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What to Expect When Entering Treatment

Pursuing recovery is a difficult choice to make, even for the sturdiest individuals, families, and friends. It’s a decision that can be filled with worry, trepidation, and concern. However, if you or a loved one is ready to enter Resurgence Recovery Center to treat addiction issues, or even a dual-diagnosis with a mental disorder, their expertise and professional, nurturing environment is ready to lead you to a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Your first 30 days at Resurgence Recovery Center will be structured to follow a specific process and set of guidelines to ensure a smooth, efficient immersion into the program. The steps to be expected are as follows:

Step 1: Intake and Interview

An examination and thorough interview will be conducted upon arrival. This is an essential first step to get to know the person, any underlying medical issues, and begin to unravel the dynamics that are causing the destructive behavior that has led to treatment. It is of utmost importance to be as upfront, honest, and forthright as possible during this step so the staff can properly understand the nature and history of the addictive behavior, and all other factors that might affect the course of treatment. Under certain circumstances, medical tests, urinalysis, or blood samples might be required to further understand any health issues.

Once the intake and interview process is complete, the staff then uses the results to put together an initial course of treatment that will dictate the procedures and methods used in the following weeks.

Step 2: Detoxification

Although not always needed, detoxification is an absolutely vital step for those that are exhibiting a physical dependence on a substance. In order for a successful course of treatment and recovery to begin, any physical withdrawal symptoms must either entirely disappear or be greatly reduced so they will not impede a person’s recovery. Depending on the severity of the substance abuse, a medical detoxification period can be necessary to ensure health and well-being while the withdrawal symptoms run their course.

Because of the nature of detoxification, it is often done under medical supervision. If the recovery center is not capable of handling this specific treatment, then the detoxification will need to be performed at another facility that is equipped for such matters. In no way should shortcuts ever be taken during this step, as the withdrawals symptoms can be dangerous and, in extreme cases, even life-threatening. For these reasons, 24 hour medical supervision is required.

The detoxification facility will provide treatment specific to the substances used and the duration of usage, sometimes using medications to mitigate symptoms to provide some comfort for the patient. Typically, the detoxification period lasts between 1 and 3 days, but can extend further in certain circumstances. Once the patient has been given clearance and is healthy enough to leave the detoxification facility, they return to the recovery treatment center where the process of recovery actually begins.

Step 3: Active Treatment

Active treatment is the step that constitutes the bulk of treatment and the beginning of recovery. It can vary by facility and person, but usually includes a relatively standard set of modalities and services, depending on the nature of the addiction and any accompanying mental disorders.

During this phase, maintaining an open mind and amicable attitude is vital in absorbing and accepting the recovery tools that could lead to a healthy, fulfilling life. Part of that amicable attitude is being accepting of the treatment and atmosphere, since countless studies have shown that the longer a person stays in treatment, the better chance they have of maintaining a sober lifestyle. To that point, staying for the recommended duration and completing treatment within the center can be the difference between a series of relapses and continuation of unhealthy patterns, and one that is filled with optimism, hope and success.

During active treatment, a person is counseled on addiction, the nature of the disease, and possible underlying issues that can be leading to a life of unhealthy choices. Individual and group counseling sessions are also imperative to further discussing, recognizing, and coping with elements within their life to better prepare them to handle the rigors of a fast-paced, demanding society. These sessions often incorporate different modalities of therapy, where specific use is dependent on the circumstances and individual, but can include concepts from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, traditional psychotherapy, and some aspects of family therapy and counseling. Introduction to the 12-step recovery process is also established during this phase, becoming yet another tool to help a person in recovery learn the necessary tools to lead a productive life after treatment ends and a new life begins.

To work in conjunction with individual and group therapy, as well as 12-step meetings, it is common for some holistic tools to also be introduced, to teach the person in recovery to find healthier alternatives to deal with stress, anxiety, and negativity. Through yoga, meditation techniques, art therapy, and physical and spiritual exercises, a well-rounded course of treatment is delivered in order to provide a wide range of tools to further promote a healthy decision-making process.

Step 4: Aftercare and Continued Success

Though the actual treatment can typically last between 30 and 90 days depending on the individual, it is merely preparing the person for success and fulfillment in life outside of treatment,  without relying on substances to cope with issues. After treatment has been completed and the person in recovery has a thorough understanding of addiction, triggers, and healthy coping skills, they usually continue the recovery process either in a sober-living environment or with family. With the possible exception of first entering treatment, this is often the most intimidating and frightening time for a person in early recovery.

If a family dynamic might be one of the underlying causes to the substance abuse, it is common for a recovery center to recommend a sober-living facility immediately following treatment. This type of environment can serve as a smoother transition, where the person is surrounded by others that are also in various stages of recovery. They promote healthy lifestyle choices by having a zero tolerance policy on drugs or alcohol, as well as any other behaviors that might be deemed harmful to the recovery process. Many sober-living facilities also feature nightly 12-step meetings or group conversations to discuss the day’s events and any problems that might be confronting a resident. In effect, it’s a continuation of the group dynamic that was introduced while still in the treatment center.

Alternatively, a person can return home after treatment, but should only do so under the proper conditions and circumstances. The home environment must be conducive to recovery, including a complete ban of alcohol and drugs, as well as accepting of a 12-step program and promotion of whichever healthy tools are best for continued success. Recovery is a team-wide effort, so it is incumbent upon family and friends to be as sure as possible that the person in recovery is not returning to an atmosphere that might have played a part in the substance abuse in the first place.

An Ongoing Process

While it takes courage, initiative, and perseverance to seek and remain in treatment, an entire lifetime awaits the recovering person after treatment is complete. It requires patience, hope, honesty, and planning to find long-term success and happiness. Of course, the person in recovery is ultimately most responsible for maintaining sobriety and making healthy lifestyle choices, but the concerted efforts of family and friends can make the chances for continued success significantly greater. By incorporating the knowledge and skills learned from treatment into a daily routine that includes 12-step programs, holistic practices, or even continued therapy sessions, recovery is absolutely possible, as long as it’s a group-wide effort. Diligence and careful planning can pay dividends seen in a fulfilling life, and the experts at Resurgence Recovery Center look forward to setting people on that path.

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