Making the decision to get sober isn’t easy, but it is the best decision you can make for yourself, your family, and other loved ones. However, you don’t get sober overnight. Many people are under the impression that they can go to a detox center, get through withdrawals, then go back to their daily lives, but this doesn’t work for most people. Detox alone cannot cure or treat addiction–it simply prepares you for treatment and beginning life in recovery.
So, how exactly do you stay sober after detox? Thankfully, there are several treatment options and aftercare solutions that can support you along the way.
Staying Sober After Detox With a Continuum of Care
Detox only helps you get through symptoms of withdrawal and stabilize your body. While this is an important part of recovery, it doesn’t pave the way for long-term sobriety. Instead, you can learn how to stay sober by participating in a full continuum of care in addiction treatment after detox. A continuum of addiction care often consists of:
Day treatment, also known as partial hospitalization or PHP, is an addiction treatment option that offers 24/7 support and sober housing. It is similar to inpatient rehab, but patients have more flexibility in the evenings and on the weekends. Day treatment typically involves 25 hours of counseling per week spread across 5 days a week. This is the most intensive treatment option offered at Woburn Wellness and is ideal for those who have just completed detox.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
IOP is the next type of addiction treatment program that can help you stay sober after detox. IOP is a step down from day treatment but it is more intensive and time-demanding than a standard outpatient program. Treatment consists of 3.5-hour appointments that are divided up into two sessions up to five days a week. IOP can help you adjust to living independently after day treatment while encouraging structure, support, and accountability.
Outpatient Program (OP)
Outpatient rehab is a less intensive option that allows you to continue treatment while getting back to work, school, or family. This level of care is meant to support you and help you adjust to living in sobriety without constant supervision. A major focus of outpatient rehab is relapse prevention as it aims to help you practice healthy coping skills and utilize your local resources to stay sober.
Staying Sober After Detox and Rehab With Aftercare
Detox heals your body and rehab helps heal your mind, but your recovery also depends on the actions you take after rehab to maintain your sobriety. Of course, learning how to navigate early recovery isn’t always easy, but there are aftercare programs available to help. Popular aftercare programs that can help you stay sober after detox and rehab are:
You can expect to spend a lot of time in therapy during rehab, but there is nothing wrong with continuing therapy afterward. Many addiction treatment centers have counselors who offer continued therapy sessions to patients who want them. You can also seek your own therapist and start fresh with someone new who may have an alternative perspective.
Whichever option you choose, continued substance abuse counseling can help you stay on track, level minded, and accountable in your recovery. If you begin veering down the wrong path, your counselor can help you get back on track.
Another popular form of aftercare is recovery coaching, sometimes called “sober coaching.” A recovery coach is someone who has experience working with people struggling with addiction or someone who is in recovery themselves. A recovery coach is not a counselor or therapist. They are similar to a life coach but specialize in all things recovery.
You may meet with your recovery coach on a weekly or biweekly basis to discuss your week, your progress, and any concerns you may have. A recovery coach can:
- Give you tips and advice
- Help you find local meetings and other resources
- Help you develop a resume and search for a job
- Make suggestions as to how you can overcome obstacles
- Inspire you with their own stories, experiences, and insight
- Help you create a schedule that is productive and healthy
12-Step Meetings and Fellowship
One of the most widely used recovery programs is the 12-Steps. 12-Step meetings are hosted by members of 12-Step fellowships like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and others. During meetings, members discuss their experiences with addiction and alcoholism as well as how the 12-Steps have helped them stay sober. This is a great way to develop a sober support system and maintain motivation to stay sober.
Sober living homes are drug-and-alcohol-free homes where residents live in early recovery. These homes have strict rules, randomized drug testing, and a structured environment. Staying in a sober living home after detox and rehab can help you adjust to life in sobriety while living in supportive housing among other sober individuals.
Staying Sober With Woburn Wellness Addiction Treatment
At Woburn Wellness Addiction Treatment, we offer a full continuum of care that can support you in your recovery journey and help you stay sober after detox. To get started, call and speak with an admissions coordinator. A team member will verify your insurance, learn about your situation, and help you find a local detox program. Then, we will help you make a seamless transition to one of our day treatment or outpatient rehab programs.
Don’t wait another minute. Call now to get the help you deserve.