Whether you’re at a residential treatment facility or participating in outpatient drug treatment, detoxification is part of the process. Here are some tips to help you cope.
Ways To Ease Withdrawal Symptoms
When trying to get sober, the safest method is always to enter a residential treatment facility or to get outpatient drug treatment. Detoxification is normally the first step of treatment an addict will receive on their road to recovery and sobriety. And the best thing you can do before entering treatment is to prepare yourself for what the detox process will be like and how to ease any potential withdrawal symptoms you may develop.
The Detox Process
Part of most drug treatment programs, the detox process flushes the body of any substances that have created a dependency. The length of detox can differ per person based on the length and type of addiction and each client’s individual drug treatment program.
The process of detoxification is vital, especially for those dealing with long-term addiction. To ensure the safety of every client, Daylight Recovery’s drug detox program offers round-the-clock monitoring throughout the withdrawal process. This program typically lasts between 5 and 7 days with suitable medications being self-administered throughout the program.
Symptoms Of Withdrawal
The process of detoxification can be a difficult one for any addict. Those going through the process should keep in mind that, while the symptoms can be painful and uncomfortable, they are temporary.
Common symptoms can include excessive sweating, anxiety, vomiting, diarrhea and insomnia. While some may experience these symptoms in waves, others may feel them consistently and/or aggressively. These side effects can be exhausting, but over time will lessen and eventually subside.
Easing Withdrawal Symptoms
While there’s no way to completely prevent withdrawal symptoms, there are some things you can do to help ease the side effects and be more comfortable during the process.
This may be the most important thing you can do in order to ease painful symptoms. During detox, it can be difficult for your body to hold fluids. So, drinking broth, water, or any other type of healthy liquid, like electrolyte-packed Gatorade or coconut water, is important for maintaining your health and overall strength.
Use Safe Medication
While in a residential treatment facility, you may be prescribed various medications for your withdrawal symptom pain. These medications can help prevent vomiting and diarrhea from happening as frequently.
Try Herbal Or Complementary Medication
Complementary medicine may help reduce or ease withdrawal symptoms for some people. Acupuncture can potentially reduce symptoms when combined with certain medications, and Chinese herbal medicines, like ginseng, Tai-Kang-Ning or u’finer, can be effective at managing overall withdrawal symptoms.
Eat A Nutrient-Rich Diet
Nutritional deficiencies are common with addiction. Those recovering from alcohol addiction are normally lacking folic acid, calcium and iron, as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C. When addicted to a stimulant, like cocaine or methamphetamines, you often will have nutritional deficiencies related to protein and omega-3. And those addicted to opiates tend to face constipation and digestive issues, so a high-fiber diet is important.
So, when detoxing from an addictive substance, you should be eating a nutrient-packed diet. But what exactly does that include?
- Proteins. Tuna, turkey and chicken are great sources of vitamin B6. Poultry and pork provide iron. And fish is an excellent source of calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Dark Green Vegetables. Try to stick to leafy vegetables like romaine, spinach, kale and other salad greens that contain folic acid, beta-carotene and vitamin B6.
- Dairy. For calcium and vitamin A, look to whole milk, butter and cheese. Yogurt is also great for vitamin B2 and promoting good digestive health.
- Fruits. Load up on papayas, oranges, strawberries and pineapple. They all are extremely high in vitamin C and other vital vitamins.
- Carbs. Complex carbohydrates help the body with digestion and overall energy. Look for potatoes, rice, beans and whole grain bread to get the most benefit for your buck.
Utilize A Heating Pad
While it may seem simple, a heating pad can help with aches and pains that are common when it comes to withdrawal. Keeping the body warm can relax and soothe the body during the detoxification process.
When going through withdrawal, you may also experience excessive sweating. Make sure that you have light blankets, a fan and extra sheets on-hand so you stay cool and comfortable.
Activities can serve as a nice distraction as you go through the detoxification process. Get outdoors, exercise, try your hand at yoga, watch a movie or read a book. Whether you’re in a residential treatment facility or going through an outpatient drug treatment program, there are pastimes and diversions you can focus on to pass the time.
Let Daylight Recovery Services Help
You don’t have to go through recovery alone. Let Daylight Recovery help. Our goal is to help addicts and their loved ones recover from the disease of addiction, and this starts with detoxification. Have a question or need more information? Feel free to reach out to our experienced staff today.