The ability to overcome an addiction depends on many factors, including the substance, the individual and the existence of physical or mental health condition. This is why some addicts have no trouble getting sober with weekly Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings, while others find that they repeatedly relapse in spite of participating in inpatient rehab programs. Many inpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment facilities offer extended care rehab programs tailored to your needs. The battle against addiction is the fight of your life, and you deserve the kind of supportive assistance that only an extended care program can offer.
The Continuum of Addictions: Why Some People Need Extended Care Rehab
No matter what substance you have become dependent upon, addiction is a disease. But just as diabetes affects different diabetics in different ways and not everyone dies from cancer, addiction does not touch its victims’ lives equally. Some face longer and more protracted battles against this disease than others. Factors that can make it more challenging to get clean, necessitating access to extended care, include the following:
- Addiction to alcohol or opiates
- Addiction to multiple drugs
- A prior history of relapse
- An underlying medical condition, including both physical and mental illnesses (see dual diagnosis)
- A history of physical abuse or trauma
- A very stressful home life
The Benefits Of Extended Care Rehab
While outpatient care offers a piecemeal approach that can be customized to your individual needs, inpatient extended care rehab acts as a one stop shop for all of your addiction treatment needs. Some of the services you can expect in an inpatient program include the following:
- Education about the disease of addiction
- Therapy designed to help you understand your addiction, its causes, and the path to recovery
- Formal and informal group support that provide perspectives of other recovering addicts in a structured environment
- Medical care for underlying health concerns
- Medical detox that can help minimize the risks and symptoms of withdrawal
- Family support programs, such as family therapy and family visitation days
Many addicts find that a supportive inpatient environment that is free from the distractions and temptations of the real world offers them the break they need to focus on the root causes of their addiction. For those whose lives feel unmanageable, extended care is often the only option for recovery.
Do You Need Extended Care?
If you answer yes to three or more of the following questions, you might benefit from an extended care program:
- Does mental illness run in your family, or do you have a history of mental illness?
- Are other members of your family current or former addicts?
- Have you suffered legal or health problems as a result of your addiction?
- Has your addiction harmed your closest relationships?
- Do you feel like your life is out of control?
- Is your home life so stressful that you cannot imagine getting sober?
- Do you need a break from your family, job, or other obligations?
Toronto Addiction Centres will help you find the right extended care rehab treatment program for your needs. You will be able to focus on your recovery in an environment where you never feel alone or hopeless.
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