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How Medically-Supervised Withdrawals Can Help You Begin Your Recovery Journey
A Better Today Recovery Services understands that withdrawing from drugs and alcohol is extremely uncomfortable and dangerous for your health. According to those we have helped recover in the past decade, the withdrawal process is the most intimidating part about pursuing a life in recovery.
Based on their feedback, we understand how important it is to connect you with the highest quality detox programs. We will help you find a detox program that has 24-hour nursing staff to ensure your health and well-being is a high priority. It is important to ABTRS that the first steps you take in the journey in recovery be a strong foundation for the rest of your treatment.
During this stabilization (or withdrawal) period, it is important to give your body time to adjust and cleanse itself of the toxins that have been poisoning you the extent of your active addiction. Not many drug and alcohol treatment facilities choose to invest in medication that offers comfort like we do.
Many people believe they will never find happiness in recovery because the withdrawal process is so painful. A Better Today Recovery Services asks you to trust us when it comes to this step in your recovery. ABTRS can help you find high-quality care with a certified team of medical professionals.
Our trained staff is ready to answer any questions you have about recovery, withdrawal, and detox. We want to help you or a loved one be as comfortable as possible while you are dealing with withdrawal symptoms.
Overcome Your Withdrawals
The reality of the situation is that there is no way to fully stop withdrawal symptoms from happening. After years of drug and alcohol abuse, feeling sick when getting clean is most likely the driving force that keeps people from getting help. A Better Today Recovery Services highly encourages you to not go through this withdrawal process alone. The first steps in recovery are the most intimidating. Having a strong support staff cheering you on, inspiring you to pull through, and encouraging you to overcome the hardship will start your treatment off on the right foot.
Depending on the length of the addiction and substances abused, the withdrawal process will vary in intensity. Some of the most commonly experienced withdrawal symptoms are vomiting, headaches, sensitive skin, sweating, chills, and shaking. That is why we want to help you find a treatment center that offers around-the-clock care. During social detox, clinicians monitor patients to make sure that their needs are being met and they are safely withdrawing. We have a nurse on the premises at all times to ensure a safe withdrawal.
Some treatment centers provide medical detox. During medical detox, treatment specialists provide medications that can ease withdrawal symptoms. For example, a treatment center might supply buprenorphine or naloxone. These medications act as neuro-blockers; they keep patients safe while going through alcohol or prescription drug withdrawal. At most treatment centers, clinicians will provide medical detox or social detox depending on the patient’s personal needs. Both social detox and medical detox are effective methods to help patients work through their withdrawal periods.
ABTRS understands that your fear of withdrawal symptoms might hold you back from enrolling in a recovery program. However, we can help you find a program that will take your personal needs and your comfort seriously. We can connect you with recovery services that put you first. Please call us today for more information on social detox, medical detox, and addiction treatment centers near you.
The Stabilization Process
To help you get an idea of what your day-to-day life might look like during the stabilization process, here is one example of what detox might look like for you. Treatment centers usually offer plans that range from 30 days to 120 days. The average length of treatment is a 90-day program.
At the beginning of a 90-day program, patients meet with a recovery specialist and go through an assessment. During the assessment, each patient has a one-on-one meeting with one of our medical staff to construct an individual program within 24-hours of arriving at our facility. The stabilization stage itself typically ranges from 7 to 28 days with an intense focus on patients’ health and well-being.
Throughout stabilization, the medical staff focuses on providing a safe withdrawal and also on providing a blackout period from internet, family and friends. The stabilization process includes either medical detox or social detox. Often, treatment centers offer both services. Depending on your assessment, you will receive one or the other.
In order to move to the second level of care, most patients need to receive another assessment. The second assessment allows patients to have a face-to-face meeting with clinical staff and complete new patient orientation. The staff assess patients’ medical state and determines if patients are ready to move on to the next phase.
ABTRS knows that this treatment is life-changing and for many who have been abusing drugs for years, it has proven so. Each patient may have a different program based on his or her needs and drug and alcohol abuse history, but everyone gets the medical attention they deserve from our clinical staff and master’s level therapists. At effective treatment centers, attention to detail during the stabilization process is what makes their treatment successful. This is because it encourages long-lasting recovery.
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Let the Healing Begin in Stabilization: Building Bonds Through Suffrage
The stabilization period allows patients to begin communicating with one another to break the isolated behavior active addiction tends to cause. Active addiction tends to put people in the mindset that they deserve to be alone and isolated as to not burden others with the extent of their drug and alcohol addiction.
Surrounding patients with peers is important for the healing process. Having examples of both positive and destructive behaviors ignites the learning process of socially acceptable behaviors. Many may think that this element in rehab is pointless but the reality of the situation is, people learn social cues and acceptable behaviors from their peers more than authority figures.
Patients are encouraged to get to know one another and build bonds in the tragedies they may have faced in active addiction. Talking with people who have experienced similar experiences can help the healing process along, especially when traumatic events fill them with shame and regret.
To add more structure to peer to peer learning, treatment centers often host group therapy sessions daily. These sessions are filled with activities, intriguing talking points, and knowledge. Further, these group meetings are designed for everyone to share their past experiences. Realizing that they are not alone in their suffrage is empowering. There may be aspects of their personality or thoughts that contributed to their addiction that will help identify triggers of using for them to learn from.
Attending therapy sessions to discuss drug or alcohol abuse with others can allow patients to see their actions from a different perspective. You can do this with friends and family, but they might not understand or empathize with the pressure associated when making those decisions in active addiction. Building those bonds and interacting with others who share in the struggle is just one approach to helping patients through their difficult withdrawal period.
Overcoming Temporary Withdrawal Symptoms for a Fulfilling Future in Recovery
When you imagine the withdrawal process from drugs and alcohol, you might feel nervous or scared. However, detox is one of the most important parts of the recovery process. The right treatment methods and staff can make the process effective and as comfortable as possible. Medical and social detox can both help people flush harmful substances from their systems so that they can start fresh. The overall goal of lifelong sobriety starts with a clear mind and a healthy body.
During stabilization, you can start to grasp the fact that happiness can exist without harmful substances. Many people who enter treatment believe that they will live in misery for the rest of their life if they maintain their sobriety. Withdrawal symptoms are temporary. But achieving sobriety through treatment can lead to a lifetime of happiness in recovery. Your body can, and will, adjust to no longer having drugs in its system.
Walking the path of recovery is not easy, but the best experiences in life are not easy. Each sobriety chip, meeting hosted, and step accomplished adds to the fulfillment of achieving your goals and being involved in family holidays or sober community events adds a layer of contentment to your life that abusing drugs and alcohol will never be able to do for you. Getting past the stabilization process is a bump in the road worth getting over.
ABTRS is ready to help you find the treatment program that is right for you. Give us a call today.
Levels of Care in Treatment
Drug and alcohol rehab is a lengthy process but each level of care at A Better Today Recovery Services is worth taking the time to absorb and take to heart. ABTRS knows what a life of drugs and alcohol is like and how it robs you of your family and friends and with enough time, corrupt your self-worth.
We also know what it is like to live a life in recovery, and we want to share that joy and fulfillment with you. Detox cannot magically cure anyone of addiction nor promise that you will never touch a substance again in your life. Although it is incredibly important, detox and stabilization from withdrawal symptoms is just the first step in the recovery process.
After the stabilization stage, you will move on to the next level of care. If you enroll in an inpatient rehab plan, then you will likely participate in group therapy, individual therapy, and group outings. If you have come as far as to ask for help with a substance abuse problem, then do not stop now. Please give us a call today for information on addiction treatment centers near you.
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