Let’s face it, withdrawals aren’t pretty. They’re physically and emotionally agonizing, and sometimes they can make you want to forget the progress and just use again to make the urges go away. Whether it be withdrawing from a stimulant, alcohol or opioid, going cold turkey is not the way to go. Neither is giving up. Making the choice to quit using substances is a huge feat, and you don’t have to feel like you’re alone or in limbo with your recovery. A detox retreat in Los Angeles can help you safely detox so that you can feel empowered to start your recovery journey.
Why Do You Need to Detox?
Substances affect how dopamine and serotonin are released in the pleasure center of the brain. When you use a substance, this region is stimulated with feel-good chemicals, enticing us to use the substance over and over again. Once there is a dependence on the substance, withdrawal symptoms will soon follow and make it difficult to stop. Remnants of the substance could stay in the body for a bit of time, complicating the withdrawal. In order to begin rehab for addiction, however, you will need to first completely rid your body of the substance(s) and that means enduring the withdrawal process. A detox will be necessary in most cases.
What Happens During the Detoxification Process?
Depending on the substance you use, detoxing has the potential to be life-threatening. Withdrawing from alcohol, benzodiazepines, and opioids can be particularly dangerous and needs to be handled with special care. Some detox processes will require that you are given medication to prevent adverse effects from the withdrawal and to be then slowly taken off the drug to protect you. If absolutely necessary, you may also temporarily need to be put on psychiatric medication to get through the withdrawal process. Users may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, hallucinations, sweating, seizures, and delirium. These symptoms can last up to two weeks after your last use. In most cases, it takes 3-10 days to fully detox from substances.
Benefits of Detox Retreat
At a detox retreat center, you will be supervised 24/7 to ensure that you’re safe. You will be in an environment free of triggers or temptation to use substances and will be provided medical or psychological care when needed. When you’re in a retreat with medical and mental health professionals, you may be introduced to various treatment methods such as support groups, substance use monitoring, recovery support programs, mental health services, and continuing care. Detoxing through a medical facility or retreat increases the chance of recovery success as well.
Why You Need to Have a Nutritious Diet
Your body needs to be nourished to get through the detox (and rehab). A well-balanced diet will help you stay mentally and physically strong throughout the process, and it will increase your chances of not using again. When we create healthy habits, the least likely we are to revert to old patterns. Cutting out sugar and caffeine during detox and rehab (and hopefully thereafter) is vital as it affects the same part of the brain as the substances.
The safest and healthiest way to pull through your addiction is by nourishing your body. Create a healthy foundation for a sustainable recovery. To learn more about detox retreat in Los Angeles, call (844) 663-4747.