When you decide to get treatment for your addiction, there are many different facets of recovery. Going to detox to get the substances out of your body can be the first step. Once that is over, the battle with addiction does not go away. In order to deal with the cravings as well as the triggers and underlying issues that led to the addiction in the first place, rehab after detox is necessary. The National Institute on Drug Abuse advises that people who attend rehab after detox are more likely to stay sober than those who choose not to.
Detox vs. Rehab
Many people who go through detox from drugs and/or alcohol may be under the assumption that they are free of their addiction. Detoxification merely purges drugs and alcohol from your system in a safe and controlled way. Once those substances are out of your body, the challenge then becomes how to avoid the temptations and triggers that lead to the addiction.
That’s where rehab comes in.
Rehab helps to show you how to avoid the people and places that helped to fuel your addiction. It also helps you to look at the underlying causes of your addiction and deal with them in a positive way. Through therapy sessions and group meetings, you can determine what lead you to abusing drugs or alcohol and how you can avoid that from happening again.
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Therapy group sessions can be a powerful part of rehab because you can share your stories with people who are going through the same thing as you are. You can offer one another support from a perspective that family and friends may not be able to, no matter how hard they try.
When you decide to go to rehab, you can choose from receiving inpatient help or receiving help as an out-patient. Whichever you choose, a rehab program can help you set small goals for yourself as you continue on your sobriety journey.
As you continue through rehab, the staff can help you manage other parts of your life. After detox, your body needs to adjust. This can lead to poor eating choices. A rehab program can help you establish healthy eating patterns and encourage you to exercise. Exercise releases natural endorphins and helps to lower stress, both of which are beneficial as you try to recover from an addiction. While detox rids your body of the harmful substances, during rehab you will be able to give your body the nutrition that it needs to heal fully.
Helpful tips for Rehab after Detox
By choosing to go to rehab after detox, you are improving your chances of living a sober life and minimizing the chance of a relapse. In order to get the most out of your rehab experiences, consider these tips:
- Attend all meetings and therapy sessions and be ready to do the work assigned.
- Get plenty of sleep to help give yourself a clear mind.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help; no one expects you to do this alone.
- Surround yourself with supporting and caring people who will not lead you back to your old habits.
- Remember to be patient. Don’t compare the speed of your recovery to others because everyone is different.
- Try a new hobby to help occupy your time. Many people start to draw and write as a way to express themselves during their recovery.
- Stay with a program even if you’re feeling good. It’s important to finish any program that has been set out for you to decrease your chance of a relapse.
While some people go to a hospital or treatment center to clear the substances out of their body and then to another facility for the rehab portion of their recovery, it’s important to choose a facility that can offer both. This way the staff can monitor you from the beginning of your recovery and help guide you through each step. Facilities that offer detox and extended treatment can also make sure there is no lapse in care, further increasing your chances for a longer and fuller recovery.
Ocean Hills Recovery – Detox and Rehab Provider
Ocean Hills Recovery in San Juan Capistrano offers both detox and rehab services under one roof. The medically trained staff at Ocean Hills can help with the issues that can arise when someone is going through detox as well as all of the important stages of rehab and recovery that follow. The team at Ocean Hills Recovery can tailor a recovery plan that suits your needs. If you’re ready to take the first step in your recovery, call Ocean Hills today or use our online form to receive a call back. Counselors are available around the clock to help you as you begin your journey.
About the author:
Nicole earned her doctoral degree in Psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy at California School of Professional Psychology. Her doctoral thesis was a grounded theory study exploring the role of alienation and connectedness in the life course of addiction. She specializes in treating addiction and trauma. She is certified in DBT and EMDR, two of the most highly regarded evidence-based methods in psychotherapy. Dr. Doss is a strong LGBT advocate and provides open and affirming support to her LGBT clients.
Dr. Doss’s earlier education included graduating cum laude from the University of California, Irvine in June of 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While there, she received honors recognition by Psi Chi and Golden Key honor societies.
Nicole has been working with alcoholics and addicts in our California drug and alcohol rehab center as an advisor and counselor for many years. She is passionate about providing quality counseling and care to her clients. Her main focus is on integrating the 12 Step and disease models of addiction with experiential therapeutic theory. She is married to Greg; they have two adorable sons together and an energetic yellow Labrador Retriever.