So you’ve completed detox and now you’re wondering what comes next. One of the most common reasons for relapse is a failure to secure ongoing treatment after detox. Many people believe that if they can just clear the drugs from their system, they will no longer have the desire to use. But addiction is more than a physical reaction to a substance, it involves one’s thoughts and behaviors, as well. Without identifying the underlying issues that lead to drug and alcohol use in the first place, someone who just completed detox can be setting themselves up for failure. One of the most effective methods of follow up treatment to detox in Sarasota is an Intensive Outpatient Program. In an IOP, a client can be educated on the physiological effects of drugs and alcohol on the system. They can discover why they used drugs or drank and learn methods to avoid future use. They can also address the underlying trauma, anxiety, or grief that led to substance abuse in the first place.
Another advantage of an IOP is the controlled transition back into daily life. In an Intensive Outpatient Program, clients are able to live their lives while still attending treatment. Sometimes unforeseen situations, such as a stressful day at work, or an argument with a spouse, might lead someone freshly sober back to drinking. But with an Intensive Outpatient Program, clients learn coping strategies and tools to manage situations which could otherwise lead to relapse. In an IOP, a client is never more than 72 hours away from his or her last contact with a sober and encouraging voice, reminding them why they chose to embark on a life of recovery in the first place. Without this consistent reminder in the first few weeks out of detox, it can be easy to forget just how unmanageable life was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. It is our experience at Sarasota Addiction Specialists, that with and a safe, steady transition from detox, through an Intensive Outpatient Program, clients are much more likely to regain the life they hardly realize they have lost.
If you are considering detox in Sarasota, there are some options. Here at Sarasota Addiction Specialists, we would be glad to help find the detox that is best suited for you or your loved one. There is no time like the present to regain a life lost or begin anew. Take that step now by picking up the phone and calling us at (941) 444-6560.