In many ways, the residential stage of the rehabilitation process is the heart of the process. This is the stage where you will learn to fully understand your drug and alcohol addiction and discover your own personal path to staying drug and alcohol free for the rest of your life. Patients that have reached this point in the rehabilitation process are presented with both an easy-to-understand scientific explanation of how drugs interact physiologically and the tools necessary to understand their own psychology.
Learning in a Comfortable Setting
The core of the residential stage of rehabilitation is learning in a comfortable setting. Lumiere Detox Center is a state-of-the-art facility that is specifically designed to maximize your comfort. We want you to be relaxed and receptive during the residential stage. To this end, we make your environment calm, engaging, and hassle free.
This is particularly important because a significant portion of your education will involve introspection and sharing. This means that you will need to share intimate details of your life with strangers. This can be difficult for anyone and the staff at Lumiere Detox Center respects that. We will help you become comfortable with that type of sharing and allow you to learn about your addiction at a pace that doesn’t risk your health in any way.
Biology and Psychology
Having recently completed drug and alcohol detox, you should be intimately familiar with at least some of the potential side effects of drug and alcohol use and withdrawal. For this stage of the process, medical professionals will explain the way that drugs and alcohol interact with your biology, so that you better understand the causes of your drug and alcohol addiction. This explanation is not intended to fully explain your drug and alcohol addiction, but rather to be used as a primer so that can more fully understand how the physiological and psychological components of your addiction interact.
Drugs and alcohol change your biology in ways that directly affect your psychological state. If you understand this interaction between biology and psychology, you will better recognize when your mental state is being influenced by the effects of drugs and alcohol.
Exploring Causes of drug and alcohol Addiction
While physical addiction certainly exists, it is rarely the only factor in addiction. In fact, for many drugs, physical addiction usually isn’t even the dominant factor in addiction. Psychological addiction is prevalent in a vast majority of addiction cases. Even more importantly, psychological trauma of some sort is almost always the underlying cause that either prompted drug and alcohol abuse in the first place or caused it to continue / worsen.
No matter how many times you are fully detoxed, you won’t be able to stay away from drugs if you don’t understand what drew you to them in the first place. The psychological reason for drug and alcohol addiction doesn’t go away just because the drug has been removed from your body. If you are still coping with a loss, for example, unless you have been given another viable way to cope with that loss, you are almost certain to return to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism once you leave Lumiere Detox Center.
Understanding that cause is the key to avoiding future relapse. We tackle that challenge both with general education on drug and alcohol addiction and personalized therapy.
General education introduces you to the basics of addiction, in medical terms, common reasons that people use drugs, and examples of past patients that have faced similar situations to you. This information offers a framework for personalized therapy sessions and makes the process easier by making it feel less overwhelming.
Personalized therapy takes place both in one-on-one sessions with a therapist who understands your specific case and with group sessions. The purpose of this therapy is to ferret out the underlying factors that cause you to seek out drugs and to find non-pharmaceutical solutions.
By far, the most important step to understanding your addiction and preventing a future relapse is understanding the underlying cause of it. Once you understand the cause, it is equally important to learn to recognize what events in your life may trigger a relapse. Triggers are directly related to the cause of your addiction, but are often different for different people, even if they have the same cause.
Triggers vary incredibly between patients, making discovering your personal triggers something of a challenge. To combat this challenge, you will work directly with a therapist that understands the details of your case and has previously worked with you to determine the cause of your addiction. It is also possible that you may find hints to your triggers while engaging in group sessions or even activities that aren’t therapeutic in nature. The goal of this part of the process is to provide you with enough tools that you can recognize when you feel the urge to relapse and have the tools to identify precisely what is triggering that urge.
Learning How to Live Without Drugs and Alcohol
Once you understand the underlying causes of your addiction and are able to recognize what may trigger you to return to drugs, you need to learn how to live without drugs. Usually, this means finding an alternative to drugs that helps you cope with whatever trauma drove you to drug abuse in the first place.
There are almost as many possible ways of dealing with trauma without drugs as there are types of trauma. One common approach is engaging in a new hobby, exercise, or activity. If this approach seems valuable for you, our staff can help you begin enjoying a wide variety of new activities and our state-of-the-art facility has the resources to let you enjoy most of them without leaving the grounds.
Another common way of dealing with trauma is to interact more with friends and family. At Lumiere Detox Center we are happy to invite loved ones to participate in the rehabilitation process and we will teach them some of the same support and coping techniques that we teach you. This simply results in a better educated and more valuable support structure once you leave our facility.
While it is impossible to describe all of the techniques and methods that exist for combating trauma and avoiding a future return to drug abuse, you can be certain that the skills you learn during the residential process will help you resist the lure of drug abuse once you have left Lumiere Detox Center.
Want to Know More?
If you have any questions about the residential portion of the rehabilitation process, our friendly staff is always ready to provide details. Whether you want to know more about the background of our medical professionals, simply have dietary concerns about your stay, or want to ask any other question, our commitment to patient comfort begins the moment you ask your first question.