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An Outline of Addiction Treatment

When an individual realizes the problem of addiction, asking for help is difficult.  Fears of the unknown will cripple a person.  Questions will bombard the addict.  Who should be informed?  How long would treatment be?  Who will help during treatment?  The hardest part of the questions is every journey to recovery is different.  Each individual will have different experiences and treatment plans.  The answers are different for everyone.  Basic guidelines can give an addict a little bit of reassurance.  Knowing a little is better than not knowing anything.

Asking for Help

Confiding in a friend or family member breaks the barrier between suffering and possible recovery.  Calling a counselor or case manager can begin building a treatment plan.  Speaking with a doctor about dual-diagnosis and possible medication will help the individual understand more about themselves and the process.  Inpatient is common when detox is needed.

Inpatient Detox

Using drugs and alcohol has a negative effect on the body.  Substances attack parts of the brain for logical thinking, emotional behavior, nervous system, and many other aspects.  Repeated use of drugs and alcohol create addiction.  The mind and body crave the high.  Going through detox will relieve some of the altered areas.  The thinking process can begin to change as the substances are cleansed from the body.  Therapy in inpatient and outpatient visits continues through the recovery journey.

Outpatient Therapy

Intensive outpatient therapy is a group or class which meets several hours a day, about 3 or 4 days a week.  When circumstances do not allow the individual to be away at treatment, intensive outpatient treatment can still keep recovery in focus.  The group works through past traumas, examines old habits, learns coping skills, and applies valuable tools to real life.  The connections built in outpatient treatment can aid the addict in learning what a healthy relationship is.

Aftercare and After Treatment

For a few weeks after outpatient treatment, aftercare is suggested to keep people in recovery held accountable.  Knowing support is still available will encourage the individual to carry on the journey and not feel alone along the way.  Checking in with the group gives a chance to check with themselves.  Self-awareness is regulated by the individual.  The person in recovery can look back on the previous week to reflect.  Many find lessons in outpatient have helped improve the lifestyle.  Aftercare is where the people in recovery can share the success and feel encouraged.  

Bring order and routine back into your life.  Don’t let addiction have the control.  Call Resilient House and find comfort and understanding in a balanced and well rounded facility.  833-change1 (833-242-6431)