You have told your self that you can stop, that it is not a problem, that it is just one more time, yet you find yourself once again returning to your old comfort. On one hand it seems like an escape, but on the other hand it is destroying you and those around you. Drug addiction is a complicated and debilitative disease, and while it might be tempting to tell yourself that you can do it on your own, drug rehabilitation and therapy is a long arduous process that cannot be tackled alone. It is also not a one-size-fits all solution, and different therapies work for different people.
The most important first step is detoxification. During this process, your body cleans itself of harmful toxins under medical supervision. In this phase, medication may be used to help address withdrawal symptoms, preventing cravings and relapse. While detoxing is an important initial step, it is only the first step. Addiction most frequently stems from social, behavioral and psychological issues that continue to exist after your system has eliminated any trace of drugs. Therefore, additional therapies are necessary.
Long-term residential treatment offers around the clock care and therapy for 6-12 months. During this time, patients are encouraged to confront destructive emotions and behaviors and address their root causes. There are various activities that help patients take personal responsibility and develop important self-awareness. The comprehensive approach of this model can substantially help with the social transition after addiction.
Short-term residential treatments are shorter programs that run from 6-8 weeks. The program is typically based on a 12-step model that also fosters self-responsibility and acceptance. The program is a good start, but it should be followed by outpatient therapy that can help address social and psychological needs during the transition out of addiction.
Finally, outpatient treatment is ideal for those with full-time jobs and/or those with a solid support system. This method covers a wider range of approaches from group therapy to intensive day treatment. For most addictions, outpatient treatment should follow residential treatments. However, this method is cheaper and may be more practical for some individuals.
Each form of therapy can begin to make a major difference in coping with your addiction, and overall the most important first step is asking for help.