|"Medical detoxification is only the first stage of addiction treatment and by itself does little to change long-term drug use."
Medical detoxification safely manages the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal associated with stopping drug or alcohol use. While detoxification alone is rarely sufficient to help addicts achieve long-term abstinence, for some individuals it is a strongly indicated precursor to effective drug addiction treatment.
Far too often, we hear relapsing addicts tell us, "I was feeling better, I was showing up for work and my family...I just don't know what happened. I spent A WEEK IN DETOX."
Detox is exactly what it says: removing toxins from the human body so that body can function more normally.
Detox only does what it says: remove toxins from the body.
Every Sober Coach will agree wholeheartedly with the NIDA; medical detox may be a requirement in very early recovery and it is never enough - not when our client is a real addict.
What do we mean by "real addict"? Quite simply, a real addict is a person who suffers from the obsession to use and, once having started using, suffers from the compulsion to continue using. It doesn't matter whether he uses pills, powders, liquids, or inhalants.
A qualified Sober Coach can bring home the message (sometimes many times per day) that detox does nothing to treat Addiction or Alcoholism. Detox treats the body's symptoms of chemical dependence but it doesn not - because it can not - treat the mind and spirit of the addict. This is where post-detox and post-rehab treatment becomes so very important.
Whether you are completing detox or completing residential treatment, adding a Sober Coach to your exit plan will provide an additional layer of support- relapse insurance, if you will.
Before hiring a Sober Coach or Sober Companion, we suggest you interview that person and listen to what he or she tells you about the nature of addiction and its treatment.