5 Things to Know Before You Are Discharged from an Addiction Detox Center

When you enter an addiction detox center your mind should be focused on getting sober and following the steps of the program. You are there to benefit from the training, experience and knowledge of therapists and counselors who have helped others overcome their addictions. But, have you given any thought to what will happen near the end of your stay at the center? You realize you’re going to be discharged soon to start a new life without alcohol or drugs. There are certain things to keep in mind as you work your way toward your last day at the center. Consider five things you should know before you’re discharged from an addiction detox center.

You Will Be Anxious About Leaving

As you work through the steps of your individualized treatment plan, you’ll get to the root of your addiction as well as learn coping techniques to use once you leave the addiction detox center. The goal of going into addiction detox is to give you the skills you need to make a new life for yourself without alcohol or drugs. It’s important to keep in mind that you’ll still be anxious about going out into the world. This a normal reaction that most people have as they move closer to being discharged from the program. You must remember that you have counselors, therapists and peers who are there to support you even after you leave the addiction detox center. You are not alone in your pursuit of a better life. Most importantly, you are well-equipped to handle the challenges and temptations outside the doors of the center.

You’ll Be Given Aftercare Options

Before you’re discharged from the addiction detox center, you’ll be given some options for aftercare. Aftercare is an important part of a client’s recovery. One aftercare option may be to attend outpatient therapy once a week or more. Another option may be to get a scheduled phone call from your counselor to check in with you on your progress. You can take this time to bring up any challenges or victories you’ve experienced. You can also ask your counselor any questions that would aid to your continued success. Some clients opt for a combination of aftercare services. Your counselors can help you determine what’s best for you. Regardless of what option or combination of options you choose, aftercare gives you a support system as you adjust to a life without drugs or alcohol. Putting a plan of aftercare in place before being discharged from the center is just one more way to set you up for success after treatment.

You’ll Make Suitable Living Arrangements

Where you live after you leave the addiction detox center contributes to your continued sobriety. Living with people who are encouraging and supportive is ideal. This may be parents, relatives or a longtime friend. Or, maybe you will live alone with supportive family nearby. Before seeking treatment for an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, you may have lived with people who you drank with or did drugs with. If this is the case, then it would be in your best interest to find new living arrangements for your new life. Naturally, you want to do everything you can to aid your continued success.

You’ll Be Told to Avoid People Who Drink Alcohol or Do Drugs

The therapists and counselors at the addiction detox center will advise you to avoid friends and others who may tempt you to drink alcohol or use drugs. So, if you used to drink and/or do drugs at a particular friend’s home, then counselors are likely to advise you to break ties with that friend. They will also tell you that your true friends will want you to succeed in your new life and not make you feel bad about making changes. It will be easier for you to avoid temptation if you aren’t hanging around people who encouraged your bad habits in the first place. Becoming accustomed to hanging around people who don’t drink alcohol or do drugs is going to help you achieve enduring recovery. These people will help make you stronger as each day goes by adding another victory in your efforts to stay sober.

You’ll Be Met with Temptation

Despite your efforts to make new friends and set up the most suitable living arrangements, you will be tempted to use alcohol and/or drugs. This is where your time and work at the detox center will pay off. After leaving the center, you’ll have the tools you need to fight off temptation. When stressful or challenging situations occur, you’ll have coping mechanisms in place, so you don’t turn to alcohol and/or drugs. Plus, you’ll have access to supportive counselors and others from the center. Working your way through your individualized treatment program means you have more strength and knowledge regarding your personal triggers and the steps you can take to avoid falling back into old, harmful habits. You will be aware of the things that led to your addiction and this knowledge will help you avoid going down that same road.

Some common situations where you may be tempted to use harmful, addictive substances:

  • A work party where alcohol is served.
  • A friend’s party where guests are drinking alcohol and/or doing drugs.
  • Dinner at a restaurant with family members who drink alcohol.
  • A barbecue with friends and family where alcohol is served.

Ready to begin a new life without drugs or alcohol? After you make the decision to get help, it’s best to get into treatment as quickly as possible. This takes away the opportunity to talk yourself out of following through with your decision. Our caring counselors are ready to take your call 24 hours a day. Call us today at 877-978-3125 and let us help you get on the path to a better life.

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    Travis B.
    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    Brandon B.
    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Brenda A.
    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/06/2019

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