Detox and Rehab
Detox and rehab go hand-in-hand for those dependent on substance abuse. The purpose of detox is to cleanse our bodies of poisons. The goal of recovery is to talk through the ideas and choices we make to put those poisons inside us. We may have many things we believe about ourselves, our feelings, our strengths and weaknesses, and how things work, which should be discussed with a mental health professional. An addiction-free mindset will help us stay drug-free after recovery.
We can see one kind of talking through the issues in a 12 Step program, which is a good choice while you are still in rehab. Look at these last two steps taken from the statements used by Narcotics Anonymous:
12. Having had a spiritual awakening due to these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
After working through the process of recognizing our addiction for what it is and surrendering to God as we understand him, making amends for the damages we have caused, and seeking forgiveness where possible, NA encourages us to continue seeking God for support, guidance, and what we need to live addiction free. They call it a spiritual awakening because it isn’t just a new choice, like a New Year’s resolution. It’s a calling out to our Creator.
We weren’t thinking this way before we got into drugs. We weren’t relying on God if we knew anything about him at the time. We were relying on ourselves, but after rehab, we realized we couldn’t walk the road to recovery alone.
The point of the twelfth step is to help others walk that road too. We must think of others who need personal and spiritual maturity. Other addicts need the same support we need, and we can give it to them—not that we have all the answers now. We aren’t going to tell everyone we’re gurus on overcoming addiction. We’re going to tell them our story and listen to theirs.
Rehab is a big part of the road to recovery, so it does matter. Our outpatient substance abuse program may be right for you, and we also have other options. Call us at 1-888-446-5952 or chat to get started on the best choice.