The beginning of any recovery journey involves detoxification, the process in which the body naturally dispels toxins acquired throughout a person’s substance abuse. This period of time can be filled with mixed emotions. A person may feel relieved that they’ve made the decision to pursue sobriety, yet they may also be terrified to think about going through detox.
No matter what your current thought process is on detox, it’s important to understand the facts so you know what to expect.
The Detox Process
Many drugs produce uncomfortable or dangerous withdrawal effects that make detoxification a necessary step before resident treatment can begin. It is true that at the start of detox, you may experience some very unpleasant sensations and symptoms. These may include sweating, anxiety, agitation, muscle aches, and insomnia.
It’s important to remember that under the supervision of our healthcare team at Alta Loma, you’re safe – despite any discomfort you may be feeling. You may feel off as your mind and body rejuvenate from the addiction. Violence, symptoms of psychosis, injury to oneself, medical illness, and suicidal thoughts may occur during detox.
But you are not alone, and you will have plenty of support. In some instances, there may be medication available to help you work through difficult times.
Not All Detox Experiences Are the Same
The detox phase can take longer for some than others. For example, detox from alcohol can be relatively quick compared to detox from narcotics. Some people have been using multiple substances and will need to withdraw from them all at the same time.
Research confirms that your withdrawal symptoms can be impacted by many different things:
- Length of your addiction
- Combination of drugs used (including alcohol)
- Dosage and/or half-life of any drugs taken when you enter detox
- Any co-occurring physical or mental disorders
While it may seem daunting, detox is crucial for you to begin recovery. The symptoms of detox may be unpleasant for a while, but they are only temporary. They won’t last forever. The opportunity to heal that’s waiting for you on the other side is well worth it.
Alta Loma works with individuals and their families to coordinate any detoxification needs before becoming a resident. A medically-supervised detox allows residents to begin their treatment on the right foot, with a steady resolve and a clear mind. Don’t let fear keep you from the healthy, happy life you deserve. Call us today at (866) 457-3843.