It is easier said than done…but quitting drugs and alcohol can be accomplished. Although research supports the fact that many alcoholics and addicts have a difficult time of resisting the urge to use and “just say no” to their substance abuse; it is possible to have a life that is free from addiction.
Finding the Strength
Ending an addiction is not as simple as making up your mind to stop using. The decision to get help and stop using drugs and alcohol is not a quick fix, but it is a lifestyle change and requires effort and active engagement to avoid relapse and slipping back into old patterns. The National Institute on Drug Abuse – NIDA – reports that chronic use of drugs and alcohol affect the brain in such a way that it alters the ability of the brain to function properly. In most cases, addicts and alcoholics continue their substance abuse in order to function.
When an individual with chronic or severe drug and/or alcohol addiction stops using, they begin to have withdrawal symptoms. Attempting to quit drugs and alcohol “cold turkey” or alone can be dangerous, even life-threatening, so it is important to get the appropriate help.
Take the First Step
For most substance users living with an active addiction, making a change requires getting help from a detox facility to cleanse the body of drugs and alcohol. The best option is to seek assistance from a professional medical detox facility which provides medical supervision and around the clock care. Studies show that the more comfortable the patient is throughout the process – the more likely they will complete it. A successful detox increases the chance for long-term sobriety.
Follow-Up with Rehab
Individuals that follow up detox with an experienced and strong rehab treatment program will further their chance for a successful recovery. There is a large variety of rehabilitation programs available from traditional residential, to long-term recovery homes, to non-residential programs for persons who wish to return to their daily schedules and so on. Take the time to research the philosophy of the facility, as well as the services they offer and what items they allow to be brought in, whether or not visitors are allowed and restrictions. Knowing this information in advance will help the process go more smoothly.
More is Better
On the topic of support…having more is better! A strong support circle whether it is from friends and family or through a community support group such as A.A. or another 12-Step group will go a long way in re-enforcing all that is needed to remain substance free and strong in recovery. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse and ready to get your life back, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Our IV therapy medical detox is the safest and most comfortable method for detoxing from alcohol and drugs. We will also help you plan for your continued recovery whether entering a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program or additional counseling. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at We will also help you plan for your continued recovery whether entering a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program or additional counseling. Call 855-338-6929, to see if our specialized treatment is right for you.