What To Expect When You Stop Using Drugs And Alcohol

After devoting too much of your life to the abuse of drugs and alcohol, you might have forgotten what it’s like to live a normal life. That’s when you know your drug abuse is stripping you of the ability to find happiness and peace in your life.

So here you are looking for information about getting help for your addiction issues. You likely have a lot of things going through your head as you contemplate living life without being able to rely on drugs or alcohol. For some people, that can be a very scary thing. Still, you need to know that you cannot stay on the drug/alcohol abuse merry-go-round into perpetuity. At some time, the ride has to stop and you have to get off it. If you don’t, you could lose your life far too soon.

You have a right to be concerned about what’s going to happen when you stop using or drinking. That would especially be true if you have been wrapped up in the world of substance abuse for a long time. That is what happens when the addiction sufferer starts to hold onto their substance abuse like it’s a long-lost friend/lover. Are you holding onto your substance abuse like a long-lost friend/lover?

Indeed, the decision to stop using drugs or alcohol after extended use is a difficult decision to make. However, making the decision to keep using drugs or alcohol could end up destroying your life. Given that’s the alternative to stopping, do you really have a choice?

What To Expect When You Stop Using Drugs And Alcohol

If you have a better understanding of what to expect when you stop abusing your substance of choice, you might see that it’s not such a scary monster. With that in mind, we’ll give you a peek and what would likely happen when you say “no more.”

Yes, you will likely need to go through the withdrawal process. Yes, this is not the fun part. Fortunately, you can get help dealing with your withdrawal symptoms from a formal detox program. That would be advisable if you want help with withdrawal symptoms like:

  • Breathing issues
  • Dangerous increase in blood pressure and heart rate
  • Pain from stomach cramping
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Auditory and visual hallicinations
  • Loss of the ability to control your body movements and through processes
  • Body convulsions
  • Tremors in your extremities (arms/legs)
  • Depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideology

As you can see, that’s scary stuff. However, it’s all manageable with the right care.

After going through withdrawal, you would need to face the reality of what has been driving your addiction. Most likely, you will also need to confront the demons that have been driving the unhappiness in your life. That’s the good part. It’s always easier to deal with the enemy when you know exactly who or what that enemy is in your life.

Throughout the healing process, it’s very likely you will experience personal growth. You would get a chance to learn how to cope with day-to-day issues. You’ll gain strength in terms of being able to manage your own life. You might even come to discover talents and gifts you never knew you had. All of that is something you can expect if and when you stop abusing your substance of choice.

Ultimately, you can expect to find peace of mind, dare we say happiness if you stop using. It’s very likely that what is driving your addiction has been something you have been carrying with you for a long time. If you get help with your addiction, you might find that a little therapy was all you really needed to get your life on track.

We won’t try to kid you. Stopping your addiction will take a bit of effort. With that said, it’s very possible that going through the treatment process could resolve issues that have been troubling you for far too long. Of course, getting these benefits would all be predicated on your willingness to say goodbye to your substance of choice.

When you are ready to stop using and seek help, we will be here ready to provide that help. We are in the business of helping people realize their potential by saying no more drugs or alcohol. For more information about our facility and treatment programs, we ask that you give us a call at 833-364-0736.