost, greater comfort, higher degree of safety, convenience, greater privacy, and the ability to not miss work. Newer technologies such as Suboxone and Subutex have made this process for opiates even easier. Drug and alcohol detox is an essential step that cannot be bypassed.