When you decide to enter a professional drug or alcohol rehabilitation, you will experience stages that will teach you how to succeed in a clean and sober lifestyle.
There are four stages of alcohol and drug rehabilitation, which aim to teach the sufferer essential skills to cope and deal with everyday life, as well as effective therapies to treat co-occurring issues.
Recovery will be a lifelong process.
Alcohol rehabs are dedicated to your recovery. Not like you see on TV, they work on coping strategies and work with you to identify the co-occurring issues that drive you to drink in the first place.See: NHS vs private.
Stage 1: Treatment Initiation
Reaching out to rehab treatment centre is the first stage to rebuilding your life.
Whether you are forced into rehab or seek the help voluntarily your treatment will begin with a professional program that will outline your entire recovery process.
Within the first few days, or even hours of rehab you may experience second-thoughts about rehab, but this is a natural behaviour for an addict and it is understood.
But beware, this can be the first step in denial. Do not compare your condition to others, there’s a reason why you’re here.
Stage 2: Early Abstinence
Committing to continue your drug or alcohol programme will see you enter the second stage of treatment, which can be the most difficult.
This is because severe alcoholics and users may start to experience physical symptoms and withdrawals.
It will be here that your counsellor will work with you to teach you coping mechanisms on how to deal with these urges that will help you on the road to long-term abstinence.
It will be these tools that will help you throughout your recovery.
Stage 3: Maintaining Abstinence
After being abstinent for 90 days, you will move into this stage. You will now be able to continue your treatment as an outpatient.
The main focus of this stage is to avoid and try to prevent relapse. New coping skills and therapies will be introduced to improve your lifestyle and employment skills.
Stage 4: Advanced Recovery
Once you have been sober for five years, you will have been taught all the skills you need to achieve long-term abstinence.
Not only will remaining sober be easier to manage, but you will have the skills necessary to live a healthier life and become a productive, fully-functioning member of society.
Recovery is more than staying sober, it’s living well.
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