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Drug and substance addiction affect millions of people in the U.S. It is one of the most difficult things a person can go through. However, treatment is available, and recovery is possible.

Many people often do not understand that addiction is a chronic mental health condition, just like any physical health problem or diseases such as diabetes or epilepsy.

While addiction can be treated and managed, cravings may be prevalent throughout the recovery process and even much later.

This is why addiction must be properly treated and managed with medical detoxification, psychotherapy, counseling, and sometimes pharmaceutical intervention.

These forms of addiction treatment are provided by a licensed mental health care professional, such as psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and psychiatric nurses.

Typically, only professionals with a Doctor of Medicine can prescribe medication. However, in some states, psychologists can prescribe medication as needed. For a more likely chance of successful recovery, having a support team is highly beneficial.

A support team can consist of mental health professionals, specialists, family, friends, and even support groups of individuals who are experiencing recovery.

Recovery is an ongoing process that requires continuous treatment and management so that sobriety is maintained.

The First Step: Treatment at Drug Rehabilitation

Drug rehabilitation centers offer a variety of treatment modalities specific to each individual. This typically includes the whole health recovery for addiction.

Drug and alcohol dependency are often treated at substance abuse treatment centers or rehabilitation facilities.

Several modalities of treatment are developed specifically to each individual’s dependency and his or her needs for the most effective path to recovery.

Mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and nurses provide treatment such as medical detoxification, individual and group therapy, skills and coping management, and medication management.

Individuals can also be treated for a variety of mental health conditions in addition to substance abuse and addiction. Individuals who are diagnosed with a mental health condition and addiction are considered to be dually diagnosed.

The most effective model of treatment for dual diagnosis is the integrated dual disorder treatment. It is a dynamic model of psychotherapy specifically developed to treat multiple occurring disorders.

Most substance abuse treatment centers provide outpatient and inpatient services.

An individual receiving outpatient services does not require him or her to remain at the center at all times.

The individual will attend treatment services at the substance abuse center a determined number of times per week.

An individual receiving inpatient services requires him or her to remain at the center for the duration of his or her treatment.

What is Addiction Aftercare?

Approximately, 40% to 60% of individuals who have recovered from drug addiction will relapse after receiving treatment. However, relapse does not indicate failure of recovery because recovery is a lifelong process that differs among each individual.

People recover from addiction in different ways and at their timing. Relapse is common and usually occurs within the first few months after receiving treatment. While this is not always the case, it is a common occurrence.

An addiction aftercare plan can support a recovering individual during this difficult transition into the real world. It is a great and effective adaption tool.

Addiction aftercare is a support plan that is designed and followed by an individual recovering from drug addiction to prevent relapse and achieve life goals.

Addiction aftercare plans include many components such as interventions, resources, and activities specifically developed to assist a recovering individual healthily cope with cravings, anxiety, and triggers.

Triggers are stimuli associated with an individual that cause distress and the temptation to use drugs. Each addiction aftercare support plan is unique to each individual’s needs and goals.

Developing an addiction aftercare plan is essential to many recovering individuals upon completing treatment at a rehab center.

Common Components of Addiction Aftercare Programs:

  • Attending addiction support groups
  • Involvement in rehab center alumni program
  • Living with a trusted and supportive family or friends during transition
  • Seek resources in the community for relapse prevention
  • Participating in a 12-step program such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
  • Finding a responsible sober sponsor and other sober individuals to associate in the support system
  • Continuing psychotherapy sessions and psychiatric appointments

How To Avoid Triggers

1. Identify Your Triggers

Each individual has a trigger specific to him or her. These triggers are a deterrent in the path of recovery. Identifying and understanding what triggers you to want to use substances will help you find ways to avoid them.

When identifying your triggers, you must consider factors such as what situations present an increased desire to use drugs, what times do you think about using drugs, and people, situations, or even mediums such as music, films, and other forms of entertainment.

2. Avoid People and Situations Where Substances Are Involved

When you had an addiction, you may have had a circle or community of friends or associates that you shared the drug culture and life with. Avoiding these groups of people will help reduce the desire to use drugs again.

The temptation may be great if you are surrounded by people who use substances or are in an environment where substance use is prevalent, such as bars, clubs, and raves.

3. Manage Stress

Stress can be a major trigger and a major cause as to why an individual chooses to use drugs. It is a maladaptive coping mechanism that may temporarily relieve the discomfort of stress.

However, this leads to further substance abuse and more problems than it solves. Finding healthy ways to manage your stress may greatly reduce your desire to use drugs.

4. Use Your Support Team

Your support team is a positive force in your life that wishes to see you succeed in your recovery. If you ever feel that you cannot avoid a trigger or cravings seem overwhelming, call your support team to help you abstain from using.

Make sure your support team is responsible and sober or supports your sobriety by not influencing you in any way to partake in substance use.

5. Keep Yourself Busy

Boredom or a lack of activity can be a trigger that tempts you to resort back to a drug habit. Keeping busy with activities or hobbies that interest you will help keep your mind off of using drugs.

Finding something worthwhile to you is important because it gives you a chance to express yourself creatively.

Some common activities to explore are biking, exercising, writing, reading, yoga, and community voluntary work.

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Reach Out and Receive Treatment Today

Do not wait any further! Help is available to you when you need it. You are not alone in this struggle.

The trained professionals at Resurgence Behavioral Health genuinely care about you and dedicate their lives to make sure you can live yours.

To overcome substance addiction, proper drug therapy treatment is required.

It is not an easy walk, but our treatment is the best option when it comes to your health. We provide the most professional treatment to give you a fighting chance in a rough battle.

Let today be the day you reach out to Resurgence Behavioral Health so that you can begin to reclaim the life you have been missing!

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