Do I Need Detox or Can I Recover on My Own?
There comes a point in an addiction where there is a big shift in control. While some people may feel they are still able to make the choice about whether or not to use, the truth is that addiction sets in faster than most people realize, and detox becomes necessary for recovery within weeks or months of beginning drug use.
If you’ve found yourself unable to stop using drugs or in denial about the impact substances have had on your life, it’s time to start seriously considering detox. Here are the top signs that you need to start treatment, and soon.
Do I need detox?
For those who are struggling with substance use disorders, there are some sure signs that yes, you do need detox. Here are the most frequent symptoms of a chemical dependency that needs treatment.
You have developed a tolerance
When someone is using drugs repeatedly, the body builds up what’s called a tolerance. This means that the body has become accustomed to the presence of a drug and greater and greater amounts of the same substance are needed to feel the same effect.
If you’ve found yourself using more drugs or stronger drugs to get high, you can bet you’ve developed a tolerance. This makes detox essential because suddenly stopping substance use can result in some painful and even dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
You have difficulty managing relationships
When a tolerance builds up, drugs start to control your life on a neurological level. This has a ripple effect in all areas of life, and one of the first to be affected is the relationships with those closest to you. If you’ve noticed recent damage to your bonds with friends, family, coworkers and partners, it’s time to start medical detox.
You have trouble affording basic necessities
Substance use disorders also affect finances, decimating a person’s savings and income for that next fix. When addiction is in control, it can even make necessities, like food, housing, toiletries and other items come second to buying drugs.
You have uncontrollable thoughts about obtaining and using a drug
According to Mayo Clinic, one of the symptoms of substance use disorder is the overwhelming nature of the urge to use drugs. These cravings are all-consuming and will plague a person, day and night.
If you’ve found that you can’t reign in your drug use related thoughts, now is the time to start detox. Rehab for substance use can help you get back in control of your body and your mind.
You have experienced failure to carry through with commitments and responsibilities
The major hallmark of a full-fledged drug addiction is when it continues despite significant negative consequences. These negative consequences often stem from the behavior of neglecting to meet responsibilities.
This can include work duties, family commitments, chores around the house, paying bills and so forth. When important commitments are brushed aside for the sake of drug use, it’s a tell-tale sign that detox is going to be necessary to get your life back.
You have overwhelming symptoms
Substance use disorders have some severe physical side effects, from weight changes to a decrease in energy levels. These symptoms will escalate as an addiction progresses. Sadly, overdose is a very real potential symptom of addiction, too.
If drug use is causing physical discomfort when you’re not using the drug, persisting for days after your last use, detox will be necessary for full recovery.
You have worsening mental health
Addiction and mental health conditions are closely related. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that around half of those with substance use disorders struggle with an additional mental health disorder and vice versa. If you’ve noticed that your mental wellbeing has taken a turn for the worse, it’s time to engage in treatment for both conditions.
Should I do detox?
If you’ve asked yourself whether or not detox might be necessary for your recovery and the above signs have resonated with your experience, it’s a safe bet that you’re going to need detox.
Thankfully, the final decision isn’t up to just you. When you reach out for treatment a qualified team of professionals will conduct an assessment to determine the most appropriate level of care for your needs, whether that be starting with detox or another treatment program.
Regardless of where you begin your treatment, the important thing is getting started. Once you’re at a rehab facility, you’ll find that recovery is much easier when you have access to support as opposed to trying to heal on your own.
Get the intervention you need to break free from drug use at Pyramid Healthcare. We offer a wide variety of services for those who are struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Take advantage of the benefits of medical detox and call today.
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