How Can I Pass the Time at a Medical Detox Center?
Medical detox is not something that you can take care of overnight. Often, patients will find themselves in detox facilities for longer than they expect simply because the body requires time to fully rid itself of the drug. In the meantime, this time spent purging the body of toxic chemicals is an excellent time to introduce some better habits into your daily routine.
Engaging in a new hobby can give the mind a place to focus on rather than the loss of the drug. The hobby does not necessarily have to be intellectual to be effective—exercise can do wonders for a patient much in the same way that reading or painting could. The core of it is that the patient decides upon their personality what would keep them interested during their time in the facility.
This hobby will give them an opportunity to create something new for themselves and to have control over developing themselves in a way that is both empowering and reassuring. At a time when they can be in deep tumult, having a hobby or activity that is entirely theirs can be their lifeline from frustration.
Mental Focus/Exercising the Mind
There are many people who may not take pleasure in physical activity. There is still a way for them to be active and develop new physical skills, and this can be done through a variety of different outlets such as meditation or yoga. Both allow time for the individual to turn to themselves and feel present in their own bodies—something that can be very helpful in a time where the patient can feel out of place. However, yoga has a movement component that meditation frequently lacks.
If meditation or yoga is new to you, try a class. This gives you the chance to socialize with others who are interested in introspection and self-discovery just as you are, and you can get the guidance that you need to feel more comfortable exploring it further.
There are creative alternatives to other activities as well. These include painting, drawing, writing, or any other type of visual art as well as performance art. Outlets such as these allow the individual to see their progress in tangible ways. A patient who decides to start painting at the start of their stay would see viable improvement by the end of their stay. Even if their technical skill is not improved, their subject matter may be more hopeful or more positive as time progresses.
The same can be said of any other creative pursuit. The important thing to remember is that the outcome of the creativity is not as important as the act of creating itself. As long as you feel motivated to continue painting or drawing or writing, you are gaining out of it what you are supposed to be gaining.
Some creative pursuits that you can opt for are:
- Starting a journal
- Learning pottery
- Reading and performing a play
- Learning an instrument
- Creating a sculpture out of everyday materials
Creative pursuits and calm meditation may only suit some, but exercise and physical activity are beneficial to all. Physical activity gives you the opportunity to help your body heal and gain strength over time. While you may not be able to do much when you start, you will undoubtedly see a change in the way that you perform. Physical activity also does not have to be strenuous or intensive to be effective. Even something as simple as taking a walk in the morning helps you to start your day and gives your body much-needed endorphins as you are recovering from your body’s dependency on the drug that you were abusing.
Exercise and physical activity also give you the ability to socialize with others in a low-stress environment where you are all engaging in the same activity. It forms an opening for you to get to know your fellow patients more intimately in a comfortable and familiar space.
Some physical activities that you can engage in:
- Light walking
Look at the Long-Term
The habits and hobbies that you develop at a medical detox center may seem temporary, but they can create a foundation that you can carry with you for the rest of your life. Whether you prefer meditation, creative outlets, or exercise, committing yourself to learn a new skill or participating in a new activity is about more than just passing the time; it is about helping to shape the person that you will be once you are on your own after recovery.
Though you may not decide to continue with any of the hobbies that you pick up in detox as you move forward through your life, you will be left with the benefits as you exchange positive habits for negative ones.
Detox is the first step in your journey towards recovery. Without the right help, this difficult and strenuous time could end in disaster. Your body undergoes serious changes where it is learning how to function without the drug that you were once addicted to. Giving yourself the gift of the right detox center will boost your future success and grant you the confidence that you need to push forward.
We are here to help. At our detox center, you can find the peace of mind that you have been searching for in an environment that you can trust. Call us today to learn more about our services. Our counselors are waiting for your call at (866) 840-6411.