Addiction is a disease. It generates hopelessness and destruction in and around your life, all the while using your own hand to cause the damage. But it is treatable with high-quality residential treatment. We are here to walk you through the process of everything you need to know about taking the first steps to getting clean.
The consequences of drug, prescription drug, and alcohol addictions spread far and wide across the relationships, health, spirituality, career, and the entire life of a person caught in the substance abuse web.
People with chemical dependencies are not bad people. Their bodies and brains have undergone a change. They are now wired in a way that gives ultimate control of their lives and impulses to the immediate physical and psychological need for a fix. Willpower alone will not free someone from the effects of addiction. However, a medically directed detox followed by a quality residential program (live-in program usually lasting about 30 days) filled with effective treatments and counseling managed by a credentialed team is the proven method for finding lasting recovery.
Please call us now if you want to connect with an addiction specialist: 844-489-0836. Or continue reading to help you know the steps necessary in your process.
Am I Addicted?
First, you might be wondering if detox and residential treatment are even necessary for you. When you call us at First Steps Recovery (based in Central California), we perform an initial pre-admission assessment, completed by one of our trained staff via telephone. This will give you all the information you need to understand the severity of your situation.
However, here are a couple of questions to consider (substance can represent alcohol or drugs (including prescription drugs):
- Do you spend a lot of time thinking about drugs or alcohol?
- Has your job or school performance ever suffered from the effects of your drug use?
- Has substance use negatively affected important relationships in your life?
- Have you ever lied to a doctor to get more prescription drugs?
- Have you ever stolen to pay for substances?
- Do you feel withdrawal symptoms (physical pain or discomfort) when sober?
Answering yes to these questions could mean you are at risk of substance addiction. Here is more information on drug and alcohol screening that might help you make the determination: Do I Have an Addiction?
What Happens in a Residential Treatment Center Like First Steps?
First Steps Recovery is an addiction treatment center that provides a wide range of services, tailored to meet an individual’s needs. These services include detox, residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and sober living.
Before you can take the deeper steps towards lasting recovery, you have to get clean. Your body is dependent (physically and psychologically) to the substances you have been feeding it, and it needs to purge them. This process should never be done without clinical, professional help.
For good reason, many people struggling with addiction are fearful of what’s involved in a detox. However, First Steps offers a safe, highly supervised, detoxification program that includes medically assisted detoxification and monitored withdrawal services. This means you will be kept safe and as comfortable as possible in the detox process.
Once you have gone through detox, you move into what is called residential treatment. Here is where everything from your schedule to your diet to the wilderness treatment at First Steps to your group meetings to your individual treatment plan, to your exercise, and more (music therapy, equine therapy, nature outings) are all carefully designed to bring about the change in your psychology, patterns, and habits and successfully transition you back into the world with the insight and tools needed to live a full and happy sober life.
Our detox and residential treatment programs are located in Clovis (Fresno County), California, on a luxurious five-acre ranch in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Our serene location provides a getaway from the distractions and temptations that may otherwise interfere with the recovery process during this phase of treatment.
What If I Can’t Leave Home for a Month?
At First Steps in the Central Valley, California, we offer an intensive outpatient program (IOP). Though we believe the most comprehensive and beneficial treatment is where you separate from your current living situation and take part in the residential treatment program, we realize that is simply not possible for some. Maybe you are a single parent or you run a business that is fully dependent on your presence, whatever your situation, we have options for you. Our IOP meets four days a week for three hours a day. We offer state of the art, evidenced-based practices that actively engage individuals in their recovery process. This includes group therapy, individual therapy, individual drug and alcohol counseling, and case management.
Our treatment program provides a holistic approach to recovery from chemical dependence. Because addiction is not just a learned behavior, we do more than simply teach our patients about addiction. We seek to address the physical, mental, social, and spiritual aspects of addiction and healing. We want patients to be actively involved in their recovery process, so we provide the perfect setting and tools to do just that.
If you are trying to decide if residential treatment if right for you, or if you want to know what makes First Steps Recovery the best fit, your next move is to call us today: 844-489-0836. Our specialists are ready to answer all your questions and help guide you in the right direction for you and your unique needs.
In the meantime, here is some more information you might be interested in to help you take the first step to your new life.
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