When someone who struggles with being addicted to prescription drugs, illicit drugs or alcohol realizes that they have an addiction disorder the first step to getting out from under the heavy thumb of the addiction is to admit that the amount of the substance that they consume is or could be a real problem. Admitting that much to oneself is hard. It takes courage just to admit it to yourself, let alone another person.

After being honest with oneself, the next thing the person who is struggling must gather up the courage to do is to say the words out loud to someone else whom they feel that they can trust and who may be willing and able to help them. It is best to chose someone who feels safe completely and whom the addict knows beyond a shadow of a doubt will always be there for them. Now is not the time to rely on someone who is fairweather. Once the addict finds the right person, they must tell their friend what they now know to be true, they have a problem and they need help. Saying it out loud can solidify the notion in the addict’s mind and help them have the courage to actually go through with getting the help they need.

After the person struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction finds a steadying ally and talks to them about their problem, it is time to find a treatment facility and the right program that will be of service in the right ways that the addict needs it to be for their own specific struggles and needs. The most important thing to remember while seeking out recovery treatment is that if the program itself is worthwhile it will completely mold to the shape of the patient. The program that an addict engages with should be reshaped every time depending on each patient’s own attributes and their own specific addiction. This is the most likely way to succeed in reaching a sustained and meaningful sobriety.

Addiction recovery starts with yourself, it moves on to a friend or loved one. But then you have to bring in the big guns, the medical experts. The next step in the process is detox, and the safe way to detox is in a medical detox facility.


Medically Supervised Alcohol Detox or Drug Detox Centers in NJ

When a patient is ready to pursue medically supervised alcohol or drug detox and are seeking out a medical detox facility it is important to weight the different options, and sometimes that can feel daunting. Some programs for instance follow a more holistic strategy to addiction recovery treatment. Some programs for drug and alcohol addiction recovery do not bring into play a spiritual aspect, some echew the 12 step program altogether.

There will also be times that an addict cannot tell the difference between two different programs.  Detox in particular can seem like a one size fits all sort of situation, but this step of the process in substance abuse treatment is anything but simple. Though sometimes it can be difficult to understand how the minutia between a program designed for one patient as opposed to another patient can make much of a difference at all, it is those carefully altered details of each treatment program that allow each individual suffering from addiction to successfully alter their behavior and leave the program able to get control of their lives. Patients come to detox and rehab with many variables in tow. Sure, perhaps each of the patients are addicted to heroin, but what about the one who also suffers from a debilitating eating disorder, or how about the one who just lost a baby due to her addiction? How does it change with the patient is a trauma survivor? What about different types of trauma? How does treatment have to change with allergies and rare diseases and any different physical health peccadilloes a body has to offer?

Even in detox, where no matter who comes the goal is to help the patient to detox from the intoxicating substance they have developed an addiction to and to assist them in finding a way to be comfortable in spite of withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms themselves are a problem. The symptoms will likely change from person to person. They may seem the same on the surface but there are a million tiny things going on with a person’s biology and chemistry during detox that can change the way a medicine affects the patient, or how strong their triggers and symptoms are. How healthy a patient is, their physical well being changes detox.  How much of the intoxicant they have been consuming, how they have maintained their hygiene, whether they have any chronic medical issues, among other variables, are all issues that could change the average detox situation for someone who is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction.

The withdrawal symptoms that come with alcohol or drug addiction can range from serious to mild. It is only safe to detox with a licensed medical professional to monitor your vitals and general well being throughout the process.


The Top Rated Drug Rehab Centers Offer Addiction Treatment in New Jersey

Discovery InstituteMany people find inpatient rehabilitation treatment programs to be one of the hardest step in the path of drug or alcohol addiction recovery. This part of addiction recovery is spent focusing on taking the person addicted to a substance out of the environment that they are currently in. This is the environment in which they developed, or at least continue to foster their addiction. These are the stressors that have been bolstering and building up their addiction to a substance. A residential recovery program offers a patient who has been struggling with an addiction the space from that environment, a reprieve from the people, logistics, and responsibilities that can make it difficult to resist triggers and that may even contribute to a craving or a trigger. Instead the addict is taken in to a residence that is full of people struggling, just like they are. Rehab is usually centered around some form of behavioral therapy, among other forms. This takes place in many different ways: individual therapy or group, yoga or talk therapy, whatever it is rehab will take you deeper into an understanding of who you are and how to offer yourself the care and love you need to forgive yourself and fight the chronic disease of addiction.   

Aftercare Therapy and Relapse Prevention

The big mistake so many people make is in thinking that after they have gone through detox and rehab that they are cured! They think the work is done. In fact, that is absolutely false. After someone leaves a rehab facility it is just as important as it ever has been for the patient to seek out further relapse prevention therapy. The person struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will never stop needing treatment. This is because addiction is in fact a chronic disease. It cannot be cured in the same way asthma cannot be cured but can go into remission. However an addict can live a relatively normal life when dedicated to their own treatment and sobriety.  

During relapse prevention therapy the addict should be continuing to refine those life skills that allow them to continue resisting cravings and responding to triggers in a way that doesn’t catalyze a relapse. This can be done through many different means. 12 step programs, individual and group therapies, yoga, and other sorts of therapeutic pursuits can add to relapse prevention.


Addiction Treatment With Discovery Institute

With Discovery Institute a person who struggles with addiction to drugs or alcohol will encounter a caring and dedicated staff. The addict will be surrounded by comfortable amenities and in community with others who are struggling like they are. For more information about our addiction rehab programs, call us today.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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