There are many approaches to recovery and addiction treatment. Every person is unique and each one can respond differently to depending on their personal history, temperament, and more. Some need the steps; some can’t find help in that environment. Some like working with animals, and some get nothing from spending time with horses. However, despite all the different ways to work through recovery, there is one thing just about everyone agrees on … you can’t do it alone.
People in recovery from substance use disorders and looking for relief from drug or alcohol addiction need community. And even though it is not as widely practiced, this truth is just as important in a detox situation.
Detox Is Priority
The first directive of a person’s time in detox is to detox. A good detox facility will do everything to facilitate this process. This is actually why groups are necessary. (There may be unique instances where group activities hinder the detox process. However, a good facility will always make room for exceptions to any “rule.”) Here are a few ways groups are vital to a good detox situation.
Detox Education Group
Many group sessions in detox are essentially educational. The reality is that most people who have become addicted to a substance—drugs or alcohol—have no idea what is happening to their bodies and psychologies. Everything from the physical effects to the neurological to the behavioral ones. Each aspect of addiction has a consequence. And when we learn about how they create a dependence and influence our behaviors we are empowered to understand how to effectively work for full, lasting recovery. As well as the “why” of our treatments.
Testing Skills Early
In residential treatment, individuals learn skills to help them cope with their triggers, handle stress, and even interact with others in a healthy manner. If you are in a situation where you can begin learning these skills and putting them to the test in your detox environment, it will make your recovery that much more meaningful and helpful. It’s like getting a kick-start to deeper recovery—one that may even position you as a leader in the next stage of treatment.
The reality is, it’s tough for anyone to understand what is happening in the body and mind of a person in the grips of addiction. Anyone, that is, other than people who have gone through it themselves. When you are part of a group in drug or alcohol detox, you are in a place where you are understood.
As well you understand others. There is no stigma. There is nowhere you have to hide. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Often, the first time a client takes part in a group session in detox is the first time they feel as though they were able to be honest in years.
Beyond that, these relationships often carry on beyond detox. Groups in detox can become the bedrock of future support systems that help hold you up in the days, weeks, months, years ahead.
Evidence Based Group Treatment
These reasons should be enough, but along with them, group therapy in detox is has evidence that it makes a difference. This is why SoCal Detox in San Clemente, California, offers more group options than other detox facilities. As well SoCal makes further efforts to individualize the program, so each person is prepared for the next stage of recovery with as many tools as possible.
Absolutely, detox is the priority at SoCal Detox. And because of this, groups are a priority as well. If you or your loved one are looking for treatment that considers each individual and makes use of the best tools available, please call us today. One of our addiction specialists would be happy to explain more about our unique program.
Call now: 888-590-0777.