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What Should I Do After Detox?

Fear of the unknown is a common experience for anyone seeking treatment for addiction. For those who go through medical detox, it can seem even more frightening when you’re not sure what comes next. Once you learn about the ins and outs of life after detox, you will start to feel more at ease.

Detox Is Only the First Step in Treatment

Detox is usually the first step in treatment for those with more severe substance use disorders (SUDs). This process clears substances out of your body and allows you to move forward in your treatment journey without physical cravings.

Many people may think that detox is all you need for treatment, but this cannot be further from the truth. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Treatment Improvement Protocol 45, “detoxification, in and of itself, does not constitute complete substance abuse treatment.” Addiction is a physical and mental condition that requires strong support, structure, and determination, even after detox.

Benefits of Continuing Care

When it comes to addiction treatment, there is a whole spectrum of care that often begins with the detoxification process. According to a 2010 study in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, the term “continuing care” has been used to indicate stages of treatment after intensive care, like detox.

The study found that continuing care interventions “were more likely to produce positive treatment effects when they had a longer planned duration.” A long-term plan for treatment and recovery can help you achieve long-term sobriety.

Structure and Support After Detox

In general, structure and support are crucial for anyone in treatment. This may be even more true for those in detox who are navigating a new world without substances. A structured day can help keep your mind from wandering and allow you to fully focus on your treatment.

After detox, you may consider inpatient care or outpatient care. Both treatment tracks will provide you with structure in your day and support from like-minded peers, highly-trained staff, and clinicians.

Treatment at The Guest House

At The Guest House, one of our top priorities is to provide you with strong support through your recovery journey. Strong support will help you feel less alone and allow you to re-discover the joys of human connection. We offer a wide variety of programs to support you, including traditional therapies as well as holistic methods like meditation, yoga, somatic healing, art, and music.

After Detox

At The Guest House, we provide multiple levels of care after detox that include our outpatient program, intensive outpatient program (IOP), a day/night program, and inpatient residential treatment. Residential treatment is usually the most common, and you will be easily transitioned into the program.

At The Guest House, treatment after detox will allow you to begin a deep process of self-exploration. We will help you get to the root of your addiction to release the trauma and pain blocking you from living a free and joyful life.

Medical detox is only the first step in a comprehensive treatment plan for addiction. At The Guest House, we offer a full spectrum of care that begins with detox and continues with structured support. We offer multiple levels of care after detox, including our outpatient program, intensive outpatient program, day/night treatment, and inpatient residential treatment. Our wide variety of programs will allow you to connect with yourself, your peers, and our staff, giving you the strong support you need to feel confident in finding lasting sobriety. Call us today at (855) 483-7800.