Preventing Relapse After Drug and Alcohol Detox
Once an individual completes drug and alcohol detox, the next step is to officially begin a professionally supervised treatment program. Medical detox alone is not enough to overcome substance abuse. Long-term sobriety success depends on altering deep-rooted patterns and change the way one thinks, processes emotions, and experiences life.
Drug rehab is generally considered the most appropriate next stepping stone toward recovery. However, there are many forms of substance abuse treatments available after detox. It is important to explore some of the most beneficial options available. Being informed about available choices will help build a recovery plan that supports ongoing sobriety and helps prevent relapse.
Addiction Stabilization Programs
A stabilization program typically lasts for two weeks and takes place in a residential rehab setting. During this time, around-the-clock treatment is provided, including substance abuse counseling and diagnosis, individual and group therapy, yoga, art, and music therapies and more. Case management teams educate residents on treatment options and guide each individual down a path designed to provide the greatest chance of success.
Personal histories are considered, including any health problems, mental health disorders, and current living situations. This is a good first step for anyone who is not sure what type of rehab they need, but they know they need some type of rehab to stay sober after detox.
Types of Rehab After Drug and Alcohol Detox
After drug and alcohol detox, an individual can attend either inpatient or outpatient treatment. A 90-day inpatient treatment is typically the most successful type of treatment as it provides up to three straight months of counseling and therapy to work through the underlying mechanics of addiction. This means delving deep into the story of one’s substance abuse and understanding the function it held in someone’s life.
Even though addiction causes problems, it still served a purpose to the individual addicted. That purpose may have been alleviating anxiety, numbing depression, or avoiding difficult emotions or memories. Rehab helps one understand their addiction better and begin to develop healthy coping skills in its place.
While many of the services are similar to inpatient treatment, outpatient rehab allows individuals to go home at the end of each day. Outpatient programs can be very flexible, often allowing someone to gradually shift from an intensive outpatient program (IOP) to weekly group therapy and individual counseling sessions.
There are also partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) providing housing or allow you to go home every night. PHPs offer personal counseling and group therapy as well as other resources to help someone overcome addiction in their own way. Every rehab develops its own philosophy about the best way to go about treatment. Look for one that provides the most popular types of substance abuse treatment such as:
- Medication management
- Clinical therapy
- Family therapy and couples counseling
- Experiential therapy, which includes music, animal, and art therapy
- Holistic addiction treatment, which includes yoga, meditation, massage therapy, and Eastern-inspired practices
- Dual diagnosis treatment. This is substance abuse treatment that also treats a mental health disorder like depression or anxiety
Aftercare and Relapse Prevention
When choosing a rehab program, what type of services a facility offers to help stay sober after treatment is completed is important. There are two primary ways rehabs can assist in preventing relapse after drug and alcohol detox. The first is aftercare, which may include access to sober living homes, job assistance, resume building, and group therapy. There is also relapse prevention, which helps to build a plan that gives resources and services to deal with cravings, manage one’s mental health, and stay on the right track even when things get difficult.
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Sobriety is an ongoing, lifelong process. The best thing to do today is to find a rehab offering the care needed right at this moment. As treatment progresses, the right rehab will be there to guide those in recovery toward the next milestone in the recovery process and supply the resources needed to stay sober despite any challenges faced.
If you or someone you know is suffering from substance abuse, contact your local hospital or contact us today if you or someone you love needs help.
Samantha Nettleton, CCTP, CMHIMP is the Chief Operating Officer and Clinical Director for Spring Gardens Recovery. After completing and receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Human Services (Concentrations in Mental Health & Addiction Counseling), she became licensed for the State of Florida as a Mental Health Counselor. She has also been a recovery coach since 2012. Samantha specializes in Trauma, Personality Disorders, Substance Abuse, Process Addictions, and Other Mental Health Disorders.