Is a Painful Detox Really a Blessing in Disguise?

People who are addicted to opiates have likely tried to stop their drug use on their own, only to find themselves in intense and prolonged withdrawal. Many return to the substance in order to stop the pain and return to a normal level of functioning. They learn to fear detoxification. But the detox process can serve as a purification of the body, mind and soul. It clears a path to recovery. And the fear of detox can also motivate the opiate dependent person to refrain from future use, once they have completed detox.

Author, Jason M.S. wrote “my opinion, based on my experiences, is that going through a period of detox, whether under supervision or alone, is far more beneficial and empowering for the addict to get sober and stay sober, than if they were to never experience the painful, traumatic, and ultimately purifying experience of detoxification.”

Discussion Guide:

Have you experienced withdrawal from opiates without the use of medication?

Were you able to successfully finish a self administered detox?

Did it serve as motivation to refrain from further use of opiates?

Would you say that the suffering from detox was helpful to recovery?


Credit and appreciation is given to author, Jason M. S. for his article “How Hurting Helps: Benefits of Detox”. However, his identification is withheld for purposes of confidentiality.