Entering an Addiction Treatment Center: What You Need to Know

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Admitting you have a problem with drugs or alcohol takes a lot of courage and strength. It is also the first step to recovery. Acknowledging you have a substance abuse problem is difficult but necessary in the recovery process. Once you have come to terms with the idea that  recovery will improve your life significantly, it is important to enter an addiction treatment center to start the process. However, treatment alone will not help you stay sober. Recovery takes dedication, the right mindset, and willingness to make changes in your life in order to be successful. Recovery requires a new way of thinking, behaving, and interacting with others and is a life-long process. If you’re ready to enter recovery, you may be wondering what to expect. At Corner Canyon Recovery, we are here to help every step of the way through your inpatient drug and alcohol treatment from the very beginning. So, here’s what you need to know. 

The Steps of Recovery and Treatment

Knowing what to expect in treatment before you go can help prevent additional stress and anxiety. To start, an admissions specialist will evaluate your physical and mental health to determine a therapy program that best suits your unique needs. A mental health evaluation can reveal any underlying reasons for your drug and alcohol addiction, including mental health disorders. Once you’re admitted into the program, healing can begin.

Establishing a Routine

Typically, this will begin with developing a daily structure that leads to routine habits and healthy post-treatment behavior. This can include waking up early and eating a healthy breakfast to start your day. Establishing healthy habits produces healthy results and this is important when changing your lifestyle of substance abuse. It is normal to have an adjustment period before you begin to feel comfortable. It’s important to be open and accept the routine in order to begin overcoming your addiction.

Beginning Therapy

Once you’ve settled in, most of the day will consist of some type of therapy. Group therapy and individual counseling will help you identify your triggers so you can learn to avoid them or manage them. In treatment, you will develop coping strategies to overcome triggers and look for patterns. For example, this includes people who abused drugs with you or places associated with drinking alcohol. Mindfulness can reveal why you started using drugs and/or drinking alcohol in the first place. In group therapy, you have the opportunity to meet others who struggle with addictive disorders. People in the group share personal stories, and sharing with others gives you insight into the behavior that led to addiction.

In addition to traditional therapy methods, our team at Corner Canyon Recovery offers unconventional therapy, such as experiential therapy, which consists of art activities, yoga, equine, off site activities, and music therapy, among others. Participating in therapy and other activities are excellent ways to focus on your well-being and increase the potential for your success in recovery. Family therapy and assertive communication allow family members to communicate with each other in a loving and supportive environment. Our treatment team is here to help you find the therapy that works best for you, as well as assist you with your recovery and treatment.

How Long Will You Be in Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery?

This is a fairly common question among those entering drug and alcohol addiction recovery for the first time. The length of time you spend in residential treatment depends on your needs, the severity of the addiction, and the duration of substance abuse. Like an addiction, everyone’s treatment is unique and tailored to each situation. Someone struggling with addiction to intense drugs, such as heroin, will benefit from a longer stay in residential treatment. Often addiction and mental health conditions co-occur with each other requiring treatment for a dual diagnosis. Mental illness can contribute to the length of stay required in residential treatment. Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and ADHD must be treated simultaneously for the best outcome in recovery. The most important thing to remember is recovery from addiction is different for every person. Do not base your length of stay on someone else’s length of treatment. Focus on recovery and your journey to living substance-free. If you or a loved one is grappling with addiction or substance abuse, do not wait and do not be afraid to ask for help.

Get in Touch With Our Addiction Treatment Center

It doesn’t matter what type of addiction you are battling, Corner Canyon Recovery is here to help. With a team of experienced and knowledgeable therapists and staff, we are here to assist you every step of the way. Our doors are open to those seeking healing and transformation to put their lives on the path of recovery. To learn more and sign up today, contact us or call us at 877-717-6237.