“Rehab just didn’t work for me.”
“I’ve been to rehab 15 times in the matter of two years, but I’ve been unable to stay sober.”
“Drug rehab is for suckers.”
The truth of the matter is, as soon as the pain gets great enough and the desire to stop drinking and drugging overwhelms the power to use (even slightly), recovery becomes a legitimate possibility. Honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness are typically the only requirements in order to make a beginning – though desperation often helps. Those who have come to terms with the fact that a new way of life has become necessity and are willing to go to any lengths to achieve that new way of life will likely get sober and stay sober if they dive right in to the following series of steps:
Steps to Comprehensive Addiction Recovery
- Medical Detox
- Inpatient Drug Rehab
- Sober Living Housing
- Continued Involvement in a 12-Step Program
Of course, aftercare will vary depending on the individual concerned. Some addicts who simultaneously suffer from a co-occurring psychological disorder may benefit from continued weekly or monthly visits with a licensed psychiatrist. Effective addiction treatment has been thoroughly studied since the mid-1970s, and several integral principles have been noted. The following are generally true when it comes to adequate treatment:
- Those suffering from addiction must have treatment accessible.
Unfortunately, the window of opportunity is usually relatively small when it comes to addiction. Because the disease is so cunning and insidious, we may be unquestioningly willing to recover one day and absolutely adamant about continuing our use the next. If you are aware that your loved one is suffering at the hands of chemical dependency, look into treatment options now. Do your research as soon as possible, so that whenever your loved one decides that he or she is ready for treatment, you will know exactly which steps to take next. Of course, you needn’t always wait for your loved one to ‘be ready’ – if things get bad enough, you may want to consider taking matters into your own hands (with the assistance and guidance of an addiction specialist).
- Treatment does not necessarily need to be voluntary in order to be effective.
Interventions are utilized to prompt an addict or alcoholic into treatment through the employment of strict boundaries and ultimatums. If an addict is on the brink of death but is still unwilling to attend treatment, he or she may have to be forcibly admitted. In many cases, as soon as the mind of an addict has cleared up a bit, he or she becomes much more willing to continue on with treatment.
- Detox is truly only the very first step of addiction recovery.
Many mistakenly believe that medical detox is a sufficient and comprehensive method of addiction recovery. In reality, it is only the very first step. Once the body has withdrawn from chemical substance, the mind and the spirit must be adequately attended to. And spiritual maintenance is a lifelong process – quite a beautiful one, too!
- Truly effective treatment will address all of an individual’s needs – not merely his or her drug and alcohol use.
Those in addiction recovery will quickly come to find that the drugs and the alcohol were not so much the problem as the solution to the problem. The true problem is centered in the mind – typically originating from a number of contributing factors, such as significant past trauma, stunted emotional development, and an inability to efficiently process potentially difficult circumstances as they arise. Intensive therapeutic care and a continued program of recovery can greatly aid in remedying these deficiencies.
- Committing to an extended stay at an inpatient treatment center is crucial to long-term sobriety.
Long-term treatment is exceedingly important for numerous reasons. Programs like the one we at Next Chapter Treatment have developed are geared towards treating all underlying causes of substance dependency – namely trauma. Those who have gone through significant emotional, mental, or physical trauma will require intensive, long-term therapeutic care – care that can truly only be provided by a licensed and comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation facility.
- Treatment plans should not be one-size-fits-all, and should be reviewed and altered regularly in order to change a patient’s constantly evolving needs.
As one gains more and more sobriety and the heavy fog of chemical dependency begins to lift to a greater and greater capacity, an individual will begin to change. Mental processes will shift, and sanity will begin to settle back in. As neurological changes occur, the treatment goals of any given individual will inevitably shift. As more underlying causes of addiction are brought to light, the focus of therapeutic care will also alter. Because early recovery is a time of major personal growth and internal change, one’s treatment plan should mirror major transformation.
- Counseling and therapy makes up a large portion of effective treatment.
Because the drugs and the alcohol are only a mere symptom of the true issue at hand, addiction must be treated from a therapeutic standpoint. Inpatient addiction treatment consists predominantly of group therapy sessions, as well as some one-on-one sessions with a licensed substance abuse counselor. Because our specific program of recovery centers around addiction and trauma, our therapists are all highly experienced in treating those suffering from trauma-related issues – including alcoholism and drug abuse.
- Medication should be prescribed as necessary, and monitored closely.
In some instances, it will be found that those suffering from substance dependency simultaneously suffer from an untreated, underlying psychological disorder. If this is the case, medication will likely need to be prescribed in order to prevent a return to self-medication. It is crucial that all underlying psychological disorders are adequately addressed for this very reason.
Our Program of Addiction Recovery
We at Next Chapter truly believe in the lasting benefits of a comprehensive program of addiction treatment, and we strive to incorporate all facets of inclusive and thorough recovery. For more information on our specific program, please feel free to contact us today!