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Why is Relaxation an Important Part of Detox?

Detox is a challenging time. Your body and brain have to quickly adjust to the absence of chemicals that have been present for years. Depending on the severity of your addiction, you may have a lot of physical healing to do. Different drugs can damage your body in different ways. Detox is the beginning of some long-deferred maintenance. It’s also the time when you start to learn to live without the drug. Relaxation is important for both of these processes.

Relaxation helps you heal. If you have been using for a while, you probably have some organ damage. Eventually, you want that damage to heal as much as possible for the sake of your long-term health. For the sake of detox, you need those organs to function as well as possible just to get the toxins out of your system, and if you feel stressed that will happen much more slowly. Stress delays physiological repair because it signals your body that there is an emergency and you have to use all available resources to deal with it. Unfortunately, this is the opposite of what you want to do in detox. The more you relax and let go of that stress, the more resources your body can devote to healing.

Stress triggers cravings. During withdrawal, you may feel terrible, and you know that using again is all it takes to feel better. You hardly need any more pressure. Cravings are often caused by stress and anxiety, especially when you feel like you can’t deal with whatever problem you’re facing. In detox, the only problems you face are making it through withdrawal and focusing on recovery. Finding ways to relax during detox helps you unlearn that reflex. Whether you relax with exercise, meditation, massage, or something else, you lower that baseline stress, making common problems less daunting. You also start to find out what works for you, which can help you form better habits for dealing with stress later in recovery.

Sleep better. Sleep is a huge factor in both the physical and mental aspects of recovery. Sleep is the time when your body and brain are most active in repairing themselves and it’s the time when your mind consolidates new skills and information. Detox is a time of radical readjustment and all of these functions are essential. Unfortunately, insomnia is a common withdrawal symptom of many drugs. If your body has gotten used to fighting against the soporific effects of alcohol or opioids, their sudden absence can leave you feeling tense and alert when you lie down to sleep. Some studies have shown insomnia is the best predictor of relapse in alcoholics. The good news is that conscious relaxation appears to reduce insomnia during detox. Not only is this good for sleep and recovery, but it also reduces the need for additional medications which may complicate detox.

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