There’s nothing positive anyone can say about addiction. It simply strips people of being able to enjoy the life that lies before them. When addiction has run its course, and an addict wants help, the treatment process moves front and center. Most people understand therapy and counseling. A good many people have experienced such participation for a variety of reasons. It’s the detox portion of treatment that creates mystery. For a better understanding, allow us to take you through the stages of detox.

The Three Stages of Detox

Woman at beach in Jacksonville getting through the stages of detox peacefullyWhile it’s impossible to get experts to agree on everything, there’s a consensus that there are three distinct stages of detox. Here’s a useful synopsis of each step.

Stage 1 Cleansing–When someone decides to stop using drugs suddenly, the drug and toxins have taken over the body. Before that person is truly ready for therapy, they need to go through a cleansing process. Clinicians design this process with several things in mind. First, the physical body needs to get through the withdrawal process. Second, the mind needs an opportunity to get past the psychological need to medicate. Finally, the entire individual needs a way to remove the cravings for their substance of choice. The result of a successful cleansing is usually a person ready to focus on rehab and therapy. By the way, early intervention services can make this stage a little less stressful.

Stage 2 Balancing–After months or years of abuse, the typical addict’s body is most likely out of whack. Proper detox programs include rejuvenation of the body through exercise and nutrition. It might take some time, but with appropriate care, the patient’s body should begin to show signs of regaining health.

Stage 3 Clarity–As the body regains health and the mind can set aside its mental cravings, the patient should begin to recover a sense of themselves. This newfound clarity is necessary because patients need the opportunity to focus during therapy.

What Comes after the Three Stages of Detox?

When those three stages of detox are accomplished, the patient is ready for the rigors of rehab treatment and therapy. The real challenge the patient faces in counseling is coming clean. That means being open and honest about their thoughts and feelings.

The task at hand is gathering information. The counselor needs this information to better direct the patient through the recovery process. The patient needs this information to help them better understand their triggers.

Working together, both parties should be able to come up with a plan for dealing with future issues. If the patient leaves rehab with a strong set of coping skills for recovery, there’s an excellent chance they can avoid relapse. That means being able to avoid temptation and triggers “one day at a time.”

Beaches Recovery–A Full-Service Rehab Center

From our facility in Jacksonville, Florida, Beaches Recovery offers a full menu of treatment services. In between detox at Tides Edge and our aftercare offerings, we provide our patients with premier treatment. We accomplish this by focusing on the patient’s specific issues. This further allows us to use one of our customized treatment models to build a personal treatment plan. Here’s a partial list of our treatment models:

As we stated in the beginning, there’s nothing positive we can say about your addiction. What we can say is you don’t have to live your life that way anymore. Treatment facilities like Beaches Recovery can offer you a real alternative.

To get the help you need, you have to want it. If you want it, call us now. The phone number is 866.605.0532. We can help you get through stages of detox as well as provide a complete continuum of care. Whether you know it or not, a better life awaits you on the other side of treatment.