Addiction Recovery: An Overview of the Entire ProcessAnna Ciulla
Your loved one just made the courageous decision to enter rehabilitation for their addiction. While that’s ultimately an important step toward their new life free of substances, it can leave families with a range of emotions and many questions. While your loved one is in treatment you don’t have to remain the dark. At Beach House, we want our patients’ families to be informed and involved in the healing process. Here is a look at your loved one’s recovery from addiction—and how your family can begin to recover, as well.
Checking in is just the beginning.
When someone enters our doors, they’re entering into a safe and supportive community. Each patient is encouraged to make a call to let their loved ones know they arrived safely. Then, they are given a complete medical evaluation and will begin a safe, medically managed detox under the 24-hour supervision of our physicians and nursing staff. We believe in giving all of our patients the highest level of care possible. Patients are in observation for at least 48 hours, where they’ll receive around-the-clock care, to make sure they are comfortable and stable.
Embarking on a new daily schedule.
After the initial detox, patients will meet their therapist and begin the next stage of their treatment. As they begin to feel better, we’ll begin adding more activities to their routine, each of which is designed to help aid their recovery. Throughout the day, they’ll be engaging in group therapy, AA meetings, trips to the beach and activities to help them reconnect with themselves, a community of recovery and a higher power. Your loved one will have a schedule that runs from early morning to late in the evening (a typical day will run from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.), and the entire plan is outcome-focused. We want our patients to have plenty of opportunities to get in touch with who they are at their core.
Creating new communities.
Each patient moves through the recovery process with a core group of people. Having a group of sober, supportive people surrounding your loved one will help as they work through their treatment. Back home, their friends might have been encouraging or enabling their usage. Or maybe your loved one began to isolate themselves as their addiction grew. Time at Beach House will help them connect with people who are committed to healthy, substance-free living. The friendships and communities that are built here can become a vital support network after your loved one returns home.
Allowing time for recovery.
While you might want your loved one to get better and come home as quickly as possible, we hope our patients will stay for at least 30 days. Studies have found rates of long-term recovery increase when patients are in a 35-day inpatient detox, followed by 60 days of intensive outpatient care. At Beach House, we believe after-care that extends up to one year is the gold standard. The community and healthy habits formed here can help support long-term sobriety.
Encouraging communication and family healing.
At Beach House, we want families and loved ones to be a part of rehabilitation process. Each patient is encouraged to sign a release, allowing their families to check in on their progress. Your loved one will also have opportunities in their schedule to call home.
We know substance abuse affects more than just the patients themselves, which is why we also host family programs. These three-day intensives are encouraged to help the family heal as a system. There has likely been a lot pain, hurt feelings and disruption throughout your loved one’s addiction. While they were suffering (and perhaps self-medicating), the family as a whole often suffers as well. We want to facilitate family healing, by rebuilding the relationships that were strained during addiction and giving families tools that will help them grow stronger as their loved one recovers.