Benefiting From Sobriety After Detox
California detox centers specialize in providing supervised, comfortable detoxes in their inpatient programs. What happens after someone is released from an inpatient detox center, though? That’s where good outpatient clinics take over the job of what is traditionally known as aftercare in rehabilitation circles.
Inpatient treatment sometimes precedes outpatient treatment. This gives a client the opportunity to benefit from intensive inpatient programs like dual diagnosis therapy sessions, group meetings, peer support, and 24-7 observation by staff. They become familiar with a program of recovery and then are able to build on that when they’re back home. Thanks to the terrific outpatient programs available, Sober Living Pasadena programs are spread out all across the city for convenience. Whether it’s intensive outpatient therapy or simply 12-step group meetings, there’s always somewhere to turn on the outside, too.
Types of outpatient programs
Just like therapy on the inside, outpatient therapy sessions are enormously beneficial to addicts or alcoholics who have undergone inpatient therapy. While you start over new with another counselor, you still can build on the progress you’ve made. Normally they will have a record of your therapy sessions during inpatient treatment, so that they can continue to build on your success from there. They’ll be familiar with any major mental health issues, your history of substance abuse, and anything else that staff noticed in the inpatient facility. During aftercare, you’ll usually be referred to an outside therapist to continue your relapse prevention program. They may refer to to group meetings that will also help.
There’s much more than just 12-step meetings. Many counseling centers have a large number of group meetings for addicts and alcoholics to benefit from. If an addict or alcoholic suffers from an underlying mental illness, there’s usually a group meeting that will give them the education and support they need to begin overcoming those additional obstacles. And of course, 12-step meetings and other substance abuse meetings can help you learn more about addiction and how to prevent relapse.
Sometimes when someone is suffering from very advanced addiction or alcoholism, their personal life has taken a lot of damage. This means they might be homeless, struggle with maintaining a job during active addiction, or often run low on food and the necessities of life. There are many financial resources that counselors can refer a recovering substance abuse client to that will put them in touch with people who can help. Some of these services help recovering clients find jobs in their community, find resources for free meals in the community, or find ways to make them feel like they’re a bigger part of the community, such as volunteer programs that help addicts and alcoholics give back to the community during their recovery.
Inpatient treatment may be a first stop, but it’s not unusual for intensive outpatient treatment to work for some people. Speaking with a substance abuse counselor to determine the extent of the substance abuse problem is a helpful first step toward getting well. Be open and honest with the counselor about the severity of the problem, and don’t hesitate to let them know why you’re having difficulty maintaining sobriety. They truly care about you and treat addicts and alcoholics with a great deal of compassion. That’s their job. It’s not to judge but to direct people to resources that will help them get out of the situation they’ve found themselves in.
Whether you enter an inpatient program first and then go to outpatient treatment, or you go straight to outpatient resources and find that they work for you, the important part is that you’re seeking help. Asking for help is always the first step in getting well. Until an addict or alcoholic admits that there’s a problem and that they need help, there’s nothing they or anyone else can do to get well. Many will struggle to get sober and fail, feeling like it’s their own fault, and sinking deeper into the pit of addiction or alcoholism. Others will wisely reach out for help and find that it is out there in the form of both inpatient treatment centers and compassionate outpatient care. Therapy, group meetings, peer support, and financial resources are waiting out there for anyone who wants to recover from addiction or alcoholism.