If you are an addict or alcoholic, you’ve probably already experienced the unpleasant, and sometimes life-threatening, side effects of going into withdrawal. It’s part of addiction. We keep using more and more to keep our bodies at baseline, and when we run out of our drug of choice, it can be quite painful.
The beauty of going into treatment, is that it doesn’t have to be painful. Detox medications such as benzodiazepines, make the shift from active addiction into recovery much more comfortable and pleasant. This is a time when you can finally take it easy. You may have heard the saying, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” When we reach the point in addiction where we are mentally and physically exhausted from how hard we’ve worked to prevent withdrawal, all we want is a little peace.
In the first few days of detox, you may find yourself sleeping more than you thought was possible. Sleep is a huge piece of recovery, and it is imperative to healing your mind and body. After a couple of days, you’ll start feeling better. Getting out of bed won’t be such a chore, taking a shower and brushing your teeth will feel good again. You may even wish to start moving around the facility, and begin exploring your new, temporary home.
You will begin meeting fellow patients who are going through the same process. These people could quite possibly become your new, lifelong friends. No one ended up in treatment because their life was going so well, and this is an unbreakable bond that few people in the outside world experience.
Many detox centers offer sitting areas with TV’s, movies, books, games, phones, and computers, and some also offer smoking areas. At times, detox can feel a little boring, however, this is a really good opportunity to just go slow and relax. You can always put a movie on, read a magazine, or get to know your peers while passing the time. Trips to the cafeteria are also a great part of feeling better. You may have not wanted much to do with food when you first arrived, but having access to an abundant spread of the salad bar, hot bar, and even dessert can be a little exciting.
You will see other patients throughout the center who look happy, healthy, and, surprisingly, they laugh…a lot. This will be you, too. We are incredibly resilient people, and all it takes is a little time before we are back on our feet. Detox in a treatment center is nothing to fear. In fact, you will probably wish you had checked-in long before you made this first big step toward living a better life in recovery.
Higher standards. Exceptional care. When you send your loved one to a New Vista Behavioral Health treatment center, you can expect better outcomes for a better recovery. Our nationwide family of facilities offers the best in dual diagnosis care, residential treatment, medical detox, and the utmost privacy. Call us today for information and to find the right program for you: 866-926-1498