To recover from addiction successfully, addicts must not only manage the physiological and psychological aspects encompassing chemical dependence, but also address the psychosocial factors perpetuating the addiction. The detox process is a crucial first step in removing drugs and/or alcohol from the addict’s system – often the most difficult step to treating and managing the physical addiction.
However, while sobriety often begins with a successful medical detox, patients are only able to begin to scrape the surface when it comes to understanding and managing the underlying aspects of their addiction. For this reason, aftercare in an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation facility is equally as critical as the detox itself in fostering a successful recovery and life of sobriety. For many addicts it is not often clear, at first, that the role their family, peers, and other environmental factors can play on their own struggles with addiction. For some, their psychosocial influences are key elements in the development of their addiction and those influences, while not directly correlated with the addiction in the mind of the addict, will still be prevalent following a successful detox.
Therein lies the problem for many patients after a drug or alcohol detox: coping with the challenges of sobriety while managing the influences that trigger their addictions. Patients in recovery from addiction have a higher chance of relapse if they are in environments in which their previous drug or alcohol use took place, or if they are associating with others who continue to use such substances.
Therefore it is essential for rehabilitation to follow detox to help patients delve into understanding these influences, effectively equipping them with the mechanisms necessary for living a successfully sober lifestyle. For example, after treatment, an alcoholic returning to work and daily life will need to find ways to manage situations such as regular client meetings that traditionally include alcohol, and understand that how they partake in these situations can affect the success of their recovery and chances for relapse.
At Gallus Detox, we can help you take that first step towards a successfully sober lifestyle through an effective medical detox. We can also work with you to provide referral advice for the best drug rehab centers and alcohol rehab programs for you. Contact us to learn more about our drug and alcohol detox center or for questions about the differences between detox and rehabilitation.