I’ve Finished Detox, Now What?

in Addiction
Published Nov 27, 2020
finished detox, now what

Leaving a detox center can be scary. You may experience fear of relapse, a lack of structure, or lack of accountability. Detox doesn’t have to be the end of the treatment process. Looking into the possibilities of aftercare can improve the chances of remaining sober. At Gallus Medical Detox Centers, you will meet with our expert staff to plan the necessary steps to take towards long-term recovery.

Types of Aftercare

There are three different types of aftercare:

  • Clinical: Clinical pathways incorporate professional help. Clinical care may include treatment centers and psychotherapy.
  • Non-clinical: Non-clinical pathways are typically community-based and peer-led, including mutual-aid support groups and alternative recovery supports.
  • Self-managed: Self-managed pathways are managed by the individual without formal support or services. This aftercare method is for those who have an extensive support system and don’t meet substance use disorder criteria.

Clinical Aftercare

Clinical aftercare can include treatment centers and psychotherapy. If you suffer from substance use disorder or mental health disorders, clinical aftercare may be the best option. Residential treatment centers are typically 30 days and have therapists and psychologists on site. If you wish to attend treatment after detox, the staff at Gallus Medical Detox Centers can help you choose a treatment center that best fits your needs.

Behavioral therapy is also an excellent aftercare resource. Therapy can help manage mental health disorders or look into the reasons for substance use disorder. A therapist can help you discover coping mechanisms, alleviate emotional symptoms, resolve personal issues, and make personal changes. Types of behavioral therapy include:

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Behavioral couples therapy

Non-Clinical Aftercare

Non-clinical aftercare often is achieved by attending mutual-aid recovery. Mutual-aid recovery includes programs such as:

  • Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous: These programs are often 12-step based. 12-step programs focus on helping others, finding a higher power, finding a sponsor, and accountability.
  • SMART Recovery: At SMART Recovery meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction. SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. The SMART approach is secular and science-based, using cognitive behavioral therapy and non-confrontational motivational methods.
  • Refuge Recovery: Refuge Recovery is based around Buddhist principles and practices to create a path to freedom from addiction. They believe all individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering caused by addiction. Refuge Recovery trains the heart and mind to see clearly and respond to life with understanding
  • Celebrate Recovery: Celebrate Recovery is a Christian-based, 12-step program. They are a biblical program that helps to overcome hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Celebrate Recovery is based on the words of Jesus rather than psychological theory.

A recent study by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction found that treating substance use disorder in a group setting is the most effective form of treatment.

Recovery housing is another option for non-clinical aftercare. Recovery houses are most commonly known as Oxford Houses, halfway houses, or sober living homes. This type of aftercare method provides a safe and supportive environment after detox or residential treatment.

Self-Managed Aftercare

Holistic therapies may be an effective form of self-managed aftercare after detox. Typical holistic therapies include:

  • Massage therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Yoga
  • Reflexology
  • Hypnosis
  • Meditation
  • Reiki
  • Art therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Music therapy
  • Drama therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Canine therapy
  • Wilderness therapy
  • Dance and movement therapies

Holistic methods are most effective when combined with other forms of clinical aftercare.

Recovery coaches are a form of a non-formal support system that may aid in self-managed aftercare. A recovery coach helps to promote and enhance the quality of life for those in recovery. Coaches can help set and achieve goals. However, recovery coaches are not clinicians and cannot help with crisis and clinical problems.

Those without a substance use disorder may benefit from self-managed aftercare. Having a support system at home composed of trusted doctors and family or friends can help when suffering from dependency. Speaking to a doctor about alternative non-addictive medications can prevent further problems with dependency. Family and friends can also help with accountability.

Aftercare During COVID-19

In-person treatment or support groups may be hard to find during the COVID-19 crisis. However, many treatment centers are still open with precautions, support groups have moved online, and therapy is typically available over telemedicine. Speaking to your therapist about precautions and options will help find a solution best for you. Local Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous websites have meeting times and codes to join group meetings over Zoom. Social media, such as Facebook, is also an excellent resource for online support groups.

Life after detox can be daunting. However, there are many options for aftercare that range from clinical, non-clinical, and self-managed. Clinical aftercare may include residential treatment or therapy. Non-clinical aftercare includes support groups and recovery housing.  Holistic methods, recovery coaches, and at-home support systems can all help in self-managed aftercare. Practicing aftercare will help you in achieving long-term sobriety. Aftercare may be hard to find as we experience COVID-19. Talking to your therapist or searching online may help you find something available in your area, whether in-person or online. At Gallus Medical Detox Centers, our expert staff will help you create an individual recovery plan, identifying resources and next steps in your aftercare journey. Detox is the first step in reaching long-term recovery. Our centers ensure a safe and comfortable medical detox to get you started. If you or a loved one suffer from substance use disorder or dependency, call us at (866) 296-5242.