Busting Common Detox Myths

In 2016, 2.1 million people had a problem with opiate addiction, with 116 people dying each day due to opioid-related causes. The time to seek treatment is now. Addiction is not a lifestyle most people would choose, but instead is a situation commonly often brought on by fear. Many people may fear pain, beginning opioid use after a surgery or injury. Some people may use based on hurt and fear of from emotional issues surrounding abuse or neglect. And many people keep using based on fear of detox, not wishing to experience withdrawal symptoms or the emotional consequences of being sober.

The good news is that there is no need to fear sobriety when help is available through south Florida detoxification treatment. Many of the fears associated with opioid detox are actually myths, and this process can be far better than many realize. That isn’t to say there won’t be work involved, but that this process is manageable, and there will be physical and mental support along the way.

It’s time to bust those common myths about the detox process.

Detox can be done without help.

The truth of this myth is that if a person could detox on their own — they already would have. But this failure isn’t caused by a lack of willpower, moral character, or anything else. Addiction has factors that are both mental and physical that will keep an addict using, and almost everyone needs help to overcome this.

A person cannot detox after using too much, for too long.

Will the length and amount of substance used affect recovery — yes. Will this be enough to stop someone from living a happy and sober life — absolutely not. There is no evidence showing that it is too late to detox, no matter the extent habit.

Detox will hurt too much; it’s more than a person can handle.

Withdrawal symptoms are no joke, but modern medicine has helped find many ways to manage this process and keep patients as comfortable as possible. Choose from a natural and supervised detox with supportive care such as blankets, nursing, or even therapeutic massage or instead a medical detox. Medical professionals can offer anti-nausea, anticonvulsant, and anti-depressant medication to ease the symptoms of withdrawal.

Treatment won’t work unless a patient has hit rock bottom. This addiction isn’t so bad.

There is no rule that says when a person can start detox and treatment. If opiates are causing a problem in life or making a person unhappy — then the time to get sober is now. The important part of the program is the desire to live a sober and happy life, and professionals can help patients accomplish this at any stage along the way.

Treatment is for regular people, normal people. It won’t work for people with unique needs and backgrounds.

Many people are concerned that treatment won’t be a fit for them because they won’t fit in. It doesn’t matter if a person is young, old, single, or has a large family, there is a treatment option specific to these needs. Addiction does not discriminate based on race, gender, or social status and neither do treatment professionals. If there are specific concerns to address, consult a local treatment center and they can refer you to the right source for care and detox.

Treatment is for rich celebrities, not poor or middle class.

Celebrities have made full-service, spa-style treatment centers famous. While these are options, treatment centers come in many varieties just like hotels. Celebrities may pick the 5-star VIP treatment, while average people will be very happy and comfortable at a 2-3-star resort. In addition, there are options for both inpatient and outpatient treatments available depending on the need for care. Many types of insurance, including state-sponsored care, can also contribute towards the costs of detox and treatment.

Detox can be an intimidating idea, but the rewards are worth it. As the opioid epidemic shows no signs of slowing down, now it the right time to take that first step. Don’t be intimidated by the many myths surrounding the process. Instead, start looking towards the future.

Melissa Thompson writes about a wide range of topics, revealing interesting things we didn’t know before. She is a freelance USA Today producer, and a Technorati contributor.