How Do I keep Myself Accountable in Drug Rehabilitation?

How Do I Keep Myself Accountable in Drug Rehabilitation?

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

The recovery process can be long and tasking, often leading people to passively go through their journey. However, when people actively participate in their healing, they often receive more benefits and are more able to prevent relapse. Holding oneself accountable while in drug rehab can be done through active engagement.

At First Steps Recovery, there are two programs for drug rehabilitation that clients can enter and become actively engaged in. This includes inpatient treatment and the intensive outpatient program (IOP). In both cases, a team works with each client to help ensure individualized care. While people are in recovery and taking part in these programs, they can take advantage of holistic care options included in their plans. This will help them stay focused on and personally involved in their recovery.

Inpatient Versus Outpatient Treatment for Drug Rehab

Inpatient treatment at First Steps Recovery offers an extended period of treatment with continuous care for clients who stay on-site at the facility. Consistent and lengthy care is important for recovery and drug rehab because it promotes sobriety to a greater degree. Inpatient care involves monitoring clients during all stages from detox to aftercare, and treatment is individualized. Clients can benefit from this in-depth guidance as well as the comfortable environment. Although they are closely monitored for safety and progress, the environment also allows them to keep personal space and privacy alongside the other five residents.

The quality of care for both inpatient treatment and the IOP is the same. The main difference between the two programs is that the IOP allows clients to continue their normal routines and live at home during that phase of their recovery. While receiving services and quality care, clients in an IOP do not have to disrupt their day-to-day life.

Treatment in an IOP does bring some challenges, though. Maintaining a similar, if not the same, routine a person had in rehab can be difficult. Also, clients often find themselves in the presence of drugs or substances. Even if they are not being exposed to physical substances, people may still find themselves in environments that remind them of their addiction. This is why it is important for clients to stay committed and focused during recovery, as opposed to passively moving through their journey.

Holistic Care For Active Recovery With Drug Rehab

Well-rounded holistic care is implemented into treatment plants to help clients heal fully. Rather than focusing on addiction recovery on the physical level, holistic care allows clients to heal their mental and emotional well-being as well. When paired with clinical approaches such as psychotherapy, group therapy, and group counseling, holistic care can provide the following benefits:

  • Support clients to gain control over their lives despite the emotional blockage or temptation that may arise in recovery
  • Focus on the individual needs and implement approaches that support those needs (i.e. clients with difficulty expressing emotions may benefit from art therapy to express themselves in an artistic way)
  • Understand that each client is different and help all clients gain emotional intelligence and a supportive community
  • Gather more of an optimistic outlook on life, including creating life goals and working to achieve them

When clients partake only in clinical approaches to recovery, this can become more of a task than a benefit. Adding a variety of holistic modalities helps clients become more invested in and excited about their healing. This motivates them to hold themselves more accountable. This is to their advantage because recovery is a self-driven process, and engagement is important in the process. Having engaging approaches to recovery that work to heal the whole person, not just addiction, produces more positive outcomes in terms of sustaining abstinence.

Holistic Approaches at First Steps Recovery

At First Steps Recovery, many options for holistic care are offered. These options include field trips/outings, recreation, art therapy, health and wellness, yoga therapy, animal therapy, music therapy, and wilderness therapy, to name a few.

Community Outings

Field trips, outings, and recreation help clients build a community with one another while also showing them that recovery can be fun. Recreation also provides calm to clients when engaging with the outdoors. Art therapy and music therapy are offered to help clients express themselves in a nonverbal way. Often expressing one’s emotions, thoughts, and feelings can be difficult. These creative therapies help clients find another way to access deep-seated emotions and beliefs. This in turn helps them to heal their emotional wounds and improve their emotional-mental state in the recovery process.

Healthy Exercise

First Steps Recovery encourages clients to implement healthy lifestyle habits such as healthy eating and exercise. Yoga therapy is one of the healthy exercise options that is offered. A healthy approach to living helps clients not only heal their physical selves but also gain peace and enjoyment in their lives without drugs.

Equine and Wildnerness Therapy

Sometimes called animal therapy, equine therapy creates healing interactions between horses and humans. Equine therapy is useful to help those in drug rehab to develop better impulse control. It also helps with managing difficult emotions like anger. Likewise, wilderness therapy helps clients address the underlying causes of their drug addiction. Gaining an understanding of their addiction as a whole and working through difficult experiences (feelings, thoughts, etc.) helps clients heal fully. In general, these therapies help clients take an active part in their recovery rather than passively engaging with what can feel like dry clinical methods.

The team at First Steps Recovery helps clients to engage with their recovery journeys in an active way. Active recovery promotes the best results and encourages clients to maintain sobriety long-term. Passive engagement, on the other hand, can lead to relapse shortly after treatment subsides. To help create more active engagement in the recovery process, First Steps Recovery offers holistic care approaches that promote mental, emotional, and physical healing. This is considered to be healing the whole person, rather than focusing on the physical effects of symptoms of drug addiction. Clients work toward creating healthy living habits that can be used in their daily lives to promote healing. Call First Steps Recovery at (844) 489-0836 to learn more.

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