Alcohol Detox: What to Expect?

Alcohol Detox: What to Expect?

There have often been certain misconceptions about the process of detox for addiction recovery. It has created an image that it is an overwhelming experience where people nearly die due to withdrawal symptoms or relapse. Well, these can be true, but not for all. There are a minimal number of people who can’t benefit from or complete the detox process. Therefore, here is a blog listing down things that you can expect from detox. 

Physical Effects Of Detox

The detox process is merely the procedure of freeing your body from traces of alcohol or drugs. The process does not involve any surgery; it only requires the person to stop the consumption of drugs or alcohol and let the body overcome its dependency by natural means. 

The detox process will surely cause certain effects on your physical self as the body has suddenly stopped consuming addictive substances. It will take time for your body to readjust to the absence of substances. Some of the physical effects observed during detox are: 

  • Insomnia or sleeplessness
  • Nausea, vomiting or gastrointestinal issues
  • Muscle aches and muscle tension

Effects Of Detox On Emotions 

The effects of detox on emotions depend on your withdrawal’s intensity and duration. Before we dive into knowing the effects on emotions, let us go through some factors that affect withdrawal, which triggers certain emotions. Some of the factors affecting the withdrawal are:

  • Choice of substance
  • Method of consumption 
  • Family history with drug or alcohol abuse
  • Duration and frequency of substance abuse
  • Tolerance level
  • Co-occurring disorders 

These are the factors that affect the withdrawal process, further affecting the person’s emotions. Some of the emotions expected to be experienced during this phase would be: 

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Disorientation
  • Depression 
  • Mood swings 

These emotions might seem normal to read, but they can become a major reason behind relapse when an individual fails to control them and turns to drugs and alcohol to seek comfort. Therefore, one should never try to detox on their own. Detoxing alone also has another fatal drawback – death due to overdose.

Once a person begins to experience these physical and emotional effects of detox and withdrawal, they become vulnerable to relapsing. If they relapse, the chances of overdosing are high. Hence, always seek professional assistance while detoxing. 

You can approach Skyward Treatment center to overcome your addiction and safely complete the detox process. Call us now to book a consultation. 

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