What’s The Next Step After Detox?
Detox is a requirement for those who want to get clean and achieve sobriety. However, it is only the initial stage of the process for recovery. Though detoxing is necessary, it only addresses the physical symptoms and withdrawal effects of getting clean. The body needs to flush out the toxins in it for multiple reasons. But the psychological aspect of addiction also still needs to be addressed.
Addiction comes from a long process of continuously exposing your brain and body to substance abuse. With time, the body becomes used to having that supply, and will eventually need it to even function. This means that the “natural” state of the body requires that substance, and this is why quitting is so hard. Substance abuse feels like a necessity to the person who is addicted.
Detoxing is also important due to all the long-term effects the substances trigger in the body and the brain. Judgment, self-control, behavior, and even decision-making skills are all affected by it. In order to address the roots of the addiction, change behaviors, and avoid relapse, a combination of detox and psychiatric treatment is needed. It is possible to say that addiction treatment has three stages: detox, substance abuse treatment, and aftercare.
Substance Abuse Treatment
After finishing the initial stage of detoxification, patients need to undergo substance abuse treatment. This stage is comprised of psychiatric and/or medical treatment for those struggling with addiction. As mentioned, addiction also influences and changes one’s behavior and way of thinking. They require the patient to go through sessions of treatment – which is the main reason why they need to manage withdrawal symptoms first. Since they range from uncomfortable to downright painful, they make it hard for a patient to sit through anything.
Once withdrawal symptoms have been handled, patients will work through the psychological aspect of addiction. This is a big part of treatment because it helps the patient understand their own reasoning and underlying causes of substance abuse.
This phase of treatment requires therapy sessions, both in individual and group settings. They each have their role in the recovery process and are basic activities of any treatment program.
Types Therapy in Addiction Treatment
First, there is individual therapy. Patients will have one-on-one meetings with a licensed professional to discuss feelings, behavior, and techniques for coping and overcoming addiction. These sessions are meant to address specific, individual issues related to the patient. The licensed professional responsible for the patient will track their progress, being able to look at them more closely.
There are also group therapy sessions that are guided by a therapist or psychologist. In these meetings, patients will get to share and learn about their general challenges and issues. These meetings are also a great way to work on social interactions and to be aware of any toxic behaviors in group settings. Patients will get to work on their social skills, learn more about their individuality, and discover healthy ways to act and react in social scenarios.
In some cases, patients might need to take medication for some of their symptoms or disorders. These sessions are important for the team to observe how the patient is reacting to them. For many, these meds are necessary in order to address other disorders as well. These are known as dual diagnosis cases.
Dual diagnosis patients usually suffer from a psychiatric illness as well as substance abuse disorder. About 60% of addicts report being diagnosed with a mental disorder, so these cases are not rare. But treatment for these cases are different, as both disorders must be addressed. If you know or suspect that you suffer from a mental disorder, disclosing it before treatment can help.
Types of Treatment Service Settings
Usually, treatment settings all fall under two categories: inpatient and outpatient. Choosing between the two requires a proper assessment, done by a doctor or licensed professional. Factors like family history, genetics, additional disorders, and health issues all play a role in that decision. Most insurance plans cover part of the costs from rehabilitation services, for both inpatient and outpatient treatment.
Inpatient/residential programs provide round-the-clock medical and psychiatric supervision to patients. They must check-in and will only leave once the program is finished, getting visitation days once in a while. Inpatient treatment tends to be quicker since they are more immersive than other options. They are usually recommended for the most severe cases, especially in cases where the patient might harm themselves or others.
Outpatient programs usually have different service setting options. Patients get to stay home and only have to come to the center for sessions of treatment. The number of visits a week and their duration depend on the patient’s needs. They can be from 2 to 6 visits a week, lasting anywhere between 3 to 6 hours. Outpatient treatment is only recommended for mild to moderate cases, for patients with stable living conditions.
Relapse Prevention In Addiction Treatment
A big part of the treatment phase of the recovery process is to prevent relapses. Treating withdrawal symptoms during detox is important to stop relapse, but it is not enough. That is because there are different stages of relapse, all of which can lead to substance abuse again.
Before it even becomes physical, relapse will start emotionally and mentally, respectively. Recovery takes an emotional and mental toll on any patient, a lot of feelings rush in at once. They might feel anxious, irritated, or depressed, and that’s where therapy comes in. Therapy will give patients the tools to deal with these emotions and to properly understand them. Feelings of loneliness or purposelessness might lead someone back to substance abuse, too.
These and many other mental and emotional aspects of a recovering individual’s life can bring on cravings. That’s why therapy and counseling are both recommended for patients during and after treatment. Having goals, understanding and processing emotions, learning healthy coping mechanisms – this and much more help prevent relapse. Relapse doesn’t start with a craving or with a little dose; it is triggered before that.
Additional Activities For and After Addiction Treatment
Besides the basic requirements for a proper treatment program, there are additional therapeutic activities. The medical community has come to understand that taking care of the mind means taking care of other aspects of one’s life. Self-care everyday activities can go a long way, and that means more than many think.
To begin with, there is the need to take care of the body. By engaging in physical activities, this helps the mind heal as well. Exercising and keeping the body active helps the body balance neurotransmitters, hormones, and other chemicals. The release of dopamine and/or serotonin, lowering the levels of adrenaline and cortisol are all ways to help the mind, too.
The same goes for healthy eating. Low levels of vitamins B and D can both affect thinking, focus, and even mood. Your diet shouldn’t be about being skinny necessarily, but about being healthy. Getting all the nutrients and minerals you need can keep the mind well. Taking supplements also can’t hurt, and is a way to ensure you’re getting the necessary daily intake.
Holistic Therapy for Addiction Treatment
The philosophy behind holistic medicine is that the person should be treated as a whole, not just their symptoms. Activities like yoga and meditation are a way to try and align the mind and the body. Wellness is an important pillar to recovery and relapse prevention, and that requires inner and outer changes as well.
Family relationships can also be very important during the recovery journey. In many cases, addiction can affect relationships and dynamics between family members and relatives. These issues can come from both ends, not just from those who are addicted. The way a family treats and reacts to a person struggling with addiction can lead to a vicious cycle, too. It is also not uncommon for relatives to enable their struggling loved ones, whether knowingly or completely unintentionally.
That is why many centers provide or suggest family therapy for patients and their families. A professional can help spot problems and give advice on how to improve on them. There doesn’t have to be explicit abuse or violence for there to be a problem in the family. Subtle actions and words can make a difference in a patient’s recovery and habits as they try to get clean. Additionally, therapy is also useful to make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to what to do.
Aftercare And Changes After Treatment
The final, longer-lasting stage of recovery is referred to as aftercare. It is the term used for all the measures and changes taken after treatment. For some, that might be after they leave the center after inpatient treatment. For others, these changes might have to take place during their outpatient treatment.
As mentioned, patients must be able to go home to a safe, controlled environment. This means somewhere as free as possible from triggers or opportunities for relapsing. Because even though you can shield yourself from them all the time, one’s home needs to be a safe place.
Patients and recovering addicts also need to have a support system they can count on. This means family members, friends, and even colleagues that will help them through the process. Some people might not be so understanding, and others, not so supportive. People who are overcoming addiction need to be surrounded by those who will help and encourage them.
What is Sober Living?
They are meant to be safe spaces for people recovering from addiction, free of substances. Sober houses can be private homes or owned by businesses or religious institutions. They work like a co-opt, where everyone helps out and shares the costs of the house. All of them have a set of rules everyone should live by, established by a manager or by the group.
A support group is also a bare necessity for many during and after treatment. Even with support from loved ones, going to a support group allows people in recovery to relate to people like them. Only they can understand what they are going through and feeling. These groups allow people to share in a judgment-free zone and realize that they are not alone in the struggle.
Through support groups, people feel a sense of worth and value as they help others as well. Feeling lonely or lost can lead to relapse, and support groups are a way to fight just that. With someone leading the meetings, everyone gets to share and have insights of their own. Sharing healthy coping mechanisms and creating a new social circle can help people stay on track.
Get Help From Start To Finish At Coastal Detox
Detox, substance abuse treatment, and aftercare are three stages of a long journey to go through. They are all equally fundamental for a full recovery and relapse prevention. It might not be a linear path, and it might come with its bumps along the way. But making sure you have the right team beside you all the way is a great way to start. And that is what we at Coastal Detox hope to be – a guide through the right course towards recovery.
We provide help for all steps of recovery, and we have multiple program options for you to choose from. All of this is available at our center in Stuart, Florida, right off the Treasure Coast. Our state-of-the-art facilities provide our patients with the utmost comfort during their sessions. A chef-planned and cooked menu is one of our highlights, along with our therapeutic activities. From a zen garden to a Holistic Room, our patients can get everything they need here.
If you or a loved one need our help or would like to know more about us, contact us today. Our team is available to answer any of your questions, help with insurance information, and even schedule a tour. Your treatment for long-lasting sobriety can start today, and we hope to help you through it.