Detoxing from opioids is difficult- taking determination, support from clinical and medical professionals, and focus.
By having the right tools and mindset when detoxing off opioids, one can transition from addiction to abstinence more easily and successfully and continue to stay on the path of long-term sobriety for the future.
If unfamiliar with what withdrawal symptoms to expect when overcoming addiction, taking time to learn what to expect can help to mentally prepare and lessen the anxiety of the unknown.
Before beginning a drug detox, here are five tips from people who have successfully overcome addiction:
1. Make a Commitment to Detox Your Body
Making a commitment to quit is the first step to allowing your body to cleanse and repair itself from substance abuse.
After making a commitment, it is essential that you seek medically guided help in order to detox from opioids. Seeking professional medical help is a vital step in transitioning to abstinence in order to avoid dangerous consequences from opioid withdrawal. Equally important is to not try to rush the process of detox and follow the medical professional’s guidelines for tapering off of the opioid. Quitting cold turkey or withdrawing too fast could be life-threatening and, therefore, should be avoided at all costs.
2. Create Your Support Network
Detoxing takes determination and focus. By surrounding oneself around supportive friends and family, someone addicted to opioids has a better chance of getting off drugs and staying off of them in the long-run.
However, it is not recommended that friends and family be the only support group surrounding a recovering addict. Since withdrawal can bring up difficult cravings, deep episodes of depression, and challenging physical/mental symptoms, clinically trained professionals are recommended. Furthermore, professional guidance, through therapy/counseling, ensures that the addict gets to the root of the desire to use drugs in the first place, ensuring that he/she does not return to the drug in the future.
3. Treat Your Body The Right Way
During opioid detox, the body is physically expelling a chemical and adjusting to life without it.
The best thing to do during this time period is to fuel it for success.
Treating the body well during detox can speed the process to recovery and lessen or alleviate some withdrawal symptoms.
During detox, making a commitment to do as much as possible to alleviate withdrawal symptoms can help to fuel recovery. This might include:
- Cutting back on coffee and cigarettes
- Drinking 80-100 oz of water per day
- Eating a nutrient-rich diet that will help your body recover
4. Employ Medical Help To Detox Your Body From Drugs
As mentioned previously, but needs to be reiterated, detoxing without medical guidance is dangerous. Your body experiences all kinds of tension, anxiety, and physical effects on your journey to sobriety. At the same time you are forced to face difficult mental challenges, unconscious traumas, and much, much more.
The truth is that someone addicted to opioids needs help to detox from drugs and then stay sober. The process requires medical aid, psychological support, and a holistic space to heal. By allowing the body to heal through trained professionals in a safe space, addiction recovery is more likely possible and sustainable for the long-run.
5. Prioritize Sleep
Most of us don’t get enough sleep in the first place. But, with withdrawal symptoms causing you additional anxiety, getting enough sleep can be even more difficult!
It’s a double-edge sword: Withdrawal makes it harder to get quality sleep, but sleep is critical to healing.
The solution: Make sure to prioritize sleep.
Establish a consistent bedtime and stop your screen time at least 1 hour before going to bed.
Minimize light interference from street lights or traffic by buying a sleep mask or investing in light-blocking curtains.
Meditating or taking a hot bath before bed can also help put you in the right frame of mind for a successful night of zzzz’s.
Above all else, detoxing is a time to focus 100% on you.
Taking the right steps to become your best self is important. With the right, compassionate, and trained medical professionals helping to aide in recovery, detox from opioids and sustainability for long-term sobriety is possible. At Infinite Recovery, we tailor your recovery process to meet your individualized needs to ensure you, or a loved family member, gets the help they deserve. Please reach out to us and we would love to discuss with you treatment options and how we can best meet your personalized needs.