HOW TO GET AND STAY SOBER
11 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIFELONG RECOVERY
When a patient enters a drug rehabilitation facility, they are often in crisis. There may be serious legal, physical, or psychological issues that have come to a head. In the standard rehab parlance, the addict has hit their bottom and there seems to be little other choices but to enter rehab. In these stressful situations, the primary focus may be on simply living another day, or pleasing the court system, or avoiding some terrible consequence. “How To Get and Stay Sober | 11 Things You Need To Know About Lifelong Recovery” helps to outline the recovery process from making the decision to maintaining lifelong sobriety.
Sobriety is a long-term proposition that encompasses far more than cleaning out one’s system of drugs and alcohol. The long-term goal of rehabilitation is to learn to live a fulfilling life without using and abusing drugs and alcohol. That often means coming to terms with the causes and conditions that led to the drastic abuse in the first place. Keep reading “11 Things You Need To Know About Getting and Staying Sober” to learn more about achieving lifelong recovery.
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1. Make the Decision to Get Sober.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. This is your first step. It’s difficult to admit defeat and realize that you were trounced by drugs and alcohol. It takes great bravery and you are brave. Once you name the problem you’re well on the way to defeating it for good.
2. Pick a Treatment Center.
There are many options for addicts in these situations. Many enter sober houses where they live a sober lifestyle alongside their peers. Others return home to their families and attend weekly meetings with counselors and/or their favorite 12 step group. KLEAN’s outpatient care is a perfect solution. We offer one-on-one counseling, group therapy, or family sessions for those in recovery.
For those who want a more intensive experience, KLEAN’s inpatient program will help you break through the internal barriers that have been holding you back. You’ll be immersed in recovery 24/7, building a strong foundation that you can carry over into an outpatient treatment program, and your life beyond.
3. Make the Call.
When you call, a KLEAN representative will help you understand the various levels of care we offer and what type of treatment you need. They can help you find an interventionist, in case you are a family member. They also will discuss insurance and payment options. If you’re ready, KLEAN will discuss practical matters such as travel to the facility and the dates you are expected to arrive.
Upon your arrival, KLEAN’s staff of professionals will greet you and help you ease into the process. You will undergo an intake process where we will evaluate your health, your patterns of drug use, and even your family history, among many other items. Finally, you will tour the facility and have time to acclimate.
Once you’ve been admitted, you will need to detoxify your body from all the toxins associated with years of drug and/or alcohol abuse. KLEAN’s top staff will assure that this process is as smooth and comfortable as possible. Whether you’re coming in for alcohol, heroin, or benzodiazepine detoxification, you are in capable hands. Soon, you’ll be ready to start the recovery journey.
6. Inpatient/Residential Care.
KLEAN’s inpatient treatment offers you the opportunity to explore yourself and life in ways you may not have ever considered before. You will find a structured, regimented environment where you will attend classes and counseling sessions. You will also find that KLEAN’s treatment is tailored to meet your needs. After all, you need to face personal issues. We are here to help you walk through those personal fires for the first 90 days, and beyond.
In 1999, a study showed that the 30-day model is ineffective if a person wishes to attain and maintain any long-term sobriety. In fact, the real tipping point seems to be 90 days. In the study, patients who spent 90 or more days saw a 17% occurrence of drug use in the following year. By contrast, those who spent 90 or fewer days showed twice the rate of relapse. After 90 days, patient success increased along with an increased duration of rehabilitation. KLEAN’s dedicated staff will help you make the commitment you need.
7. Outpatient Care.
Most rehab programs are 30 days. Even assuming the patient has completed a detoxification program prior to admittance, 30 days is not long enough to undo what is often a lifetime of bad choices, maladaptive solutions, and cyclical patterns that have crystallized into lifestyles. KLEAN’s outpatient programs will help you work on recovery for a full 90 days so you can thoroughly untie the knots that bound you for so long.
Our outpatient programs are designed to help you learn about yourself, your disease, and your personal path to recovery. This format allows you to continue working and living with your family, and you can come back to the center and process whatever issues arose in the “real world.”
8. Customized Outpatient Treatment.
Some of our patients have special needs and we work to accommodate their individual paths to recovery. That is, you might be a professional who has special requirements you need to meet to satisfy your licensure board. Alternatively, you might have special needs as a woman. No matter your particulars, our holistic outpatient programs keep you engaged with the outside world while helping you connect with your inside world.
9. Sober Living and its Benefits.
There is a reason why sobriety is so highly valued in our society. With a clear heart and mind, your life will take on new depth and meaning. You will have more and better fun than you ever had while using. More importantly, your family and other personal relationships will strengthen and deepen. You will be a better parent and employee. You might even pursue the career path you’ve always dreamed of. When you’re using, your options are limited. In sobriety, the sky is the limit.
You might be concerned about relapse. This is a healthy fear. In fact, many have relapsed, learned from the experience, and returned to treatment. You can, too. However, you can reduce your chances of relapse by staying focused on the present day, maintaining a grateful attitude, and working on your program.
Relapse is not the end. You can always start over. You can always change your life.
While you might not ever graduate from the processes you begin in treatment, your life will move on. You will face new challenges and experience new joys. As a recovered addict, it’s important to maintain a network of fellow travelers with whom you can share your life. KLEAN makes great effort to ensure that alumni keep in touch. There are monthly alumni events and you’ll surely maintain connections with fellow alums via social media, email, etc.
11. Working Recovery: Beyond Aftercare.
Once you’ve completed your inpatient or outpatient program, there is still work to be done. To fully recover, it takes a person 5 years. Therefore, we offer our free alumni program, as well as other services, such as transitional living. In a transitional living facility, you can work and interact with the world and yet have a safe, supportive home to return to. You might even get a job with KLEAN Cafe, a non-profit organization that provides jobs for recovering addicts and alcoholics, while donating proceeds to treatment scholarships.
Thank you for reading “How To Get And Stay Sober | 11 Things You Need to Know About Lifelong Recovery” We know that addiction is hard, but getting treatment doesn’t have to be. If you find you need help for drugs or alcohol abuse, you can call KLEAN at 855-774-7839 or text 310-401-0808 to speak with a KLEAN Treatment Advisor.
KLEAN Treatment Centers Contributing Writer – Hobie
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