Detox. What’s next?
One thing that must be understood is that detox from drugs or alcohol is NOT recovery from addiction. Detox is the vital start to the process but it is just that, it is the beginning. After people finish a drug detox program, they will experience a powerful mix of emotions. They include hope, anticipation, fear, grief and anger, and these feelings will be intense, and it is why people should look to admission to a long term rehab immediately. Rehab looks at changing the habits, behaviour and thought patterns that fed addiction.
People will ask “What’s next?” or “Is this It?”. Every addicted person can stop using or drinking and detox will help do that. The trick is to stay stopped. Very often people report that life is now so boring. I have no hobbies. The day is too long. What they mean is that they have been so used to living on the raw edge of chaos and unmanageability, and now that life is so normal, they have difficulty living in their own skins. They go back to creating their chaotic lifestyle, so that they remain busy and keep themselves away from themselves.
Rehab is to help cope with the stressors and social situations of the real world, and at the same time, your loved ones can learn how to help you avoid a relapse by attending counselling sessions and support groups on addiction and recovery from it. The more intensive the psychological treatment is to help you after detox, the greater your chances of staying clean and sober. Every addicted person can stop using, few can stay stopped without rehab recovery program and that is why people continue to recycle themselves through detox with no follow up. All addiction and mental health professional agree that detox in itself isn’t a long-term solution for addiction. Detox is but the first step in a recovery and healing process that will last a lifetime. If you’re committed to building a stable, sober future, rehabilitation is the best way to go about creating the life you want.
All of the recognised professional associations throughout the world advise that individuals who attend a long-term treatment program are more likely to stay clean than those who don’t. In fact, reports are that addicts/alcoholics who go through detox without any rehab treatment are almost as likely to relapse as those who don’t go through detox at all. A sobering thought.!
Right now, the court system and detoxes are log jammed with people (mainly in their 20’s) who are severely addicted to ice and there is next to no opportunities available to them to show them a way out of their addiction and into a life of meaning and purpose. An addicted head cannot make a non-addicted decision. People need to be in a place of safety, which buys time for drug hunger to cease and thus give people the ability to make a non-addicted decision. Treatment cannot proceed until this phase is complete. What is needed is a Continuum of Care, and I will describe this next. Clients MUST have 3 months to settle the brain and to allow stabilisation to kick in.