Actor Cory Monteith, who lost his battle with substance abuse, knew from personal experience about the strong hold that addiction could have on a person. He underwent treatment, including what has been described as a "long detox." Autopsy results found a combination of heroin and alcohol in Monteith's body. The two substances likely suppressed his breathing, resulting in death.
Detoxification Necessary Part of Treatment for Addicts
Detox rehab centers are set up to get clients clean as a first step in the treatment process. Someone who is actively using drugs or alcohol is not going to be able to respond appropriately to the individual counseling, group therapy, life skills development and other types of help offered by a treatment facility. The addict will still be caught up in the cycle of looking for his or her next fix or drink.
Individual Treatment Plans
Each client who presents for heroin detox or another type of detoxification has individual needs and goals. The staff will first make sure that the process is pain-free to keep the client physically comfortable. Then they will address the psychological aspect of the addiction by providing coaching during the withdrawal process.
Each person who uses an opioid will be effected by it in a different manner. These drugs can have an impact on brain chemistry, and it takes knowledgeable and experienced staff to fully appreciate clients' needs during this vulnerable phase.
No More Leaning on a Drug or Alcohol Crutch
At Decision Point Center, the staff understands that every client who completes the detox stage has done something that for him or her is very scary: they have given up the crutch that they have been relying on to help them cope with difficult feelings or situations. In some cases, clients have been turning to substances for years, or even the majority of their lives. They've literally been living the majority of their lives with a false support in place.
When an addict makes the choice to change things and begin the recovery process, this should be celebrated as the first step to a much better life. Counselors and other staff members can start to work with the clients and help them deal with the reasons for their addiction. All the client needs to start is the willingness to take that first step. Given that the stakes are so high, it seems like a reasonable thing to do.
The journey is painful and overwhelming at times, but once an addict makes it to the “other side,” the spiritual and emotional rewards are more than worth the effort.