Is My Addiction Bad Enough to Seek Professional Help?
Is My Addiction Bad Enough to Seek Professional Help?
Sometimes people are unsure about seeking help for their addiction because they think it’s not “bad enough.” It can be difficult to admit that you have a problem, which can delay the process of seeking help.
In order to help you understand your level of dependency, ask yourself these questions:
- Do you ever lose control while using drugs?
- Have you thought about quitting drugs or alcohol but don’t know how?
- Do you spend a lot of time trying to track down drugs?
- Do you find yourself struggling with cravings when you aren’t using drugs or alcohol?
- Are you experiencing problems with your relationships because of drug or alcohol use?
- Do you feel a lack of responsibility or exhibit a lack of responsibility in your life?
- Have you lost interest in things that used to be enjoyable to you?
- Have you had to increase the amount of drugs, alcohol, or behaviors you use to get the same feelings?
- Do you experience symptoms of withdrawal when you aren’t using drugs or alcohol, such as cramps, sweating, irritability, and nausea?
- Do you find yourself going into dangerous situations to get access to drugs, alcohol, or risky behaviors?
- Have you lost your job or are in danger of losing your job because of drug/alcohol use, or risky behaviors?
If you find yourself answering yes to one or more of these questions, you may need to seek treatment for addiction.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Everyone is different, so this is a tough question. But one thing is for sure: the more you want to be clean and sober, the less time it will take to succeed in treatment. Our team at Resurgence will work diligently to help you overcome your addiction in the quickest amount of time possible.
There are a number of standard rehabilitation treatment programs including 30-day, 60-day, and 90-day programs, but whether you are successful in those time frames is up to you. How long your treatment takes will be directly proportionate to how committed you are to your treatment.
Your treatment team will monitor your progress and together, you and your team will update your goals and set target dates for treatment completion.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN ENTERING TREATMENT AT RESURGENCE?
Your arrival and 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
We’ll examine you and thoroughly interview you when you arrive. This is an essential first step to get to know your personality, any underlying medical issues you may have, 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 your treatment team can properly understand the nature and history of your addictive behavior and all other factors that might affect the course of your 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, we then use the results to put together an initial course of treatment (called a “treatment plan” ) that will dictate the procedures and methods we’ll use in the following weeks.
Step 2: Detoxification
Although not always needed, detoxification is an absolutely vital step if you are exhibiting a physical dependence on a substance. In order for a successful course of treatment and recovery to begin, your physical withdrawal symptoms must either entirely disappear or be greatly reduced so they will not impede your treatment and recovery. Depending on the severity your substance abuse, a medical detoxification period may be necessary to ensure your comfort and safety as the withdrawal symptoms run their course.
Because of the nature of detoxification, it’s done under medical supervision. At Resurgence, we take the detox process very seriously. 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, we provide 24 hour medical supervision.
We will provide treatment that’s specific to your drug of choice and how long you’ve been addicted, sometimes using medications to mitigate symptoms to provide you some comfort. Typically, the detoxification period lasts between 1 and 3 days but it can extend further in certain circumstances. Once you have been given clearance and you’re healthy enough to leave our detoxification facility, you’ll join other clients at the next level of care. This is where the process of recovery actually begins.
Step 3: Active Treatment
Active treatment is the step that constitutes the bulk of your treatment.
During this phase, maintaining an open mind and amicable attitude is vital in absorbing and accepting the recovery tools that will lead you to a healthy, fulfilling life. Part of that amicable attitude is being accepting of the treatment and atmosphere. Countless studies have shown that, the longer you stay in treatment, the better chance you 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 a life that is filled with optimism, hope and success.
During active treatment, you’ll be counseled on addiction, the nature of your condition, and possible underlying issues that can be leading to your unhealthy choices. Individual and group counseling sessions are also a key part of your treatment at Resurgence. Our groups and individual therapy will 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 and SMART Recovery is also established during this phase, becoming yet another tool to help you 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 and SMART Recovery training, we may use holistic tools to teach you healthier alternatives to deal with stress, anxiety and negativity. These tools may include yoga, meditation techniques, art therapy, physical and spiritual exercises, just to name a few. The point is for you to get a well-rounded treatment and promote the healthy decision-making process you’ll need in recovery.
Step 4: Aftercare and Continued Success
Actual treatment can typically last between 30 and 90 days or beyond, depending on the individual. But the point of all this treatment is to prepare you to find success and fulfillment in life afterwards, without relying on addictive substances to cope with your issues. After treatment has been completed and you have a thorough understanding of addiction, triggers and healthy coping skills, you’ll probably 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 in early recovery! Fifty percent of relapses after treatment happen in the first 30 days.
If your family dynamic is an underlying cause of stress and substance abuse, we’ll recommend a sober living facility immediately after treatment. This type of environment can serve as a smoother transition. You’ll be surrounded by others who are also in various stages of recovery. Good sober living environments 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 your recovery process. Many sober-living facilities also feature nightly 12-step or SMART meetings or group conversations to discuss the day’s events. In effect, it’s a continuation of the group dynamic that was introduced while you were still at Resurgence.
Alternatively, you may wish to return home after treatment at Resurgence. However, you should only do so under the proper conditions and circumstances, and with the support of your treatment team in the transition. Your home environment needs to be conducive to recovery. This will include a complete ban of alcohol and drugs as well as accepting of a 12-step program or attending SMART Recovery meetings. Recovery is a team-wide effort, so it is incumbent upon you and your family and friends to be as sure as possible that you are not returning to an atmosphere that might have played a part in the substance abuse in the first place.
I know I want to go to rehab. What should I do to prepare?
Here’s what we suggest:
- Speak to your family and employer about having to put your life on hold for a little while.
As overwhelming as it may sound in the beginning, it is important that you commit yourself entirely to a drug addiction rehabilitation program in order to get the most out of it.
- Make arrangements for someone to take over your bill payments, look after any pets you have, or take care of your home while you are away.
- Pack as lightly as possible
BELOW ARE SOME SPECIFIC GUIDELINES. While it may be tempting to take a lot of your belongings with you to treatment, we recommend that you bring only what you need and leave the rest at home. This helps you feel less overwhelmed about having to prepare to come to treatment.
WHAT TO BRING FOR TREATMENT
For your personal safety and the safety of other clients at Resurgence, we enforce a strict policy as to what can be brought to treatment. During the admission process, you will be greeted by the admissions team, who will perform a thorough inspection of all your belongings to determine if prohibited items are not present. Additionally, belongings will be cataloged to ensure they are not left behind after the discharge process has occurred.
What Types of Clothing Can be Worn?
We have a dress code at Resurgence, so we recommend that you bring clothing that can be easily layered and season appropriate. Please don’t bring clothing that may require special care. It is best to pack clothing that can be worn over a total of seven days. These items may include:
- A bathrobe
- 2 business casual or dressy outfits (required for special events)
- Tennis shoes, slippers or flip flops
- One belt
- Comfortable leisurewear
- Lightweight jacket or coat
- Jeans or pants
What Types of Personal Hygiene Items are Allowed?
We recommend that you bring a minimum of thirty days of beauty and toiletry products. All items must be alcohol free and non-aerosol. The following items are allowed:
- Body/face lotion
- Feminine hygiene products
- Products for hairstyling
- Shaving cream
- Shampoo and conditioner
What Types of Personal Items Can I Bring?
- Cash – A minimum of $50 – $100 in small bills
- Credit or debit card and/or checkbook
- Stamps and envelopes
- Medical insurance card
- Cell phone
- Journal or notebook
- Current medical prescription (item must be in the original bottle with unaltered label).
- List of correct medication dosage
- Alarm clock with no radio
- Jewelry (watch and/or wedding ring). Please leave items of great value at home
- List of contact information of healthcare professionals, sponsors and loved ones.
- Personal photos to be kept in your wallet or room
- Magazines and paperback books (these are much easier to carry than hardcover books)
What Items are Not Permitted?
- Sheer or stomach bearing clothing
- Inappropriate clothing containing alcohol, drug or political logos
- Mini or micro skirts or shorts
- Tight-fitting clothing
- Toiletries or cosmetics that contain alcohol
- Nail glue, nail polish remover or nail polish
- Nail files, utility or pocket knives
- Products containing caffeine such as energy drinks, energy pills, weight loss/weight gain supplements or over-the-counter products
- Perfume, after shave, cologne or hair sprays containing alcohol
Upon arrival, the following items will be cataloged, collected and turned over to the Center Admissions staff and will be returned to you upon discharge:
- Products containing alcohol
- Credit and bank cards
- Items of high value
The goal at Resurgence is help you stay sober for the rest of your life. By cooperating with these guidelines, you can set the foundation for your treatment plan and demonstrate your willingness to participate in your journey to recovery.
HOW DO WE HANDLE SUPPORT GROUPS AND AFTERCARE PLANNING AT RESURGENCE?
WE KNOW THAT A SOLID AFTERCARE PLAN IS CRITICAL FOR LONG-TERM ABSTINENCE. From Day One, we approach aftercare as an extremely important part of your treatment.
OUR APPROACH IS INTEGRATED, WHICH MEANS WE OFFER BOTH FAITH-BASED (12 STEPS) OR EVIDENCE BASED (SMART RECOVERY) SUPPORT GROUPS IN-HOUSE AND IN THE COMMUNITY.
You will be exposed to both types of support groups while you are at Resurgence, and you’ll be required to attend meetings for both. Once you leave treatment, you’ll have a good understanding of what appeals to you in terms of support groups.
EITHER WAY, EVERY MEMBER OF OUR STAFF IS TRAINED IN, AND SUPPORTIVE OF, ALL KINDS OF ADDICTION SUPPORT GROUPS.