There are several myths and misconceptions about drug detox that are mostly borne from a lack of knowledge of how the process works. Unfortunately, these myths can become obstacles preventing someone from seeking the treatment they need and often, women are more likely to conceal their issues from others around them. Women’s detox can seem to be a frightening experience to many and so here we debunk some of the myths surrounding the process.
The Myth of DIY Detox
One of the most common misconceptions about women’s detox is that it is something that can be carried out alone. Detox is the first stage of the rehabilitation process and involves ridding the body of any substances or alcohol from the system in preparation for further addiction. Many women interpret that as meaning they simply have to abstain from drinking or taking drugs and go through withdrawal until they’re ‘clean’.
It is not that simple, unfortunately. The withdrawal symptoms accompanying detox are different for everyone and cannot be predicted. DIY detox can actually be extremely harmful if withdrawal spirals out of control and unless medical assistance is on-hand, some very serious long term health conditions can develop as a result.
Aside from the medical benefits of specialist treatment to detox women, a recovery clinic or addiction center also offers constant medical supervision to monitor withdrawal and medicate where necessary. This can make the whole detox process a much more comfortable experience and is also much less threatening to long-term health.
Detox Is Enough On Its Own
Detox is just the first phase of treatment for someone with addiction issues but it is crucial to a successful life of recovery nevertheless. The initial benefits of detox are felt immediately after the body has been purged of toxins and include improved focus, concentration and a feeling of general well-being.
However, detox alone is not sufficient to ‘cure’ addiction although it is a significant first step in the lifelong journey of recovery. Underlying issues causing the addiction in the first place have to be addressed and treated to enable a successful life in sobriety and this can take anything between 30 to 90 days and sometimes even longer.
If recovering from addiction was as simple as ridding the body of the toxins involved, there would be fewer addicts. However, it is still necessary to identify the root cause of addiction which is why detox is not considered sufficient or effective rehabilitation on its own.
Detox Has to Be Voluntary
Many people believe that it is not possible to make someone go into a detox program unless they recognize they have a problem. However, while it is the ideal scenario, it isn’t always essential for treatment to be voluntary. For example, some employers may put staff under pressure to seek treatment or people can be legally ordered to enter detox, especially if they have been involved in criminal activity.
Detoxification from drugs and alcohol is the part of treatment that addresses the physical dependency whereas rehabilitation is directed more towards psychological issues. Even if someone is reluctant or even actively fighting the detox process, once it has been completed they will experience an altered state of mind. They will also learn to control their craving for drugs and alcohol and the compulsion to use which often prompts an addict to reconsider their lives and opt to continue with treatment.
Detox Failed the First Time Round and Won’t Work Again
For some women who have completed detox only to go on to abuse drugs or alcohol again, it can be difficult to accept that it works. This sometimes happens when someone relapses and feels an overwhelming sense of failure as a result. After detox, it is crucial to remember that the addiction has not been cured and that the risk or relapse will remain very real for years to come. Accepting that mistakes happen but they don’t necessarily have to be repeated is a more positive response to relapse that is unlikely to threaten someone’s chances of recovery.