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Life After Detox

2010 October 5
by Sigal Adini

Many times people that are addicted to drugs want to go through detox but not through a complete rehab program.

The difference between detox and rehab is great. The terms get confused because they may seem like the same thing, but they are definitely not.

A medical detox takes about 3-10 days depending on the drug—average five days. The purpose of a medical detox is just to get the body to a point where it is no longer experiencing withdrawal symptoms. It is really that simple.

Is the person still addicted after detox? Absolutely. Are they now ready to face life and deal with their problems? No way! That would be like putting someone’s broken leg in a cast and sending him home without crutches – you can bet the person will fall flat on their face, break the same leg and some other body parts.

Often people have the idea that once you are “clean” and maybe go to a few meetings that the ability to handle life returns – even if it was never there to begin with. That is far from the truth and you can see that with examples in the media all the time.

When people relapse, often the “disease” is blamed rather than the fact that the drug user has no idea how to handle life. Another false notion is that once an addict, always an addict and you can at any point relapse no matter how hard you try to stay clean. I had a person tell me that the last rehab he went to expected him to relapse seven times! Sure, if you have no idea how to stay sober that would be 100% true. But if someone really believes that there are no-long term solutions to addiction they should not be working in treatment.

If you truly want to be free of addiction forever, you must have tools to do it. Life is not a guessing game. There are rules, there are methods of living, there are tools – these are the things that they don’t teach you in school or on reality TV shows and definitely not on video games.

Addiction can only come about when the person did not see the trap in the first place. People who are knowledgeable about life, can see traps from a long way away and often they don’t fall into them. Living life takes some learning– and from people that know what they are talking about.

The whole idea of rehabilitation is to help a person be drug free forever and to give them the tools to stand on their own two feet. Anything short of that is simply not rehab.

© 2010 – 2011, Sigal Adini. All rights reserved.

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  1. Nancy permalink
    January 2, 2011

    This is an excellent article. I speak as a mother of a 32 year old son who has been in “detox” 4 times then rehab for 15-30 day stints. None of these worked. He is now in a rehab following detox and is going on his 3rd month living at the rehab (men only). I believe he has to relearn how to live and be given “consequenses” something he obviously never learned growing up maybe me as a parent’s fault. What’s done is done and is in the past. I learned a very costly lesson being the enabler and I too am in a relearning phase of my life to get out the rut I have made for myself through his addiction. Thanks for listening and reading.

  2. Sigal Adini permalink*
    January 19, 2011

    Dear Nancy,

    I really appreciate your comment and I also appreciate what you have been through. I would love to know how things turn out with your son and of course if I can help you in any way as well.

    All the best and have a blessed 2011.

    Sigal Adini

  3. donna permalink
    November 14, 2011

    I thank you for your insight it helped me to understand my love o.e is in detox right now this is my first experience with anyone that is addicted to alchohol .I pray for him daily and know it will be a tough for him

  4. Sigal Adini permalink*
    December 5, 2011

    Dear Donna,

    You are so welcome. I would be happy to know how things turned out with your loved one and the detox he went through.

    All the best,
    Sigal

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