You should never question your decision to stop using drugs or alcohol. At the end of time, you will come to understand that it was the single most important good decision you ever made. Of course, it might not feel that way when you realize you only have 24 hours sober.
That’s the point when people start to question their decision. The withdrawal symptoms are kicking in and all kinds of doubt start racing through their minds. That is likely what will happen to you. The thing is you have to stay the course. Yes, withdrawal symptoms can be a little bothersome. With that said, it will end up being a small price you will have to pay for all the substance abuse you went through as an addict.
The question is, what are you going to do when you have only been sober for 24 hours? The answer is very clear. You have two choices. You can start using or drinking again and continue destroying your life, or you can find a reputable and reliable rehab, like ours, to help you recover from your addiction.
There are no other choices. We know that because sufferers constantly relapse after trying those self-help treatment options that are all over the internet. Those options don’t work because they only address abstinence. They never do anything to force the addiction sufferer to figure out why they feel the need to abuse drugs/alcohol.
At the 24 hour point of sobriety, you will need to make a decision. That is especially true if your withdrawal symptoms are becoming an issue. You want to get yourself into a medical detox program as soon as possible. As a point of reference, here are some of the withdrawal symptoms that could be coming your way:
- Breathing problems
- Profuse sweating
- trouble with motor control and concentration
- Muscle cramping, tremors, and body convulsions
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty sleeping
- Possible hallucinations and nightmares
If you enter a detox program, there would be medical professionals standing by to help you manage your withdrawal symptoms. If things got out of control, they could certainly intervene with medication.
What Happens After Detox?
By the time you would clear your withdrawal symptoms and the cravings started subsiding, your first 24 hours of sobriety would be days in the past. It would be time for you to get the therapy you have likely been needing for months if not years.
While going through therapy, you and your therapist would be on a quest to find answers. You need to know why you ended up stuck in the cycle of addiction. To be clear, there is a driving force or forces that caused it. Your complete recovery would depend on you finding out the truth. To do that, you would have to be open and honest with yourself and your therapist.
There is good news. Your reward for honesty and openness would likely be the truth. If you understood why you felt the need to abuse a substance, you would have the basis for finding the solutions you need for a lasting recovery.
Don’t be surprised if the solution or solutions you would find are nothing more than you developing a better set of coping and life skills. These are the skills you would need to successfully navigate your life as a sober person.
By the time you would walk out of rehab, those first 24 hours of sobriety would be at least 30 days behind you. The only relevance they would have would be as the start of something very positive that happened in your life. Now, you would be able to return to the land of the living where you could continue working towards fulfilling your potential.
By the way, there would be aftercare resources and services available should you start to feel your sobriety was on shaky ground. You would need to learn about potential aftercare resources while you are getting treatment.
We hope something you read here resonates with you as you contemplate your next move after 24 hours of sobriety. We strongly urge you to make that next move by picking up the phone and asking us for help. If and when you do, we will be there to give you the help you have been needing. You can learn more about our facility and services when you call us at 614-705-0611. One call to save your life.