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Detox

AnthonyShuangSuper Member!

United States

I had smoked for 13 years, and I quitted smoking 2 yrs and half ago. May I use the word “detox”? Such as “I just detoxed from smoking 2 years ago.” instead of “I quitted smoking 2 yrs ago”? However, your explaination of “detox” is “to take a break from” . Does that mean “quit sth temporarily”?

05:01 PM Dec 01 2016 |

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Teacher AmySuper Member!

United States

Hi,



Great question! 



Often, when US English speakers use “detox,” they talk about stopping something for a certain amount of time. For example:


- I need to detox from social media. I’ve been on Snapchat way too much this week. 


- I am on a detox diet this week, so I am only drinking juice. 



However, the true meaning of “detox” is to clean toxins from the body. When a person is detoxified, they have removed these bad substances from their body. Maybe, they will use these substances again, or maybe, they will not. 



With your example, I would probably say:


- I quit smoking two-and-a-half years ago. My body needed one month to detox, but then I felt much better. 



I would not replace the word “quit” with the word “detox” because the meanings are a little different. However, “detox” can describe the process of your body’s change after you quit. You stopped detoxifying when there were no more cigarette chemicals in your body. 



Best, 



Amy

02:39 PM Dec 02 2016 |

AnthonyShuangSuper Member!

United States

The explaination couldn’t be better. Thank you for such a long and detailed answer.

10:33 PM Dec 03 2016 |