If you’re scared of quitting drugs, convinced the experience will be too hard and too painful, odds are good that what you fear most is drug detox. Detox is the slow and steady process through which drugs leave your body. It’s the only way to get sober, and the first step on the road to breaking free from cravings and withdrawal. But there’s no escaping the fact that detox is challenging. The good news is that we make the drug detox as comfortable as possible, treating your side effects and offering you a steady stream of compassionate, understanding support.
What Happens During Drug Detox?
Detox begins the moment you stop using drugs. As drugs exit your system, your body goes into a shock-like state, because drug addiction has convinced your body that it needs drugs to survive. Some of the most common symptoms drug addicts experience during the drug detox process include:
- Intense cravings
- Emotional distress, including mood swings, depression, anxiety, anger, hostility, and thoughts of suicide.
- Muscle aches and headaches.
- Night sweats.
- Changes in sleeping and eating habits.
- Disturbing dreams.
- Difficulty with concentration and motivation.
- Panic attacks.
- Vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.
In rare cases, some addicts experience more dangerous symptoms, such as loss of consciousness or severe dehydration. The severity of detox is partially dependent on the drugs you use, with drugs such as alcohol and opiates producing more intense symptoms than most other drugs.
Your health can also play a role, since people with mental illness are more likely to suffer intense emotional side effects, while those with a history of physiological issues may see those problems exacerbated during withdrawal. Likewise, prolonged use of drugs and alcohol tends to make detox worse, so be sure to tell your treatment team about any and all substances you use, as well as how long you have used them.
Why Do I Need to Detox?
Simply put, drug detox is the necessary prerequisite to sobriety. Until you detox, your thoughts are still polluted with addictive substances, compromising your judgment and undermining your health. Further, because addiction is a disease, even low-level exposure to addictive drugs can reignite your addiction, so detoxing is the first step toward working on the underlying causes of your addiction.
What Can We Do to Make Detox Better?
Detox is always a challenging process, but there are steps you can take to make it less so. Choosing to pursue treatment, rather than going it alone, is the single most important step you can take.
When you come to our facility, we’ll gather as much information as possible about your addiction, so we can better understand you, your needs, your lifestyle, how you think, and how your addiction makes you feel.
From there, we offer:
- Medical care to ensure you’re safely navigating the detox process. As symptoms appear, we’ll treat them. For instance, if you suffer from difficulty sleeping, we can offer you help to get a better night’s sleep.
- Psychological support to deal with cravings, mental health symptoms, and relationship issues. Therapy, compassionate support, and plenty of education figure prominently in our support system.
- Long-term planing to help you cope with future cravings, all while addressing any underlying medical issues caused by your addiction.
You can do it, and we can help. Let us show you the way to a better life that is drug free. Don’t hesitate to call us today and start your drug detox with professional help.