For most addicts, drug addiction didn’t happen overnight. For this reason, patients should not anticipate complete freedom from their addiction following a drug or alcohol detox program. While there are instances of individuals overcoming addiction on their own without professional or medical support, for most addicts, rehabilitation is an important and necessary next step on the path to recovery.
Detox is only the beginning of the recovery process. Detox is important for initiating the removal of drugs and/or alcohol from an individual’s system. This is best done in a safe and medically supervised environment. While only lasting between a few days and a week in most cases, the detoxification process can be quite stressful as the body adjusts to sobriety. This process can make it difficult to focus on the long-term changes needed to ensure a full recovery from addiction.
The Importance of Rehab
After successfully completing detox, addicted individuals must continue to address their physical dependence as well as the psychological aspects of their addiction. For most persons, counseling and behavioral therapy is necessary to help the addict identify the root causes and issues that have incited the drug and/or alcohol abuse in the first place. To improve the chances of recovery and avoid relapse, it’s important for individuals to learn to identify and manage these triggers in ways that do not require the use of drugs and/or alcohol. Additionally, for many addicted individuals, identifying and addressing accompanying psychological disorders including depression or anxiety can further improve the chances of a successful recovery.
While both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation options exist, rehab facilities that remove the individual from their environment offer better rates of recovery. Safe and controlled environments that lack the outside influences and triggers that contribute to the addict’s drug and/or alcohol abuse allow the individual to fully focus on the recovery process. The support, both from staff and peers, can also help individuals feel less isolated on their journey to sobriety. While drug detox is a critical step towards recovery from addiction, long-term rehabilitation is crucial to how successful an individual can be. Upon completion of a drug or alcohol detox, at Gallus Detox, we can help individuals find the best rehabilitation facility for their individual needs.
Contact Gallus Detox to learn more about the differences between detox and rehabilitation and the transition from one process to another.