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Detoxing from Drugs and Alcohol

Is Detoxing from Drugs and Alcohol Really Worth It?

If you’re looking to change your life and undergo a detox program, you may be wondering if it’s really worth it. Detoxing can be a difficult experience and the painful symptoms of withdrawal are often what keep many people from getting clean. If this sounds like something you’re struggling with, please continue reading.

The Effects of Continuing Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Although the symptoms of detoxification and drug or alcohol withdrawal are painful, the damages that these substances are doing to your body may be irreversible. Detoxification will be a temporary pain, while the lasting effects of drug or alcohol addiction can lead to the end of your life. Weighing out the benefits, gain, and risks of detoxing can help you reason through making the decision and finding the resolve to make this life-altering change.

The Risk and Benefits of Detox

It’s important to examine the risks and benefits of a detox program. Understanding the struggles you may face will help you be prepared and stay in the program. Knowing the benefits that await you after recovery can also help keep you motivated if things get tough.


  • Withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal can be incredibly unpleasant and may often lead to avoiding getting treatment for an addiction. This means you will likely experience nausea, headaches, mood swings and difficulty sleeping while going through withdrawal. The symptoms will also depend on the substance you are detoxing from.
  • Less barrier to emotional pain. If what lead you to seek out drugs or alcohol was the desire to use these substances to help cope with a trauma or an emotionally painful circumstance, you may be finding yourself having to face those things after detoxing. This means it will be extra important for you to find healthy tools and coping skills to improve these circumstances.


  • A new lease on life. If you have felt your life is over, you may find that the battle against addiction does not have to be a losing one. You can regain your courage, confidence, and ambition for leading a life you want to live. There are many individuals who have struggled with addiction then go on to lead successful and meaningful lives, many of them going on to help others who have also struggled with addiction.
  • Healthiness. While struggling with an addiction, managing your health can be an uphill battle. The deteriorating effects of drug and alcohol abuse damage many of your major organs and can prevent you from thriving. Once you get clean, you may find your health improving in ways you haven’t seen in years.
  • Better relationships. When you are struggling with an addiction, family, and friends may not be able to reach you. If your life is being consumed with the ongoing battle, it’s hard to make space to connect and build your relationships. After recovery, many people find they’re able to pick up relationships that had been set aside during their abuse.
  • A Bright Future. Once you have dealt with the troubles of addiction and been able to move beyond it, you may feel a renewed confidence that if you can get through this, you can get through anything. With this mentality, doors can open. If you have had any dreams in life, you can now revisit them and begin to work towards that brighter future.

Planning For a Successful Detox Program

Detoxing can be tough, but it can bring so many benefits to your life. To help you set yourself up for successful, be sure to carefully develop a plan for recovery. Utilizing multiple means of support can help negate some of the difficult symptoms and improve the benefits you experience after detoxing.

Tips to Help Detoxing

  • Seek the help of a qualified and supportive counselor. Ongoing counseling can be life-changing for many people. Finding someone to work with who you can trust can help you build a refuge where you can share the struggles and pains you are going through.
  • Enter into a quality detox program. Finding somewhere that understands the specific drug you are detoxing from and has the facilities that can help you will help to improve their ability to help you detox.
  • Seek the support of loved ones and family. Celebrate your small accomplishments with those who love you.
  • Find a nearby support group and build a network that will encourage and celebrate your progress with you.

If you’re ready to get help, reach out to one of our counselors today and we can begin building a recovery plan for you. Contact us any time at 800-737-0933

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