Recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction requires patience and determination. In order to heal from addiction, an individual must go through most or all of the steps of recovery. My Recovery Helper partners with treatment facilities and service providers that can help individuals and families through each step of the way.
The first step of recovery is realization of the problem. Many individuals come to admit that they have a problem and need help for their addiction on their own or through private conversations with friends or family. Many others, however, deny they have a problem and refuse to accept help. An intervention is the first step of recovery for these individuals.
An intervention is the process by which family members and friends get together and confront the individual with their concerns. An intervention must be done right to be effective, and families often find it helpful to enlist the expertise of a professional interventionist. The interventionist can walk families through the whole process, calm emotions when things get heated, and help loved ones find the most constructive words to say. The goal of an intervention is to get the individual to accept help, which allows them to move on to the next step of recovery. My Recovery Helper can assist you in choosing a qualified interventionist.
Step two is detoxification. Before an individual can recover from their substance, they must wean their body off of the substance. At times, this is a slow process. Other times it can occur overnight. As the body goes through detox, the person will usually experience withdrawal symptoms. Certain drugs, such as cocaine, have little or no physical withdrawal symptoms. Other substances, like alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines, have serious and potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. It is imperative that the individual be matched with a detox facility that has the capabilities to manage their type of detox safely.
Rehab and Recovery
The next step of recovery is rehabilitation. This important step lays the foundation for the rest of the individual’s recovery. During rehab, the recovering addict works with therapists, counselors, and peers to heal emotional trauma, learn how to rebuild relationships, and develop tools necessary to recover. There are a variety of therapy methods that can be used, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, yoga therapy, meditation, art therapy, and equine therapy among others. During therapy sessions, individuals learn how to open up about their addiction and its underlying causes, and how to manage life without substances. Counseling sessions, either one-on-one or group counseling, are also used during rehab to help the person develop interpersonal skills and to increase the bond between peers
Types of therapies
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Yoga Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Equine Therapy
- Psychodrama Therapy
- Outdoor Therapy
After an individual has completed rehab in a treatment facility, they can begin transitioning back to their life. For many in recovery, this is the time that the added benefits of extended care become necessary. The move back home after rehab is difficult. Relapse can quickly occur, leaving the person disappointed and unsure of where to turn. An Extended care program will help the individual and their family stay connected to the recovery community and receive help from a professional for a longer period of time.
Extended care programs can be held as part of a facility’s normal therapy sessions, while other facilities have sober housing and programs for alumni only. Other people make use of support groups for an extended period of time, sometimes for the rest of their lives, where they can gain strength and encouragement from others. Extended care is the last step of recovery, but it often lasts for the rest of the person’s life. This final step helps the individual continue on the right path to sobriety, and keeps the person from relapsing along the way.
Take Your First Steps of Recovery Today
My Recovery Helper assists families through the entire recovery process. We work with treatment facilities that provide the steps needed for complete recovery. We help connect individuals with the treatment program that is right for them. Our informational website and knowledgeable call center staff are valuable resources for families along the way.
Recovery is possible. Help is just a phone call away. If you or someone you love is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, call us right now to find out how we can help. Our staff assesses each and every client individually to determine their recovery needs, so that we can refer the person to a program that can effectively help them. Contact us at 1.844.867.6835 to see how we can help.