After initial stabilization in detox, the first step in recovery should be an in-depth evaluation and assessment. This allows the treatment team to identify all obstacles to recovery and to create an individualized treatment plan to address those issues. Medical health, emotional health, specific life challenges – all these will be addressed through directed therapies and interventions.
What’s the benefit of such a uniquely designed experience as opposed to a more generalized approach to recovery? There are many:
- Medication monitoring. Often patients in early recovery utilize medications for the treatment of acute physical health issues, withdrawal symptoms, and mental health symptoms. Personalized treatment ensures that patients get the correct dosage and combination of medications to stabilize their symptoms. Additionally, if a step-down process is needed, then that process can be monitored as well.
- Medical care. Underlying physical issues can be problematic for people who have long been living in addiction. Medical care should be personalized as needed to identify and treat underlying medical problems. Preventative care may be provided as needed.
- Psychiatric treatment. Especially for patients who are living with a mental health disorder, psychiatric treatment will be helpful to address that disorder as well as the mental health issues that often accompany drug use. Anxiety and depression are common issues among those who stop using their substance of choice, and though these issues often lessen over time, monitoring and care during the first months of treatment are often necessary in order to help prevent relapse.
- Coping skills help. There are often stressors unique to each person that can trigger cravings and make it more difficult to avoid relapse. Assistance with coping with those stressors more positively should be personalized during rehabilitation in order to ensure that each patient has the opportunity to identify and address each potential stressor that could become an issue and create a plan to address it (e.g., difficulties with a particular family member, self-esteem issues, fears about the future, guilt over the past, etc.).
- Life skills help. Similarly, certain obstacles to stability in life can quickly become triggers for relapse. Issues like difficulty with the law, finding a job, and parenting can all make it even harder to stay sober. During a personalized treatment program, patients can get the assistance they need for any life issue that is problematic and a threat to their ability to maintain recovery.
Personalized treatment is the key to success in long-term recovery. Contact Michael’s House at 760-548-4032 to learn more about our treatment program and how it can help your addicted loved one get on the path to healing.