One of the first steps on your path to recovery is to detox. During this time, drugs and alcohol are completely removed from your system. While the symptoms of detox often subside in one to two weeks, the intensity and duration can vary greatly depending on the amount of the substance in your system and the length of the addiction as well as other factors.
Everyone reacts to the detox process differently, but going in with an understanding of the most common side-effects as well as a plan for their management can help mitigate the stress and ease you into your recovery.
How to Help Manage It: Breathing regiments are one of the most effective way to calm your stress and anxiety at any period during your life but especially during a detox. Practice taking slow and deep breaths in through your nose, holding the air in your lungs for five seconds, and slowly exhaling through your mouth. Continue repeating the cycle as needed.
How to Help Manage It: There are few things you can do mentally to help ease the strain of this aspect of the detox process, but you can make it more comfortable and manageable for yourself. Avoid caffeine and spicy foods as they may be contributing factors. Cold showers can work wonders and help you feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
How to Help Manage It: Ginger tea and candy can help settle a restless stomach, and avoid food that may be rough on your system. Bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast are favorites amongst those with more gentle constitutions, but fatty and processed foods, as well as foods with strong aromas, should be avoided.
How to Help Manage It: Build a relaxation routine that you only repeat when you’re getting ready for sleep. Designating your bed specifically for sleeping helps transition your mind into a tired state whenever you crawl under your sheets. Relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, or a soothing cup of tea can help ease you into sleep and fight off insomnia.
How to Help Manage Them: It’s very easy to dehydrate during your detox and dehydration can lead to intense and numbing headaches. Remembering to hydrate can both alleviate the symptoms and reduce their severity. Stretching can also be helpful as it reduces the tension in your muscles and neck.
Though the detox stage can be difficult, it’s a critical step in your path towards a healthier and happier you. At Asana Recovery, we’re here to help you through this stage and the rest of your journey. Recovery can be a difficult road, but you don’t need to travel it alone.