Detox is a Priority over Everything: Your Health Comes First

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Ok, we’re starting with some good ole metaphors. Let’s say we want to bury something in the backyard. We walk outside, grab the shovel and start digging. This is in correspondence to the hole we dig ourselves in active addiction and alcoholism. So you go outside and dig said hole, throw in the object (usually this is our misery and powerlessness), and then you slowly proceed with filling up the hole. Packing in the dirt is going to take time and dedication. Like so many other things in life, to start fixing the created problem, you must start at the beginning.

We start pushing in the mounds of dirt, one at a time. It might seem like it’ll take ages to get back to the top, but being consistent with the first few shovelfuls will get you on the right track. Alright, enough of the analogies. Essentially, when one decides to take on the path of recovery, getting clean and ridding all the junk out our systems is the beginning of our new beginnings. First, we have to make detox a priority.

Detoxifying all the chemicals and garbage out our systems will help us better function the way we are naturally intended to. All the alcohol and drugs practically weigh us down, and now the goal is to start shedding that weight. The process of detoxification is mostly physical. The idea of addiction and recovery is more mental exercise. Regardless, they both correspond with each other in regular everyday life. One step at a time is the idea here.

In Comes Healthy Living Choices

Making detox a priority over everything is a crucial way to begin recovery the right way. Sure, withdrawals are intimidating and extremely uncomfortable- there’s no denying that. The thing is, we shouldn’t stay bound to the shackles of addiction if there is a known way out. This is choosing torture in fear of what lies ahead. Most addicts and alcoholics will avoid detoxing for fear or how uncomfortable or painful withdrawing from a substance can be. This happened to be the case for myself. The worst of these withdrawals will include opiates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol. The body is extremely prone to succumbing to a physical dependence on these particularly. Withdrawal symptoms can include cold and hot flashes, vomiting and diarrhea, fever, achy bones and/or joints, profuse sweating, and the overall sensation of what you’d imagine death feels like. However, the human body is an adaptive living thing and you will get through the discomfort.

It is often recommended that when starting the cleaning of your system, you do a little more than just drop the substances to the side. Upon entering recovery or sobriety, it is imperative to know that sometimes you must run twice as fast just to stay in place. Addiction and alcoholism are tricky mental diseases that will catch people off guard time and time again. So being proactive in our health choices will help everything flow smoothly as the chemicals slowly exit our bodies. This means taking a few extra steps.

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I think it’s safe to say that when it gets to this point, we stopped caring about what we were putting in our bodies a long time ago. Now that we are making detox a priority, we must start caring about what’s going in. Drinking and eating healthy while detoxing can make a gigantic difference in your overall mood and level of energy. Drinking soda and eating fried junk is horrible for you anyway, so why would you do that to yourself while trying to expend all the built up toxins out? That’s only going to make it harder for you. In the end, we are the only solution to ourselves. They say there’s no “I” in teamwork, but I disagree. Sometimes it takes great effort to work with yourself on character defects and other personal things.

Getting back to the delivery, it is wise to take care of your body to the best of your ability while sobering up. Drinking water and liquids with electrolytes and vitamins is highly advised. When the detoxing commences, our bodies are depleted of fluids. Sometimes patients at a facility will be hooked up and monitored on an IV because of the level of dehydration being experienced. Liquids haven been taken care of, we now turn our heads over to food. Certain things we eat benefit our immune system. Some things promote renewal of blood, brain, and skin cells. Other edibles can help push all the heavy toxins out our bodies a little faster than anticipated. Eating junk food can be very detrimental while making detox a priority. Sticking to hearty, healthy foods will also encourage healthy brain functioning. This is vital for anybody to get out of that hazy cloud we’ve been living in.

It all boils down to creating a healthy routine of sorts. This, of course, includes sleep and exercise as top priorities. Not staying up too many hours and actually trying to fixate on a regular sleep schedule does the mind and body wonders. It’s all connected- the mind, body, and soul. Without the proper amount of sleep, everything will start performing poorly. It’s like a battery that needs charging. If you don’t charge it to 100%, you’re only going to get a fraction of the life that it could normally provide. Exercise and physical activity can help you sweat out toxins, increase healthy blood flow to your heart, and release endorphins in the brain causing you to feel in a content state. This is a highly beneficial way to distract you from the withdrawal discomfort.

What Are Your Priorities?

We all lead different lives, but at the end of the day, a lot of us deal with similar issues. Addiction and alcoholism are big ones, and if this be the case for you or a loved one- you are not alone. If you or your loved one is in need of detoxification due to substance dependency, please call 1-866-802-6848 or visit Our team of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life in a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.

Content Reviewed by Jacklyn Steward

Jacklyn StewardJacklyn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and an EMDR trained trauma therapy specialist with over 6 years of experience in the field of addiction. She has a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.