You have struggled with alcohol and drug addiction for too long and are ready to make a change. Congratulations! Your decision to enter detox has not been an easy one, but with the encouragement of friends and family, you are on your way to a healthier and happier life. It is likely that procrastination and resistance has been due to the negative feedback you have heard from people who attempted but could not complete detox. Push those negative thoughts out of your mind and focus on these 5 ways to have a successful detox and increase your chances for recovery.
1. Be Committed to Stay!
The number one reason why most people do not successfully complete detox is because they do not stay. Either they decide along the way that they don’t need it – that their substance abuse is not that bad – or that they feel great after a few days and decide that they do not need to stay any longer. The fact is that detox serves a purpose in the first step to recovery. The detoxification process removes the toxic chemicals from your body that are the result of your drug and alcohol addiction. You will need to stay in the facility a specific length of time. If you leave early, your chances of recovery success are diminished significantly.
2. Understanding Withdrawal
Withdrawal symptoms are part of the detox process and some people experience stronger symptoms than others. Although withdrawal symptoms differ depending on the type of substance abuse and severity, the most common symptoms include:
- Body aches
The detox facility you choose will have a specific method for dealing with withdrawal symptoms. Medical detox, especially IV therapy medical detox seems to be the method most preferred method because it helps to keep the patient comfortable throughout the process as it immediately deals with withdrawal symptoms.
3. Get Plenty of Rest
Your stay in a detox center will last anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks, depending on the type of substance abuse. While you are there it is important to get plenty of rest and to hydrate. Detox is a chance to cleanse your mind and body. It is a chance to talk out your frustrations, address your fears and to consider setting new goals.
4. First Step Detox, Second Step Rehab/Support
Recovery is an ongoing process. Most people think that they can go to detox, get clean and viola…they are cured. But, what happens the first time they are around their drinking or drugging friends, or drugs and alcohol? Sadly, they slip back into the same patterns and habits. Entering a rehab or community support program, such as a 12 Step group can help you learn ways to deal with triggers as they come and stay strong in recovery.
5. A New Life…New Habits
As you begin to build a new life for yourself that does not include drugs and alcohol, consider news ways to spend your time. Take a culinary class, learn to play golf or join a walking group. Changing your habits will help keep you in a positive frame of mind and you might make a few new friends along the way! If you or someone you know are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from alcohol and drugs and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.