Getting the Right Help when Getting Clean

Finding Addiction and Mental Health Help

Recovery is a difficult process, and many different individuals suffer from addiction. From finding mental health treatment at places like Crownview Co-Occurring Institute to discovering a way to build a new life for yourself, people have different needs when getting sober. Here are a few thoughts to consider when getting sober and looking at what you may benefit from in your journey.

Medical Detox

First, you may need or benefit from a true medical detox. Many people think they can detox on their own at home or want to give it a shot by themselves, but this can be dangerous. Some drug withdrawals like those from benzodiazepines and alcohol can actually kill you. Other substances like opioids and cocaine can cause extremely unpleasant withdrawals that often drive people to return to drug abuse. By going to a detox program, you give yourself the best chance at recovery and a safe withdrawal process.

Going to detox may be scary. If you’ve been, you know that it can be an uncomfortable place to be. However, it’s incredibly important to get the right help when withdrawing. Don’t put your life at risk for no reason. You can read our page on what detox is like at to learn more about what you can expect at a detox facility.

Finding a Support Group

There are many different types of twelve step programs out there that may be useful. From the more common ones like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous to lesser-known programs like Pills Anonymous and Debtors Anonymous, there are programs for just about everything. Twelve-step is one of the most popular support groups out there, and there are meetings all over the world where people recover.

There are many secular recovery groups if a higher power isn’t your thing, groups based on existing spiritual and religious traditions like Celebrate Recovery (Christianity) and Refuge Recovery (Buddhism), and general therapeutic support groups. Although many individuals, clinicians, and treatment centers may suggest twelve-step participation, it’s okay to find a support group that works for your specific needs.

Case Management & Life Skills

When I got sober, this is one piece that I really needed. Some treatment centers offer case management and directions in developing life skills. From things like building resumes, getting jobs, learning to cook, or going back to school, case managers can help you get your life back on track. These offerings are especially useful to people who are young and getting sober, as many young people who are addicts lost out on these vital lessons due to their addictions. Some outpatient treatment centers will offer full case management, helping individuals rebuild a life for themselves and develop necessary life skills to grow.

Mental Health Treatment

Many people experience a co-occurring disorder, which is the presence of both a mental health disorder and an addiction. This is a unique experience, as the person is suffering from two conditions that are causing great pain. When a person is suffering from co-occurring disorders, the mental health disorder will often exacerbate drug use, and the drug use will exacerbate the mental health disorder.

If you are suffering from a co-occurring disorder, you need to find the right dual diagnosis treatment. Many treatment centers will say they offer some sort of mental health treatment, but it is very helpful to find a treatment center that has a mental health treatment license. When you get sober, you want to get the right help so you can have the best chance at recovery. As you progress through recovery, it can be beneficial to continue seeing a therapist and/or psychiatrist to help manage your mental health.

Family Groups and Programs

Many treatment centers offer family programs, therapists offer counseling for couples, and there are support groups for family members of recovering addicts and alcoholics. The unfortunate truth is that addiction impacts our families and loved ones, and certainly impacts our relationships with them. If you’ve harmed those around you, hurt relationships, or caused them to worry, it may be necessary to give specific attention to these people and relationships. If you want to work on your relationships, seek out the appropriate professionals, treatment centers, or programs to help you with this.

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