Whether you are addicted to heroin, alcohol or marijuana, it helps to remember that ending any addiction is a process. Too often, people try to quit using drugs or alcohol on their own, only to become frustrated by their sense of failure when they are unable to beat their cravings. While everyone loves a fast answer to their problems, the truth is that your addiction took time to develop. By the time that you realize that you are in trouble, you have developed a physical and mental dependency upon the drug that makes it hard to just stop using it.
Fortunately, there is a process that you go through to end your addiction that helps you finally be drug-free for good. In fact, going slowly through each step is the best way to give your mind and body enough time to gain strength so that you are able to fight cravings as they come. You’ve made the right decision to get sober. Now that you know that a drug-free lifestyle is the right way to live, use these steps to begin the process of working with a detox center to learn how to beat your addiction.
Start Recovery Off Right With Medical Detox
For most people, the first several days are the hardest part of ending an addiction. During this time, withdrawal symptoms are at their strongest, and professional assistance helps you avoid giving in to cravings just to stop them. At our medical detox program, we have a variety of amenities that help you safely make it through the process of getting the substances out of your system. During your stay, these amenities are all available to help you begin to heal.
• Clinical counseling
• Therapeutic massages
• Meditation training
• Zen garden with seating areas
• Semi-private rooms with televisions
• Gourmet kitchen with chef-prepared meals
• In-house pharmacy
When you first arrive at the medically-assisted detox program, one of the first things that will happen is a thorough assessment that helps you understand where you are concerning your physical and mental health. Using this assessment, our medical team can then begin to put together a personalized plan that helps you make it through the first stage of addiction treatment. During this planning stage, you can learn about the ways that you can manage your withdrawal symptoms with the right types of support. For example, you may need medication to help you deal with symptoms such as nausea or anxiety. Your plan also includes the first steps that you take toward learning natural methods that address the reasons why you use drugs or alcohol such as talking to a counselor or distracting yourself with a healthy activity such as working out.
Continue With the Process of Understanding Your Addiction
After detox, most people move to a residential treatment facility for the next phase of their treatment. You begin the process of preparing for this change while you are in detox. Your support team at the detox center monitors your progress through the early stages of withdrawal. Since everyone is different, there is not set timeline for when the move to the next phase takes place. Instead, your support team takes the information they learn as they monitor your recovery to determine when it is time to move forward with your treatment plan. You can help with this step by being honest about your symptoms. For instance, you can talk to your counselors about any cravings that you experience and let them know if you still deal with withdrawal symptoms. Your honesty allows the network of professionals helping you to make the best decisions for your health.
Once the team believes that you are ready to move to the next phase of treatment, they will work with you to find the right facility to help you get stronger as you fight your addiction. Since our program works with a network of the finest substance abuse treatment centers, we can find one that matches your needs. Typically, we recommend that you find a center that has similar types of programs as the ones that you participate in at our detox center. This allows you to continue to develop your coping skills. Whether you find that massage therapy or walking through the Zen garden works best for generating a state of relaxation, we can help you make sure that your next phase of treatment includes everything that you found helpful in your detox program.
Finish With a Relapse Prevention Plan
From the very first day of detox, you begin to learn about the underlying causes of your addiction that lead to relapse if they go unaddressed. During your time at the detox center, you attend counseling sessions that help you understand more about why you first turned to drugs or alcohol to cope. You also learn about the powerful ways that drugs bond to receptors in your body that make you physically addicted to the drugs. Following detox, these bonds are broken so that you can focus on healing mentally from the addiction.
When you emerge from detox, you should feel confident that you have the right tools to continue to fight the urge to use drugs or alcohol. Once you continue with your care, you just get stronger so that you finally know that you can make it outside of the treatment facility on your own. However, the transition back to home is fraught with potential temptation that can lead to relapse. For this reason, you will work with your counselors to find ways that you can continue to incorporate elements of treatment program into your home life. You may decide to join a gym or take up jogging to continue to strengthen your physical health and enjoy those natural endorphins. You may also choose to begin an after care program that involves group meetings or counseling sessions. The process of becoming totally drug-free gets easier over time, but and your decision to start it the right way gives you an opportunity to lean on others for support as you begin your recovery.
We make detox safe and comfortable with our holistic and clinical treatment program! Give us a call today at 866-802-6848 to sail through your first step toward recovery!