Most recovery plans follow a series of steps that help walk people through the various stages of the recovery process. Successful recovery depends on the ability to renew the body, mind, and soul, and our plan touches on all three aspects. We also tailor everyone’s addiction recovery steps to meet individual needs, so each patient may enjoy a unique process that works specifically for him or her.
Most Common Addiction Recovery Steps
Detox programs are a vital first step of any drug or alcohol recovery program. The primary purpose of detox is to rid the body of all traces of alcohol or drugs that may remain in the system. Depending on the substance and the frequency of use, withdrawal symptoms can often be severe or even life-threatening.
Experienced staff can provide medical assistance to ease the agony of severe withdrawal. The detox goal is to get people through the process as safely and comfortably as possible. Detox serves to cleanse the body while the subsequent steps in our recovery program help to cleanse and fortify the mind.
Orientation provides an overview of a facility, as well as a chance for patients to meet with various staff members who will be helping them through the remainder of the recovery process. The first meeting is with one of the intake assessment staff members who determine the receptiveness of each patient and outlines the patient’s role in his or her program. Next up is a tour of the facility, a room assignment, and a rundown on the rules of conduct. A meeting with the senior case manager and the case management team follows. Each patient is assigned an individual counselor who will become his or her counselor for the duration of the patient’s stay.
Addiction treatment programs are essential to the healing process for patients. The overall goal of the training series is to teach patients how to successfully stabilize emotions with anger-handling techniques, improve their level of participation in the direction their life is going, and to address past issues for a fresh start. These skills help patients deal with tough issues they may generally try to avoid altogether with a regression into drink or drugs.
Patients learn how to face issues that might lead them back into the cycle of addiction. Successful recovery comes from the ability to successfully deal with daily dilemmas, relationship issues, financial burdens, and any other stumbling blocks put in a person’s path. Addressing an issue makes it possible to devise a solution to a problem, and repeated exercises help the client feel comfortable in this new role. Addiction-related issues that may require this skill include the people, places, and things that had played a part in the individual’s drug or alcohol use.
The third tier of the training series helps patients accept responsibility for their personal lives. Patients work with counselors to learn how to handle stressful situations without physical force or turning to a substance. Patients learn how to become responsible, own up to their actions and to act, instead of reacting, to situations that may have baffled them in the past.
Additional groups and betterment activities supplement the series and add to the recovery program. Therapy can include a slate of electives based on a patient’s interests. The improvement activities provide spiritual support based on a pathway of the patient’s choosing.
Individual counseling provides a safe environment where a patient is encouraged to speak with his or her assigned counselor with the openness, honesty, and willingness that is integral to a successful recovery. Patients enjoy their first one-on-one counseling session at orientation, and subsequent meetings continue each week for the remainder of their stay.
Once a patient successfully goes through each of the addiction recovery steps with an on-site recovery program and is ready to graduate, counselors help set up a plan of action to follow after leaving the facility. A specific aftercare department helps establish a stable program following graduation from rehab. Aspects of aftercare include determining where a patient may live, work, and attend support meetings in his or her immediate area. Aftercare is a crucial aspect of the addiction recovery steps that help a recovering addict maintain sobriety.
An aftercare department can help with job hunting, housing, government benefits, pursuing education, and military services. This is also a prime time to start setting up a recovery support network with phone numbers of friends, family, and fellow members the patient can call and rely on for assistance during their transition back into the community. Aftercare aims to provide patients with the ability to formulate a plan to successfully maintain sobriety and enjoy a brand new life going forward.