You Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of The Detox Program!

You Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of The Detox Program!

Detox for alcoholics

One of the biggest fears you can experience after agreeing to check into a rehab clinic is the detoxification program. Reading all the horror stories about what I should expect during the first days of rehab made me terrified of what would happen. How will I sleep if I donít have at least one glass of Jack? What drugs will they give me? What if the 1940sí Russian sleep deprivation experiment is not a hoax?

The fear is real, no doubt about it

Because the thought of not being able to get some shuteye petrified me, I was very close to giving up on the rehab center altogether. I wanted to tell my wife, but frankly I was too ashamed to let her and my parents down. Even so, while she was driving me to the clinicís facility, the only thing that I could envision is opening the car door and jumping out.

My wife must have felt my anxiety; before we passed through the gates of the facility, she stopped the car and asked me if I had changed my mind. I didnít answer. All I could think of was if only I had one last drink, I could definitely muster the courage I need to walk right in. We spent around 2 hours in front of the gates, time during which I didnít say a word.

I realized there was no turning back when she drove in the rehab centerís premises. Before we got out of the car, she hugged me and said I have nothing to fear because today weíre just going to take a look around. I felt relieved.

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Donít be afraid to ask!

When we finally met my physician, I couldnít bear it anymore and asked her directly if I can die from the detox. To my surprise, she answered that very few patients, namely those with a high intake of alcohol or drugs, undergo a pharmaceutical detoxification. Some patients submit themselves to a reduction regimen under the supervision of a medical team.

The rest are strong enough to cope with the detoxís effects on their own and donít need any special in-patient therapy. At worst, they would be given sleeping pills if they donít manage to get some shut eye after 2 to 3 days.

It didnít kill me

I will not lie; the first 2 days there felt more like being in a prison than a medical center. After he took my cell phone, the counselor looked through my suitcase and confiscated the 3 small bottles of Jack I hid in the pockets of my parka sweatshirt.

On top of that, I started feeling very sick, nauseous, dizzy, and lightheaded. Every time I tried to get up, I thought I would throw up. Because I didnít manage to sleep during this time, I was irritated, restless and rather twitchy. Even though it was an awful experience, it didnít kill me.

If you decide to turn your life around, go ahead and check into a clinic. While things could get ugly during the first couple of days, rest assured it will all be worth it in the end!

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