What to Consider When Selecting a Drug and Alcohol Detox Center
November 21, 2019
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You’ve taken the first step towards recovery: admitting you have a problem.

Now what?

Get ready for the long, challenging, but very rewarding journey that you are embarking on.

Seek Alcohol Addiction Treatment

You do not have to be alone on this journey to recovery. Call an addiction hotline or reach out directly to an alcohol detox and recovery program. Trained professionals can help you have the best chance of getting and staying sober. 

The recovery process can include a variety of treatment methods including detox, medication, inpatient rehab, outpatient treatment, therapy, and continuing care. You and your loved ones most likely have a lot of questions about what to expect once you start this journey.

Alcohol Detox

Once you have admitted you have a drinking problem, next, you need to detox. Detox means abstaining from drinking any alcohol and allowing the drug to leave your system. During detox, you will experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms ranging from fever and nausea to tremors and even possibly seizures. 

Due to the unpredictability and possible side effects, the best place to detox is at a detox center with a wide range of trained professionals from doctors to therapists. 

Your loved ones might want to help, but remind them that they can help by supporting you in going to a detox facility and being there for you after. This is going to be a long road ahead and they will have lots of opportunities to help.

Prepare for Various Methods of Treatment

As mentioned previously, there are a lot of different treatment methods, and each person’s treatment path might look different. 

When you hear the term medical detox, this is referring to detox with the presence of medical professionals and the availability of medical intervention. This includes but is not limited to: the use of medications, medical monitoring, IV fluids, and nutritional supplements.

During detox, your doctor or psychiatrist may prescribe medications to help manage both the physical and psychological effects of recovery. However, your physical symptoms of detox may subside while psychological ones continue to manifest. Medication can be prescribed to help with these symptoms as well as co-occurring disorders.

In addition to the presence of medical staff and interventions, therapy is crucial to long term sobriety. Get ready to talk about what you are going through and how you got to where you are. 

Therapy could mean one-on-one counseling, group therapy, family therapy, or a combination. Building an open and honest line of communication with your therapist and your loved ones might not come easy for you, but it is going to be important when it comes to rebuilding relationships.

Keep in mind that you may be in treatment for 3 weeks or 3 months. You and your treatment center will work together to determine the best treatment recovery plan to ensure success and reduce the risk or relapse. 

Life After Treatment

Once you have completed your treatment program, get ready for a lifetime of work. Outpatient programs are typically designed to help you apply what you learn at an inpatient program to real life. However, you can never be prepared completely for the unpredictability of life and addiction.

You might relapse. You might not. Whatever happens, rely on your support systems and never give up on yourself. If you want to get sober, give Compass Detox a call to get started on the road to recovery. Call us today at (800) 263-3869.

Brooks V.
Brooks V.
Brooks has been a freelance journalist for the better part of two decades, as well as spending a decade as a crisis intervention counselor. Through his own work and researching the work of others throughout the many facets of the detox, crisis intervention, and mental health worlds he has been able to tell the stories of those worlds in an effort to help addicts and those with mental illnesses understand and navigate them.