When it comes to recovery from addiction to alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors, it’s never too early to get started. But many for many people seeking recovery for the first time, it’s hard to know where to begin. Questions like, “should I start with meetings?” or “do I need to go to detox?” or “how do I find a rehab that works for me?” are common for those new to recovery. These questions can be overwhelming and confusing, but don’t worry, we’ve got your back.
In this 3-part series, we’ll explain the differences between detox, rehab, intensive outpatient programs, recovery fellowships, sober living, and more, to give newcomers and their families a basic roadmap for addressing and defeating addiction safely. This information in these posts is not a definitive blueprint for recovery. Rather, these suggestions are simply meant to help the people who are looking for help. Every person’s addiction is different, and no recovery is one-size-fits-all. This series is simply meant to be a loose guide to ease confusion and give people who are struggling a game plan to get started.
Inpatient Rehab: 30 Days May Save Your Life
After a safe and successful medical detox, many people seeking long-term recovery seek help in the form of an inpatient rehab facility. Inpatient rehab is one of the most effective ways to develop healthy habits that aid in recovery. By being removed from the temptations and stressors of their everyday lives, rehab clients are fully immersed in a daily sober lifestyle. Most rehabs have daily program classes from morning to afternoon, and recovery fellowship meetings in the evening, as well as therapeutic activities, exercise, team building and trust exercises, and more. This full time immersion offers a chance to fully focus on recovery, learn new coping techniques, replace old habits with healthy new ones, learn more about the science of addiction, and your own recovery.
“So I want to go to rehab. Where do I start?” First and foremost, if you have health insurance, contact your insurance company and ask for a list of recommended rehab facilities and ask what portion of the fees your insurance company covers. If your insurance company doesn’t cover rehab expenses and you need to cash-pay, contact rehabs in your area and ask about scholarships, assistance, and financing options. In my experience, most reputable rehabs have pricing options to accommodate people on a budget. If you don’t have medical insurance, find out if your state offers Medicaid or public health insurance, or if there are state-run rehab facilities that are free or inexpensive for people without insurance.
With a wide range of options including duration of stay, price, location, and more, choosing the right inpatient rehab can be confusing and overwhelming. Luckily, it’s easy to sort out the details with help from a recovery professional, or by simply calling a local rehab facility and asking to speak to a case manager or the admissions office. Some people want to stay close to home so their family can visit, others want to go to rehab out of state so they’re less tempted by local friends and habits. Some people want a luxury facility that pampers every need, and others want a strict, purpose-driven facility. It all comes down to personal preference, but the most important part is that you go. If you or a loved one needs assistance finding an inpatient treatment facility, contact a recovery professional or case manager today.
Sober Living: A Safe, Sober Community that Feels Like Home
For many people suffering from addiction, going back home after the process of intervention, detox, and rehab can present some dangerous temptations. The chance of relapse in early recovery is greatly increased without proper daily guidance, support, and accountability. Sober livings are designed to offer people in early recovery a safe, alcohol- and drug-free living environment that ensures residents’ safety and promotes long-term recovery.
Also known as sober houses, sober livings have staff members on-site 24/7, but sober livings are not rehabs. Unlike inpatient rehabs which offer daily programs and mandatory groups, sober livings are simply a safe, sober place to live in recovery from addiction. With small limitations like curfews, house rules, staff-administered drug tests and breathalyzers, and regular check-ins with staff, sober livings offer just the right amount of structure and accountability to encourage a healthy sober lifestyle.
But the best thing about life in a sober living is the sense of community that residents can feel with their housemates. By sharing in the daily ins and outs of sober life, sober living residents can talk, share stories of difficulties and triumphs, stumbling blocks in their recovery, and more. Residents also brush up on simple life skills that may have atrophied a little during active addiction, such as being polite, trustworthy, responsible, and clean.
They say recovery is simple, but not easy, and they’re right – conquering addiction takes help and hard work. Luckily, helping others is one of the core principles of the recovery community. If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, there are people out there who want to help. Case managers, interventionists, sober coaches, sober companions, or just the person in the chair next to you at the meeting, help with your recovery is always right around the corner. With the support of a sober community and a little hard work, recovery from addiction is possible. You can do it, we can help.
— for Avenues New York, 2018
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction and would like more information about addiction recovery services such as intervention, case management, sober coaching, clinical referrals, sober living, or aftercare, please contact Avenues New York
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