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Making it Through Your First Few Days Sober

When you make the decision to get clean and sober, you’re also committing to doing what it takes to detox your system. The first few days of sobriety can feel a little surreal. Not only will your body be adjusting to staying sober, but your mind will be going through a lot of thoughts and emotions as well.

Feeling emotional upheaval and physical withdrawal symptoms is a part of detox, but that doesn’t mean you should suffer on your own. Most people find that a professional inpatient detox helps them stay physically comfortable and mentally grounded.

How You’ll Feel In Your First Few Days Sober

Most inpatient detox programs know that your first few days of sobriety are fragile. This is why a good facility will monitor your symptoms and check on you often. If there is a clinical professional available, they may be able to offer you medications to help you cope with your symptoms.

Your body feels sick because it’s getting rid of the toxins. At the same time, your mind may be racing or you may be filled with emotions you haven’t had in a while. All of this is normal and will pass. Getting through the first few days sober is tough, but you can do it! A supportive, spiritual environment can help you plan your next steps in recovery.

Staying Centered and Staying Sober

Once you’ve been sober for a few days, it’s time to learn more about recovery. Most detox facilities will have 12 step meetings as well as therapists on hand to help you cope with any emotions or fears. You'll also be able to check in and talk about your feelings with your peers and staff as you go through your first few days sober.

Getting sober can feel scary, but with a support network and a plan, you’ll be able to take the next steps. Typically, people who go through detox benefit from an inpatient treatment program with intensive therapy as their next step. This can give you the tools and fellowship you need to stay sober in the long term. Long-term treatment programs can help you put time between yourself and the last time you got high, while you focus on self-improvement and learning new coping tools that can help you achieve long-term sobriety.

Getting Help for Your Addiction

Addiction is a disease that affects people from all walks of life. You don’t have to suffer alone! Begin to reclaim your life and find serenity. We can help you start the path towards healing and reclaim your life. Give us a call at US (949) 279-1376 • MX (612) 153-5726.



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Hi! I’m Melissa Stailey, a freelance writer that loves to cook. I live and work in Washington, DC.