Okay, so you’ve realized that you have a problem with addiction. Now it’s time to seek treatment. While entering a treatment program may seem intimidating, the truth is that it’s the best way to achieve long-term recovery from substance abuse. It’s also important to realize that modern addiction treatment is not a “one size fits all” approach. Instead, today’s facilities (like Enlight Treatment Center in Moorpark, CA) offer numerous approaches. These different options allow you to tailor your experience to be as effective as possible. With the right treatment, long-term sobriety is a real, reachable goal.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment
One of the biggest things you will need to decide upfront is whether you want inpatient or outpatient treatment. Both have the common goal of detox and recovery, but they go about it in different ways. Outpatient treatment allows you to come in for sessions during the day and return home at night, often working around your daily schedule. While this may be desirable for many people, it is not the right choice for all. When going through addiction recovery, it is crucial to focus on yourself and what you hope to gain out of your sobriety. This can be challenging when you do not give yourself the right amount of space from your old life. Furthermore, it is important for the initial stages of treatment to be monitored by qualified medical staff for safety. Many “outpatient” facilities still start out with short terms of inpatient care as a result.
For this reason, inpatient treatment is the more effective choice for most. This is especially true when it comes to detox (more on that in a moment) and the initial stages of treatment. This form of treatment involves being admitted to a rehab facility with medical staff on hand, giving you a space to renew yourself in peace. Inpatient treatment allows you to free yourself from outside distractions and really focus on getting better. Inpatient treatment is also more intensive and provides closer, more personal care.
You’ve probably heard that admitting you have a problem is the first step towards recovery. This is true, but the next — and arguably most important — step is actually entering addiction treatment and going through detox. This is where you actually cease your drug abuse (or other substance abuse) and allow your body to go through withdrawal. The detox stage is crucial because drug and alcohol addictions manifest themselves physically. The human body becomes dependent on these substances and even relies on them to feel “normal”. Unfortunately, these same substances also have a negative impact on the liver, blood, kidneys, skin, and more. Because of the physical effects, the detox stage often comes with some unpleasant symptoms as a result of withdrawal. It is therefore important to have qualified medical staff assisting you along the way.
For this reason alone, an inpatient detox process is usually the best choice for someone who is looking to stop using drugs or alcohol. Now, the specific options available to you will largely depend on the type of addiction you have. Those who have been using more intense classes of substances for longer periods of time will need closer medical attention. The detox process may also last longer in these cases.
Keep in mind that as intimidating as the detox process may seem, it is only temporary. Withdrawal symptoms are just a result of the body ridding itself of the toxins it has become accustomed to, and with time you will feel healthier and more alert.
The detox process alone is reason enough for medical treatment as part of your treatment. For example, some patients may be at risk of seizures during withdrawal that require the help of experienced detox medical staff.
Even if you do not feel like you are at particular risk for health concerns during your addiction treatment, it is still a good idea to choose a rehab facility with Incidental Medical Services or IMS. These medical services focus primarily on health issues related to addiction and detox, and they are a lifeline if emergencies arise. And in non-emergency cases, medical care during addiction treatment can still help you get through the process as smoothly as possible.
When looking at drug abuse treatment options, it’s easy to focus on the early stages of breaking your physical addiction. But as important as these early stages are, the truth is that they are only the beginning. Incorporating a detailed aftercare program into your treatment plan will be pivotal in ensuring your sobriety for years to come.
A good aftercare program focuses on your new sober life and what you hope to gain from it. For many people, the freedom from addiction means the ability to focus on new hobbies and dreams, reconnecting with loved ones and just getting a new lease on life. Perhaps most importantly, your aftercare treatment program should also help you develop the confidence to turn down future opportunities for substance abuse.
We’re Here for You
At Enlight Treatment Center, we’re committed to helping individuals from all walks of life beat addiction. We work with clients suffering from a wide range of substance abuse issues as well as those with gambling addictions. We invite you to reach out to us to learn more about our program and the treatment options available to you.