Many people assume that coming off of drugs/alcohol is as simple as stopping their substance use….
There is a difference between an individual who is drug dependent and an individual who is a drug addict. For example, substance dependency is when a doctor prescribes pain medication for legitimate reasons and the individual continues to take them as prescribed. When the doctor terminates the prescription, the person is able to slowly taper off of the medication. A drug addict on the other hand, has crossed that ‘invisible line’ and is unable to follow the doctor’s order and stop a medication. The addict will run out of medication and resort to other means, often illegal, to obtain more and more drugs.
For those who are substance dependent, they are likely to succeed in home detox because they don’t abuse their medication. They can remain in the comfort of their home and go about their daily lives.
For the drug addicts or alcoholics, they lose the power of choice once the first substance is ingested. Those individuals will likely have tried to stop using or drinking on their own, only to find themselves back in active addiction within a short period of time.
Benefits of attending a residential detox facility are:
1. Structure. Residential programs aim to give little free time for the addict to contemplate how to get or use drugs/alcohol. Idle time is the addict’s enemy.
2. Removal of Negative Influences. Inpatient facilities limits phone calls and visitation which keeps people insulated from those who may trigger their addiction.
3. Constant Support. Residential detox programs over the benefit of 24-hour medical and psychological support from staff.
4. No Access. There are no alcohol or drugs on the premises of inpatient facilities. Easy access to relapse is removed.
5. Medical Supervision. Withdrawal from certain substances can have potential lethal consequences without medical support. Depending on the length of addiction and the substance used, you many need medical monitoring and pharmaceutical assistance.
6. Focus on Self. There are no outside distractions or stresses.
7. Camaraderie. Friendships develop and help prevent feelings of loneliness and isolation which can destroy someone’s attempt at recovery.
8. Variety of Therapeutic Options. Alternative therapeutic options such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture and massage may be healthy outlets for stresses once intensive detox is complete.
9. Nutritional Assistance. Eating well can help clear the mind and support the body through the initial detox phases and clients don’t have to worry about preparing their own meals.
For more information on residential detox, please contact Revive Detox at (844) 467-3848.
Dr. Ronaye Calvert-Conley is the CEO and Founder of Revive Detox, a Joint Commission Accredited and Legit Script Certified Addiction Treatment Center in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in Los Angeles in 2007 and has extensive experience working in the addiction and recovery field and the LGBT community. To learn more about Dr. Calvert-Conley click here.
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