5 Tips for Coping with Drug Detox Symptoms

Drug detox symptoms can range from mild and almost non-existent for some to moderate and severe for others. Anytime a drug is wearing off there’s a risk of some means of physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms that may cause anxiety, shakiness or irritability but in severe cases these symptoms can be almost impossible to cope with. Fortunately, with some rest, relaxation and proper diet and exercise you can be on your way to recovery in no time.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “in severe cases, withdrawal from drugs can be life-threatening and involve hallucinations, confusion, seizures, fever, and agitation. These symptoms can be dangerous and should be managed by a physician specifically trained and experienced in dealing with addiction.” As such, if you have any severe symptoms of withdrawal during drug detox, seek prompt medical help.

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Getting plenty of rest is imperative during detox.

During detox, you’ll need to get plenty of rest in order to feel good. You may have trouble resting at first, you may not feel well or you may have insomnia. Ask your treatment provider to help you rest by providing you with herbal teas that promote rest and relaxation or by providing you with a sleep aid that will help you to get the well needed sleep.


Various medications can help you to feel better during drug detox and they can even help to reduce cravings or stabilize your mood. Consider the naloxone, naltrexone, buprenorphine, suboxone, methadone, valium, or other commonly prescribed medications that can help to stabilize you during drug detox.


Your diet plays a key role in how quickly you detox and in how good you feel during this challenging time. Do your best to eat fresh foods such as vegetables and fruits that will help to flush the toxins from your body and restore vitamins that you need. If you’re having trouble eating, consider clear fluids that includes vitamins an minerals such as broths and juices.


Getting enough exercise will not only help you to feel better physically, the sweat will help you to detoxify more quickly and the faster you eliminate the drug toxins from your system the better you will fell. Don’t go overboard with exercise, talk with your treatment professional about a safe level of exercise that you can integrate into your daily routine—this will also help you to rest better later on.


Support is vital in your drug detox. When you feel like you can’t get through another minute of life without drugs, the support network that you have will push you to do what’s right and to feel comfortable within yourself. Look for support in friends, family, peers in treatment and in your counselor or therapist.

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  1. U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2010). Acute Alcohol Withdrawal.
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2012). The Facts About Naltrexone for Treatment of Opioid Addiction. 
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