The first step in pursuing sobriety is to go through the detox process. Because this is the beginning of a complex process, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions that can scare people away.
The River Source is here to provide you with relevant, accurate information about medical detox and what to expect. While withdrawal is not the most pleasant experience, advancements in medication and alternative therapies help patients to be more comfortable. By continuing treatment with counseling and aftercare, you can meet your long-term recovery goals.
Below we share three common medical detox myths and their truths.
Myth #1. Medical detox is a long and lengthy process that takes time away from your normal life.
Believe it or not, detox is the shortest part of the recovery process. It typically lasts less than seven days depending on the type of drug you are addicted to, how severe the addiction is and the presence of co-occurring disorders.
You can receive detox in an inpatient treatment center and immediately continue with counseling, or you can receive it in an outpatient setting. If you choose the latter, you’ll still have access to friends, family, and your job. That said, outpatient detox is not for everyone. Some addicts require 24-hour monitoring and zero distractions.
Myth #2. It’s better to detox in the comfort and privacy of your home.
DIY detox is not something we condone. It’s dangerous and can result in drug interactions, debilitating withdrawal symptoms or death. Though it sounds easier to detox on your own, DIY methods are not the answer. A professional detox program offers critical medical monitoring and access to pharmaceuticals and counseling.
Myth #3. After detox, you must have the willpower to stay clean and sober.
Drug addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease that cannot be treated with willpower. Years ago, it was believed that removing drugs and alcohol from the body was enough to treat addiction. Today, we know that addiction is a brain disease and not a lack of power.
We also know that the recovery process is long and complex. After detox, you’ll need a recovery plan that includes counseling, support, and medication to control cravings. It’s best to get this treatment directly after detox so that you do not relapse and have to endure another detox program.
The River Source offers comprehensive treatment that includes medical detox, counseling and continuing care. To learn more about our services and our approach to treating chemical addictions, call us today. We are here to help.