As drug addiction is a both physical and mental condition, getting rid of it cannot but affect a person in a way that requires much of extra effort to handle the process. Detoxification is a significant step towards successful treatment, but it is normally accompanied by serious emotional breakdowns. These are additional undesirable obstacles on one’s way to healthy life. So here are some tips in order to eliminate the psychological effect of detox and withdrawal on you and people you are interacting with within the given period.
- Surround yourself with supportive people
Detox is going much smoother when you have around people who are willing to assist you in overcoming it. Do not let yourself encounter loneliness, as that is what can push you towards a relapse.
- Do not be afraid to tell the others what you are going through
Among things typically experienced by people in detox are irritability, frequent unpredictable mood swings, feelings of vulnerability, shame, guilt, self-hatred, increased anxiety, fear of relapse etc. To minimize the negative effect others might involuntarily have on your emotional state, let them know about your situation so that they don’t become another obstacle you have to deal with.
- Establish a routine – but do not fall into it
Having to manage life in detox is hard in terms of getting used to a new yourself. Setting up a soothing convenient set of daily practices that brings structure in your life is an excellent way to gain some comfort and observe yourself on a regular basis. However, better not to get stuck on it, a bit of diversity to routine will provide you with even more amusement and additional motivation to successfully finish treatment.
- Ask for help when you need it
While many tend to believe that one must be strong enough to cope with any life challenge on one’s own, the most effective and appropriate for a strong person like you is to organize help for oneself with all the means available. Analyze state of your health and bring in any aid you consider necessary. There is nothing wrong with seeking professional help for your mental health during detox, too. Specialists will be able to offer you a number of techniques that will ease your treatment process: additional education regarding detox process, motivational interviewing, alternative housing, thorough monitoring, relapse prevention plan etc.
- Do not enter any potentially trigger situations
Arrange your life the way it doesn’t cross any path from your past that led you to addiction. Taking this opportunity is also a perfect way to rebuild your personality without distortions that have influenced it before. Again, bring in some help if you find this task potentially problematic.
- If you have relapsed, do not give up
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, relapse is quite a likely outcome. But it in no way indicates that you are incurable. Lapsing back means only that there is another way of treatment you need and that it should be reorganized for you.