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What is Supervised Detox All About?

What is Supervised Detox All About?

Letting go of the old ways of living life is hard. Probably harder than most people think. It is one part mental, one part physical, one part spiritual. When all those parts of yourself are finally tired of living with addiction, rehab is often the next step. Some people fear the detox stage but knowing what to expect can help alleviate fears and bring some peace to the process.

Why Detox

Detoxing on your own can be dangerous and unhealthy. Medically supervised detox can help you withdraw from drugs and alcohol in a safe, secure space with professional staff who can monitor your health throughout the process. Supervised detox provides a space to be physically safe from the dangers of detoxing but also mental and spiritual safety, knowing someone else is looking after your needs when you won’t be able to (for a short time). There are many unknowns going in. It is hard to tell what the body is going to do or not do during detox.

Getting Started

Detox is usually given a bad name because it is not a pleasant process. When your body is used to having drugs or alcohol in the system, it also grows accustomed to functioning with and around your substance of choice. Removing drugs or alcohol suddenly can throw your body out of whack. This leads to unpleasant and potentially dangerous symptoms that almost always lead to relapse when you attempt to detox outside of a medically supervised environment. A medically supervised detox means you will be cared for under the watchful eye of doctors, nurses, and therapists. Their job is to make sure you are safe and comfortable during detox.

Detox Experience

With the advent of medication and therapy, detox has been made less stressful for people in that you will be allowed to sleep more and help heal your mind, body, and spirit. Your medication will be regulated by a nurse so you do not abuse it and you can wean off the medication when necessary. Vital statistics like blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen circulation will be monitored for medical issues. Daily meetings with doctors and therapists will support your growth. Access to healthy food, water, and rest will help your body ease into the transition as drugs and alcohol slowly leave your body. Some other things to consider:

  • You will need plenty of water
  • You will need plenty of rest
  • You will be in detox anywhere from a few days to a week
  • The treatment team will support you the whole time
  • Gratitude will be your friend on the journey

As with anything when you enter recovery, there are little steps that lead to bigger steps and thus bigger ones down the road. You may expect that detox is the end of the journey and once you’re clean, you’re sober. The truth is recovery is a lifelong journey and there will be challenges, but detox is a great place to start the journey of healing and get on the path to feeling like yourself again.

Serenity provides a safe space for you to detox and get on the path to recovery. Our team will support you every step of the way. Contact us if you are ready to start the process and get healthy. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401