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Overcoming Your Fear of Withdrawal

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For an addict, the thought of withdrawal can be one of the most scarey things in their life. But most know that it is impossible to get sober without going through the discomforts that withdrawal holds.

If you have tired and failed at detox on your own it is best to turn to professionals for help. They will use various techniques to help you overcome your fear of withdrawal, ease your discomforts and offer you support to make it into the next phase of recovery. While it is going to be scarey, it is not impossible and with the right support you can overcome your addiction and begin creating a sober and more fulfilling life for yourself.

The Importance of Detox

Drug and alcohol abuse can cause serious changes in the brain and body chemistry. This makes detox an important first step in the recovery process. As your body is cleansed of the chemicals and toxins brought in by substance abuse you will begin to notice changes in your mental, emotional and physical state.

If you have not gone through the detox process before, or have and failed, you may be a little reluctant to begin this process. It is normal to be concerned and ask questions on what detox will entail; if it will hurt, how long it will take, and if there will be any lasting side-effects. Do not let your fear stand in the way of achieving your goal of getting clean and sober. Educating yourself on the detox process and all it entails will help to relieve your fears and get you started on the road to recovery.

Ask Questions

If you are not ready to turn to a treatment center for help, the internet is your friend. Use your favorite search engine and look up phrases such as “Drug withdrawal symptoms”, “Substance Abuse Detox”, and “Alcohol Withdrawal”. You will have information on what to expect in typical cases, as well as a way to fully educate yourself on addiction and how to get sober on your own or with the help of a treatment center.

The best place to turn with questions about withdrawal, detox and rehab would be a treatment center. Regardless to if your have chosen a treatment center or you are still trying to find which one will best suit your needs, you can make a simple call and have many of your questions answered and fears relieved. Specialists are there to answer any of your questions and get you the help you need to get sober.

Does Everyone Need Detox?

Not everyone is going to need substance abuse treatment, but they still will need to undergo detoxification and work through the recovery process. While you can detox in your own home, it is much safer to turn to a treatment center for this phase in recovery. There are going to many changes in your body that can cause mental, emotional and physical discomfort, having a trained chemical dependency specialist by your side will help to encourage you on what is normal as well as ensure your safety throughout the detoxification process.

Beating Withdrawal

It is clear you have a lot of fear around the withdrawal period, which is completely normal. Regardless to if this will be your first time going through detox, or your tenth time, it is doing to affect you in your own way. You may experience discomforts, but all will pass in time and you will get to a point where withdrawal is bearable and you know that you will make it through to acheive your goal of sobriety.

There is no way around withdrawal, by choosing to enter into a treatment center the withdrawal symptoms you experience may be less severe and easier to deal with. You will also find comfort in the support you are provided by staff and the medical attention you will receive if anything were to go wrong.

So regardless to if you go at it on your own or with the support of a treatment facility, by educating yourself, speaking with specialism and knowing what to expect, you can get through it and overcome your addiction.

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