Fear of detox is completely natural. Most users who enter an heroin detox center are doing so with a full knowledge that they will experience momentary discomfort.
Detox might seem unbelievable scary now, but detoxing from alcohol, from opioids, from cocaine or methamphetamine, it’s all a small blip on a long journey that is your life. It’s a pit stop. For a moment you will experience withdrawals and then its over.
The anticipation is what really scares people who are afraid of drug detox.
The fear of drug detox you have, it will pass and when it’s over you’ll be amazed at just how strong you really are.
But of course, it’s easier said than done. You can’t just snap your fingers and cure your fear of drug detox. There are a few simple things you can do, or try to do, that might help.
Believe You Can Do It
There are lots of people who have overcome fear of detox, millions in fact. Even back to the times of ancient Greece, alcoholic soldiers had to overcome their dependence in dangerous situations. You are not any different from there people.
You have the same thoughts, feelings, cravings, and withdrawal symptoms that they all had. You also have the same fear of drug detox. Detoxing from opioids, alcohol or meth feels like a scary thing, but it doesn’t have to be.
If you simply believe in your own strength, the same strength that so many people have had before you, then you can conquer that fear and detox will just be another milestone; something you remember very rarely as the years pass and you live a happy and healthy life.
The first step is believing in yourself and the next step is to try.
Make a List – Do it, Don’t Do It
If you want to take a more calculated attempt at ridding yourself of fear, break out a piece of paper, a pen and take a half an hour or so to make a pros and cons list.
On the “Do It” side, list the good that would come out of going through the initial detox and withdrawal phase of the drug addiction. What good would come out of it? How would taking that step benefit you, or change your life?
On the “Don’t Do It” side, write down what might happen if you don’t go through with detox and withdrawal. List out what your life might be like if you continue to use this drug. Where will you be in 1 year? Where will you be in 5 years?
Now look at those lists and weigh your fears of drug detox and withdrawal with the potential place you might be if you don’t go to a detox center.
At some point during addiction, everyone has experienced the feeling of withdrawal and the initial panic and pain that sets in before you can find the next dose.
Some people might develop a fear of drug detox based on that initial pain they feel, but those people have never experienced what it feels like to come out of the other end, over the hump.
Consider that you have only felt the painful side of detox but never the relief or release when it’s over. The pain associated with severe detox from heroin, opioids, alcohol or meth is temporary, it does eventually pass.