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How To Detox Your Body From Drugs

by Landmark Recovery

September 5, 2017

Updated: June 12, 2023, at 12:16 p.m.

Safely Cleaning Your System From Addictive Drugs

If your body is caught in the grip of drug addiction, it’s not working as it should. Drugs interrupt your body’s natural processes, making you crave the high while ignoring the harmful effects. When you’re ready to break free, a medically managed drug detox at a certified rehab facility can help. They can safely remove these toxins from your body, a process we’ll explore in this blog.

It won’t be easy, but detox is a vital first step towards reclaiming your health. Let’s discover how to detox your body from drugs effectively.

The Danger Of Drugs

Drug abuse is extremely taxing on the human body. Whether the drug is being used for the first time, or an abuser is taking drugs for the thousandth time, each hit harms the body in one form or another. Of course, the longer drug abuse takes place, the more damage is done to the body. Think of drugs as synthetic chemicals. It’s all about chemistry. They trick the brain into releasing certain hormones that make us feel good, but our blood pumps the toxins throughout the entire body. They hit nearly every organ, impacting the heart, the liver, and the lungs, causing cancer, and increasing the risk for heart attacks and strokes. And worst of all, it rewires the way the brain works. Drugs have been known to completely change a person’s personality. It impacts their sleeping habits and impairs their decision-making. They become much more impulsive and often find themselves at higher risks of committing violence, mostly to stay high. In a lot of cases, drug abusers find themselves on the outside looking in. Their whole life becomes all about chasing the high. They lose interest in relationships, push away loved ones, end up doing worse at work and/or school, and find themselves spending time with enablers rather than people they’ve known their whole life.

The Desire to Get Clean

A girl sitting and overlooking the water, thinking how to detox her body from drug and addiction

When a family member is lost in addiction, loved ones will try everything they can, including intervention, to bring them back. In the cases where intervention works at convincing the abuser it’s time to stop, that still leaves the huge task of overcoming the addiction itself. It’s not as easy as just quitting the drug of choice. The brain has become so dependent on those chemicals for so long that the body will react harshly to life without the drug. This often leads many to attempt to get clean, but end up running back to what made them feel good. It can be a hopeless feeling that makes you think you cannot survive or be happy without the drug. When someone commits to wanting to be clean, there should be a detoxification period to rid the body of all the harmful toxins and chemicals that have burdened it for so long. In some instances, detoxing your body from major drug addictions is too dangerous to attempt at home or “cold turkey,” and requires medical supervision. Do not attempt to get off any drug without talking to your doctor first. People have died by not taking seriously the effects of drugs and alcohol on their systems. As often as addicts tell themselves they can quit any time they want, they really can’t. Not without help, guidance, and a plan on how to move forward.

The Detoxing Process

The stethoscope and computer of a doctor who can help an individual going through drug detox for addiction

Naturally, the body already does a great job at removing toxins. It’s the constant reintroduction of that toxin that creates problems for the body. But when you decide to get clean and stop doing that drug, it allows the body to catch up and clean out the nasty chemicals that have plagued it for so long. It’s not uncommon for withdrawal symptoms to be accompanied with diarrhea, sweats, chills, vomiting, headaches, and muscle soreness, among other issues. It can often be compared to getting a bad flu, so it’s best to be prepared for the symptoms ahead of time. The symptoms might last anywhere from 3 to 14 days. This is also why it’s important to have someone in your corner. Have them help you with any cooking or cleaning that might need to be done and to check in on you to make sure your eating right and staying hydrated.

Getting Back to the Basics

A bowl of rice and vegetables. Eating healthy is very important when you detox your body from drug and addiction

Other than anticipating the withdrawal symptoms and preparing to treat them, the rest of our nutritional needs should be obvious. It’s about getting back to the basics of good, clean eating. Think of our bodies like a car. When we start adding in the wrong types of fuel, that’s when the car sputters and doesn’t work properly. The engine breaks down. When we add the right type of fuel, the car runs smoothly. By giving your body proper nutrients, you will heal faster. This means eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, as they contain all the vitamins and minerals you need to thrive. Over time, your heart, brain, muscles, lungs, and any other organ affected will heal itself. In some instances, the damage is too great and there will be some lingering health issues. Therefore, it’s important to your success to have a team of experts behind you. It’s incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to do this on your own. You will need medical supervision and support in many key areas of your life to kick your addiction. Even as the worst of it passes, you should have a plan for life after the addiction. Many people believe detoxing on your own is the way to go. The detox process is very complex and should be handled catering to your own medical needs.

Next Steps

This is where Landmark Recovery can help. We help addicts every single day by customizing treatment plans around the needs of our patients. Landmark will walk you through detoxing your body from drugs and get you back on the right track.

We take care of everything from counseling, therapy sessions, and a wholesome diet, to family networking, spiritual health, workshops, and aftercare planning to ensure victory against addiction. After medically-managed drug detox, experts recommend a residential treatment program. Call Landmark Recovery today at 888-448-0302 for more information about our 30-day residential program.

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Landmark Recovery was founded with a determination to make addiction treatment accessible for all. Through our integrated treatment programs, we've helped thousands of people choose recovery over addiction and get back to life on their own terms. We're on a mission to save one million lives over the next century. We encourage all those struggling with substance use to seek professional help.