Treatment, Aftercare & The Recovery Process
After detox, most clients will be suggested to enter an inpatient drug rehab program to learn relapse prevention techniques, participate in individual and group therapy, and learn how to live life again without heroin. An inpatient heroin rehab will provide a safe and stable environment for the beginning of your recovery process. The length of treatment can vary depending on a person's unique situation and history of seeking help. On average most inpatient programs last at least 30 days, although at Pax House it can be anywhere from 45-90 days depending on your situation. During your stay, you can expect to follow a daily schedule to help you establish a new, healthy routine to replace your old using behaviors. Clients typically attend daily groups and individual therapy sessions as well as other activities such as yoga, exercising at a local gym, and attending local 12 step meetings. Most facilities provide food that is prepared on-site for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, although there are facilities that take clients food shopping so they can learn basic life-skills for when they leave rehab. At Pax House, our residential inpatient program includes therapies such as:
- Individual Counseling
- Group Therapy
- Relapse Prevention Education
- 12 Step & Recovery Program Introduction
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Holistic Treatment Therapies such as Yoga, Meditation, & Mindfulness
- Life-Skills Training
- Nutrition & Exercise
There are many other techniques and therapies that can be used depending on the individual's situation. The rehab process is aimed to be a safety net in a safe, structured environment so clients avoid relapse in the early stages of recovery. Many facilities, including Pax House, continue to drug test clients throughout their stay to ensure a safe environment for other clients and to address any relapses that do occur immediately.
Once a client enters the later stage of their stay, the aftercare planning process begins. The biggest benefit of aftercare planning is that clients can be prepared for once they enter society again. Most facilities will have clients meet with an aftercare specialist who will help establish their plans for once treatment is over including scheduling travel, admission to an outpatient program and for some, setting up residency at a sober living home. Depending on where you seek treatment some of these options may be provided by the facility you are attending, like at Pax House. We provide all levels of care to ensure that our clients receive the best options for a successful recovery. During treatment, we encourage clients to participate in finding a recovery program such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous to aid in their recovery journey once they leave our program.
The Recovery Process
Unlike other major illnesses, heroin addiction does not have a cure. There is no guarantee that a person will not relapse, although establishing a recovery program through a support group can really help avoid it. The most commonly known recovery group is the 12 Step program model such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. In a 12 Step In a 12 Step program, participants attend daily meetings and work through the 12 Steps with a guide, also known as a sponsor. These meetings are free to attend which makes access readily available throughout most of the world. Since the programs are anonymous success rates are hard to track, but Alcoholics Anonymous publishes member surveys that establish some data on the success. The average length of sobriety is around five years, and membership has increased over time.