Beating Drug Addiction

Beating Drug Addiction

Beating Drug AddictionDrug Detox Basics As mentioned before in this book, some addictions will require a person to go to a detox clinic before entering a rehab program.

This is due to the fact that the withdrawals from the particular type of drug they have an addiction to can make them physically ill or even kill them.

A common addiction that can lead to this is alcoholism. It is important to know the facts about detox and what a person may experience while going through a detox.

It is highly advised that, if possible, you go to a detox center and don’t try top detox on your own. It is best to be supervised by trained professionals in case medical problems should occur.

Know What to Expect

It is important that I am honest with you about the topic of detox. It will not be an easy process. A person will likely experience many different side effects from their drug use.

These side effects may be emotional, physical, or mental. A person will likely experience many uncomfortable feelings and not feel great about life during the process of detox but it is absolutely essential for recovery.

After all, how will you ever begin your journey to recovery without first going over the speed bump of detox? The following are some examples of what a person may go through during detox:

Sweats, Chills, Vomiting:

A person may experience these uncomfortable side effects while detoxing, depending on what drugs they were addicted to. As stated before, heroin and alcohol addiction commonly cause these types of side effects when detoxing.

If you are going through this process at home instead of a clinic, which is not advised, you need to make sure that you hydrate yourself. Even if you know that you will not be able to keep liquids down you need to keep drinking.

This is because you need to replace all the water you are losing from sweating and vomiting. Another reason it is advised to detox in a clinic is the fact that they can give you certain medications to help you feel better.

A common drug prescribed to heroin abusers is methadone. You must be careful with methadone however because methadone can be addictive itself.

Mood Changes:

Detoxing from a drug can have a great impact on a person’s mood. A person who is usually happy, or seems to be because they are high, will be in a completely different mood.

They may become irritable and snap at people for no reason or they may become depressed and think that life is no longer worth living. It is important to show understanding and compassion to a person who is going through this.

Although it may be difficult to deal with their attitude, you can take pride in the fact that you know you are helping them with their problem.

If you are the person going through the detox you should try your best not to take it out on others, but mood changes are expected.


Cravings are another one of the side effects of addiction. When a person is in the process of detoxing, they will likely have very strong cravings.

Some drugs may produce stronger cravings than others, so depending on the addiction a person has it might be a moderate craving or might be one that completely controls their thoughts momentarily.

The trick to getting through this is to distract yourself when you feel a craving coming along. Talk with a friend or do a crossword. Anything that shifts the focus of your mind away from drugs will help.

Although cravings feel like they will never go away, they do, and they actually get less often over time.

There are also of course positive outcomes from detoxing. The following are some examples:

Better Health:

Even though in the early stages of detox you might feel terrible, your health will actually already be starting to improve. You will notice the color coming back into your face and the dark circles leaving your eyes fairly quickly. You will feel more energetic and feel better than ever.

Mental and Emotional State:

You will notice that you begin thinking more clearly and that things in reality begin to make more sense. This is because your mind is no longer being filled with the cloud of fog that addiction was causing.

Also, your emotional state will improve; you will be able to handle situations in life much better and more reasonably.

Less Stress for Loved Ones:

Your loved ones will surely appreciate the fact that you have decided to get help and are now detoxing. This be sure to let sleep at night and no longer live in constant fear that they are going to lose you. ‘

Can you imagine how it must feel to have this concern for your child or other people you care for? It would be terrifying, wouldn’t it?

Better Self-Esteem:

Beginning a detox process will surely boost your self-esteem. You will feel as if you can walk tall and hold your head up high once you are no longer being ruled by a substance.

Not only will you be proud of yourself, those who are close to you will surely be proud of you too. It will feel much better during you next family get together or holidays when people know you are no longer using drugs and are in recovery.

Their faces will surely be filled with joy and pride instead of fear, concern, and disapproval.

Regards, Coyalita

Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Specialist & Addiction Counselor

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