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Continued Care After Rehab

Posted by arizonarecover on January 16, 2020

Addiction recovery can be an extremely sensitive process. A person who has battled addiction and substance abuse knows just how difficult it is to abstain from habitual use. However, it is not their fault, their minds have been altered by the toxic chemicals in substances. These chemicals make it nearly impossible for a person to stop using their substance of choice. A person who habitually smokes marijuana or drinks alcohol becomes dependent on that substance and develops a tolerance. The tolerance makes them desire substances in higher doses to get the desired effects, leading to even greater addiction. 

Even after proper medical treatment and rehabilitation, the desire to use can linger for quite some time. Sometimes, these desires just never go away, which makes living a sober life extremely difficult for a former addict. However, there are ways to fight against these perpetual cravings. We suggest every former addict has continued care after their rehabilitation. In this article, we’re going to discuss what continued care after rehab can look like and how it can help curb these desires brought on by substance withdrawal. 

Life After Rehab

The first step in recovery is detox. The detox process helps eliminate the toxins that have built up in the brain from habitual substance use. During this stage of addiction recovery, withdrawal symptoms are at their most intense point. When a person has developed an addiction to a substance, withdrawing from it will cause some uncomfortable side-effects. Insomnia, nausea, vomiting, hot flashes, chills, uncontrollable muscle twitches, uncontrollable itching, and perpetual sweating are all common symptoms of withdrawal. These side-effects are the body’s way of trying to get a person to relapse so they can feel “normal” again. The body and mind have gotten so used to the feelings that drugs or alcohol create that being without those feelings seems outside the norm. Through medical detox, a person can be monitored by medical professionals and counselors in order to help them overcome the desire to give in to substance use. However, detox is not a full-proof method in eliminating the desire to use, it just launches a person into what life could be like without substances. 

Yes, the clouded mind becomes more clear once the toxins have left the system, but the lingering desires to use can stay long after detox. Because of this, former addicts are encouraged to then admit themselves into an addiction recovery facility. Most addiction recovery facilities offer inpatient and outpatient programs in Scottsdale. An inpatient program is highly beneficial for someone that has a hard time fighting off their desires for substance use. An inpatient program allows a person to live in a substance-free environment that is rid of any sort of external stimuli that may trigger them into substance abuse. Rehab centers can be expensive, which is why most people will only be admitted into these kinds of facilities for a month at a time. Though a month in rehab is good, if a person is not ready to leave and does not feel amply equipped to handle this new lifestyle on their own then they could be likely to relapse. This is where continued care comes in!

Continued Care

Life after rehab can be difficult to adjust to, you’re living by a whole new lifestyle. You can no longer resort to substances as a means of coping, having fun, or relaxing. The sober life is a life free of any substance and it can take some adjusting to after living a life dependent on drugs or alcohol. Because sobriety can be such a fragile thing, every former addict should have some form of continued care after detox and rehab. What does continued care after rehab look like? There are a number of options for recovering addicts to choose from, it’s entirely up to the individual to choose what works best for them. Let’s discuss some different forms of continued care any former addict can choose from: 

  • Outpatient Sessions: Outpatient programs are great for people who are unable to attend an inpatient rehab program in Arizona. These kinds of programs allow a person to live out their day-to-day lives, tend to their responsibilities, and still get the addiction recovery care they need. This can be great for someone who doesn’t quite feel ready to leave rehab yet but has to leave due to finances, responsibilities, etc.

  • Individual Counseling: If there are still unresolved issues that are lingering from past substance abuse, individual counseling is a great method for therapy. If there are still unresolved issues that may trigger a person into relapse, those issues need to be addressed and solved as soon as possible. Counselors can help a patient address these issues while also finding healthier ways of coping. This can also be a great way for a former addict to vent out any negative day-to-day grievances.
  • Group Counseling: Similar to individual counseling, group counseling puts a former addict in a group of peers that have all gone through similar struggles. Group counseling joins individuals in a community centered on relation and compassion. This can help a person feel less alone in their struggles to stay sober, a feeling most former addicts are familiar with. Group counseling can help them feel connected with something important, giving them purpose in their newfound sobriety.
  • Wellness Therapy: Outside of counseling, there are other more personal methods of therapy and self-care that a former addict can adopt. Wellness therapies help a person focus on self and what they need to do in order to feel mentally and physically at peace. Mindful meditation, recovery-based yoga, sound healing, sauna therapy, art therapy, music therapy, etc. are all about self-expression and finding ways to ease the mind. 

 

There are plenty of other options for continued care after rehab, but we wanted to highlight some of the most prominent ones. If you are someone who is recently out of rehab and are looking for ways to continue growing in your newfound life in sobriety, there are programs and counselors out there that can help with that. Reach out to a local rehab center today for more information. 

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