When starting out in recovery, usually you go through a detoxification stage that is managed by a professional. You may feel physically better after the substances are out of your system, but this is just the beginning. Your cravings and emotional well-being are not yet on track. You may feel confident, have intense feelings, experience mood swings or have difficulty concentrating in the first month of sobriety, but these are the first steps. For several months you may have depressive episodes, possible anger outbursts and cravings that lead you to justify why using again could and should occur; it will be a struggle.
Just like the roots of a vine in rocky soil searching for water and nourishment to become strong, treatment and healing may take months before the roots of your recovery have become deep enough and strong enough to withstand the challenges before you.
Recovery is more than stopping use, taking a pill or going to a support group.
Each of those elements can be important, but they need to be framed by a skilled team of professionals utilizing multiple interventions and supportive therapies.
The Aviary Recovery Center’s integrated treatment approach will help you learn and develop healthy living skills, nutrition and exercise routines and life skills to develop resiliency so that you can manage the cravings that are a hallmark of addiction. Our Residential Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) provide a supportive environment while you experience the changes of recovery.
During residential or outpatient treatment, expect to dedicate time with a therapist working through some of the struggles on the path to recovery. This time includes:
- Uncovering significant emotional barriers
- Building empathy for others
- Learning from others’ challenges
- Testing the support you get and give to others
- Learning more about how the disease of addiction affects all aspects of your life
- Developing skills to foster and create healthy relationships
- Exploring the potential need for medication to address addiction and co-occurring disorders
This is an important time to reframe your relationships with those who may have been affected by your substance use, including yourself. We will help you reconnect with what is important to you and get back to who you want to be.