Opus encourages all patients to join some kind of support group or 12-Step Program*. Whether recovering from alcoholism, illicit drug use, pharmaceutical drug dependency, or other self-destructive substance addictions, support groups can be one of the most life-changing experiences for a recovering addict.
The 12-step program is one of the most widely known and commonly used programs for the treatment of addiction and starts with residential treatment admission. “Step” programs were pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and have been adapted for use in the treatment of other addictions as well.
*We understand not everyone believes in a higher power, nor do all patients find the clarity they need within the 12-Step structure. The same amount of treatment, care, and non-judgment are given to everyone who comes to Opus Health. The 12-Step Program model is not mandatory, but it’s highly recommended. Many of our patients do find the accountability, empathy, and trust they need through these types of support groups.
The process of attaining and maintaining sobriety can seem daunting at first, especially if you’ve just made the decision to get professional help. The truth is that you are about to accomplish one of the most challenging and fulfilling life changes that any single person can experience.
When our clients complete their residential treatment programs, we arrange custom, individualized Aftercare Programs for them. This helps ensure that the realities of life after inpatient treatment are not stumbling blocks.
Much of our behavioral treatment focuses on addressing the triggers to addiction, so you will already be leaving with a set of guidelines for yourself. Keep in close contact with your sponsor during this time as it can be vital to maintaining your new lifestyle!
Chances are that many relationships were strained while you were struggling with your opiate or suboxone addiction. For many clients just like you, one primary focus once completing residential treatment is to reach out to those hurt by your past addiction and make amends. We suggest that you take some time with your loved ones and listen to what they experienced while you were at your lowest. This may help you sort through your emotions as well, and open doors to healing.
Depending on the length of time you spent dependent on illicit drugs or alcohol, the process can be challenging. You have a support network you can lean on now, so take steps to connect with your new friends and sponsor while dealing with emotionally charged situations. Staying open to difficult conversations will go a long way as you rebuild your home life.
For most recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, the time spent focused on your next high or drink reduced any energy or time involved in healthy activities. While in our residential treatment program, you learned new skills and enjoyed experiential therapies such as painting, surfing, ocean swimming and rock climbing. Perhaps you have developed a love for art and it has become an outlet for your emotions. Maybe you have discovered that you have a love for learning and want to go back to school. Whatever it happens to be, we encourage you to stretch yourself and set out to achieve your goals.
During drug and alcohol detox, your body went through a deep cleansing of sorts. As a result of extended addictions, many come to our center malnourished. Our bodies are so resilient and once we begin to eat well, drink plenty of water and incorporate exercise, results can be incredible. Extreme malnutrition can take weeks or even months of dietary maintenance before organs and body systems recover. You have learned about the importance of nutrition while in our care, so you should be maintaining your health well.
Taking time to get regular exercise not only helps with restoring muscle mass loss, it is an important tool for fighting depression or anxiety that often accompanies re-acclimation into your family unit. Biking along the beach or swimming are great low impact activities to get your endorphins going. Yoga is a fantastic no impact way to rebuild muscle tone and core muscles.
Spiritual retreats allow you to get away from the busyness you may be experiencing following residential treatment in Orange County. Research has shown that when we take time away and stay connected to thoughts and emotions, we are mentally better off. Some spiritual retreats last for a day, and others for a weekend or more depending on your availability to fit time away in your recovery schedule. The ability to focus on prayer and meditation can bring a sense of peace that you may not have experienced in a long time.