Treatment is an ongoing process, one that may take an entire lifetime to be successful. Some people relapse with some relapsing several different times before finding the right treatment that works for them. It is important that you never consider a relapse to be the end of your recovery journey but rather a small detour, a bump in the road or a small obstacle that you have to get past.
Some rehab facilities may have a strict policy against readmissions while others may offer their space to first time clients only. Most facilities however do know that people may relapse and that those people need and deserve assistance just as anyone else does. It doesn’t matter if you relapsed days after leaving a facility or if your relapse came months or years later. What does matter is that you are able to get back into a program and start your treatment process over again with the hopes that this is the one that gives you back your life and health as well as your freedom.
Finding the Right Treatment Plan
It is important for your treatment that you be very honest not only with staff and your family but with yourself. Unfortunately, self-reflection can be one of the hardest aspects of addiction to face. Being medically evaluated for a set period of time can allow for a brutally honest vision of how serious the addiction is and how best to handle treatment.
For many people, addiction can be a symptom of another problem. Addiction can also be something that occurs along with another issue. Psychiatric mood disorders that can include anxiety, depression and others can often be seen in addicts. For some, the addiction begins as they self-medicate to cope with the mood disorder. For others, the addiction triggers the mood disorder.
Knowing exactly you are facing can help you find the right type of treatment which can involve several different types of therapy, counseling and more.
Medically Observed Detox
After evaluation, one of the first steps to your treatment plan may be to detox. This can be one of the hardest parts of treatment and may be one of the things that addicts fear the most about going to a rehab center. They know they are going to feel sick. They know they will be in pain and will be miserable. The benefits of being medically observed in a rehab center is the ability to get medicine to help ease the nausea and discomfort as the body works to rid itself of the last traces of drugs while also fighting the physical, emotional and mental needs for the drug.
People who try to kick their habits on their own frequently give up after the symptoms of withdrawal start getting the most intense. In a facility, that person is not only given the medical support that they need but other care to help get them over this trying period.
Inpatient and Outpatient Care
Some people are going to need inpatient treatment especially if they are not going to be able to have a strong support system once they are released. The more serious the addiction is and the longer the drug has been used, the more likely that inpatient care will be indicated. Outpatient care can be a second step of the process once someone has completed their inpatient therapy. It can also be used for someone who has a strong support system, is still employed or has shown themselves to be highly motivated to end their addiction.
In either case, the exact treatment could include a wide range of therapies including:
- Individual or group counseling
- 12 step programs
- Art and Music therapy
Several therapy types can be used at the same time for the individual’s needs.
Once You Leave the Rehab Facility
If you are receiving inpatient therapy there will be a proposed end date. Toward the end of your treatment, plans will be put in place for your after care so that you are not just leaving without any support in place. Some of the plans will involve continued treatment as an outpatient or additional therapy. It may also involve things like setting up emergency contacts in case you are tempted to use. Having a strong support foundation is key to your continued success. It helps if you have a listing of AA or NA meetings in your area, someone that you can talk to especially someone that knows that you are going through and the unyielding support of at least some of your family.
All emergency numbers and contact information should be kept with you at all times.
Knowing Your Warning Signs
Everyone who has faced addiction knows that they have triggers that could make them forget their treatment in a moment of weakness. It is important that you learn what these are and how to avoid them which you should do during your treatment. Trying to avoid your triggers during your early days after treatment might be key. For some people, avoiding those triggers for the rest of their lives may mean just avoiding certain places or people. For others, the triggers might be impossible to avoid entirely so they may have to work harder to make the triggers less powerful.
Keeping up with counseling and meetings may be all that you need. Others may find strength in meditation or yoga or in running, strength training or other hobbies. No matter what it takes to keep yourself strong and healthy is therapy for you and entirely worth the effort. If it helps you to be better that is all that matters.
If you are ready to seek help for your addictions call 888-380-0342, any time of the night and day. Our counselors are ready to help you no matter where you are.