Successful completion of a detox program can be the gateway to a new and healthier life. However, there are no guarantees that completing a detox program will prove successful for everyone. Adults who are hostile toward going through detox may resent the pressure to give up a substance to which they are psychologically or physically addicted. Certain factors, however, seem to predispose certain people to complete a detoxing program and continue on the road to recovery from addiction.
Desire for recovery
Although many addicts are resentful or even hostile about the pressure to give up substance abuse, many or most realize it is in their best interests to do so – financially, medically, and emotionally. They understand their behavior affects loved ones and concerned friends. It may impact job performance and public image. Those that understand the ramifications of their behavior believe in the necessity and benefits of completing a detox program and willingly participate without undue force or constraints. The desire to break the addiction must be stronger than the desire to continue it.
Qualified detox program
As more detox centers spring up around the country, it is tempting to enroll in one that is conveniently located and affordably priced. Those may not be the most important criteria for detox success, however. It is important to find a detox program that is credentialed and licensed to provide needed services. The program should be supervised by a well-trained medical director and appropriate staff who have been trained specifically in detox treatment. The program should be able to offer statistics and other evidence that shows relatively high levels of success in terms of patient recovery, for example, those that go on to enroll in rehabilitation programs or outpatient accountability services. A family physician can recommend a suitable program with proven results.
Strong support system
Going through detox can be difficult. Often there are physical symptoms, emotional distress, and temporary isolation from family and friends. Many addicts in a detox program rely on the love and support of loved ones, knowing they will be there to help the addict afterward with open arms. Assistance with maintaining or obtaining employment as well as establishing a new, healthy routine without the addictive behavior is extremely important for the person who goes through detox. Otherwise, they may question the value of this first critical step if they end up returning afterward to their user mindset and practices. Practical help with errands or finances as well as emotional encouragement with cards, emails, and visits can make a big difference in an addict’s outlook before and after detox.
Community support programs
A resentful addict who is skeptical about recovery after a detox program may be hard to convince to continue with community support following physical detoxification. But research reveals the value of getting involved with community programs like support groups, professional counseling, and twelve-step programs. Mutual support exchanged with other recovering addicts can help people understand they are not alone and that others have experience and insight to share that may be beneficial. Leaders in these programs typically have answers to a recovering addict’s problems and questions or can point the person to others who can help.
Facing the challenge of overcoming substance abuse and addiction can be unpleasant, and some may only reluctantly agree to detox. The factors outlined above can be positive influences on someone struggling with addiction and may make the difference between the success and failure of a detox program. Even someone who is hostile toward detox can be coaxed along a treatment path with the help of family and community support.