Overcoming the Fear of Rehab Detox
Drug detoxification is usually the first type of treatment that a person receives in a rehabilitation program. The process, also known as “detox,” is used to heal clients from chemical dependency. The actual detox process involves the release of toxins that have built up in the addict’s system through prolonged substance use.
However, one of the scariest parts of detox for an addict is the withdrawal period during the process. While each person’s physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms will vary (based on factors like the type of drug being abused, co-occurring psychological or medical conditions, and the actual length of addiction), the process can take place over several days or weeks. The withdrawal symptoms that may cause a fear of detox include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Vomiting and nausea
Symptoms can start as early as a few hours after use and last for weeks before ultimately leaving the system. Due to these withdrawal symptoms, those with substance use disorder or alcohol problems often do not to finish the detox process (or avoid it altogether). Even worse, some try detoxing on their own, which is dangerous and increases the likelihood of further relapse. The more relapses that occur, the more the addict puts themselves at risk for an overdose. If a person attempts to use the same amount of the drug as they did prior to quitting, they can easily overdose, because their bodies are no longer adapted to their previous level of drug exposure (National Institute On Drug Abuse, NIDA).
Overcoming The Fear
Detox can be a significant physical and psychological process and adjustment, but you can overcome the fear of detox. Here are a few things that might help:
- Eliminate the fear of the unknown and educate yourself on the detox process. There is power in knowledge, and this research will prepare you for your journey towards sobriety.
- Take comfort in knowing that professional detox programs are staffed by experienced doctors and qualified healthcare professionals who can monitor, ease, and manage withdrawal symptoms. You’re not alone in this process. These specialists can also intervene in the event of a medical emergency.
- Detox may initially be difficult, but it will get better—and it is highly preferable to the cycle of withdrawal and relapse.
Detox and Addiction Treatment
Rehab centers often put a great emphasis on the physiological and emotional aspects of a client during drug detoxification treatment. At Daylight Recovery Services, our integrated treatment approach addresses co-occurring issues typically seen, such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and other mental health conditions. If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health condition and a substance use disorder or addiction, get help now. Mental health, substance use disorders, and addiction are all treatable, and there is hope in recovery. Save a life, and get help today—call us at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT to speak with one of our recovery experts.