What Happens After Detox?

Detoxification is a necessary step toward recovery for many people suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. But it is often just the beginning of the process. Read on to learn more about what happens after detox and how comprehensive addiction treatment can help you or your loved one continue the healing journey.

Next Steps After Detox

After someone has safely detoxed from drugs or alcohol, they can begin the process of rehabilitation. Rehab can be performed in a variety of inpatient or outpatient settings and what works for one person may not always work for another. However, effective rehabilitation treatment almost always relies on proven, evidence-based methods and principles.

Over time, prolonged substance misuse can alter and restructure brain circuitry, primarily affecting the reward and motivation centers of the brain. That is why behavioral therapy is typically the foundation of addiction treatment.

Patients must replace unproductive and harmful thought and behavioral patterns with healthy ones. They must learn to recognize, avoid, and overcome the triggers that lead them to use in order to have success in long-term recovery. Evidence-based therapies used in addiction treatment include:

  • Motivational interviewing.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
  • Contingency management incentives.
  • 12-step facilitation therapy.

Aftercare for Addiction Treatment

After someone completes formal rehab, they must remain vigilant in order to remain in recovery. Relapse is always a possibility for someone with substance use disorder (SUD) and, for some, it’s a hurdle they will inevitably face. However, relapse doesn’t mean failure; it may simply mean that the patient must seek help once again or adjust their treatment plan.

Aftercare can help people stay sober after rehab, providing a supportive network that keeps people engaged in their recovery. For some, an intensive form of aftercare like staying at a sober-living facility for several months after they complete treatment is ideal. Others may attend peer-support group meetings to share their experiences and struggles with people that understand what they are going through.

Treatment at AdCare

With locations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, AdCare Treatment Centers provide different levels of addiction treatment designed to meet the individual needs of each patient, including:

Our drug and alcohol rehab in New England also offers also a specialized treatment track for Vets and first responders.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, reach out to an admissions navigator at . They can answer questions about your treatment options, rehab admissions, insurance coverage for addiction treatment, and more, and help you begin the path to recovery today.

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