Do Addicts Have to go to Rehab for Addiction Treatment? Addiction, to an extent, is a natural part of life. It’s part of human nature to want to lose the inhibitions that we find restrictive, or numb ourselves to experiences we find painful. To a large extent, this behavior is often normalized or goes unnoticed, especially in a culture in which substances are such a prevalent part of socializing. But like everything we think, believe, or do, substance use has a profound impact on our wellbeing. And this impacts our ability to be happy and fully express ourselves in the world.
Addiction has a way of getting us into its grasp before we even realize what’s happening. If you’re concerned about your level of drinking or drug use, consider the following signs of addiction:
- Missing work or social obligations due to hangovers
- Planning your day around the ability to drink or get high
- Pre-drinking before you go out so you appear to drink less
- Lying about or hiding your alcohol or drug use
- Increased fights with your partner, family or friends in which your substance use is a factor
- Your loved ones expressing concern
- The inability to stop using, even when you really want to
Addiction can be overwhelming, and feeling unsure of what to do in your situation is completely normal. We’ll outline some of the options available for getting addiction treatment to help you decide on the best course of action. If you’d like to personally speak with someone who can offer advice, our admissions team is always here to help.
Alcohol and Drug Detox
Not all addictions require detox. Withdrawing from some substances, like methamphetamine, may be highly uncomfortable but doesn’t necessarily pose dangers to your health. In other cases, substance use hasn’t reached a level that causes physical dependence. But some substances, like alcohol and opioids, can be dangerous to withdraw from on your own – in this case, supervised detox is necessary. At The Sanctuary, clients who require detox do so at a partnered hospital and are then transferred to our calming center in Sedona when ready to start treatment.
It’s important to note that detox is only the first step in the recovery journey, and should be followed up with comprehensive addiction treatment to make life changes that last.
Inpatient (Residential) Rehab
Inpatient rehab is the most intensive treatment option, with the best-proven outcomes. In residential rehab, you live onsite at a facility while receiving treatment. This provides a break from your triggering environment and allows you to establish a healthy routine that will help you prevent relapse and support your wellbeing after treatment. At The Sanctuary, this also means you’re completely immersed in Sedona’s naturally healing environment and have access to therapies like energy medicine and movement work to promote your recovery.
Continuing Care (Aftercare)
“Continuing care” is an umbrella term that refers to everything that happens after treatment. This varies from rehab to rehab and usually entails some form of continued addictions counseling along with group meetings, usually in the form of AA or NA.
At The Sanctuary, our Transition Wellness Program starts the moment you begin treatment when you and your therapist design a plan to prevent relapse after the inpatient portion of your program is done. This includes weekly individual coaching calls with a known counselor from The Sanctuary, virtual group sessions that build on your progress, and assistance in getting a strong support network in place. This is included as a 60-day segment of our overall 90-day rehab program.
Ongoing practices that support your recovery might include continuing progress on a healing path you discovered in treatment, attending local support group meetings, and scheduling face-to-face sessions with a local therapist.
Mental Wellness and Ongoing Therapy
In order to maintain your overall picture of wellness, you may want to regularly meet with a therapist. The Sanctuary has a vetted network of mental health counselors, recovery coaches, and holistic healers that we’re more than happy to connect you with. Some therapies you may wish to continue pursuing include:
- Psychology and addictions counseling
- EMDR, TRE, trauma-sensitive yoga, and other trauma healing techniques
- Energy medicine
- Sound healing
- Expressive art therapies
- Mindfulness meditation
- Facilitated nature immersion and eco-therapy
- Bodywork and movement therapies
Choosing the Right Rehab for You
The Sanctuary’s non-12-Step, holistic treatment program is a complete healing experience designed to access deeply rooted issues and take you into the next phase of your life: one in which addiction is no longer in control. We leverage groundbreaking addiction science and effective healing therapies to help you change your relationship with yourself, with others and with the world around you – and sustain your transformation.
One former client of ours describes The Sanctuary’s addiction treatment program this way:
“Profound, caring, real, magical, effective. Something that our world needs more of. Something that everyone could benefit from.”
If you’re considering rehab but you’re not sure exactly what to look for, or what the best option is for your situation, we can help. Our admissions advisors are more than happy to provide more information, explain your options, and help you make a decision that works for you. We’re also available to help you figure out the logistics – whether it’s finding an accessible plane ticket or connecting you with a sober coach who can accompany you on your journey.
Contact us today for more information on how you can embark on the healing journey of a lifetime. (877) 710-3385
He is the Founder, Administrator, Counselor at the Sanctuary at Sedona.
He has a BA in Political Science and is currently Senior teaching staff at Four Winds Society, an international school of energy medicine. His credentials also include being an Ordained Minister; a Certified Shamanic Breathwork® Facilitator; a Founding Member Society for Shamanic Practitioners; a Member of Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology; a Member of the National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies. [email protected]