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    Detox: Expectations vs. Reality

    For some people, a known devil is better than an unknown angel. No matter how difficult it is to struggle with the effects of substance use disorder, the fear of what it could be like to get help and get healthy can be a major barrier to moving forward. Compounding the problem is the fact that a major hallmark of addiction is denial: the ability to convince yourself that the current situation isn’t that bad. Second, cultural depictions of drug and alcohol detox tend to be overly dramatic and frightening. With few people willing to talk publicly about their own experiences of getting clean and sober, how are you supposed to know what to expect? Understanding some typical detox expectations vs. reality can help prepare you for seeking help, for yourself and a loved one.

    Expectation: You’ll be strapped to a hospital bed to sweat it out.

    Reality: Today, you can detox in a comfortable, serene environment.

    We’ve come a long way from the days of grim hospital detoxes. While that’s still an option for some, there are a wide variety of detox facilities offering treatment for every taste. At SolutionPoint Behavioral Health, for example, our private rooms are outfitted in the style of a luxury hotel. With high thread-count sheets, complimentary robes and slippers and hot baths on site, you’ll have the most comfortable environment possible for taking the leap into recovery.

    Expectation: The process will be unbearable.

    Reality: There are ways to make it more comfortable.

    If you choose a medically managed detox like SolutionPoint Behavioral Health, you’ll be cared for by staff with the utmost experience and professional training. They’ll monitor your vitals 24/7 to ensure that you’re completely safe, and may even prescribe medication to help minimize the symptoms of withdrawal. You don’t have to go it alone. In fact, you shouldn’t. Detoxing without medical support can be very dangerous.

    Expectation: You or your loved one will just go back to doing the same thing, anyways.

    Reality: Aftercare is a vital part of the treatment process.

    At SolutionPoint, we focus on providing the highest quality of professional detox and withdrawal management care. However, our care for each patient does not end there. During a patient’s stay, we work with them and any associated treatment provider (such as a therapist) to develop an appropriate aftercare plan that will lay the groundwork for successful recovery. That might include further education, trauma work, counseling, residential treatment, and more. The exact plan is customized every time to fit the needs, challenges, and goals of the individual patient.

    Expectation: In the long run, it won’t be worth the money.

    Reality: You can’t put a price on recovery.

    Detox is the first step in the journey that will bring you to the life you deserve. As such, it is the most crucial step to get right. Working with a professional detox and withdrawal management team gives you the best chance possible to build a life of recovery that lasts. It might even save your life.

    If you have other expectations or questions to consider, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our kind and helpful staff members would be happy to chat at any time.

    Or, if you’re not sure whether it’s time to quit, download our guide here.

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