5 Tips For Surviving Detox at An All-Women’s Facility
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The number one reason that people put off treatment is their fear of the withdrawal symptoms they will inevitably experience. Thankfully, there is detox at an at all women’s facility that can treat you medically for your withdrawal syndrome so that you can be as comfortable and safe as possible.
Although detox can be a difficult transition into treatment, it’s necessary and way better than going cold turkey. Medical detox is essential because, after abusing alcohol and other drugs, your body and mind have become dependent on those substances. Coming off drugs is no walk in the park but, going to a detox facility is far more comfortable than trying to do it on your own. In detox, medical professionals will be able to administer medications to treat your physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.
Now that you’ve decided to go to detox and possibly rehab, here are 5 tips for surviving detox at al women’s facility.
#1. Pack comfy, warm clothes
Because of the nature of withdrawals, you’ll want to control as much as possible when it comes to your comfort level. And keep in mind that medical facilities are kept at cool temperatures as a way to keep the incidence of germs spreading. Therefore you will want to bring warm clothes.
Remember: you’re not there to impress anyone so bring your favorite, comfortable clothing. Also, bring clothes for a wide range of temperatures too. When you’re detoxing, you’re body temperature may be all over the place, trying to regulate itself. Pack so that no matter what, you’ll be able to be comfortable.
#2. Bring something to do on your down time
It’s important to keep occupied and, although your detox program will include some group and individual therapy, there is typically a lot of down time in detox. One of most important tips for surviving detox is to bring things that will keep you entertained. Bring books, music, a journal, writing/drawing/painting utensils – whatever will help you pass the time.
#3. Ask about phone privileges
Detox is the first the first level of care in drug and alcohol treatment and so the focus is on getting you physically ready for rehab or to go back home – if that’s your plan. As such, cellphones and other personal devices are not allowed or are heavily regulated. Other facilities will provide a facility phone and you will need to have a calling card to make outbound calls. Find out about phone policies before you go to detox so that you will be prepared. If you will not have access to your cell phone, make sure you write down all important numbers.
#4. Share your feelings
Detox is not a time to “grin and bear it.” The staff needs to know how you are feeling so they will be able to treat you effectively. Be honest about your symptoms you, and if you start to feel weak or shaky, you should definitely let a staff member know immediately. Detoxing from certain drugs can be dangerous, so it is essential that you let them know.
#5. Take advantage of the resources
Detox facilities are specifically designed to give you the support you need when you are going through withdrawal. Besides the medication, they also have staff that is experienced in treating people suffering from the disease of addiction. Also, detox facilities usually give you access to other beneficial treatments like group and individual therapy, 12 step groups, referrals to inpatient treatment, massage therapy, acupuncture, etc. Utilize all the resources offered by the treatment center. Remember- you are in detox so that you don’t have to go through this alone. Use all the help that is being offered to you.
If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol or another substance, help is available. Please call us toll-free at 1-800-777-9588 to speak with an Addiction Specialist. We are here 24/7 to help you figure it out and to point you in the right direction. Withdrawals are no doubt scary. But the compassionate staff at our all-women’s detox and rehab, The Orchid Recovery Center can make your transition into a sober lifestyle a seamless and comfortable one.