They always say that the first step on the long road to recovery from drug addiction is admitting you have a problem. This first step can also be the hardest for many people. It’s easy to brush things aside and tell yourself that it’s just a rough patch you’re going through and you will stop as soon as whatever is causing you stress has passed. Unfortunately for most people there is always another reason to keep using. It becomes a habit and an expensive one at that, as you keep using a drug your body becomes tolerant to it meaning you need increasingly higher doses to get the same effect. This is where it becomes really dangerous and overdoses do happen.
Not So Gleeful.
It has been in the news recently that 31 year old Actor Cory Monteith who starred in the TV series Glee, passed away due to drug and alcohol intoxication. The actor had struggled with drug addiction for most of his life and first entered a rehabilitation center at the age of 19, he also re-entered voluntarily in April of this year.
The British Columbia Coroners Service revealed Tuesday that Monteith died of a mixed-drug toxicity involving heroin and alcohol.
Taking the First Step.
Fear of the unknown can mean that many people don’t seek help at all and suffer with their addiction in silence. So what is it that rehab offers those with a substance issue? Well no two rehabilitation clinics are the same so two people visiting different clinics will have different experiences from each other. However there are many similarities and guidelines that all of them have to follow.
Once admitted into a treatment center, you will be assessed by medical staff, and your history will be evaluated by therapists in order to determine what program will best meet your needs. Because you will not have access to drugs or alcohol, you will spend the next few days detoxing from your substance. This part of rehab is frightening to most patients, but remember that staff will be with you every step of the way to help you through it and make you comfortable.
What Comes Next?
After the detox is over patients then spend a number of weeks being treated with various different types of therapy before being allowed to return home. Many patients are wary of being back in the outside world as the temptation to start using again will be much stronger without the protection of the clinic. Sobriety is a life long battle but there are steps you can take which will make things a little easier for you when the time comes to leave.
The work may continue for the rest of the person’s life, but the intense days spent in rehab will come to an end. Even though the surroundings might be familiar, the person has changed, and blending memories with current goals can be hard at first.
Clinic staff will be there to support you both while planning your departure and once you actually leave too, you won’t be left on your own. A plan of action will be made for you which will include things such as finding new friends once you leave. While this might seem a little unfair it’s going to be hard for you to maintain friendships with people who are still using drugs and stay sober yourself. You may even have to go as far as moving to a different neighborhood to escape temptation but the clinic will be able to arrange suitable accommodation for you.
You may find you want to use your experience of drug addiction and recovery to help others. This has proven to be very beneficial to recovering addicts in the past. Many have joined support groups to speak to others going through similar treatment.
Take action and make positive changes every day and really get involved with your recovery.