Admitting you have a problem with drugs or alcohol takes a lot of courage and strength. It is also the first step to recovery. Acknowledging you have a substance abuse problem is difficult but necessary in the recovery process. Once you have come to terms with the idea that recovery will improve your life significantly, it is important to enter an addiction treatment center to start the process. However, treatment alone will not help you stay sober. Recovery takes dedication, the right mindset, and willingness to make changes in your life in order to be successful. Recovery requires a new way of thinking, behaving, and interacting with others and is a life-long process. If you’re ready to enter recovery, you may be wondering what to expect. At Corner Canyon Health Centers, we are here to help every step of the way through your inpatient drug and alcohol treatment from the very beginning. So, here’s what you need to know.
The Steps of Recovery and Treatment
Knowing what to expect in treatment before you go can help prevent additional stress and anxiety. To start, an admissions specialist will evaluate your physical and mental health to determine a therapy program that best suits your unique needs. A mental health evaluation can reveal any underlying reasons for your drug and alcohol addiction, including mental health disorders. Once you’re admitted into the program, healing can begin.
Establishing a Routine
Typically, this will begin with developing a daily structure that leads to routine habits and healthy post-treatment behavior. This can include waking up early and eating a healthy breakfast to start your day. Establishing healthy habits produces healthy results and this is important when changing your lifestyle of substance abuse. It is normal to have an adjustment period before you begin to feel comfortable. It’s important to be open and accept the routine in order to begin overcoming your addiction.
Once you’ve settled in, most of the day will consist of some type of therapy. Group therapy and individual counseling will help you identify your triggers so you can learn to avoid them or manage them. In treatment, you will develop coping strategies to overcome triggers and look for patterns. For example, this includes people who abused drugs with you or places associated with drinking alcohol. Mindfulness can reveal why you started using drugs and/or drinking alcohol in the first place. In group therapy, you have the opportunity to meet others who struggle with addictive disorders. People in the group share personal stories, and sharing with others gives you insight into the behavior that led to addiction.
In addition to traditional therapy methods, our team at Corner Canyon Health Centers offers unconventional therapy, such as experiential therapy, which consists of art activities, yoga, equine, off site activities, and music therapy, among others. Participating in therapy and other activities are excellent ways to focus on your well-being and increase the potential for your success in recovery. Family therapy and assertive communication allow family members to communicate with each other in a loving and supportive environment. Our treatment team is here to help you find the therapy that works best for you, as well as assist you with your recovery and treatment.
How Long Will You Be in Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery?
This is a fairly common question among those entering drug and alcohol addiction recovery for the first time. The length of time you spend in residential treatment depends on your needs, the severity of the addiction, and the duration of substance abuse. Like an addiction, everyone’s treatment is unique and tailored to each situation. Someone struggling with addiction to intense drugs, such as heroin, will benefit from a longer stay in residential treatment. Often addiction and mental health conditions co-occur with each other requiring treatment for a dual diagnosis. Mental illness can contribute to the length of stay required in residential treatment. Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and ADHD must be treated simultaneously for the best outcome in recovery. The most important thing to remember is recovery from addiction is different for every person. Do not base your length of stay on someone else’s length of treatment. Focus on recovery and your journey to living substance-free. If you or a loved one is grappling with addiction or substance abuse, do not wait and do not be afraid to ask for help.
Get in Touch With Our Addiction Treatment Center
It doesn’t matter what type of addiction you are battling, Corner Canyon Health Centers is here to help. With a team of experienced and knowledgeable therapists and staff, we are here to assist you every step of the way. Our doors are open to those seeking healing and transformation to put their lives on the path of recovery. To learn more and sign up today, contact us or call us at 877-717-6237.
Cheryl has a 24-year history of founding and managing treatment programs for adolescents, in addition to providing therapy for them and is now excited to work with adults at Corner Canyon Health Centers. Her own treatment experiences informed the development and implementation of the foundational components of Corner Canyon, and she looks forward to directing a program that meets all the expectations she had while in treatment and includes all the therapeutic practices that she has found to be effective throughout her career.
In 1998 Cheryl co-founded Second Nature Wilderness Program, which grew to be the largest private wilderness therapeutic program in the United States and included 5 separate locations. Cheryl also helped found Gateway Academy, a pre-eminent residential treatment program for adolescent boys, and looks forward to working with the Gateway Academy owners at Corner Canyon.
In 2003, Cheryl was elected by her colleagues throughout the United States to serve as a board member for the National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs. Cheryl works clinically with addiction, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, family systems problems, and other co-occurring issues. She loves working with clients the most out of all the different roles she has played. Cheryl completed her education at Brigham Young University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology in 1991 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1993. Her clinical training included CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Assertive Communication, and providing individual, family, group therapy and marriage counseling.
Cheryl is the oldest of ten children and has two adult children, a daughter and a son. Her interests include water sports, photography, interior design, household projects, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves house boating on Lake Powell, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her 5 wonderful grandchildren.