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Feelings Won’t Kill You, but Relapse and Withdrawals Can

Feelings: the eight letter word we addicts and alcoholics like to avoid at all costs. We were pretty good at it, too. Drugs and alcohol masked and numbed any smidgen of a feeling we would start to experience. Take those away, and suddenly we are naked, afraid, and desperately trying to escape a room with no doors.

In all reality, feelings are part of the human experience. Why are we so afraid of feeling sad, or happy, or just content? One answer, is that we are afraid of everything. Everything except the things that can actually kill us. A heroin addict usually doesn’t think twice when picking up a needle loaded with a potentially fatal dose. An alcoholic doesn’t stop after a few too many in fear of choking on vomit, or falling off his 7th floor balcony. Running from our feelings through using and drinking will be the end of us if we don’t stop and face them. It’s that simple.

As most people who’ve lived in addiction know, withdrawals can be horrible, especially without clinical detox. Withdrawals consist of a bundle of uncomfortable feelings that no one wants to experience. On top of this, they have the potential to kill you, just like drinking and using. From seizures to cardiac events, if you withdraw on your own it could have devastating effects on you and your family. You do not and should not do this alone. Medically-supervised detox will ease you into recovery comfortably, and safely.

The hardest part of getting help, is walking through the doors. It takes an enormous amount of courage to admit you need help, but once you do, you will have a team of supporters on your side. Once you finish detoxing, you will learn the tools that will keep you from ever having to go through the pain of addiction again. Getting and staying clean and sober isn’t easy, but the good news is you only have to do it one day at a time.

Relapse kills people just like us every single day, but it doesn’t have to happen. Relapse is a choice a person makes when clean and sober, but after that, all bets are off. You might not make it back. Ask yourself, who do you live with? Is it your mom, dad, wife, husband, or best friend? How are they going to feel when the coroner’s chaplain knocks on the door to tell them you’re dead? Right now, you have the choice to get help. There will never be a better time to detox, move on with your life, and live to your greatest potential.

The Serenity Recovery Center stands as a landmark of the Encino Hospital Medical Center offering the best of detox. Committed to providing comfort and care, our private detox program supports the first foundational steps of sobriety. Contact us today for information: 866.294.9401