A very important step in recovery that is often overlooked by people (sometimes even the individual addicted to drugs and/or alcohol) is detox. This is the first step and the most important because if it’s not done, or not done properly, the continued steps toward recovery will never happen.
Unfortunately many people (even people in recovery) don’t understand the importance of detoxing comfortably in a safe environment. Some people will say that the addict/alcoholic should go “cold turkey” and “tough it out”. Though the idea of the addict/alcoholic suffering may sound good to some people, especially those who’ve been hurt by the individual’s addiction, and it would even be logical to assume that the more “pain” a person suffers through their detox the less likely they will be to use again, it is unwise and often medically risky to go “cold turkey” or “tough it out”. (more…)