Vital Steps to Take After Detox

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Published Aug 25, 2020
vital steps to take after detox

Medical detox is the best, first step toward recovery. However, the work doesn’t stop when you leave detox. Upon completion of a successful withdrawal, there are some key components to long-term and healthy recovery.

To find out what those are, we spoke to Gallus Clinical Director, Steve Carleton, LCSW, who provided an insight.

There are some key components to successful recovery. Perhaps the most important is interpersonal support and finding a healthy routine. On paper, we know that people who make a daily effort to focus on recovery do better long term. Put simply, the more time and energy a person puts into recovery the more likely they are to succeed,” says Carleton.

Addiction is a complex brain disease requiring ongoing and long-term medical care, similar to any other serious medical conditions, like diabetes. Similar to other chronic illnesses, substance use disorder also carries a risk of relapse. That rate, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is between 40 to 60 percent (you can read more about common relapse triggers here).

Substance use disorder hates being ignored. “In the first year it is essential to engage in some type of recovery process,” suggests Carleton.

Vital Steps to Take After Detox

Once a person has completed detox there are some vital steps they can take to maintain recovery, starting with having a better understanding of the factors leading to their addiction. If a person is new to recovery, professional help is the first line choice to learn and better understand what drives ongoing use.

“Substance use is more often then not the symptom of another issue, stressor, problem, etc. Uncovering what fuels use and proactively addressing it can be empowering — leading to confidence and an improved quality of life,” says Carleton.

Some vital steps to take after detox include:

  • Identify recovery supports: therapy, recovery meetings and other support groups
  • Establish healthy routines: healthy eating, exercise, meditation, yoga
  • Make time for recovery-related activities: recovery classes and workshops
  • Identify stressors and relapse triggers
  • Have a stress-management plan to cope with triggers: breathing exercises, therapy, meetings, a trusted friend to call, exercise
  • Maintain recovery goals

By the end of the first year in recovery people start to experience the benefits of not using. These identified benefits of not using are then the fuel that keeps recovery going.

Other relapse prevention strategies

It is critical to long-term recovery to identify situations that might trigger one to relapse and effective coping strategies. Whether a person wants to take a more formal route of Relapse Prevention, or simply identify high-risk situations themselves.

“A daily routine is the best protection against relapse. Drifting slowly back towards use is common and having a way routinely focus the mind on sobriety and set sober intentions goes a long way,” advises Carleton.

Some other ideas include:

  • Creating awareness about the consequences of returning to use
  • Challenging thoughts and perceptions that using has positive outcomes
  • Developing coping skills to deal with triggers (learning how to say “no” when offered a drink or drug, and coping with cravings)
  • Developing a plan for emergency situations
  • Helping to reinforce a person’s ability to abstain in difficult situations

Getting help

At Gallus Medical Detox we know that each patient has unique medical and personal needs which is why we provide a personalized service that emphasizes medical safety, outstanding professional expertise, evidence-based protocols, all without sacrificing our patients dignity and comfort.

The key features of our medical detox center includes:

  • Individual treatment plans
  • Psychological, physical, and social assessments
  • IV Therapy Program
  • 24/7 medical supervision
  • Cardiac telemetry and video technology
  • Adjustments to treatment plans to suit our patients needs
  • An individual recovery plan identifying resources and next steps toward a long-term recovery

For more information about our treatment plans, or to speak to an addiction expert, please call our admissions team on 720-704-1432.