Tips for Surviving Day One of Drug Detox
Drug addiction is more than just a hard way of life; it is a disease of the mind and emotions that cause people to need drugs to cope with their feelings. The drugs and alcohol that cause addiction, in time, also become a physical necessity they must ingest so they can function. Drugs that cause physical dependency will cause debilitating withdrawal symptoms. Heroin, Fentanyl, Prescription pain killers, Benzodiazepines, and Alcohol are the hardest to endure without help. Each of these substances causes serious physical addiction and severe withdrawals when the person does not use them frequently. Drug detox symptoms also make the person feel depressed, anxious, agitated, suicidal, and desperate.
We have seen thousands of people come to detox strung out and at their end. The following several tips will promote peace of mind and make day one and after easier.
Tip #1 Relax and let the Medications Work
Our drug detox center will provide you medications upon arrival. Most drugs and alcohol make someone feel very anxious, discontent, and unable to relax. Heroin and other opioids are infamous for the intensity of insomnia that lasts for many days. All opioid users will be prescribed opioid replacement medications and sleep meds to alleviate their symptoms. Benzodiazepine use also causes restlessness. Benzodiazepine detox symptoms are managed with a safe taper protocol and sleep medications. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are also treated with a benzodiazepine. All other drug types receive strong medications to make someone feel better fast. When you arrive at detox, a doctor will meet with you immediately and start your medications.
#2 Bring your Tobacco or Vape
Drug detox is not where you will be pressured to quit smoking or vaping—most people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol smoke or vape. We allow smoking and vaping outside. The staff and support team only want you to safely get through the detox portion and encourage you to continue with your recovery. Getting clean and sober is a huge step and continuing to enjoy cigarettes and vaping is expected. All counselors and doctors will provide nicotine cessation patches if you want to quit smoking or vaping. Still, bring your cigarettes and vape supplies.
#3 Don’t Think About the Future
Drug detox is emotionally and mentally hard. The physical symptoms can be reversed, but the mental and emotional symptoms will be challenging. We provide support in numerous ways so that you don’t have to worry about what will happen after detox. Once you stabilize and feel healthy, a therapist and counselor will begin working with you to decide if you want treatment and what program option is best for you. It is also essential to know that you can leave the detox and not go to treatment. We see most of our patients so relieved from getting clean and sober that they want to stay that way and go to treatment.
#4 What the Experts Recommend for Day One at Drug Detox
The National Center for Biotechnology Information advances in science and health write how necessary detox is and why day one is critical. It is the first day of no drug/alcohol use, and you are away from home. They acknowledge how tender each patient’s state of mind is and how necessary proper emotional and mental health support must be in detox.
Research indicates that addressing psychosocial issues during detoxification significantly increases the likelihood that the patient will experience safe detoxification and go on to participate in substance abuse treatment. Staff members’ ability to respond to patients’ needs compassionately can make the difference between a return to substance abuse and the beginning of a new and more positive way of life. (NCBI)
#5 Garden State Detox Will Help You Make a Safe Plan
The first goal is to make you feel comfortable and attended to while at detox. The second goal is to provide you with enough encouragement, safe medications, and support so you will desire to keep your recovery going. Patients are always admitted into treatment the same day they finish detox. The programs that are an option for everyone after detox include inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient, extended care, and sober living. Since your detox is personalized, so will be your treatment plan. While in the medically supervised drug detox, you will receive a custom treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.
Getting admitted to Garden State Detox is fast and affordable. We have helped the most downtrodden addicts and alcoholics become happy to be clean and sober, and they stay that way. Our experts can get you in right now to detox and into a personalized treatment program that works. Call, chat, or email to begin.
How long does it take to reset the brain from addiction?
Taking this variability into account, it usually takes several months to over a year for your brain to rewire.