Detox myths and misconceptions
1 February, 2021
The myths and misconceptions about medical detox.
When beginning your journey into recovery, it is sometimes necessary to go through a medical detox; some residential rehab centres require you to have done this before entering a programme.
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about detox that can make people apprehensive about starting the process and we wanted to chat about some of them.
Detox is only one part of the process
Detox is actually only one part of the recovery process and length can vary depending on the nature of individual addictions and the level of dependency.
Detox can be done in an inpatient setting (living in, monitoring and 24/7 support) or as an outpatient. Depending on individual circumstances, one option may be more beneficial than another. A medical professional may strongly suggest you complete detox as an inpatient.
Can I detox at home?
DIY detox can be very dangerous. From drug interactions to risky withdrawal symptoms or worse consequences. Us telling you this isn’t to scare you, it’s to make sure that if you want to detox you do it in a space that is safe. People within a professional setting are trained to give you the right medication and offer counselling support.
What part does will power play?
Removing substance from a body is not enough to treat it - your addiction is not a lack of willpower or want to change, recovery is an ongoing process of challenge and change.
The process of recovery may be a long one. You’ll need a recovery plan which often involves counselling, support, ongoing attendance of fellowship meetings and sometimes medication. For some, this happens inside a residential rehabilitation setting like Recovery Connections.
If you’re interested in discussing options for recovery support, get in touch.