Addiction grabs a hold and doesn’t let go easily. Once you make the decision to beat it, the unknown can seem unnerving. Just knowing what to expect can calm nerves and settle doubts. Below, we talk about what you can expect from addiction treatment.

Active Addiction and the Drug & Alcohol Treatment is Needed

Each person has a unique response to addiction; for many people, that response also includes mental health disorders that are a result of the addiction. Likewise, the opposite can be true: those suffering from an undiagnosed or untreated mental health disorder may end up suffering from addiction due to self-medicating.

No treatment is one-size-fits-all. Treatment centers have designed comprehensive facilities that give you the best chance at long-term success.

Active Addiction, Co-occurring Disorders, and the Addicted Brain

Co-occurring disorders require a more robust approach. If a person is struggling with an undiagnosed mental health issue, drugs and alcohol could be their only perceived respite available. On the other hand, a person could develop mental health problems that are directly related to, or the result of, substance abuse and active addiction. Regardless of which issue materialized first, the methods for healing remain the same.

A healthy human brain manufactures the chemicals needed to effectively function on a daily basis, specifically dopamine and serotonin. Many co-occurring mental health conditions consist of a disruption in the levels of these chemicals. Usually this disruption is too little, or too much, of the chemical in the brain.

Not surprisingly, drugs and alcohol deliver a superabundance of these two chemicals right to the brain — in the moment, it feels oh-so-good. It’s easy to want to feel that way again and thus begins the cycle of active addiction.

An individual will enjoy the euphoric feelings and crave it again once it passes. He or she will turn to the outside source for it again. Soon after this pattern develops, the brain senses that it doesn’t need to manufacture these chemicals anymore, and stops. This creates a dependency on alcohol and drugs that is so difficult to break away from.

The Different Components of Substance Abuse Treatment

Treatment centers use approaches that are aimed at getting down to the root of the addiction. Cognitive therapy is at the heart of many treatment plans. Individualized therapy with a qualified and caring professional will not only facilitate valuable reflection, it will make it possible to build a recovery plan that is tailored specially for your success. Group therapy and family therapy allow feedback from the world around you in a safe space.

Treatment for your physical body is just as important. Many treatment centers have a mindful emphasis on nutrition and strength training, so that your body has the necessary nutrients to fuel healthy brain chemical manufacturing, detoxification of the organs, and physical activity.

Treatment plans can also include things like equine therapy and life coaching to hone your social skills and better prepare you for the world beyond treatment. A well-rounded treatment will cover all the bases for long-term recovery success.

Detox, Treatment, and Aftercare

The first priority will be stabilizing your health. Detox is a medically supervised process that allows the body to filter out the remainder of the toxins in the body. Doctors are experienced in maintaining the highest possible comfort level during this necessary process.

In addition to freeing the body from the shackles of addiction, treatment focuses on preparing you for a fulfilling life in recovery. That begins with uncovering the cause for the addiction and continues with teaching you how to live without it.

During your last week in rehab, your focus will be turned toward life outside of treatment. You will have help to choose your next step at the completion of your treatment plan. Will you live with family, or in a sober living home? Would you like to participate in Intensive Outpatient Programs? Maybe you need a 12-step sponsor. Whatever your needs are, your treatment team will be there to help you make decisions that will aid in the continuance of your recovery.

Your aftercare plan is just as important as the work you do in treatment. It’s easier to stay focused on turning your life around when you have no distractions and your peers are trying to achieve the same goals you are. While this environment is conducive to preparing you for a sober life, you can only adjust to a life of recovery once you start living it.

Finally, your therapist will work with you to create a safety net to use after treatment, for those times you may feel cravings or are in some other danger of relapse.

We care, and we understand that making the decision to treat your addiction and regain control of your life can be scary. That’s why we are so committed to connecting you to a treatment center that will guide you to success. Call us today.