If you are on of the many American’s justifying your addiction it’s time to make a permanent change. The first step in overcoming your dependence on drugs or alcohol is to seek a detox plan that you feel comfortable with. There are many fears associated with the detox process that may be allowing you to justify your addiction and refuse help. While these fears are valid, it is not a reason to avoid change, especially if the quality of life that you’re living right now is very poor. Ease your fears by reading the following:
Fear #1 Detox will be painful.
The withdrawal period can be unpleasant for sure, however the right detox will keep you comfortable and pain free for the most part. You may be wondering how that is possible? IV based therapy detox is one of the world’s most comfortable forms of detox. Instead of your body quickly withdrawing from substance quickly, it is spread over numerous days so you can slowly taper off of the substance you’re using. The length of detox matters, and detox programs offering a single injection or weekly pill should be avoided as they have been proven to be much less effective.
Fear #2 I am scared of dying during the detox process.
Once you’re in a safe facility, you should not fear that the withdrawal process can cause death. However, those that chose to self-detox at home can create a very dangerous situation or even death could occur in some cases, especially if you’re using opiates, or alcohol very heavily. A sudden withdrawal or commonly known as “going cold turkey” can throw the body into full cardiac arrest, affect blood pressure and attack the central nervous system. This is largely due to the fact that the body has become accustom to running on a certain level of drugs or alcohol, when that is suddenly stop the body isn’t quite sure how to respond. Detoxing in a safe environment is key, ensure that the detox program you chose has board certified doctors and emergency plans in place at their facility.
Fear #3 I am nervous detox will make me feel like I am in a mental facility.
There are many different types of detox centers out there, however not all are in hospitals, which can make you feel institutionalized. Depending on which type of detox you chose, there are some that will make you feel extremely comfortable like you’re in your own bedroom; right at home. Reputable detox centers will not make you feel drugged all day either, however there are many that do take place in mental health facilities due to the fact that people can go through a series of physical, emotional and mental changes through the course of the detox process. It is not uncommon for patients to have suicidal thoughts or hallucinations. However these symptoms vary from person to person and some may not experience any of these at all. Regardless of the addiction, each person’s dependence is different and so is their experience with detox. However, avoiding detox should not be a reason why you continue to justify your addiction, as it is a very important step to you overcoming substance abuse. In some cases, a person that is addicted to substance will create reasons in their head that justifies their addiction to friends, family and those in the treatment industry trying to help them. In many cases, the fear of the detox process or even the symptoms caused by the withdrawal period can be a reason for them to prolong using and never seek the help they really need.