Drug and Alcohol Recovery: Handling Withdrawal Symptoms
Over the last few weeks we have provided a series of articles that may help you to better prepare yourself to check into a private addiction treatment centre. Taking time to read these articles while you wait for your room to become available or for a beginning date that is a few weeks off can help you to prepare yourself and your loved ones.
Today, we will focus on handling the withdrawal symptoms that may begin once you have discontinued using and began your drug or alcohol recovery process. This will be especially beneficial if you cease use before you check into a private addiction treatment centre. It should be noted that there are many different options for handling withdrawal symptoms and what works for one person may not work for another. Any questions or concerns can be discussed with your doctor, counsellor, or staff at the private addiction treatment centre.
Handling Withdrawal Symptoms Without a Detoxification
Some private addiction treatment centres do not handle detoxification and require everyone checking into the centre to have started drug or alcohol recovery. In this case, a person has the option to attend a detox outside of the private addiction treatment centre or the person will have to find other help to sober up or on their own. This may cause various problems, especially for those who are dealing with a long term addiction. If this is your case, most likely you will be unable to quit on your own, it will be in your best interest to ask your private addiction treatment centre to refer you to a nearby detox centre that will take care of your withdrawal symptoms under medical supervision. This may take between 5 to 10 days, and from there you may move into the private addiction treatment centre and begin the programme for drug or alcohol recovery.
Handling Withdrawal Symptoms Before a Detoxification or Treatment
Some people choose to quit drugs or alcohol before they enter the private addiction treatment centre or detoxification centre; often times, when the person does so they will experience withdrawal symptoms. If you have chosen this option and are experiencing any symptoms, it will in your best interest not to continue on with this approach as some of the symptoms can be dangerous, depending on your addiction. If you have already made the decision to check into a private addiction treatment centre it would be better to avoid the risk of an ‘at home detox’ and wait for your professional treatment or detox to begin. Keep in mind that it may not be a bad idea to avoid binging on alcohol or drugs right before you enter private addiction treatment centre, but if stopping altogether causes any kind of withdrawal symptoms it is best to wait for medical supervision.
Plan Ahead of Time
Once you have chosen to check into a private addiction treatment centre it will be a good idea to determine how you will initially become sober and begin your drug or alcohol recovery. For this, speak with one of the centre’s professional staff members to see which approach will be best. Sometimes a medication will be given to help you come off of the substance while lessening withdrawal symptoms or a detox plan will be put into place, other times, the private addiction treatment centre may use the ‘weaning approach’; this is most frequent when prescription drugs are involved. What is most important to understand is that a private addiction treatment centre will help you to determine the best way to lessen any symptoms of withdrawal and make you feel as comfortable as possible.
The Cabin Chiang Mai is a private addiction treatment centre located in the north of Thailand. We can help you to overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol and ultimately allow you to take back your life. Contact us today for more information.