Recovery is a possibility for everyone – no matter how many tries it takes. But detox after relapse may be different than what you experienced the first time around. Being prepared for what happens in detox after relapse can help you tackle this experience and regain your sobriety, for good.
People suffering from alcohol or benzodiazepine abuse may experience a more painful detox after relapse each time around, for example, because of a medical phenomenon known as “kindling.”
Essentially, abusing alcohol or benzos alters your brain chemistry. When you quit, your brain can’t handle its new state, and physical symptoms like anxiety or seizures may occur. The experience gets worse every time you stop and start, in some cases.
Relapsing after opiate or opioid use also can be incredibly dangerous – and in some cases, fatal.
People often misjudge their new tolerance after getting clean, so their old “normal” dose may be too much. Overdose can even occur.
If you decide to get clean again before experiencing an opiate OD, you’ll still have to go through the same withdrawal process that you experienced before. It can be hard to face oipiate withdrawal again if you’ve already been through the painful process before, but know that choosing a medically managed detox can make your withdrawal symptoms much less painful.
No matter your drug of choice, detox itself can actually increase the likelihood of relapse.
When faced with severe withdrawal symptoms, many people break down and get a fix to stop the pain, starting the cycle all over again.
If you choose to detox in a medically managed facility, not only will the staff help you manage your symptoms; but also, they’ll be by your side when you get the urge to run, helping you stay on track to conquer your addiction once and for all.
Or, if you’re not sure whether it’s time to quit, try our 10-question quiz HERE.