Although a typical Elevate drug and alcohol treatment program lasts for 90 days, recovery is an ongoing process that continues for the rest of a person’s life. Addiction is an illness with far-reaching consequences not just to the individual’s physical health but also emotionally and psychologically.
The first phase of drug treatment at rehab facilities is almost always detoxing which is managed by supervising specialists at an Elevate center. Once detox has been completed and a person is sober, their work is not done and there is still a significant amount to achieve to be able to enjoy a fulfilling recovery.
Clearing Drugs from Your System
The objective of detox is to free the individual’s body from the chemical influences of drugs and alcohol. This is a process that’s essential in order to wipe the slate clean and pave the way for the individual to continue in rehabilitation therapy. Detox at Elevate takes place over a 30-day period which gives the body and mind plenty of time to cope with adapting from regular substance abuse to abstinence. Once detox is completed, rehab facilities set out to reinforce sobriety with holistic treatment, counseling and behavioral therapy.
According to the degree of substance use disorder and the needs of the individual, detox can be undertaken on an outpatient or inpatient basis. It is always unwise to attempt to detox alone as the likelihood is that people will experience withdrawal symptoms which can be extremely uncomfortable or even deadly. Another reason DIY detox is inadvisable is that it is incredibly difficult for an addict to overcome the intense cravings for drugs or alcohol that emerge in hours following abstinence.
Supervised detox as offered at Elevate ensures there are people on-hand with specific training to deal with alcohol or drug withdrawal. This enables the patient to go through detox with emerging withdrawal symptoms managed proactively and effectively to make the process much more comfortable. Patients attending Elevate detox will receive treatment such as IV fluid replacement, nutritional support and holistic therapy to help them recover more quickly.
Elevate Offers Rehabilitation Therapy in A Supportive Environment
The place a person receives drug or alcohol treatment plays an important part in the success of their recovery. Whether attending rehab facilities on an outpatient or residential basis, Elevate offers a valuable patient community which provides continued support once the program has been completed which is important in improving recovery outcomes.
Some people are fortunate enough to have recognized their problems with alcohol or drugs at an early stage of them developing dependence or addiction. If people in this position are well-supported at home and work, and those close to them understand their need for treatment, outpatient services are sometimes the best option. Generally speaking, outpatient treatment is often appropriate if the following criteria are met:
- The individual experiences mild to moderate withdrawal
- They are strongly motivated to achieve sobriety without supervision
- They draw strength and motivation from remaining at home
- They seek discretion so they can be treated for addiction without drawing attention to their problems.
On the other hand, patients are recommended to attend a residential treatment program if they meet the following conditions:
- They experience severe withdrawal
- They have made several unsuccessful attempts to detox themselves
- They have an underlying mental health issue
- They live with or around enabling influences
Alcohol and drug programs offered at rehab facilities are much more likely to be effective if a person is completely removed from the social distractions or triggers that compel them to abuse substances. Although it is impossible to avoid situations where alcohol or drugs are present forever, individuals can reduce their risk of relapse and respond to triggers in healthier ways after a structured treatment program.
Individuals entering rehabilitation therapy often believe that their illness has been caused by drugs or alcohol and once they quit using, they are on the mend. However, once detox has been completed, many individuals begin to realize that substances themselves don’t cause addiction, but rather that the behavior itself is a symptom of deeper psychological issues. For this reason, behavioral therapy and counseling is an extremely important component of most good alcohol and drug treatment programs.
According to a study published in the journal Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation in which individuals who completed rehabilitation therapy were compared with those that didn’t; the latter group was found to have higher rates of depression and other mental illnesses. Mental illness is a significant risk factor that affects a person’s ability to prevent relapse which can be treated in the psychotherapy component of a comprehensive treatment program.
Returning Home After Attending a Rehabilitation Center Takes Time
At Elevate, we believe that patients should take as long as they need to rehabilitate from drug or alcohol abuse. Some may find that the 90-day duration is sufficient to equip them with the skills and confidence to face life head-on without drugs or alcohol, whereas others need more time. Much depends on their living situation and whether they are likely to receive support at home from friends and family.
Transitioning from a rehabilitation center back into daily life is a vulnerable time for a recovering addict. Those who have chosen to attend a residential program will have to face the same people and places they associate with substance abuse and have the strength to continue in sobriety. Elevate recognizes that this transition is a complicated one for most of our clients and so we offer a comprehensive aftercare program to continue support into recovery.
Aftercare is generally delivered on an outpatient basis although some people may stay in a sober home until such times as they have the confidence to return to an enabling home life. While remaining sober at home or in a clean environment, individuals can attend aftercare therapy sessions at times that are convenient to them. Those who require more support than others can schedule more sessions through the weeks, reducing their time commitment as they get better.
Ultimately, aftercare is a flexible approach to managing the change from addictive behavior to a healthy lifestyle. Recovering addicts are able to reach out for help at the exact time they face a situation that might lead to them using, which is solid relapse prevention. An aftercare program can be continued for as long as the individual requires a little extra support as they recover.