Every addiction has that point when you decide you do not want to continue with it anymore. The habit of turning to alcohol to deal with your issues or just having a good time becomes a source of irritation, and you begin to get tired of it in general.
This brings a desire for recovery – you want to stop, so you want to come up with a plan to break the addiction completely. However, you may not be able to attend a rehab facility for various reasons or you need some extra help to get started. If this is your case, here are some steps to help you detox while still remaining safe and maintaining your health.
You need to take the matter into your own hands
Not everyone is lucky enough to attend a rehabilitation facility such as the recovery village, although they tend to be expensive and out of reach for many people – especially the best ones. However, if it is something you can afford, then it is good to go for it.
Sometimes, you might need to do something outside of a rehab facility that commits to your recovery. In that case, then you may need to do it on your own. However, that is not a bad option – as long as you are willing to commit yourself to recovery. Not being able to attend a rehab facility should not be an excuse that makes you give up, as many others have done it on their own.
This will depend on several factors, and just because one method worked on someone, it does not mean it will work on someone else. You need to consider two factors when deciding on the method.
One of these is your health status. What we mean is – you need to know if your body health is strong, and not susceptible to illnesses, then you can go for the cold turkey method. In addition, your age also plays a role in your health status, as a young person who has just graduated college might have an easier time going cold turkey as they may not have had a long drinking period compared to an older drinker who has been drinking for many years.
However, if you have severe levels of addiction, you frequently get sick, or you are older, then it may be a dangerous option to quit cold turkey, so tapering off would be a safer option.
How well can you tolerate pain?
To tell you the truth about detox – it is painful, and it is very uncomfortable. Your body is used to the substance, and it cannot function properly without it, so you will experience very uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, so you need to be prepared for that.
However, because you already know what to expect, the uncomfortable symptoms should not be an excuse to stop – after all, the pain of the withdrawal stage is not comparable to the pain of addiction. If you feel like giving up, you need to ask yourself – would you prefer less time for more pain? Or do you want lesser levels of pain in greater time?
If you decide to go in the direction of tapering off, then you need to have someone else you trust handle your doses and their frequency. This is because while you are in pain, you are not able to think or see the big picture clearly, and it leads you back to alcohol. In fact, you even find yourself overdrinking and feeling guilty afterwards.
In addition, you need to begin switching to alternatives that have lower alcohol content, which helps you avoid getting drunk, such as beer or certain varieties of red wine.
Once you set out your plan, you must execute it – and that means you clear your time fully, and dedicate all of it to recover from your addiction. However, for many people this is easier said than done, even though you know it is a necessary step to take if you want your detox effort to be a successful one.
That means you set aside your family and job responsibilities on a temporary basis, as you know you will be able to handle them better when you become sober.
As long as you are honest with most people, especially the closest people in your life, they will make an effort to understand what you are going through and what you want to do – and they will be willing to support you in your desire to improve your life and health.
This is actually one of the most important steps, aside from the willingness to commit to a recovery program. Regardless of the drug you want to detox from, you still need a person who holds you accountable even in your vulnerable moments, and they need to be someone you trust.
You are probably familiar with the notion that you go far when you are alone, but farther when you are with someone; this notion applies very well when you are trying to deal with an addiction. Why would you want to do it alone, when you can get support from those you love?
When getting an accountability partner, it should be a person you are close to. In addition, if they have been through what you have experienced but has succeeded in their sobriety journey, it is even better, as they understand the pain of addiction and detox very well. This will also help them know what to do when your withdrawal symptoms become too severe, and they will help you through the process.
Detox is a painful process, no matter what kind of drug you are dealing with. This is why you need to be patient through it, and make sure that you have support from others while also being willing to commit yourself to recover.