Should I Go to Substance Abuse Treatment After Residential Detox?

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Created On: Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On: Wednesday, 13, November 2019

According to many national surveys within the United States, roughly 10% of addicts receive treatment for their addiction. It is estimated that there are close to 22 million Americans struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. Many addicts feel that detox is all they need and forego treatment after detox. The success rate from going to detox without treatment is low. The average addict will relapse, and the relapse can be much worse than before. It is strongly recommended that every drug addict attends treatment after detox. Each addict faces unique circumstances surrounding his or her addiction. They may be struggling to find a treatment program, cannot afford private treatment, or are on waitlists. Medical conditions may be preventing them from attending certain programs, or they simply are refusing treatment after detox.

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It is important to understand the severity of your addiction. Someone who has been abusing drugs every day for months or years needs treatment after detox. The recreational drug user who finished detox may only need outpatient counseling or therapy. The severity of your addiction dictates the type of treatment you go to after detox. The purpose of treatment is to address the underlying issues connected to the addiction. These are the reasons why you started to abuse drugs or use them recreationally or casually. Either way you look at it, drug and alcohol abuse is problematic. To prevent this problem from consuming your life, treatment is necessary after detox.