How to Support Outpatient Detox


Locate a professional detoxification center. Without a doctor's care, coming clean can be dangerous and even life threatening. Depriving your body of the substance on which it has depended can cause heart attacks, trouble breathing, or convulsions. Know and follow the centers rules for detox outpatients. Learn what the main values of recovery are and allow yourself to be evaluated.


Keep your mind off your cravings. Relax by controlling your breathing and you think about; take shower, or listen to soothing music. Remember to do something that occupies your time in a positive or constructive way like: playing cards, domino's or other games, watch a DVD, draw or paint if you like hobbies or crafts; take a motor apart and put it back together, or you may choose to read a book.


Nourish your soul and your mind. Drink a lot of water. Eat small portions of easily digestible food such as, chicken soup or fish, broth with rice, fruit and vegetables. Work out with light exercises such as stretches, sit ups, push ups, or Yoga.


Visit the detox center as your doctor schedules. Your detox is only in its beginning phase. Realize you need the support and can always rely on the center to help you. The center can help you learn the tools you need to avoid a relapse.


Live in a safe, supportive home. You can change situations that contributed to your addiction.
Learn to manage harmful actions, group situations and control the surroundings that
you relate to drug use. Stay away from friends that encourage a relapse.
Adjust how you think and feel about life, or problems you face, so you are comfortable
not using drugs.


Deal with the psychological part of your addiction, because the mental gears can still drive your cravings after the physical cravings are gone. Set a goal and actively repair family and spiritual relationships. Challenge yourself to resolve the problems from your childhood. Take part in activities
such as, therapy groups and workshops that teaches how to avoid a setback.

Tips and Warnings

  • Put off making decisions for an hour or two.
  • Remember why detoxifying is important to you.
  • Stay in recovery by being involved in group sponsored activities.
  • Do not drive vehicles or operate equipment.
  • Stay clean while you're in detox.
  • Outpatient detox supports your decision to get off addictive drugs like, marijuana, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, prescription medications or alcohol. Detox usually lasts three to fourteen days, depending on what drug your body is clearing from its system. Your doctor or counselor must agree that you're able to receive medical care at home and see that you have a support system in place. Family, significant others, and close friends can be a strong support and incentive to the detoxification process. You should understand the dangers involved in withdrawals, and take the necessary steps so these problems are reduced.