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What are the Best Ways to Stay Busy During Detox?

Detox, to some extent, is just waiting. Having the proper care will make detox as short as possible, but your body still needs time to get the drugs out of your system. This usually takes about a week. During that week, you want to stay as busy. For one thing, staying busy helps keep your mind of withdrawal symptoms. Staying busy also helps stave off cravings, which can creep in when you’re bored. Finally, you can use this time constructively to get started on your recovery. Here are some ways to stay busy during detox.

Participate in your own recovery. When you are looking for ways to stay busy during detox, prioritize the things that will do you the most good in the long run. Sure, you could spend all day on Facebook–if your facility allows it–but eventually you will have to start working on the problems underlying your addiction. It’s better to start as soon as possible.

Instead of spending time alone, go to meetings or group therapy. Connect with others who are in the same predicament. You might think you will go when you feel better. We all want to stay in bed alone when we don’t feel well, but keep in mind that everyone else in meetings will probably feel a little bit terrible. In this situation, being around people who are going through the same thing will make you feel better. Not only will this get you started on recovery, but treatment centers usually offer incentives for going to meetings. So maybe going to a meeting is uncomfortable or difficult, but then you can do something fun afterward.

Read. This can take a bit of focus and concentration and depending on what you’re detoxing from, those might be in short supply. You might have to wait. When you feel up to it, detox is an excellent time for study and reflection. Your detox center might have books related to addiction and recovery or you might bring something of your own. Choose something positive, inspiring, or comforting. Read about people who have overcome addiction–The Big Book of AA is full of these stories–or revisit old favorites. Avoid heavy and depressing subjects. Crime and Punishment can wait.

Write. Writing about a difficult situation can help reduce stress by giving you a sense of control over what’s happening. You can start by just recording the progress of your withdrawal symptoms, something like, “Woke up at eight with a headache, slight nausea.” Add more detail as you go. Describe your emotions as specifically as possible. Describe how you felt after certain activities. Writing down two or things that went well that day, or that you feel grateful for can improve your mood and make you more optimistic. It can be something simple like, “My nausea finally went away and hasn’t come back. In group I said something I was afraid would sound stupid, but a lot of people agreed with me.” Keeping track of small wins can encourage you to keep going.

Human dignity has value. When a loved one chooses detox, they should be comfortable and treated with respect. Struggling with addiction is not something punished. Recovery should be supported with empathy and acceptance. Gardens Detox stands out, changing the way the industry approaches detox. Call us today for information on our programs:  (844) 325-9168