Have you made it through various stages of addiction? All along, you thought you had things under control. However, you were wrong. Now, you’re struggling with a substance abuse problem that’s getting bigger.
Recognizing the Stages of Addiction
For most people, addiction starts slowly. You’re experimenting with a drug or alcohol. Maybe you have an underlying condition that this substance helps. Because you think that the drug will scratch the itch, you keep taking it. Initially, your plan works.
Then your body develops a tolerance to the substance. Tolerance means that you have to take more to get the same effect. It’s not unusual for that to happen. However, you didn’t expect it to be so soon.
You eventually reach a tipping point. You wake up to withdrawal symptoms. You no longer take the substance for the high. Instead, you take it to feel normal. Similarly, you rely on the drug to make the physical pain and discomfort go away.
Escaping from the Vicious Cycle of Drug Abuse
Just as there are stages of addiction, there are also stages of recovery. Almost all people who visit the Liberty Bay Recovery Center start addiction recovery with detoxification. Detox is the process that breaks the physical dependency.
It takes about five to 10 days for detox to run its course. You check in with the drug still in your system. Our therapists then guide you through the signs of withdrawal with medication-assisted treatment. This modality ensures that you don’t feel pain. Besides that, it helps with controlling the cravings that can feel overwhelming.
After about a week or so, you wake up and no longer experience the withdrawal symptoms. You’ve broken the physical hold the drug had on you. Now’s the time to start clinical care, which is rehab.
Rehab is an Essential Aspect of Kicking a Drug Habit
You feel so much better after detox that there’s the temptation to quit treatment. Don’t do it. The mental hold the drug has on you is still there. If you don’t go through the clinical stages of recovery, you may relapse. That’s why therapists will customize your clinical set of addiction treatment services.
A case in point is cognitive-behavioral therapy. It’s a process that encourages the development of healthy coping skills. Throughout one-on-one sessions and group therapy meetings, you focus on the connections between thoughts, feelings, and actions. When there’s dysfunction, you can correct it.
A related treatment is dialectical behavior therapy. In this care approach, you learn how to deal with intense emotions in situations you can’t change. Therefore, you need to adjust your coping mechanisms for these instances. When you do so, you won’t fall victim to emotions that run rampant any longer.
Motivational interviewing is a treatment that works when you have some ambivalence about finishing the care process. Typically, this ambivalence happens in the middle of clinical care. That’s because you have a difficult time envisioning living sober. Most importantly, you might hit a snag and feel that there’s no way out. This treatment helps you stay on track and continue care.
To motivate you further, therapists may also consider engaging you in contingency management. Therapists design it to show you how far you’ve already come. At the same time, they help you build motivation by rewarding your adherence to the care protocol.
No matter which of the stages of addiction you are at, we want to help you overcome it. Of course, before you can overcome any addiction, you have to sign up for recovery. Connect with the Liberty Bay Recovery Center by dialing 855.607.8758 now.