When coming off of any substance, it is important to do so in a medically supervised environment. Many people attempt to detox on their own, without realizing that this lack of support often leads to relapse. Here is one alcoholic’s experience with New Jersey alcohol detox.

New Jersey Alcohol Detox Helped Me Regain My Sobriety

Like so many people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, I was hesitant to accept going to treatment. I came up with every excuse in the book to avoid treatment: what about work? My apartment? My dog? I had every reason not to go.

The truth was that addiction treatment was what I needed more than anything. Work, my apartment, and my dog would all eventually be lost if I had kept up with my addiction anyway, so what did I have to lose.

I had tried many timed before to quit drinking on my own. It never worked. I was able to stay sober for weeks, even months, but inevitably I would always relapse and end it back in a terrible cycle of drinking, being hungover, and drinking more to feel “normal.”

I finally agreed to go to detox. I can’t say that sobriety stuck the first time around, but it was a step in the right direction. I learned a lot while I was in detox. I learned how significant my alcohol addiction was, and I met many other people who were detoxing from various other substances as well. I realized that my boozing habit was not something to be taken lightly.

Detox Helped Me Get Through the Discomfort and Anxiety of Quitting Drinking

Going to detox was beneficial because it helped me to get through the hardest part of quitting alcohol, as far as the physical symptoms. I have an anxiety disorder that contributes to my alcoholism, and the anxiety that comes with quitting drinking can be crippling. At detox, the doctors and therapists helped to make me as comfortable as possible.

My first time going through detox unfortunately wasn’t the last time. Like so many other addicts, I relapsed about a month later, and ended up going back to a long-term rehab at that point. I was more comfortable with the idea of focusing on my recovery because I had already gone through detox and had somewhat of an idea of what it would be like.

New Jersey alcohol detox helped give me a push towards the path of recovery that I needed so badly. If you are considering detox or rehab, I would suggest it to anyone. Your chances of success are much higher when when you enlist the help of professionals.

 

 

 

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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