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5 Ways to Pass the Time in Detox

Detox may last from a few days to a few weeks, depending on what’s in your system and how long you have been using. You will definitely have some down time. How you spend that time depends to some extent on how bad your symptoms are. Lying in bed may be the most you can do. Eventually, you’ll be able to manage a bit more, and that’s when the boredom starts.

If you feel like you need to do something to pass the time, what that is depends on your facility. Different facilities have different rules and different amenities. Some facilities even restrict reading material, lest something you read tempts you back into old habits. Some facilities may offer many different activities, which they will tell you about. Here are some things you can do on your own to make the time in detox pass a little more quickly.

Watch movies or TV. This is half a step up from lying in bed. If you’re feeling just well enough to be bored, you can probably keep your eyes open and stare at a screen. If you still feel pretty bad–and you have any choice in the matter–go for something simple or familiar that doesn’t demand too much concentration. When you feel a little better, watch something a little more demanding.

Read. There’s almost always something to read, even if it’s the Big Book of AA. Reading demands a little more concentration than watching TV, but there’s still plenty of range in difficulty, from flipping through People magazine to reading The Canterbury Tales. You may want to choose something inspiring or comforting–think Victor Frankl or AA Milne, not Sartre or Dostoyevsky. Or you might prefer a spiritual text.

Draw. It’s easy to get a pen and paper. You can doodle or draw whatever is in your room or outside your window. You can draw 10 self-portraits a day and see how they change. If you’re “not artistic,” it doesn’t really matter. Detox is a time for new beginnings. This is a good time to start trying new things without judging yourself for not being good right away.

Write. Writing during detox may actually be very good for you. You don’t have to be Tolstoy; you can start by recording your progression of symptoms. “Woke up at eight with headache and slight nausea.” It doesn’t have to be more than that and it might help your doctors assess your treatment. Also, studies show that writing can help you better deal with difficult situations. Writing down, as specifically as possible, what you’re going through can make you feel more in control of your feelings and reduce stress.

Do puzzles. Any kind of puzzle will do–jigsaw puzzle, Rubik’s cube, sudoku, crossword puzzles, etc. Not only do these pass the time, but they require a certain amount of focus. The more you focus on the puzzle, the less you notice your symptoms.

Gardens Wellness Center is redefining the approach to detox. Our comfortable environment is designed to support the detox process while helping each client recognize their human dignity in recovery. Detox is the first step in recovery. Start your journey to wellness today by calling us for information:  (844) 325-9168