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Omega Recovery Continuum of Care

Having a loved one who is struggling with an alcohol or substance abuse is probably one of the most overwhelming experiences one could go through. On most instances, the addict rarely accepts that they have a problem, and if they do, they keep promising to change but never do.

Addiction recovery is something that most people are not trained or equipped to handle. A drug treatment center or an alcohol treatment center is your best bet if you find yourself in this situation. These facilities have trained and experienced personnel as well as specialized treatment programs.

At Omega Recovery center, we utilize a seven-stage approach to addiction treatment. Our programs are designed to not only get the addict clean but also to ensure that they do not resume their destructive habit. Here’s what you should know about our steps to recovery.

  1. Intervention


While there are individuals that admit they have a problem and seek treatment on their own, most addicts however, are reluctant to admit their destructive behavior. Such individuals, therefore, need a push to steer them towards recovery lest they succumb to their problem. This ‘push’ is what is referred to as an intervention.

During the intervention, a team consisting of a substance abuse interventionist gathers with the addict and explains to them the negative consequences of their substance abuse while outlining ways in which they can overcome it.

The goal of intervention, therefore, is to present the addicted individual with a structured opportunity to accept help and make changes before things take a turn for the worst.

In order for an intervention to be successful, the primary responsibility for planning and leading the intervention needs to be left to a professional. This is because a trained interventionist is usually a professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, or counselor. Thus, they are well-versed in the psychology of addiction and family dynamics. As such, they know the right buttons to press to get the addict to acknowledge their problem while motivating them to change through treatment.

This is unlike most family-led interventions which only succeed in making the addict feel guilty thus causing even further resentment and averseness towards change. A professional knows how to cut through the deception and expose the problem so that the addicted individual has no other option but to accept change.

  1. Detox

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Detoxification is the first stage of treatment once a patient checks into our drug and alcohol treatment center. The aim of detox is to purge the body of foreign chemicals so as to allow the patient to begin their recovery with a clean slate.

And because detox involves taking the patient completely off the substance they are addicted to, their body immediately begins experiencing withdrawal symptoms which range from the uncomfortable to the potentially fatal. This is especially true for patients withdrawing from an alcohol or opioid addiction. The withdrawal symptoms associated with those substances include seizures which can cause death.

This is why addiction treatment needs to be done at an alcohol or drug treatment center as these facilities offer medical oversight to ensure the safety and comfort of the recovering addict.

The initial days of detox are usually the worst as the withdrawal symptoms are at their peak. Since the body had developed a dependency on the substance, depriving it of the substance makes it unable to function properly. As such, this stage is when the patient is more than likely going to relapse if they attempt the recovery by themselves as they will find it almost impossible to cope.

Addiction treatment centers use special medication that mimics the effects of the abused substance to help the patient cope better so as to prevent relapsing.

  1. Extended Care – Inpatient Rehab

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Inpatient rehab offers the best chances of making a complete and successful recovery. In addition to ridding the addict’s body of the substance, inpatient rehab provides the individual with psychological treatment that aims to address the root of their addiction while assisting them to find better ways to cope with stressors to prevent future relapses.

As such, treatment here involves:

 One on one counseling sessions

 Daily group therapy sessions

 Recreational therapy

 Access to healthcare professionals such as physicians and psychiatrists.

 Medication management

  1. Extended Care – Intensive Outpatient

For recovering addicts whose situation is not severe, intensive outpatient treatment would be a good fit for them since they can continue with their addiction treatment while living at home.

As such, the individual will still be attending their treatment sessions up to eight hours a day. However, once their sessions are completed, they are free to leave the facility and handle other life objectives.

Nonetheless, the doctor is the one to decide whether the patient can handle recovering from their addiction under this treatment program. Additionally, if the patient does not show the expected signs of improvement, or skips sessions or even relapses, they might be required to live in the facility again until they show improvement.

  1. Extended Care – Partial Hospitalization

Partial hospitalization is quite similar to intensive outpatient in that the recovering addict will be allowed to go home after attending their treatment sessions during the day. Partial hospitalization, however, is a bit more comprehensive than intensive outpatient and therefore would be an ideal fit for people who require a little more treatment than that offered in an outpatient program, but not as much as that offered in an inpatient program.

Addiction recovery specialists perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether partial hospitalization is an ideal fit for the individual.

  1. Sober Living

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This stage of recovery typically begins about four months after rehabilitation. Here, the recovering individual continues to work on their abstinence strategies that help them avoid environmental, psychosocial, and emotional triggers to their substance use. Additionally, the individual works on ways they can use to cope with daily stress.

One of the key factors towards maintaining sober living is to retain a humble attitude towards the power of addiction and not taking abstinence lightly. Another important thing is to have a personal vigilance against relapse.

But of utmost importance is that the recovering addict maintains their participation in self-help groups. These groups are incredible beneficial as the individuals are able to share their challenges thus encouraging each other to stick with the program. This mutual support helps the recovering addict to avoid relapsing.

Consequently, long term recovery is only possible if the individual commits to a lifestyle change. To maintain sobriety while living a fulfilling life, the individual needs to establish healthy relationships, exercise and eat well, and work on resolving their personal issues. Upon establishing this healthy lifestyle, they must live it on a daily basis.

  1. Alumni

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An alumni program is meant to keep recovering addicts in contact with former patients as well as the facility. At Omega, we regularly host events to keep our alumni in touch. The goal of the alumni program is to help the former patient maintain their sobriety by providing them with connections, advice, and encouragement as well as activities that distract them from triggers to drug use.

Through structured programs, an alumni program is able to reduce the risk of the patient relapsing through discouraging social isolation. Since its inception, many former patients have talked about how invaluable the program has been towards their path to sober living.

Drug abuse is a national epidemic that is the cause of many broken relationships, families, and even fatalities. If you have a loved one struggling with alcohol and substance abuse, do not wait for the individual to admit that they need help in order to take action. At Omega Recovery Center, we have a structured approach towards treating addiction. We will help you get your loved one the treatment they need in addition to ensuring that they do not fall back to their habits later on.

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Positive Ways to Celebrate the Holidays if You’re in Recovery

The holidays are here with us. This time of the year is supposed to be peaceful and joyous. However, it can also be a time of sadness, tension, and depression, especially for people struggling with addiction. Feelings of hurt, loss of a loved one, shame, resentment, and guilt about the past can heighten such emotions.


Newly sobers may find it hard to navigate through these situations while living without the substance. Fortunately, the experience of spending quality time with family and having the right support can help to foster a positive environment for recovery. Unfortunately, if you are recovering from substance use, you may also be tempted to break away from your sobriety during the holidays.


While you may seek support from family and friends, take charge of your own sobriety. The holidays should be a reminder and a proof of positive things that can be achieved through serenity, sobriety, and service. Here are tips to help you to navigate through the holidays without a relapse.


Be thankful


Remind yourself of the positive steps you have made and how far you have come in your abstinence journey. The holiday season is the perfect time to reward yourself for your accomplishments. Celebrate the many hurdles you have gone through, no matter how small they may be.


The fact that you have taken actions and have the desire to change your life, even if you have just started your sobriety journey, is a positive step that should empower you to achieve greater things. To keep yourself in the right mindset, list all the positive things in your life, why you fought addiction and many other things you are grateful for.


Make preparations for staying sober


Everyone recovering from substance abuse should have a relapse prevention strategy. In your plan, describe the strategies you are using to support your rehabilitation during the holidays. For instance, if you communicate with your sponsor or a positive friend three times a week, make it seven times a week during the holidays. If you have certain cravings, draw anti-craving strategies. These could include things like reading anti-relapse literature, exercising, calling someone, or even praying.


On top of this, think about each day and fill it with things that empower or bring you joy. If you tend to get lonely, plan to surround yourself with positive people.


As you draw your plan, it is important to be realistic. Sometimes, you may need to be careful especially when some situations depend on the actions of others. It is best to avoid spending time with people who are a bad influence. For example, friends you used to drink together with before your rehab.

Have an escape strategy


Basing on previous holiday experiences, identify potential scenarios that may make you break away from your routine and draw a strategy of how you will respond to each scenario. Think about people that can support you in your journey and the ones who cannot. Also, decide on the things you can talk about and the ones you are not willing to discuss.


You may want to inform people about your situation as most people don’t stigmatize addiction anymore. But if you are not willing to be open about it, find a way to turn down alcohol or drugs. Know and rehearse your response even if it is a fake excuse.


If you are planning to attend social gatherings, always arrive early and depart early. This strategy will help you avoid awkward situations. In most cases, drug and alcohol use is more common as the party continues. Don’t worry about offending the host by arriving early because your sobriety is cardinal.


Mind what you drink


If you are attending social events, chances are that someone will ask you, “Would you like a drink?” It is, therefore, helpful to have a beverage with you to avoid such questions. Sometimes, you may also accidentally choose a wrong drink, only to realize when you have already swallowed. This does not mean that you have a relapse, but replace the drink immediately.

To avoid some of these awkward situations, you can bring your own drinks to social gatherings. This way, you will less likely to fall victim to any mischievous attempt to spike your drink with drug or alcohol. Keep in mind that not everyone will take your rehabilitation seriously.


Share support


Surround yourself with positive people during the holiday season. There are many people who struggle with recovery and who are in need of support. Plan to spend time with such people. When you support others in their struggles, you will take your focus elsewhere, thus paying little attention to your own struggles and shortcomings. As a group, you may even find ways of giving back to the society, for instance, visiting the elderly, volunteering service at your local church or charity, or even spending time with the less fortunate.


Seek help


To avoid being lonely or out of place when you attend social events, bring along a sober friend who understands your situation. If you are traveling out of town, have phone numbers of the right people in your support system.


Support and encouragement comes in handy during tempting times. If you are part of a support group or attending rehab sessions, make sure you do not miss all your routine meetings. Don’t allow the holiday mood to jeopardize your sobriety journey.

Celebrating with a loved one in recovery


If you have a loved one who is trying to overcome substance abuse, give them your support. If your family has holiday practices that don’t help in bringing the family together in a supportive way, make new traditions.


While everyone should treat relapse as serious as it is, watch out not to suffocate the recovering person’s ability to relish his or her moments of glory. Family members need to discuss with recovering loved ones about things that will make them comfortable during the holiday season. Here are a few tips that may help to accommodate recovering individuals during the holiday.


  • Ask the recovering family member if he or she is comfortable taking part in holiday celebrations. Help the person understand that it is okay to miss some events if that is best for his or her recuperation.


  • Find out the beverages that the recovering person prefers. Many recovering individuals may love non-alcoholic cocktails. However, be wary of some drinks because they can be a trigger for the newly sober. Beverages such as hot or iced tea, cocoa, coffee, or hotly spiced cedar are safer options.


  • Ask if the person would like to invite a friend who does not drink. Sometimes, recovering persons love to spend time with another recovering friend or someone who understands their situation, especially in social gatherings where alcohol is served.

Enjoy the holidays


Being the time for celebrations, don’t let your struggles prevent you from enjoying your holiday. Take it easy and celebrate your sobriety in style. Find activities that help you connect with body, mind, and spirit. Maintain your exercise routine, have plenty of rest, pray, and watch what you eat. Maintaining sobriety will help you experience the true spirit the holiday. Don’t be afraid to seek support when you feel overwhelmed and always keep communication lines open.