A Tiered Approach to Addiction Recovery Treatment in South Dakota

When someone who has been struggling with substance abuse first realizes that they may have a problem, the first step to healthy living is in being honest with themselves and admitting that they can not control their intake of whatever substance they prefer and that they need help in fighting their addiction. After the addict takes that crucial first step they can continue their journey toward sobriety by talking to their friends and loved ones about their substance abuse. Externalizing the truth of their addiction will be hard for many people but this step is crucial in being sure that the addict has a support system full of those will be a source of encouragement and genuine hope throughout the person’s recovery. After the addict asks for help, the next step will be finding the best program for them. Drug or alcohol addiction recovery plans should be created individually to cater to unique struggles that each person faces while suffering with a substance use disorder. Regardless of the particular intoxicant the addict uses or the types of therapy the patient will need to get through rehabilitation, the very first step in a treatment plan for addicts is almost always going to begin by going through medically supervised detoxification.


Medically Supervised Alcohol Detox or Drug Detox

It doesn’t matter if someone is addicted to alcohol or addicted to heroin, when an addict begins looking for a medical detox program in South Dakota, it can be overwhelming at first. Some addiction recovery programs include more holistic strategies, other programs include 12 step programs, others may not make those 12-step programs available to their patients. At times there may seem to be little to no difference between the various programs. Detox, specifically, may seem like it is the same experience for everyone who goes through an addiction recovery treatment program but allowing yourself to see addiction as anything but unique to each patient is a mistake that can cause a person’s treatment to be substantially less effective, if it is at all.  Even during medical detox, a time when each and every recovering patient will be going through the types of symptoms that come with their chemical dependency, those symptoms will vary in severity according some different variables in the wellbeing of the addicts body. How physically fit the patient is, how spot on their hygiene care has been, how much they had been consuming whether drugs or alcohol, when they came to seek treatment – these are all physical variables that may make altering an addict’s detox plan necessary between patients. Another important variable that may shift recovery is someone’s past trauma and or co-occurring diagnosis or dual diagnosis. These mental health factors can also play a big part in the way they experience medical detox. These parts of the addict’s life alter the ways and circumstances in which they are triggered, or how and when their cravings take place. These are all relevant aspects of how a treatment facility should shape treatment for a person struggling with drug or alcohol addiction.


Symptoms that come with substance withdrawal do range in severity. Only with a staff of qualified licensed medical clinicians can a person struggling with addiction to a substance ever be sure of their medical safety while they go through detox. When someone attempts to go through detoxification without the care of medical professionals all too often withdrawal symptoms become overpowering for a patient and they either go through difficult and sometimes dangerous medical complications or they may even relapse almost before they’ve really made much headway into their treatment.


Residential Rehabilitation Treatment

Many addicts find residential rehab recovery treatment to be one of the most difficult parts of substance use disorder recovery. This step of treatment is usually focused on taking the person struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction from their usual environment with all of its everyday stressors and offering them an environment surrounded by other people who suffer from similar types of struggles. Residential rehab is usually focused on therapy. There are a lot of different types of therapy that may be offered during rehab, whether it be individual therapy or group therapy.  Treatment can be anywhere from 21 to 90 days, and in some rare cases, even longer. Just like everything else about drug and alcohol addiction treatment, the length of the addict’s treatment depends on the particular addict in treatment.


Rehab is the step in the process where a patient begins to learn how to do a truly deep introspection into their addiction – what has it done to their physical body, how is it reacting to recovery and what can the patient expect? An addict will seek, through therapy with others like them as well as alone with a therapist, to better understand the context of their addiction. Did they, at some point, experience a trauma that helped to lead them to where they are now? Do they suffer from a dual diagnosis? A co-occurring disorder is simply a mental health disorder that the addict suffers from at the same time they are addicted to drugs or alcohol. An addict will work with a therapist to better understand how their actions and the environment and people whom they surround themselves with change the way in which they experience the world around them including their experience with alcohol, prescription pain medication, or illicit substances. These are all different variables that could change the different kinds of therapy and types of treatment a patient will receive during their rehabilitation.   


Outpatient Sober Living and Relapse Prevention

After an addict goes through medical detox, and inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation, it is very important for their success in their new sobriety that they fully understand and embrace that there is even more work to be done. Recovery for someone who is addicted to alcohol or drugs never stops. This is because addiction is a chronic disease like asthma, that can never be cured, but only treated and held in remission by continuing treatment. Therefore with the life skills the addict learned in rehabilitation they begin to rebuild their lives trying to retrofit it for sobriety rather than allowing it to continue being structured and controlled by the substance abuse and addiction that took control of their lives prior to treatment. The only way to structure one’s life for sober living is through the continuing therapy of a 12 step program, individual behavioral therapy, or even a relapse prevention aftercare program at a treatment facility.

During aftercare treatment an addict will continue to go through therapy to continue learning the life skills that are necessary to help them better deal with difficult moments that might they usually trigger them. This care will likely include some sort of behavioral therapy and the addict may engage with a 12 step program during this time. The patient will still have access to that vibrant community of other recovering addicts and a quality Aspire staff made up of dedicated and qualified clinicians. Support throughout the recovery process is important to the success of a patient’s success. There are few times during the recovery process as vulnerable as the moment someone leaves an inpatient rehab recovery program for the outside world. However, if the recovering addict knows that there is still work to be done, that they will be in recovery still only in a different form, it can help the patient to feel more confidence in their ability to succeed. Knowing that support system is there is more important in the first few months of going home than at any other time in recovery.  


South Dakota Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Aspire offers a variety of different addiction treatment programs. They are specifically molded to each individual patient who seeks addiction recovery. Each step of the way Aspire will offer a highly quality staff of therapists and medically licensed clinicians, a comfortable setting so that patients can avoid worrying about the little details and can focus on their treatment instead. Contact Aspire today to learn more about what program is right for you.