Detoxification is the first step on your journey to addiction recovery. The next step is maintaining your sobriety. We’ll help connect you with the resources you may need to stay sober so you can make a fresh start.
One treatment option after completing detoxification is inpatient rehabilitation where you live on-site for much of your treatment. There are treatment centers with luxury amenities and private rooms as well as ones that keep things simpler. The length of stay in an inpatient program varies depending on your needs but can be up to 30 days or more.
Inpatient treatment gives you the chance to focus exclusively on your recovery. However, we know that going away for treatment may not be practical or desirable for everyone. You may be a busy executive or have family that needs your care and attention. In that case, you may want to pursue outpatient treatment.
If you opted for at home detoxification, you may want to pursue post-detox treatment options that allow you to live at home while getting the help you need.
Outpatient programs offer a variety of services that cater to your needs and availability. For example, you may want to start off in intensive treatment several times weekly (which may include group and individual therapy) but taper down to less frequent visits as you become more secure in your recovery. Alternatively, if you find that such group-based treatment provokes anxiety, you may wish to focus more on individual therapy and counseling.
Whether you’re opting for a formal outpatient treatment program setting or taking a more individualized approach, you may find support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous to be valuable.
Such meetings are facilitated by other recovering addicts. During meetings, you may read program literature and participate in sharing your experiences. For help and guidance with recovery and to prevent relapse, you may choose to find a sponsor who can relate to and help you address the challenges inherent in early recovery.
Although there are commonalities faced by most suffering from addiction, there are also aspects of this condition that are person-specific. Did you start using drugs because of chronic pain? Feelings of social isolation or anxiety? To address these issues, individual counseling and therapy is most effective. Your therapist will endeavor to understand your challenges – whether they are work-related, pertain to family or something else. With that information, the therapist can help you develop coping strategies to both address problems and diffuse anxiety.
Dr. Seitz is always happy to refer you to a qualified psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, or substance abuse counselor to support your recovery.
Just because your detoxification ends does not mean that your relationship with your doctor will as well. Dr. Seitz is always available for ongoing consultation. He can help guide your progress, especially if you choose to engage in long-term medically assisted treatment with Subxone, Vivitrol, Naltrexone or other medications. He is also available to treat other issues that may arise such as the re-emergence of chronic pain, anxiety or depression