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Withdrawal, the suffering of going without. Detox. The first obstacle you have to conquer on this road to long term recovery.
It’s the first hill. It’s the first step.
Once you have moved forward through detox, you will have a new freedom you didn’t have before. That is the freedom to choose what your next steps will be. Your past physical symptoms will no longer have to dictate your future outcomes. The path in front of you, that looks like the rest of your life, hopes, dreams and goals, it will be cleared of the debris that we know as withdrawal symptoms.
The shaking, the sweating, the clenching, the tapping of your feet and movement of your legs as you lay down to sleep. The craving to get high one last time just to get relief, it won’t stand in your way anymore. Nothing has to and nothing can, if you’re willing.
These symptoms, however, stop us from taking the first step because this is how we assume detox will feel.
What we know about withdrawal and detox, is this incredibly uncomfortable and slightly disturbing, fear inducing state, that we have all tried to avoid for most of our substance abuse. A good day was a day when we didn’t have to worry about withdrawal, when we didn’t have to worry about detox.
With a choice to get sober, you are giving yourself the ability to be free of this worry for the rest of your life. And not only worry, but discomfort as well. Detox is nothing like it used to be. It is nothing like the picture in your head of the early 1900s asylum. The modern world has become progressively advanced and effective at treating withdrawal symptoms for substance abuse so there is little to no discomfort through this initial detox process. However, it is still a process.
In the grand scheme of your life, which is now your sobriety, detox will encapsulate between 3-10 days, depending on your substance abuse. It will also ensure your first days of physical freedom are safe and comfortable medically. From there, with these physical chains broken you will have the opportunity to move freely and choose to continue on to the next stage of your recovery. We hope this next stage will be to break free from the more invasive mental, emotional and spiritual barriers your substance abuse has placed on you.
Out the darkness, you can turn towards the light. You can face a new direction. You can look towards a brighter future. We are here to describe for you the detox process. How you can get through it. What it entails and if you are ready, which you may or may not be, hold out a helping hand. We believe in a brighter future for you even if you can’t see it for yourself or your loved one right now.
Discover a better life and call our recovery helpline today.