What Happens After Detox?

Detoxification is a necessary step toward recovery for many people suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Often, withdrawal can cause someone to relapse before they even get the chance to fully sober up. Withdrawal can be very unpleasant and, depending on the substances misused and the patient’s health, can even be dangerous. For example, it is possible for people with a severe alcohol dependency to experience seizures if they try to quit abruptly.

Medical supervision makes the process of withdrawal much safer and more comfortable. But by itself, detox does little to help someone achieve long-term sobriety. This is because addiction involves more than just physical dependence to a substance.

While addiction is a chronic disease without a cure, it is treatable.

Next Steps After Detox

After someone has safely detoxified from drugs or alcohol, they can begin the process of rehabilitation. Rehab can be performed in a variety of 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 a foundational aspect of rehabilitation treatment is therapy. 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 rehabilitation treatment, 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, one hurdle they will inevitably face. However, this 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 is conducive to sobriety. For some, an intensive form of aftercare like staying at a sober-living facility for months after they complete formal 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

Located in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, AdCare Treatment Centers provide a continuum of care, ranging from medical detox to inpatient, outpatient, and telehealth treatment to criminal justice and education services, facilitation into aftercare programs, and more. There is also a specialized treatment track for vets and first responders.


If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please reach out to an admissions navigator at . They can answer questions about treatment options and insurance coverage and assist you in getting the necessary help.

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We've been helping New England battle addiction for over 45 years. At AdCare, we offer a wide range of addiction treatment programs to accommodate each patient’s unique situation. Our inpatient, outpatient, and family services are run by a compassionate team of addiction treatment professionals who are ready to guide you on the road to recovery.

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