If you or a loved one struggles with alcohol dependence or addiction, it’s time to begin recovery. This journey to freedom begins with detox. During detox your body rebalances itself. This process can be supported by over-the-counter or prescription medications, or you can choose a drug-free detox. The right choice for you depends on your unique situation, current health and much more. Alcohol detox success starts with learning what detox program is right for you, beginning this treatment and following it up with an in-depth program for long-term recovery.
Tip #1: Start with Professional Support.
Do not detox at home. This does not give you the strong, healthy start you need for your recovery. The Fix explains, “Detox is a process that many people wrongly believe they are capable of undertaking themselves. The fact is that professional detox facilities provide 24-hour medical supervision while a person is going through withdrawal to ensure they are as comfortable as possible. Someone attempting DIY detox may find themselves suffering more severe withdrawal symptoms than they anticipated and will not know how to alleviate them quickly and safely.”1 Don’t make detox harder than it needs to be. You can recover safely, and often faster, when you begin your recovery with professional treatment.
Tip #2: Know What to Expect
Know what to expect during withdrawal and detox. This makes the process much less scary or intimidating. Know that you will experience withdrawal symptoms, but know these symptoms are only temporary. Detox typically lasts a few days to a few weeks depending on your unique circumstances. During this time, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as the following:
- Alcohol cravings
- Chills and fever
- Shakiness or seizures
When you follow tip #1 and start with professional support, you will have people on hand to keep an eye on your health. They will be there any time of day to answer any and all of your questions about what to expect or about what you are experiencing.
Tip #3: Keep a Positive Attitude.
Staying positive about detox gives you a boost when it comes to recovery success. If you’re struggling to maintain a good outlook on your health, life or recovery, reach out to your treatment team! They are they to help and encourage you. Your therapist can offer such treatment options as Motivational Interviewing to keep you engaged and on-track. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy offers tools and skills for shaping how you think about and perceive your recovery. As the National Institute on Health explains, these, “behavioral treatments help engage people in substance use disorder treatment [by] modifying their attitudes and behaviors related to drug use and increasing their life skills to handle stressful circumstances and environmental cues that may trigger intense craving for drugs and prompt another cycle of compulsive use.”2 Changing how you think or simply how you react to your thoughts goes a long way toward creating a healthy, positive life during treatment and after.
Tip #4: Following Detox with Treatment.
Recovery isn’t over after detox. If you want to avoid having to detox again in the future, follow this step of recovery with the real meat of addiction treatment — therapy. When you choose medically supervised detox services, therapy can begin right away. You can integrate the first steps of treatment into your detox experience. You can flow seamlessly from one to the next.
Tip #5: Reach Out to Michael’s House.
We are here for you 24 hours a day. Call us to learn more about medically supervised detox services. Learn more about the addiction treatment programs we offer and how they can help you or a loved one. We provide free assessments to match you to the individualized care you need. We are here any time you have questions or are ready to get started on your journey to a new, alcohol-free life.
1 “What to Expect from Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs.” The Fix. 3 Jan. 2018.
2 “Treatment and Recovery.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. Jul. 2014.