It is common for addiction treatment to start with a detox experience that is medically supervised. There will come a time when the addict will no longer depend on drugs or alcohol to feel normal. They will wonder what is the next step. The goal once a person leaves detox is to have a successful recovery. There are several ways this can be accomplished.
Immediately After Detox
This is a time when many people will participate in an addiction rehabilitation program. These programs are designed to address the emotional needs of a person going through recovery. There is some assistance with physical health that is also part of recovery. Various types of therapy are available to assist with it.
One of the most successful outpatient treatment options is group therapy. There are many different versions of this therapy available in various group sizes. In many cases, recovering addicts involved in group therapy can live in their homes. It is common for these people to continue going to school or work. A condition of an addict leaving detox may be to attend a specific number of hours in group therapy each week. This is an excellent opportunity for people to learn the most successful coping mechanic for stress. It will help them better understand their triggers. They are given an opportunity to learn how to manage their lives.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
There are different medications available to treat various conditions associated with detox treatment. As part of detoxing from opioid addiction, a person may be given buprenorphine-based drugs. They may continue this after detox to decrease their physical dependence on opioids. When someone has completed detox, they may be given Naltrexone. This will help them deal with their cravings for both alcohol and opioids.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This is a popular approach to talk therapy when engaging in treatment for addiction. This is a successful method of preventing addiction relapses. An addict’s maladaptive behaviors involving substance abuse often occur because they are learned behaviors. CBT provides an approach that is stress-relieving. It is used with mental illness, trauma, grief, and other types of intense stressors. CBT provides a way for addicts to develop an understanding of the root causes of their addiction. It provides strategies to alleviate stress in healthy ways and avoid a relapse.
This treatment can be used after detox and is an approach similar to talk therapy. It involves the use of rewards to reinforce positive behaviors. This could be for doing things such as avoiding alcohol or drugs. It is a type of incentive-based treatment that’s very successful with people who are dealing with an addiction to stimulants such as crack cocaine or meth.
Mutual Support Groups
This is an important therapy to have after detox. Support groups are a valuable type of social support for individuals who are involved in rehabilitation. This is a form of peer support. There are certain peer support groups designated for specific demographics. This could be individuals with specific spiritual or religious beliefs, medical history, co-occurring disorders, and more.
This is a type of therapy that is designed to have family members be part of therapy sessions. It is a way for a family to work together to heal the emotional damage and trauma that occurs when one or more members of a family abuse alcohol or drugs.
Body And Mind Balance
In addition to traditional therapies, there are various types of treatments designed to help a recovering addict’s mind and body.
- Nutrition Therapy – This helps an addict get the right nutrition to replace the nutrients and amino acids their body lost during the detox process and because of having a poor diet.
- Massage Therapy – This is a good way to release muscle tension. It enables a recovering addict to relax and unwind.
- Yoga Therapy – This enables a recovering addict to focus on self-reflection, meditation as well as physical exercising and stretching.
- Acupuncture – This helps to increase circulation in the body and decrease tension.
- Sauna Therapy – This is a good way to continue removing toxins from an addict’s body.
It is important to find the right treatment program as well as a facility for a successful recovery. Should someone relapse, it is important they realize it is common and should not be considered a failure. A relapse may be part of an addict’s long-term recovery process. Recovering from drugs or alcohol abuse is an attainable goal for every addict. It’s important to realize over 22 million Americans have successfully recovered from their alcohol or drug dependency. If you or a loved one are ready to get started with your recovery from addiction, contact us today at 833-610-1174.