While most people know that drug treatment helps those who are suffering from an addiction, they may not know a lot about the process itself.
The first step at a drug treatment center is physical stabilization and medical detox. Depending on what substance or substances you were using, medical staff will determine the best course of action for your treatment. A combination of medication and different medical interventions are used to alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal. Research has shown that individuals that seek treatment rather than attempting to detox themselves greatly increase their chances of experiencing a successful recovery. Once the physical dependency is broken, the focus can turn to breaking the psychological dependency.
After you have completed detox, which can last 2 to 10 days depending on the substances you were using, the next step is examining the underlying issues that have played a role in your addiction. Your time at a drug treatment center is spent attending groups, lectures and individual counseling sessions. Groups allow for clients to share their feelings and struggles with one another and learn to lean on other recovering addicts for support. Clinical groups utilize different therapies that work well in a group dynamic and encourage open and honest sharing in a safe setting. Relapse prevention groups are designed to teach clients various tools they can use when tempted to pick up a drink or a drug. Lectures center on everything from the disease concept of addiction to how nutrition can play an important role in your recovery.
Individual counseling sessions take place with a licensed therapist and a board certified psychiatrist to allow clients the opportunity to address past issues that remain unresolved in a private setting. It also allows the treatment team to make an accurate diagnosis in regards to any co-occurring disorder such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.
Fun activities—such as going to the beach, games and more—are also part of treatment. One of the lies that addiction tells us is that life will not be fun if we no longer are drinking and using. Learning to have sober fun shows clients that life is in fact more enjoyable without using and that the fun you have in sobriety doesn’t have consequences like that “fun” you had when you were using.
Recovering Souls is a drug treatment placement service. We work with addicts and their families to help them get the treatment they need. Call us today at 1-800-832-5250.