Thursday, May 2, 2013

Who Needs Detox?

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

"I tried to beat this thing cold turkey," he said with a tired rasp in his voice.  I had heard the sentiment a thousand times before from other brave yet addicted people who came to our clinic to get off drugs and/or alcohol.  He continued, "It was like, the withdrawal symptoms were just too much.  I felt like I was dying.  In fact, dying almost seemed better than having to go through all that pain like diarrhea, cold sweats, hot flashes, restless and cramped legs, vomiting, and really high anxiety.  I felt like I was going to come out of my skin!"  I nodded my head trying to convey a sense of compassion and empathy.  It's very hard to watch such suffering.  

Ever felt that way?  I sincerely hope not!  Withdrawal from alcohol and/or drug addiction is brutal for most people.  On average, it takes 7-10 days for a person to completely withdraw from their substance of choice.  Unfortunately, on average, most people "cave", that is, go back to their drug of choice, around Day 3 to Day 5.  Of course, there are always outliers but they are the exception not the rule.  

Perhaps you've been there or you are there again.  Maybe you've tried valiantly to get off that stupid drug you hate so much and keep failing no matter how hard you try.  I have good news:  it's not because you're weak.  It's because the drug or drink is that strong!  

Who needs detox?  Anyone who is tired of being a slave to drugs who can't quit cold turkey.  Who needs detox?  Anyone who is tired of having to drink to start their day or to go to sleep at night or to get through that next meeting with your boss.  

Give up.  Ask for help.  You'll be so glad you did.  You deserve it.  The drugs and alcohol don't deserve you!   

Always know that at The Coleman Institute, we're here when you need us.  If you or someone you love has an addiction, we would love to help you heal.  Please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869

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