Understanding the Drug Treatment Process
If you are ready to admit that you have a drug problem or are concerned that your drug and alcohol use is getting out of control, it can be helpful to have an understanding of the treatment process. Depending on the severity of your drug problem, you may or may not need detox and residential treatment. If you have been using daily for a sustained period of time, it is recommended that you undergo a medically supervised detox. Many people are hesitant to begin the recovery process because they are afraid of feeling the pain and discomfort associated with withdrawal. By monitoring your vital symptoms and easing the withdrawal symptoms with the use of medication, you are able to complete the detox process and move into the next phase of your recovery. Breaking the physical dependency on drugs must occur before the mental dependency can be addressed.
Detox should be followed by inpatient treatment. The first several weeks of sobriety can be the most difficult. Although the physical detox may be complete, Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) can last weeks or even months after the last time of use. PAWS includes moodiness, rapidly changing emotions, cravings to use, depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances. Having 24 hour support and supervision is often needed to help individuals to make it through this vulnerable time.
Sober living is often the next step after inpatient treatment. Residents at a sober living home will stay anywhere from one month to a year. For many people, their decision to follow up a treatment program with sober living is a sign that they are serious about their sobriety. Being surrounded by positive influences—and choosing not to return home to the same people, places and things right away—can often mean the difference between success and relapse.
How Do I Find Help for a Drug Problem?
Finding the help you need can seem daunting, especially if you are unfamiliar with the different treatment options that are available. But There is a Solution can help. We specialize in helping individuals and their families find the help they need. By getting to know you and your history, we can provide you with a recommendation that is tailored to your specific treatment needs.
If you or someone you love needs assistance in finding help for a drug problem, call There is a Solution today at 1-800-832-5250 to speak with someone 24/7.