So you’re thinking it’s time to change your life. You have the detox center already picked and are now ready to make the jump that will change your life for the better. You may be wondering what do I do after detox? Where should I go? There are plenty of options and decisions to make, most of which are just as important as choosing the right detox program. The right detox program is crucial to your success, however setting up a plan for aftercare is just as vital. It has been proven that IV therapy based detox is one of the safest forms of detox currently available today. Since you’re taking the right steps towards sobriety it’s important that you pick the right program the first time around. This is not an easy decision that is why it is imperative that you research, call and question the facility you’re thinking about attending. You have a right to know what you’re getting yourself into and most programs will have no problem answering any question you have. Aftercare programs differ by cost, environment type, and philosophies. Here are a few different types of aftercare programs.
Inpatient VS Outpatient Aftercare Program
Inpatient and Outpatient rehab programs can vary. Some outpatient rehab centers are held in medical or hospital facilities, and some are offered through private practices or community health programs. Most outpatient programs will make you attend weekly meetings to talk about any struggles you’re experiencing during your recovery. If you think you will need something more consistent, that may involve more therapy and planned daily activities, consider an inpatient rehab program. These types of programs will require you to stay on-site for an extended period of time whether that is 30, 60 or 90 days. There will be set meals and a schedule for daily activities and therapy sessions. Sometimes these programs will suggest halfway houses for an extended period of time after completing their program as well. Be leary of programs that offer a weekly dose of suboxone, a popular drug used during the detox process and afterwards to combat cravings. Using suboxone in replacement of drugs and alcohol is not an aftercare program. This is simply switching one habit for another, as many users develop an addiction to suboxone as well. If you pick the right detox, you will slowly taper off of the substance you were using by the time you leave. While suboxone can be helpful in some instances it is not a “quick fix”to your addiction problems.
12 Step Model Aftercare Program
The 12 Step Model commonly known as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous) are extremely popular. These programs are free and have thousands of meetings across the world. This type of treatment is meeting based, and will walk you through the 12 steps of AA as you continue on the path of sobriety. In some cases a sponsor will be provided and you will rely on this person to help you through your journey. AA is restrictive however, and you will have to make adjustments in your life by not being around alcohol, drugs or any other illicit substance or the people who are consuming it.
Choice Based Model Aftercare Programs
A non traditional option which is an alternative to rehab is a choice based aftercare program. These types of programs do not include the 12 steps and also do not include therapy sessions. These 6 to 8 week programs allow you to work on yourself as a whole, by learning how to make better choices when it comes to alcohol or drug use. Some programs believe that traditional methods are not effective due to the harmful labels they call users such as “addicts,” “junkie,” “addicted.” Long term success rates for these types of alternative programs tend to be a bit higher due to the fact that they make substance users take responsibility for their own actions rather than blaming outside circumstances, conflict, or other past life issues. Ultimately you and your family will have to make the decision as to what aftercare program will work best for you after you complete a detox program. The important thing to remember is that it is never too late to change your current habits and move beyond substance use. Thousands of people overcome alcohol and drug use and so can you. Remaining positive and hopeful is the best way to get through this difficult time in your life. Always remember there is light at the end of the tunnel. Each day may be a different struggle or bump in the road but as long as you adapt to the constant changes in life you will be on your way to permanent sobriety after detox.