If you are stuck in the cycle of addiction, you may be contemplating treatment options to get help you get on track for life long recovery. Detoxification, or detox for short, plays a critical role in the treatment process. When conducted in a medical facility such as in a rehabilitation facility, it can safely eliminate substances in your system related to withdrawal symptoms and help you work through discomfort as naturally as possible. There is no substitute for professional care. However, many people attempt to detox on their own at home with or without support from loved ones. Unfortunately, doing this is risky. For starters, it does not offer any level of relapse prevention since you are not being supervised. Unfortunately, relapse is most common during detox and in the beginning phase of treatment. Secondly, you will not have the resources or help you need to get through challenging symptoms safely.
Choosing to detox in a reputable facility offers many benefits and peace of mind. You will have access to a safe and supportive environment where you can focus on getting well. In addition to this, doctors and other compassionate staff are available to help you feel as comfortable as possible during the process. Some other benefits of detoxing on-site include the following:
- Over the counter and prescription medication as needed
- Easy access to staff for support
- Ability to socialize with others in recovery
- Recreational activities and amenities
Amenities can vary, but most programs offer fitness, games and meditation opportunities in addition to providing creative outlets such as art supplies.
Some people believe they can complete detox and return home to their normal routine. However, addiction is a chronic disease that impacts the mind, body and your overall well being. As such, it requires treatment to address all of these areas. Detox is designed to only serve as a means of overcoming withdrawal symptoms and eliminating toxins from your system which can break your dependence on drugs physically. It does not address the significant underlying factors that contribute to addiction such as emotional, mental and behavioral components. These areas can only be addressed through a rehabilitation facility. You do not need to complete rehabilitation if you do not want to unless you have a court order that requires you to do so. However, some programs may only offer detox to patients who will transition into treatment afterwards. Detoxing without treatment is associated with a high rate of relapse, making it critical get all of the services you need for successful recovery.
What Types of Rehabilitation are Available?
Selecting a rehabilitation program is easier than ever before. With inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization to choose from, you can be sure you will find the best option for your specific needs. Before comparing options, you should first have a clear understanding of each format.
Inpatient rehabilitation, also called residential treatment, is the most common type. It is also associated with the highest success rate because it offers the most intensive services possible, making it ideal for long term sufferers or anyone who finds it difficult to maintain recovery in their current environment. During it, you will be under 24/7 supervision from supportive team members who are ready to help you with anything you might need. Most residential programs have a period of blackout which limits your access outside of the facility temporarily. This is a useful part of treatment because it can eliminate the risk of relapse. Most inpatient programs last up to 90 days, but the duration may be adjusted based on your needs.
Outpatient treatment is a less invasive option than residential care. It does not require you to relocate to a treatment center and instead operates during the day after which you are able to return home and apply the principles that you have learned. Since it lacks constant supervision, it is not ideal for individuals with severe addictions or who lack support at home. However, it can be a good solution for highly motivated individuals with a healthy home environment.
Partial hospitalization is a hybrid of the inpatient and outpatient care. It can be a good option for anyone who feels they need more supervision than available through outpatient rehabilitation but do not require the intensity of inpatient care. All three types of rehabilitation offer similar services, which include the following therapies:
- Individual counseling
- Group therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Animal assisted therapy
- Art or music therapy
Alternative therapies such as animal assisted therapy and art or music therapy may vary, but are often incorporated into treatment for their calming benefits. They can also serve as a method of coping with cravings or triggers to use substances. Once you complete treatment, aftercare will likely be your next step. During it, you will continue to receive support but on a less frequent basis. This is an excellent way to transition back into your normal routine without feeling overwhelmed. Aftercare often provides therapy, meetings with an addiction counselor and encourages patients to participate in community based programs. These are not required usually, but offer support, the chance to socialize and make recovery minded friends and maintain accountable for your recovery progress. As an added benefit, you can continue to be active in community based groups long after you complete treatment. Meetings are most commonly held at public locations such as churches and recreational centers and are free to the public, making them both convenient and attainable.
If you are considering detoxing, you are already on the right path towards recovery. Participating in a rehabilitation program is the next step towards achieving wellness. It can equip you with all of the tools you need to maintain recovery and develop new, healthy habits. Don’t wait to get started. Our experienced team of addiction specialists are available to help. Call 866-802-6848 today!