Having proper information on any specific part of an addiction recovery program is naturally important to those considering such programs for themselves or a loved one, and a great example here is detox, or detoxification. Detox is often a major part of substance abuse recovery, involving weening someone off of the substance they’re abusing and removing their body’s dependence on it – but sadly, a number of myths have come up surrounding detox over the years.

At Moonlight Mountain Recovery, we provide caring medical detox services as part of our addiction recovery programs in Boise, Washington and Oregon. We’ve heard all of the silly myths out there about detox and how it works, and we’re here to ensure that anyone utilizing our services has clear, correct information on these and other parts of our programs. Here are some of the most common misconceptions on detox, plus correct information in each area to set the record straight.

Myth #1: You Must Hit “Rock Bottom” to Utilize Detox

For some reason, many people believe that detox is only for those who are truly desperate and have reached the absolute lowest point in their substance abuse. They may believe that detox is a sign of weakness or that their addiction isn’t bad enough to warrant it yet.

This is completely untrue – detox can be utilized at any stage of addiction, and while it may take a bit more effort to enter into the program earlier on, doing so will increase the chances of successful long-term recovery. Addiction is a progressive disease, which means that it will only get worse without intervention – so don’t wait until you hit rock bottom to reach out for help.

Myth #2: Detox Is Painless and/or Easy

Another common misconception is that detox is a quick and easy solution to addiction, or even something of a “cure-all” step in recovery. This could not be further from the truth. Detox can often be difficult and painful, as withdrawal symptoms may include irritability, nausea, headaches, muscle aches, confusion and more.

However, those who are able to make it through the detox process have often made a major milestone in their recovery, and many find that the symptoms tend to fade away within several days or weeks. To help make this process easier, we provide medical professionals and other forms of caring support throughout your stay with us – making detox an important first step on the road to long-term sobriety.

Myth #3: Detox is Expensive and Only for Rich People

Again, this just isn’t true. Detox is a necessary step for many in recovery, but it doesn’t have to be expensive or out of reach. There are many programs to help those of all financial backgrounds get the best care possible, including private insurance and even state-funded options for detox.

At Moonlight Mountain Recovery, we provide quality care for everyone regardless of their financial situation – contact us today to learn more about how we can help you or a loved one take the first step on the path to recovery.

Myth #4: It’s Just as Easy to Detox on Your Own

Some people believe that they don’t need professional help to get through the detox process – all they need to do is quit, and their body will work it out on its own. Sadly, this tends to be untrue in the vast majority of cases.

Doing this without any medical or other forms of support can be dangerous, and many people who attempt it find that the temptation to return to the substance abuse is too strong.

Medical detox is a safe and effective way to start the recovery process, providing necessary support and care for those going through it.

Myth #5: Relapse Signals Failure

One of the most harmful myths out there is that any kind of relapse in recovery signals an automatic failure. This isn’t true – many people struggle with addiction and find success only after multiple attempts, and this shouldn’t be considered a sign of weakness or an inability to recover.

At Moonlight Mountain Recovery, we understand that recovery is a journey, not a destination – and our team of medical professionals are here to support you through every step of the process whether you’re in Boise, Washington or Oregon.

Having accurate information on detox is important for anyone considering such a program, and we hope that this article has helped to dispel some common myths in the space. If you or someone you know is considering detox as part of their recovery journey, contact us today to learn more about this or any of our other addiction recovery services.