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How Can a Treatment Program Help with Withdrawal?

man discusses treatment for drug withdrawal with doctor

Withdrawal symptoms can be scary and are often a big deterrent for someone considering treatment for addiction.  While symptoms can vary from mild to severe, a well-equipped treatment program will offer various ways to help manage your discomfort.  Withdrawal symptoms can be both physical and mental and may require multiple strategies for lessening the severity.

Medical Detox

Some withdrawal symptoms, such as delirium tremens in the case of severe alcohol withdrawal, can be very dangerous and even life-threatening.  In cases such as these where withdrawal becomes a medical issue, medically supervised detox may be required. This phase of treatment may last one to two weeks, and include medications and emotional support to keep you as comfortable and safe as possible.  

Diet and Exercise

It is likely that your attention to nutrition and physical activity was lacking in active addiction.  Finding a way back to these healthy habits, or perhaps learning them for the first time, can have powerful effects on your body and mind during withdrawal.  Exercise produces endorphins that can help elevate mood and restore balance to the brain. Eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals, and low in processed fats and sugars can help restore depleted nutrients that your body needs to function efficiently.  

Group Support

Addiction treatment almost always involves some version of group counseling or support groups.  These meetings can offer a safe place for you to talk about the specific obstacles you face in sobriety, including the physical and mental struggles of withdrawal.  It can help to be around others who have had similar experiences and can provide you with living proof that you can make it to the other side of withdrawal. This kind of support will continue to be crucial throughout your recovery to keep you on track and prevent relapse. 

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, now is the time to reach out for help.  At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor, you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.