Step 3: Therapy
The therapeutic phase of rehabilitation is the key toward long-term care and recovery. Guidance through therapy and personal reflection allow one to acknowledge events leading up to drug addiction, focus on healing emotions and/or pain of the past, and stay focused on his/her new journey of life. The treatment facility will most likely blend different kinds of therapies into your treatment each week. Four kinds of therapies that might be experienced are individual, group, family, and alternative. Individual therapy may consist of self-reflection, identifying those personal causes of drug addiction, and ways to resist or prevent that behavior in the future. Group therapy is a great way to open up to others and even connect with other individuals going through a similar situation. Often times, group therapy leaves one feeling less alone, and more part of a community that can grow and heal together. Family therapy can integrate certain family members to either address any problems that exists or to allow effective communication with the purpose of healing and strengthening the relationship. Family and/or friend support is important on the road to recovery, and getting those special individuals on board early in the rehabilitation process is very beneficial. Alternative therapies such as mediation, exercise classes, or fine art classes may be experienced. These therapies can be continued and taken home as they can help keep the mind focused and positive.
A Lifelong Recovery
Step 4: Aftercare
The aftercare phase in rehabilitation is driven by a detailed plan consisting of goals, methods to achieve those goals, and supportive programs. Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process and it is important to continue to use the treatment received as a foundation for success and avert the temptation of relapse. There are different supportive programs available in the aftercare phase. Identifying what type of programs are most worthwhile based on individual needs will allow for a more rewarding and beneficial aftercare. Support groups offer a healing community that connects others and provides a supportive environment. Sober Living Homes are available to individuals needing an environment that is safe and will prevent the temptation of relapse. Alumni groups for treatment facilities may be offered allowing the alumni to reconnect and take classes to help get back on track with school, previous work, or new employment opportunities.