Drug and alcohol abuse can take a heavy toll on the person battling addiction and those around them. Beating addiction takes a lot of time, willpower, effort, and most of all support. There are several steps involved with addiction treatment, and knowing what to expect might be the motivation needed to seek help. We will cover the five stages of addiction treatment and recovery that will be encountered on the road to sobriety.

Stages Of Addiction Treatment

#1 Recognizing That A Problem Exists

The first step in getting help with addiction is recognizing that there is a problem. Many people will abuse drugs, sex, or alcohol but not understand that they suffer from addiction (Substance Abuse Counseling). Being told by others may alert a person that their behavior is out of control, but this is not the same as recognition. A self-diagnosis or understanding by the person battling with addiction is needed in order to move forward.

Admitting that there is a problem is usually triggered by hitting rock bottom or some other crisis. This moment causes the person struggling with addiction to come to terms with their condition. It can be something as simple as getting in a car accident or as complex as losing the love and support of those around them. This wake-up call erases the delusion that they have everything under control and forces them to admit that they need help. Understanding the need for help and actually breaking an addiction is not the same.

#2 Getting Addiction Treatment

The next step in addiction treatment is reaching out for help. Usually, a person will tell a friend or family member they need help and then seek professional guidance. In some cases, a person may seek out help on their own without informing anyone in their life. The best form of addiction treatment is a professional addiction rehab program. An addiction treatment center will offer specialized services and mental health support that will allow a person to confront their specific addictions. Some people may suffer from multiple addictions at once, all of which can be treated in a rehab center.

Treatment initiation is the second, but most important step in addiction treatment. Sometimes receiving treatment is voluntary, but in many cases, circumstances make it mandatory. Many addicts are forced into treatment due to a court order, or by their family. The beginning is always the hardest with addicts feeling hurt, ambivalent, or even combative about the need for addiction treatment.

#3 Abstinence

After making the choice of entering an addiction treatment program, the third stage will begin. This is the stage of withdrawal and abstinence from the target of your addiction. This is usually a very difficult step because the body will send intense signals of cravings. Your thoughts or psychological dependence is as hard to beat as the physical cravings. Some people try to go through withdrawal on their own but often relapse when this stage gets too tough.

There are many challenges when abstaining from addiction. There are social and mental triggers to navigate as well as social pressure to engage. Being in a treatment facility during this stage will limit access and triggers which will further help break the cycle of addiction. The specialist at the addiction center will work with addicts to learn coping mechanisms and help them to lead a healthier lifestyle.

#4 Maintaining Sobriety

Battling addiction is a lifelong process. The first part of this process is usually undertaken with the help of an addiction treatment specialist. Once your first three months of treatment pass without relapse, the treatment will move on to continuing sobriety. For those who chose an in-patient addiction program, this will be the point at which release to a halfway house, sober living facility, or a person’s own home will occur.

Counseling and group meetings are an important part of these steps. This will help recovering addicts to maintain abstinence, resist temptation, and hopefully avoid a relapse. Aftercare meetings will help addicts learn how to navigate difficult areas in their life that led to the initial addiction. This may also include anger management, proper health maintenance, and even employment skills.

#5 Long Term Recovery

The last stage of treatment is the long-term recovery phase. After multiple years of sobriety, a person will have acquired the skills and the tools to resist temptation. Most people who are able to abstain from their addictions for at least five years will generally be able to prevent relapsing. It is suggested that a person in recovery always attend group sessions and maintain contact with a mentor in order to help stay on the straight and narrow. Learning new activities to replace the addiction is another fulfilling way addicts are able to maintain their recovery. With effort, support, and a bit of struggle, living a life free of addiction is within reach.

SAGE Counseling Omaha

At SAGE Counseling Omaha, our primary focus is on helping you to get the support and treatment that you need as you move forward. We all experience challenges that are often too difficult to work through on their own, and we are here to support you during these tough times.

When you connect with our compassionate counseling team, you can rest assured that you will receive the individualized care that you need. Contact us today. For approved clients, we are able to utilize telehealth services through our HIPAA compliant virtual software.