“Do I need detox?” If you’re asking yourself that question, you’ve probably already admitted to yourself that you have a problem.
The reality is that most people don’t wonder about choosing detox or rehab unless substance use is causing issues in their lives.
Once you’ve reached the point where it seems like an option, though, how do you know it’s the right one? Substance use can make any decision difficult. These questions might help you to decide if detox is the answer.
1. Are you ready to interrupt the cycle of substance use?
Choosing detox doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give up drinking or drugs forever. At the very least, it means that you will stop using drugs or alcohol for a short period of time, during which your body will reset itself and begin to heal.
If you think your body and mind need a break, detox could be a good option. Best of all, it can set you up to confront your substance use with the benefit of a clear mind.
2. What substances are you using – and how much?
If you are abusing drugs or alcohol, it can be dangerous to stop cold turkey on your own.
Stopping alcohol use cold turkey can cause high blood pressure, heart attacks, comas, and even death.
Trying to stop benzodiazepines without support can cause dangerous benzo withdrawal symptoms, like psychosis or seizures.
Weaning yourself off of opioids, meanwhile, can be seriously uncomfortable. You could face muscle spasms, bone pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, and more.
You can find out exactly what to expect from your own detox and withdrawal by working with the support of a care team like the one at The Mend detox in Santa Ana.
At The Mend, our team works with detox patients to ensure a withdrawal process that is safe and as comfortable as possible.
3. Do you want to make your recovery last?
If you’re already thinking that there’s a chance you might be ready to stop altogether, choosing a professional detox is the best way to set yourself up for success. The staff at your detox can help you plan for a smooth transition to the next step of your recovery – whether that means inpatient rehab, 12 Step meetings, after-care or something else.
Or, if you’re not sure if you have a problem, download our easy 10-question quiz to find your rock bottom HERE.