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Often, the first step in the recovery process is detox, which is what clinics use to get the drug or alcohol out of your system. Detox can last a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on how severe your situation is. Getting the addiction out is one thing, going back to your life is another. People, like you, often ask us what happens after going to detox?

The answer is somewhat simple. You would need to attend some type of recovery program to take rehab to the next step. What type you attend depends on your own unique addiction. The main types include inpatient and outpatient programs, and aftercare. Here we’ll briefly look at each one to see which one might work better for you.

Attending Inpatient Rehab After Detox

Once you have a handle on drug or alcohol withdrawals, then it’s time to tackle the addiction. For severe addictions, they recommend an inpatient program. This way the center’s experts can monitor how the recovery is going, and they can interfere if things are getting worse. They conduct all counseling and group sessions at the clinic a certain number of times a week, and you’re responsible for attending the ones prescribed for your situation. During your off times, you are free to relax and do what you want, minus addiction-related things. You must stay at the clinic, however, unless special arrangements have been made by the staff.

Inpatient programs can last anywhere from one to six months, depending on what each person needs. They provide 24-hour medical support for all residents, especially those with other medical and mental issues. If prescriptions are needed, experts can oversee the administration of them, to ensure the client’s health remains safe. Costs are typically high, but many insurance plans cover a good portion of the treatment. Also, counseling sessions are intense while you work through the issues that caused the addiction in the first place.

Attending Outpatient Rehab After Detox

If inpatient rehab isn’t needed, or if you need to remain working while you go through treatment, then they’ll prescribe an outpatient program. This is where you attend a certain number of counseling sessions and group meetings a week while staying at home and going to work. All the appointments get scheduled around what you have going on in your daily life. If you need to work, or have other responsibilities, you can attend your meetings before or after them, depending on what your work times are.

Outpatient programs don’t have as much monitoring as the inpatient ones have. You go home after your day’s sessions, and take care of your family or go to work, whatever you need to get done. This kind of program can last about three months to a year because you’re only attending on a part-time basis. With about 10 hours a week, possibly more, you still have time for yourself to spend with your family and friends. Costs are lower than the inpatient because you’re not staying at a clinic, you’re staying at home. You just come to the center when you’re scheduled

Aftercare Services

Most of the skills you learn will be during your time at the inpatient or outpatient programs. Once you’ve completed those treatments, you might still need some kind of ongoing care to prevent falling backward in your recovery and going back to the addiction. This type of treatment could involve mentorships, therapy sessions an hour or two a week, or, in some cases, a sober living environment.

Aftercare is a transitional part of the program, enabling addicts to learn how to go back into their normal lives. When an addiction takes hold of a person, they get used to negative behaviors and patterns that send them spiraling out of control. You have to learn how to replace them with better ones, and then put them into practice. Aftercare will help you use those skills in real-life situations, so you can form better habits. Some of the things you’ll learn are:

How to handle relationships
How to identify the things that trigger your addiction
How to evaluate your performance when using what you’ve learned in the real world