Drug addiction is destructive to your body, mind and spirit. Undergoing a monitored detox is a critical first step in returning you to health. What are the treatment options for when detox is over? The next step is treatment or rehab. You will need to undergo a physical assessment to determine your nutritional needs and to treat any infections or injuries.
Your nutritional intake, including a careful review of your hydration, will likely be necessary. Therapy, including group and individual, will help you to rebuild your ability to find a new community. Spiritual counseling may also be necessary.
Treatment As Healing
Depending on the drugs that your body has been subjected to, your cleansing organs may have suffered damage. Re-aligning your liver, kidneys and gut may take medication. While undergoing inpatient treatment, improving your diet by resetting your tastebuds can be incredibly helpful. You may have been eating a lot of unhealthy convenience foods; you may not have been drinking as much water as a healthy body needs. One of the many benefits of residential treatment is that you can gently reintroduce healthy foods.
As your internal biome returns to health, you will likely be encouraged to exercise. This can mean group classes, such as yoga and tai chi to rebuild strength, balance and spatial awareness. As your hydration rates increase, you can further reduce your toxin load by exercising hard enough to break a good sweat. Additionally, a steady exercise plan can help you fall and stay asleep.
Mental Health Assessments and Care
Many people who develop addictions to drugs, both legal and illegal, do so because they are trying to manage a serious mental health issue. If you struggled with revolving anxious thoughts and couldn’t sleep, your nightcap could have become a dangerous habit.
If you struggled with depression, you may have used stimulants to just keep going. New medications to manage mental health issues can help you shed the desire for your former drug of choice. Working with a counselor while you become comfortable with those new medications will help you to manage the side effects and other symptoms that have been suppressed by drugs and alcohol.
Group therapy can help you understand the steps following detox. If you’re feeling fragile, you can find strength in the community. It can also help you to better understand how to build a new social circle. Community is key to a successful recovery and the honest conversations you can find in group therapy can give you a place to freely share your experiences. You may also gain benefits from animal therapy.
Part of the pain of detox may have you unwilling to be touched. Caring for an animal and providing them with the comfort of a pet or a pat can help you feel more comfortable in your own skin and slowly rebuild your tolerance for comforting touch.
Moving Back Into the World
Drugs and alcohol are easy to blame as the source of trouble in families. If you are estranged from family or are dealing with the legal system, you will continue to face these challenges moving back into the world. Depending on the treatment plan you’re participating in, you may feel a need to reach out to those you may have harmed. The process of detox can be incredibly hard on your body and brain.
Treatment helps you to recover from detox and to rebuild your strength. Part of this strength will mean managing your reserves; the court system is not known for tenderness and some family members always know how to push your buttons. Through the process of therapy, particularly group therapy, you can learn how to manage your reaction to tough situations and personalities that you find annoying. one of the goals for your caregivers, when you leave in-patient treatment, is to help you rebuild your reserves, both physical and emotional when you are exposed to tough situations.
Detox and treatment won’t fix all of your problems. What quality treatment can do is help you truly understand your condition and teach you how to better manage your problems. Coping is the first step as you learn to thrive. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Call 772-266-5320.