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From Detox to Treatment – Making the Transition

Addiction is a severe problem that affects millions of people worldwide. Whether it’s cocaine, alcohol, or opioids, addiction kills thousands of Americans every year. A significant issue that someone in active addiction cannot see is how it affects the people around them. Addiction is a disease that will force somebody to use drugs or alcohol, despite the harmful consequences repeatedly. Addiction can destroy friendships, tear apart families, and ruin marriages. Many successful businessmen and women will also tarnish their legacy in their careers.

Nearly 21 million Americans are experiencing one addiction currently, but a mere 10 percent of them will receive treatment. Since 1990, drug overdose deaths have nearly tripled, which can be attributed to the opioid crisis in the United States. Alcohol and drug addiction cost the United States economy a staggering $600 billion each year, and from 1999 to 2017, nearly 700,000 people died from overdosing on a drug. Around 68 percent or 70,200 of those deaths involved an opioid. 

Those struggling with depression and anxiety are more likely to self-medicate as a way to treat their problems. For some, using drugs is like discovering the key to overcome their crippling anxiety, but they will quickly become addicted by using this way. While a glass of wine or a beer after work to unwind isn’t a cause for concern, it can quickly spiral out of control. Twenty percent of those who do struggle have a substance use disorder (SUD). Eighteen to 25-year-olds are the most likely to experiment with addictive drugs.

While only 10 percent will get treatment for their addiction, it is a way to start coping with a mental illness or substance use disorder. The continuum of care refers to a set of steps in addiction treatment that begins at the most intensive level, and gradually decrease as the client stabilizes. The first step in the meticulous process is medical detoxification. As the client starts to overcome their withdrawal symptoms, they will start to think about the next level of care. A group of clinicians will determine which is the best for their needs.

What Is Residential Treatment?

Residential treatment, which is also referred to as inpatient rehab, is a way to describe a facility that treats mental health or drug and alcohol addiction in a residential setting.

Some of these treatment centers will specialize in a specific ailment, such as substance abuse or eating disorders. Others will treat those with a variety of diagnoses that range from substance abuse to a dual diagnosis

The term does not refer to treatments in a hospital type setting or somewhere that specializes in physical or occupational therapy.

What residential treatment does refer to is a center for long-term treatment for substance abuse and mental problems where a client lives on-site in a facility with other clients and therapists. They will receive medications and 24-hour care.

The term may also refer to therapeutic boarding schools or wilderness programs for younger individuals.

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Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Treatment 

For those with an addiction or mental illness that does not require around-the-clock medical care, they may be able to opt for intensive outpatient (IOP) or outpatient treatment. Intensive outpatient refers to a treatment program that can help those in recovery continue on their improvement with therapy following a successful detox. It will be on a part-time but intensive schedule that is geared toward accommodating work and family life. The program will meet every week that follows hours, similar to a full-time job. 

Outpatient treatment follows a similar pattern but is a much less intensive version. Clients will meet less frequently to attend therapy sessions that include family therapy, group therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy. Those who need extra help after detox but are not considered high-risk will benefit significantly from this kind of therapy.

How Someone Will Transition From Detox to Treatment

While detox is a crucial step in the recovery process for someone looking to break their addiction, it is not the only step in the process that will promote long-term sobriety.

To find success in rehab, a client must first attend a detox program that will clear their system of drugs or alcohol safely.

Once you have safely transitioned into a sober state, a team of clinicians will thoroughly assess your current state. They will determine what is right in your treatment process.

The toughest challenge of this transition is moving from a residential treatment center to your house.

Moving from detox will be the most natural part of the change because you have a fully-trained and caring staff that are there to help you at every turn.

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Once you move on from treatment into a lesser intensive level of care or finish treatment in its entirety, there is going to be a temptation to relapse. At this stage, however, you must rely on your therapy and the tools you’ve acquired that will allow you to maintain your sobriety. 

It is necessary to speak with your advisors about 12-step programs or have a life counselor. Addiction requires ongoing care, and if you are serious about maintaining your sobriety, you must take every action available.

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