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Make Detox Your First and Last

Detox can be rough. You might feel anxious, nauseous, irritable, shaky, achy and generally terrible. Even with the best care it won’t exactly be pleasant. It might feel like withdrawal will never end. If there’s one sure thing in detox it’s that you don’t want to have to do it again. Here are some ways to improve your chances of staying in recovery so your first detox is your last.

First, detox in a clinic if at all possible. This vastly increases your likelihood of completing detox and completing it safely. Alcohol, benzos, and opioids can have fatal withdrawal symptoms. Medical care can mitigate the danger and make symptoms less unpleasant.

Detoxing in a clinic also keeps you from relapsing. If you detox at home, you might experience symptoms like a very bad flu. If you know that using again will make it all stop, it will be extremely difficult not to relapse. Imagine enduring three or four days of pain, diarrhea, and vomiting, relapsing and having to try again. Detoxing in a clean environment while medical staff manages your symptoms will ensure you actually finish.

Second, remember that detoxing is just a start. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because the drugs are out of your system you are not longer addicted. Addiction creates a deep groove that it’s easy to slide back into. If you can, you should enter a treatment program where you can work with a therapist and develop healthy habits in a protected environment.

Treating the causes of addiction is necessary for staying in recovery for good. These causes may include trauma, friends, or how you deal with stress. This can take a while to sort out. You have to learn new habits and new ways of dealing with people. You have change the way you think about stress, and maybe how you think about yourself. You may have years of bad habits to untangle.

Third, you need a support system. It’s not enough to just get rid of the negative influences in your life. You have to cultivate positive influences as well. You need social support. This can have many elements–repairing relationships with family and friends, seeing a therapist regularly, attending meetings, or maybe taking up a hobby that encourages healthy habits and social connection.

This isn’t just so you have someone to talk you down from cravings. Having more social support means you can deal with stress better because you have help. Less stress means less pressure to relapse.

Social support also means you support others. This is often an overlooked aspect of recovery. In helping others you help yourself. You feel better about yourself and you are less preoccupied with your own problems, including stress and cravings.

START your recovery at the Gardens Wellness Center in North Miami. Our comfortable environment offers the highest luxuries in detox, making sure you are safe and encouraged to make it through withdrawals. Changing the way we approach detox, our program is focused on holistic care in order to create a foundation of recovery. For information, call:  (844) 325-9168