What to Expect After a Drug Detox
The real fight against drug addiction begins the moment you decide you want to stop using.
Whether you’ve just started on your path to recovery or are helping a loved one, there are a few things you should know about the challenges of the detox period.
The first 30 days of a drug detox are certainly the scariest.
Those first ten days after quitting are also when people are at higher risk of relapsing. The first few days provide massive cravings and substantial pain, causing the user to desire a fix to make the symptoms go away.
The good news — millions of people just like you have overcome addiction and have put a stop to their drug and alcohol use. You can too. With help, self-discipline, and a lot of determination you can fully recover.
We’ve done the research for you and have created a guide to what you can expect to happen the minute you quit using drugs:
The Start of a Drug Detox
The beginning of a drug detox can be incredibly painful and confusing.
Ideally, a user trying to get on the path to recovery has a big support system that can help them through it. They would also greatly benefit from medical and psychiatric staff members to help during this difficult time.
There are many symptoms someone who is recovering from drugs will experience.
A lot of these aren’t life-threatening — sweating, anxiety, agitation, and muscle aches are just a few. There’s also insomnia, increased watering of the eyes, and runny noses during recovery.
However, there are other symptoms that are much more serious that will require immediate attention and help if they occur.
There are drugs, like meth that can create seriously violent behaviors in a user. People who use synthetic cathinones or bath salts are especially at risk for substantial violent behaviors.
Someone who has been using this type of drug is at a high risk of violent behaviors, especially as they are coming off of the regular use of the drug. They might require restraint or even sedation in the first few hours of a drug detox.
Knowing your medical provider or having someone on hand who can help is very important during this initial phase for your safety and the safety of the person who is trying to recover.
Sometimes a user can become very aggressive and attempt to harm either themselves or those around them.
It is important to remember that this behavior is not you, or your loved one.
It is a reaction the drugs they have been using for an extended period of time. Though it may be painful to see, with help and therapy they can overcome this irrational behavior.
Though it sounds general, a person who has been dependant upon a substance will become very ill when the substance is removed from their system. Those who are addicted to opioid painkillers are especially at risk for this.
The dependence and addiction to these medications set up the human system for failure.
As a patient stars their drug detox, they will experience severe pain and will seek out the pills that once made them feel good. They will be very uncomfortable and sweat profusely.
These withdrawal symptoms are serious and could be life-threatening.
Knowing the medical history of the person you’re trying to help is important. While pain might be excruciating, it’s important to have the user’s organs monitored as they start their drug detox.
A hospital and medical professionals can give them the proper IV’s and things they need to help the come down be a successful one.
Mood swings are part of anyone’s drug detox.
A person who is normally bright, bubbly and joyful can suddenly be irritable, mean, and agitated. Mood swings happen especially in the first thirty days of a detox.
As you help your loved one quit using drugs, remember that any of their lashing out is a symptom of the withdrawal they are experiencing.
They do not mean to hurt you or make you feel bad. The chemicals in their body are so imbalanced that they are having adverse effects on their brain, how they communicate, and how they deal with anger.
Anyone who has been using drugs for a long period of time has exhausted their body.
The chances are high that their energy levels are depleted as well as their nutrient supply. They have been functioning off of the chemicals in the drugs for so long that their body no longer is able to recover on its own.
Despite their extreme fatigue, the first phase of drug detox almost always includes insomnia.
People recovering from drug addiction have a very hard time sleeping within the first month or two after they stop using. As their body resets, they are often restless and unaccustomed to a normal sleep pattern.
With time, proper eating and nutrients, the body will return to a normal resting state at night. The amount of time it takes to get your sleep back will vary depending on how long the drugs have been used, and how damaged one’s system is.
Perhaps the most challenging of all the aspects of a drug detox, the cravings for the drug they were addicted to are the most difficult to overcome. The cravings are derived out of the extreme pain or psychological damage the detox is causing.
The drug of choice of an addict will constantly be on their mind during the first phases of detox. The desire to stop the withdrawal symptoms with the drug is very strong.
That’s why having an addict recover in a center where they can be helped and monitored is so important.
You Are Not Alone
You are not the first person to recover or help someone recover from drug addiction, and you won’t be the last. It is important to remember that even with all of the challenges you will be faced with, you can overcome this.
The good news: there’s help. All over the nation, there are incredible centers that are helping people put their lives back together and get healthy again. When you’re ready to help yourself or someone you know, contact us today.
The addiction treatment approach at Recovery Ways is about Reclaiming Your Life. The program is tailored to meet the needs of the individual and provide each patient with the emotional, physical and spiritual tools to achieve a productive, joyful, and sober lifestyle. Our approach is a collaborative effort that empowers our patients to heal mentally and physically. We provide a nurturing environment that supports an individual’s unique healing process.All stories by: Recovery Ways