Withdrawal is a difficult process no matter what chemicals your body is missing. Be it nicotine, alcohol, methamphetamine, or another substance, detoxifying your body is a necessary but difficult step on the path to sobriety. If you're ready to overcome your addiction, here are some tips for getting through the withdrawal period as easily and as gracefully as possible.
When wrestling with withdrawal, remember you don't have to go it alone. Friends and family members will often jump at the chance to help you since they can spend time with you doing fun things to create a distraction, and provide a sounding board when you need a sympathetic ear, or be someone to help keep you from giving in to your craving. Your doctor can also help by providing safe medications and exercises you can do to help minimize your physical discomfort. Tell the people closest to you that you plan to detox and when, so they can be ready to help. You can also get a team of help at treatment centers like Pacific Ridge with pros who know what you’re going through.
Remember, it is Temporary
The discomfort you feel when experiencing withdrawal symptoms are admittedly very real and unpleasant, but they are also temporary. If you give in to a craving, you'll have to start the withdrawal process over again. Although it's uncomfortable, the withdrawal process is temporary. Once you've managed to put it behind you, you need never go through withdrawal again. Focus on this fact during your more difficult moments, remembering that soon they will be a distant memory. Write down your reasons for getting sober or quitting smoking and carry your list with you. When you have a tough moment, take out your list and remind yourself of your ultimate goals.
Take Care of Yourself
If you've been grappling with drug or alcohol addiction, you probably haven't been taking the very best care of your body. You'll need to focus on relearning some of these skills, and doing so can help minimize your withdrawal symptoms. Meditation and deep breathing, for example, will slow your heart rate and reduce your stress. Both can help stem the panic that withdrawal can bring. Drink plenty of water and keep your blood sugars balanced with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Give your body what it needs to be physically strong, rather than what your addiction tells your body to need. The stronger you are, the weaker your withdrawal symptoms may be.
Cravings are part of the withdrawal process and they are easier to resist when you avoid what tempts you. Throw away ant cigarettes or alcohol you have in the house and get rid of any drugs you may have stashed for later. Create a clean environment to detoxify in, and stick to it and other clean environments. Avoid friends you know use as well as places where you like to go to get high.
Set yourself up for success and minimize your withdrawal by avoiding your known triggers, asking for help and remembering your end goal. If you are less than graceful one day while withdrawing, forgive yourself and move on. You can succeed at getting through your withdrawal with grace (most of the time) and dignity for a happy, healthy, and sober future.