It can be overwhelming to decide to finally detox from your addiction and you probably have so many questions. How stressful is detox? Is it possible to remain sober for the long-term? Is it worth it to invest in a rehabilitation facility?
We want to ease some of your fears and give you an inside look at detox in rehab centers, specifically a seven day long detox process. Just remember that it depends on what substance you are addicted to and how long you have been using it to determine how long detox will take. A rapid detox program may only require you to detox for three days, while a longer detox may be necessary for up to ten days.
Detox: Day 1
Get Acquainted With the Staff
Check-in will take place upon arrival at the clinic. You’ll be introduced to your nurses, doctors, and other staff members that will be by your side through the detox process and perhaps even your entire treatment program.
Talking to your counselor is one of the most important things you will do when you first start at a rehab. To create a customized treatment plan for you, your counselor will need to know about your drug and alcohol use, your mental health, as well as your family history. You’ll be able to see the facility and your room and settle in if you are staying in the rehab center as part of an inpatient treatment program.
All types of substance addictions can cause harm to your body. Your doctor will conduct a physical exam and run some tests to find out more about you. It’s important to tell the truth, no matter how difficult it may be to discuss your addiction. Your doctor will determine which medication you might need for detox so it is important to provide accurate information in order to give the correct prescriptions. Your doctor will also plan your next week’s meals to replace the nutritional loss from your addiction.
Now it’s time to start your detox. Although you might be prescribed medication, some medications won’t be available until later. At this point, all you can do is adjust to your life in rehab and make yourself as comfortable as possible.
Detox: Days 2-6
It’s not easy. It will be difficult to get through the day without wondering if you’ll feel better. You will keep waiting for withdrawal symptoms to ease and they will. Here’s how you might spend your days in the meantime.
Eating a Healthy Diet
You have likely been deficient in key nutrients for some time. Eating well is essential to restore your normal state of mind. You may be prescribed vitamins by your doctor to help you eat better. You might find it difficult to eat for the first time, but you will find your appetite returning as you sip water and drink lots of juices.
Taking Advantage of the Rehab Center’s Programs
You can start visiting programs regularly once you feel well enough. These could include group therapy which can also help if you are dealing with a mental illness, holistic healing activities such as yoga, 12-step meetings, or recreational activities.
Your counselor or doctor will also be present to ensure that your detox goes smoothly. Don’t hesitate to raise any concerns during these meetings. They will benefit from your feedback to ensure that detox works as it should.
Getting Lots of Sleep
When your brain is working overtime and your body is in pain, it can be difficult to fall asleep. It is important to get as much sleep as you can. This will allow your body to rest and heal properly. Talk to your doctor if you have trouble sleeping and see how they can help you.
Detox: Day 7
At this point, your body will have eliminated the toxins. You may still feel tired or experience withdrawal symptoms. However, you’ll be feeling more hopeful by now.
Getting Prepared For the Rest of Your Treatment
It is possible that you have started treatment in detox. You’ll now be able to start the full treatment schedule at the same facility or another. This includes more therapy sessions, more holistic treatment, and even learning how to remain sober once you leave treatment.
The first and most important step in your recovery journey is detox. The treatment throughout and afterwards is what will teach you how to stay sober and recover. Your counselor will talk with you about your treatment options. These will include an inpatient or outpatient program and a plan to wean yourself off of your detox medication.
There are many options out there for rehabs that will take care of you or your loved one with addiction during the detox process. All you need to do is research trusted rehabs that will work for you and contact one that you would like to attend. Remember, you are never alone in your recovery process and having a team by your side will ensure your success to get sober and stay sober.