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The Importance of Building a Support System During Detox

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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Helping Hand ImageDuring detoxification, you are sure to be met with a variety of physical and psychological challenges. Although this step is necessary if you want to overcome your drug and/or alcohol addiction, some find themselves giving up before they reach the end of the road.

Many people who fall short during detoxification realize that this is directly related to the lack of a support system.

While nobody can go through this process for you, when you have others on your side there is a better chance of success.

Here are three reasons why you should build a support system during detox:

1. People to rely on when times get tough. Despite the fact that you can rely on medication to help reduce cravings and decrease withdrawal symptoms, you will still find yourself dealing with many challenges along the way. It is nice to have people close to you, such as friends and family, that you can rely on.

2. Allows you to get your mind off of the task at hand. Just because you are going through detoxification does not mean that this is the only thing you should be thinking about. While you wean yourself off of drugs and/or alcohol, it is good to keep your mind occupied on other things. Your support system can help you with this.

3. People who can cheer you on and motivate you to stay the course. Let’s face it: it is much easier to reach your goals when you have a cheering section. Let your support system motivate you, day in and day out, and cheer you on as you work towards your end goal.

Tip: the best rehab facilities provide detoxification and counseling services. This will give you somebody to talk to during detox, even if you don’t have family or friends close by.

Those who have a solid support system during detoxification have a much better chance of moving past this step in the recovery process in a fast and efficient manner.

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