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The Recovery Process

Drug Addiction Recovery Process
 

What to expect from drug rehab treatment at ACTN

We hear the word “recovery,” talked about a lot when we discuss drug and alcohol addiction treatment.  Recovery, a simple one-word term, embodies a difficult yet rewarding journey where an individual is taken from the throes of an illness and healed to thrive again.  

What Is Recovery?

Recovery is what a person struggling with addiction achieves through proper detox and treatment.  It requires medical care, therapeutic care, time and true individual and familial dedication to the process. Once achieved, recovery requires diligence to avoid a relapse.  After some time, this diligence pays off and many recover for life. Here is what the addiction recovery process looks like:

Step 1: Intervention

Whether it’s managed by a professional or initiated by a family member or friend, intervention is the first step in the recovery process.  This often seems like the most difficult step as the person struggling with addiction may be in denial about their illness and is unwilling to seek treatment help on their own.

You need to remember that the person you are confronting is very, very sick. They are being manipulated by the drug as it has poisoned their mind. Think of it like an allergic reaction – if someone has an allergic reaction to a medicine or food and they behave strangely, you understand. Addiction is the same way.

When you confront this person, be prepared for the following:

GUILT: This works particularly on parents/care givers. Every parent has a degree of guilt, the mother usually feels it more. "If I had done a better job my child would not be doing drugs,”  “I was just never around enough when he was a teenager, this is my fault.”  Guilt makes it less likely for the abuser to be punished appropriately.  It is important that you push aside your personal feelings and focus on the illness.

HOPE: Addicts can convey the hope families want to feel very easily. They are truly sincere when they do it, but they are diseased. They would not fail a lie detector test when they are saying: "I promise this is the last time, I just need the twenty bucks to get on my feet. I don’t need to go to treatment.” Be stronger than this disease and continue to tell this person that you love them and treatment is the only answer.  Remember, this is the disease talking.  Not your loved one.

SYMPATHY: "Don't you think I would change if I could?" "I know I'm a loser." "I know I’m a drug addict." "Go back to your perfect world and leave me behind," are all things this loved one will say to you.  And they mean it.  Stick to your guns.  Treatment is the only way.

FEAR: "If someone intervenes it will be worse", "If you throw me out I will end up on the streets and dead within 72 hours." "You'll wish you didn't throw me out when you're visiting my grave."  This is hard to hear but it is a part of the disease that is frantic at the idea of not being fed the drug or alcohol.

Step 2: Drug Addiction Treatment

It can be difficult to decide on the best treatment program for you or your loved one. There is so much information out there and one internet search on “heroin addiction treatment,” alone can overwhelm you.

Look for these things when you are researching a treatment center:

  • All levels of care. Detox, residential/outpatient, and transitional living under one roof gives the treatment staff time to get to know the client, gives the client a high comfort level to engage in treatment and allows the client to establish new relationships and trust while in the safety of the campus.
     
  • Long term treatment. Look for a facility that has at least a 60 to 90 day or a 12 month program. Statistics show that long term treatment has the highest success rates and prevents rehab relapse. Not all facilities offer these programs – it is essential that you find one that does.
     
  • Addiction specific therapy. Did you know that there are cognitive behavior therapies out there that are addiction-specific?  Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a proven addiction treatment therapy and there are some treatment centers that use it. Beware of the treatment center that says they are DBT but only use parts of the program. Ask these questions:
     
    • What is the top treatment therapy used at your facility to fight the disease of addiction?
    • Do you follow the full DBT model including skills training, Recovery DBT coaching?
    • Is there ongoing Team Consultation?
    • Is there an ongoing DBT program evaluation?
    • Are all of the clinical staff DBT trained or just some of them?
       
  • Relapse prevention programs. Not all facilities have these programs and it’s important that you find one that does. Relapse happens and you need to know there is plan in place to help your loved one back into treatment.
     
  • Affordable therapy.  Not all treatment programs break the bank. Finding an affordable treatment program may take making a few calls, but it’s worth it. Find a treatment center that:
     
    • Takes most insurance
    • Offers private pay options
    • Offers scholarships
    • Offers drug rehab loans
       
  • Specific questions to ask when you call are:
     
    • What do you charge and what does that cover?
    • Will there be travel? How are travel expenses covered?
    • What services do you provide to the addict, loved ones and family?
    • Do you have a contract that we would sign?
    • Do you assist the family in finding support services?
    • Can you help us with a professional intervention?
    • Are you available by phone before and after the intervention?
    • Do you have any references we could contact—families who have used your services?

Finding the right treatment campus doesn’t have to be difficult. Following these guidelines will ensure that you have found the right place to save a life.

Step 3: Practicing New Life Skills

Treatment doesn’t stop at detox and recovery. A good treatment center teaches practical life skills and offers the client a chance to use them in the real world while also providing guidance and support in this new role.

Transitional living offers the client a chance to live their new life with gentle support and guidance. The goal of transitional living is to add freedom and responsibility with counseling and guidance for times of stress, frustration, sadness and even boredom wherein the client practices his new life management skills that he’s learned in treatment.

As a client moves through the program he is granted weekend passes to visit family and friends and is drug tested upon his return. A person who holds a good job, can manage car notes, rent and other bills, visits his family and returns drug-free will be granted additional weekend passes. These weekends away from 100% supervision allow the client to rely on himself to manage life and practice life skills in the face of uncertainty. This also allows the family of the client to begin to trust the client again.

Transitional living offers accountability with freedom, teaches much needed life skills and gives the client the tools he needs to transition from treatment to into a life worth living.

Step 4: Thrive In Sobriety

Congratulations! You made it! And even though you or your loved one have been drug free for a year or more it’s still essential that there is a connection to sobriety. Since you took our advice and went to treatment at a facility with relapse prevention programs, you already know that there are many options for you to stay on top of your new life of sobriety.

Be proactive in your new life prevent relapse by participating in:

  • Support groups
  • Alumni events
  • Recovery meetings
  • Progress follow up

ACTN Sees You All The Way Through

From the moment you call our treatment specialists for help to the day you leave our campus, Addiction Campuses of Tennessee walks with you every step of the way through the recovery process, just as Christ walks with us every day to love us and lift us up. We are here for you and glad to answer any questions you may have about the process or our programs and success rates. You CAN be made whole again, and enjoy a fulfilling life without drugs and alcohol. Hope is here at ACTN. Call today to take the first step.

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