While detoxing from addictive substances is an important component of addiction treatment, it is only the beginning when it comes to achieving sobriety. Creating a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan that includes continuing care is necessary to successfully achieve sobriety and leave behind a life of addiction.
Beginning addiction treatment
When a person begins addiction treatment, the first thing that will happen is a clinical assessment. During a clinical assessment, you will be asked questions about your medical history, family history, significant life events, and your history of drug or alcohol abuse. This is so the doctor or psychologist in charge of your care can establish an addiction treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs.
After a qualified mental health professional has conducted a thorough clinical assessment, medical care, such as supervised medical detoxification, will take place. This can happen at a hospital, outpatient or inpatient facility, or residential program facility.
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What happens after detox?
Detox is just the beginning of addiction treatment. Based on the results of your clinical assessment, a treatment plan will be created that addresses your specific needs. The treatment plan will include your goals, activities or steps you need to take to achieve those goals, and may also include a timeframe for achieving your goals. It will also lay out what you need to do to achieve and maintain sobriety. Your plan may change over time depending on how your treatment progresses.
A treatment plan can include:
- Medication that can help you maintain abstinence
- Behavioral therapy for mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Group therapy
- Life skills training like employment skills, communication skills, stress management, and goal setting
- Participation in a self-help or support group like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous
- Relapse prevention training
- A continuing care plan that outlines follow-up visits for therapy and medication
The most important thing to remember is that addiction treatment never truly ends. Achieving sobriety and maintaining recovery is an ongoing, lifelong process that involves follow-up care.
Help is available. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) combines the most effective medications for addiction with the most effective behavioral therapies to treat substance abuse. MAT is the safest and most effective option for recovery.
Medication assisted treatment in Central Florida can be found at our counseling centers in Kissimmee, St. Cloud, or Longwood. You can learn more about MAT or find a treatment center near you here.
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