There is a common misunderstanding among most alcoholics and addicts, who think that once they leave detox, they are “cured” of their substance abuse. The truth is that substance didn’t develop overnight, but was a process that occurred over many months, even years. And, just as it didn’t happen instantly, breaking free of the addiction will not happen quickly.
The Purpose of Detox
Making the commitment to enter detox to cleanse the body of the chemical toxins from your substance abuse is the first step to ending addiction. There are many different types of detox including holistic programs, outpatient detox and residential medical detox. Of all of these, the latter, especially when it involves intravenous therapy (IV therapy) medical detox, seems to be the most popular and more preferred method by physicians. Depending on the type of substance abuse, most people generally spend from a few days to as many as ten days. However, for some patients it may be necessary to spend two weeks or longer. Again, it depends on the type of substance use, the length of time and amount of the use. Once you have successfully completed the detoxification process, you will gain additional support and learn how to be successful in sobriety by entering a rehabilitation program.
Drug and alcohol addiction not only has a physical impact, but also a psychological impact as well. In essence, the addict in recovery has to learn to overcome the things that kept them in their addictive behaviors. Learning to say “no” and recognizing the “triggers” is one aspect, but also developing healthier habits and routines, making new friends and in some cases relocating to a different part of town where substance abuse activities are not the norm – are all things that are generally addressed while you attend a rehab program.
Finding the Right Program
Just as there are different methods for detox, there are also different types of rehabilitation programs. You will need to decide if you want to attend an outpatient or residential rehab. While you may be tempted to choose the outpatient method, it is important to understand that research shows that individuals who were able to get away from the distractions and stress of their daily life to focus on their recovery had the most success in staying sober, than individuals who tried to do rehab in their spare time.
After Rehab, What’s Next?
To help you continue your success there are even after rehab programs and support groups such as 12 Step groups and alternative educational programs that can offer ongoing support for many years. You may find that joining a recovery community will help you stay on track. If you or someone you know are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from drugs and alcohol and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.