A worried and afraid young woman sitting on the floorYou have committed to fully recovering from your addiction and have made the decision to live a healthy life again in mind, body and spirit. Quitting a highly addictive substance, such as drugs or alcohol, can be extremely difficult but can be accomplished with the support and guidance from the proper treatment program.

It is normal to have a wide range of questions about the recovery process. Before beginning your recovery, it is essential to get all of your questions answered and have an understanding of what to expect during your recovery experience every single step of the way.

Although it may seem overwhelming, you have made the right decision to detoxify your mind, body, and spirit from the addictive substance.

What is detoxification?

Detoxification is the process of removing the drug or alcohol toxins from your body. This is the foundation for beginning the treatment process because your treatment program will encompass a comprehensive, individualized plan to help you battle through the withdrawal symptoms and avoid a relapse.

The process of detoxification includes the following steps:

Step 1: Client Evaluation

When searching for a treatment center that is right for you, choose a center that focuses on the “whole-person approach” and individually designed care to best fit your needs. After choosing a treatment center, the first step is to contact the treatment center and speak to a trained professional. The trained professional will guide you through the treatment process and gather information about your medical, psychological, and substance abuse history.

Step 2: Medical Evaluation

After the consultation call, the counselor will determine if medical detoxification is required. Medical detoxification would include a full assessment from a medical staff in which they would prescribe medication to help ease the pain of withdrawal symptoms.

Step 3: Detoxification

In a comprehensive treatment facility that focuses on the “whole-person approach” and individually-designed, high quality care, detoxification is the first step towards healing you from your addiction. Withdrawal symptoms from the detoxification process may be overbearing but a medical staff and professionally trained counselors and therapists are equipped in helping you recover in all program options, including inpatient and outpatient care.

The withdrawal symptoms that occur in the absence of the drug is your first mountain to climb when recovering from addiction. This journey is supported by a medical staff and a team of professionally trained counselors and therapists. Withdrawal symptoms range from mild to moderate symptoms. However, individuals who have abused drugs for a long period of time may experience severe withdrawal symptoms.

Mild withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Feelings of unease or worry
  • Sweating
  • Shakiness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Feelings of tenseness
  • Anxiousness
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling upset or depressed
  • Anxiety/irritability

Moderate to severe symptoms may include abdominal pain, pain sensations throughout the body, hallucinations, delusions, or seizures.

Clearing the body from the harmful toxins is one of the most difficult steps in the process but once mastered, allows you to gain the strength needed to continue on this new, cleansing path. Contingent upon the case, a medical staff can choose medication or IV therapy to help relieve the painful withdrawal symptoms. IV therapy is used to aid the individual from feeling any withdrawal symptoms by injecting the medication directly into the bloodstream for immediate effects.

Detoxification lasts a couple of days but in severe cases of drug abuse, may take longer. Consult with your medical staff to determine how they will aid you in easing your withdrawal symptoms and how they will provide quality care throughout the entire process.

Step 4: Treatment

The next step after getting sober is working with a highly dedicated staff of trained therapists, counselors, and pastors to help you remain sober for the rest of your life. Focusing on the “whole-person approach,” your recovery process will include ways to restore your mind, body, and spirit with healthy thoughts and behaviors.

Choosing a 12-step Christian-based treatment program will help to lead you on the path towards lifetime recovery from your drug or alcohol addiction. Through individual, group, pastoral, and family therapy sessions, you will connect to people with similar experiences as well as to the greater community of God. Connectedness is the foundation of recovery from substance abuse because you will no longer feel the urge to revert to a destructive substance if you are constantly surrounded by God’s love and the family and friends who support you.

You deserve high quality care from the most dedicated and highly trained professionals in the country. At Covenant Hills, the highly trained medical and professional staff help you to overcome the detoxification process and give you the skills and techniques needed to remain sober for the rest of your life. By bringing you closer to the community of God and supporting you every step of the way,  they will help you to restore your mind, body, and spirit and lead a healthy and meaningful life.

Do you need help, or is a loved one struggling with addiction? Please call us today at (800) 662-2873 for a free assessment. This is a confidential call. One simple call can change your life.