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The Truth About Detox and Staying Clean

Detoxing, whether from drugs, alcohol, or both is never fun. Once the body is dependent on a substance, it can be very stubborn about letting it go! That’s why there are detox centers and doctors who can help people get off drugs and quit drinking, because most people can’t do it on their own.

Before you can start treatment for your addiction, you have to get all traces of the drugs or alcohol out of your body. Someone who is high can’t really take steps toward recovery, so it’s important that they flush out their system first, something that is almost always done under medical supervision.

Alcohol Detox

When someone is dependent on alcohol, quitting cold turkey can be very difficult. Depending on how intoxicated the person is, it can take anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks to detox. Here are a few of the symptoms that detoxifying can cause in alcoholics:

  • Trembling
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Convulsions

Drug Detox

In general, coming down from drugs, particularly the harder ones like cocaine and heroin, is far more difficult than detoxing from alcohol. Most drugs are more addictive, so the body will have a stronger response to the withdrawal including the following:

  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Cramps
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion

While detoxing is definitely not pleasant, once the process has been completed, the person is ready for treatment. It’s important to complete treatment in order to stay clean. Between 22-32% of people coming off drugs relapse and 90% of recovering alcoholics relapse. Being prepared is the best way to avoid this problem and this is why it can be very helpful to receive the proper treatment after the detox process.

Staying Clean

Staying clean once the detox is over is usually fairly easy… as long as you are in isolation. As soon as the recovering alcoholic or drug addict returns home, the same pressures and situations tend to present themselves and this is what causes so many people to relapse.

Learning to avoid the situations and people that you used to do drugs or drink with is a good way to keep from relapsing. Identify when and where you tend to feel pressured to drink or use and stay away from those situations until you are in control. Often this means finding a new crowd to hang out with, since your old friends won’t understand why you’ve changed.

Detoxing and staying clean afterwards both require work and support. It’s very rare that someone can do this all on their own, so it’s a good idea to find support before attempting it and to make sure that there is ongoing help to avoid relapse.””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

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  1. A group of symptoms commonly occur in those who give up Alcohol suddenly and these are the Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms… Admitting you are an Alcoholic is the first step. Actually being able to stop drinking is the next.However, with quitting come the dreaded Alcohol Withdrawal symptoms.