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Tips for Getting Through Detox

Going through a process of detoxification can be a harrowing experience. When we stop using drugs, we face a host of uncomfortable symptoms. If we don’t allow our bodies to go through the entirety of the process, our pain and suffering will be for nothing. Getting through detoxification is the first step toward discovering a life of happiness, joyousness, and freedom in sobriety. It isn’t easy, but here are three tips to make it through.

Remember that it Ends

The symptoms of withdrawal during detox can feel overwhelming at times. We know in the back of our minds that we could feel relief by returning to drug use. Relapsing before detoxification is over will restart the entire process. We must keep in mind that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We are breaking our physical dependence in order to live a life of freedom. The pain and suffering we may face in the process of detoxification pales in comparison to the pain and suffering that we would face if we continued on the path of addiction. The pain of detoxification ends, but the pain of continuing in active addiction may not.

Be Present in the Moment

Anxiety and depression are common symptoms of withdrawal. When we feel these emotions, it is easy to allow our minds to race and think too much about the past or future. We may convince ourselves that it is all too much for us and we can’t possibly go through with achieving and maintaining a lifetime of sobriety. Detoxification is not the time to let these thoughts overtake us. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains, “Although medically assisted detoxification can safely manage the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal and can, for some, pave the way for effective long-term addiction treatment, detoxification alone is rarely sufficient to help addicted individuals achieve long-term abstinence.” After detoxification, we will enter into treatment that will address all of our concerns about the future. During detoxification, however, we should stay focused on getting through the process, moment by moment.

Trust Medical Staff

Detoxification programs are staffed with medical professionals who are able to address and manage withdrawal symptoms as they occur. If we are being treated with medications such as buprenorphine or benzodiazepines, we may feel some relief from our symptoms. However, the more of these medications we use and how slowly we taper down from them can prolong the detoxification process. We should trust the medical staff supervising our detox because they understand how to get us through the process with minimal symptoms, and can treat any potentially dangerous symptoms that may occur.

Detoxification alone isn’t enough for us to overcome addiction. We must follow detoxification with a treatment program that addressed all the underlying mental, physical, and spiritual causes of our drug and alcohol use. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, offers medically supervised detoxification to ensure all clients have a safe and positive beginning to the treatment process. For information about Detoxification and other treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431