The Best Way to Stay Sober From Drugs and Alcohol

Best Way to Stay Sober From Drugs and Alcohol

If you have decided to get sober, you have likely begun searching for the best addiction treatment center to help you realize your sobriety goals. While detox and comprehensive addiction treatment are the essential first step on your journey, it is important to know that the process doesn’t end after you successfully get sober. Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by instances of relapse. As many as 60% of those who complete an addiction treatment program or get sober “cold turkey” will experience at least one instance of relapse during recovery. While these statistics indicate what traditionally occurs, they do not mean relapse is inevitable for everyone. 

How to Stay Sober From Drugs and Alcohol

Staying sober is a journey, not a destination. It is a process that requires ongoing effort and commitment. Although the process may seem overwhelming, attaining and maintaining lasting sobriety is an achievable goal. Below are a few things you can do to stay sober from drugs and alcohol.

Complete an Addiction Treatment Program 

Completing an addiction treatment program is one of the best ways to get and stay sober. Although many people try to quit drugs or alcohol independently (otherwise known as quitting “cold turkey”), and some succeed, quitting without support increases your chances for relapse. In some cases, trying to reduce or stop using your substance of choice will result in intense withdrawal symptoms. Similarly, the severity of your addiction contributes to difficult detox and withdrawal. At an addiction treatment program, you will have access to services such as medically assisted detox, comprehensive addiction therapy, and ongoing support while you begin your sobriety journey. The benefits and education provided during an addiction treatment program can provide the tools needed to stay sober. 

Join a 12-Step Support Group

12-step support groups as part of recovery and aftercare can be vital tools of ongoing support. Traditional 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or one of several other programs that have risen out of inspiration provided by AA provide you with an opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals who share or have shared similar struggles. At weekly meetings, other group members who may be at different stages of recovery can and will serve as mentors and supportive peers. 

Continue Individual Therapy

Therapy doesn’t not have to end upon the completion of an addiction treatment program. On the contrary, continuing individual therapy sessions with your mental health professional can help you continue to explore difficulties or bumps in the road you may experience during recovery. During ongoing therapy, you can continue to learn new coping mechanisms for triggers and develop a deeper understanding of how certain situations and environments further addictive behaviors. 

Benefits of Relevance Recovery’s Aftercare Program

The aftercare program at Relevance Recovery ensures you have access to an all-encompassing accountability program to help you stay on track during recovery. Participation in the aftercare program ensures you have access to a strong sober community and provides opportunities to participate in activities that can help you maintain a positive outlook on your recovery journey. On your own, recovery can be challenging. But, with a robust aftercare program, you are surrounded by a healthy support system to help you get through challenging times and difficult moments. Our aftercare program also offers monthly mixers, retreats, scholarship opportunities, training options, career development, and various other sober social activities. 

If you are ready to begin the journey to sobriety, don’t wait another day. Reach out to the team at Relevance Recovery today to learn more about how our addiction treatment program and comprehensive aftercare program can help you stay sober from drugs and alcohol. 

What Is Suboxone Used to Treat?

What Is Suboxone Used to Treat?

Depending on one’s unique addiction treatment needs and goals, medication-assisted treatment may help treat substance use disorders, prevent overdose and sustain ongoing recovery. Medication-assisted treatment uses medications such as suboxone in combination with counseling to provide a comprehensive, holistic treatment approach to addiction treatment. Research shows a combination of medication and therapy can enhance the likelihood of treatment success in some cases. The ultimate goal of medication-assisted therapy is to help those struggling with addiction (specifically opioid addiction) to attain full recovery. 

What Is Suboxone?

Suboxone is the brand name for a prescription medication used in the treatment of opioid addiction. It has two ingredients: buprenorphine (an opioid) and the medication naloxone. When combined, these two ingredients help to reduce cravings for addictive opioids, including heroin, codeine, oxycodone, and fentanyl.

It may seem strange to use an opioid-containing medication to treat opioid addiction. Buprenorphine is an opioid that is more potent than morphine; however, its actions as an opioid agonist make it effective in addiction treatment. In the brain, it acts as a partial opioid agonist, which means it helps keep other opioids from affecting the brain by binding to the opioid receptors in the nervous system. This action helps provide a way for patients to wean themselves off opioids while reducing the effects of opioid withdrawal. While buprenorphine is unlikely to cause the intense sedation and euphoric effects seen with other opioid drugs, it helps to satisfy cravings and suppress withdrawal symptoms. 

Naloxone is a medication used in medical settings to reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdose. It also works as a total opioid agonist by blocking and reversing the effects of opioid drugs on the nervous system. Naloxone is included as an ingredient in suboxone to prevent people from overdosing on buprenorphine. It also helps to minimize the risk of relapse by preventing the addictive and euphoric sensations many experience when they use opioids. 

In the United States, suboxone is classified as a schedule III-controlled substance, which means it is a drug with medical value and benefit and a moderate risk for addiction. Because of this, only doctors who receive certification for the Department of Health and Human Services can prescribe suboxone to their patients. 

Is Suboxone Safe?

When appropriately used, suboxone is safe in most situations. As with any prescription medication, there are circumstances and conditions unique to the individual for which suboxone use would be contraindicated even in the addiction treatment setting. Long-term suboxone use can lead to physical and psychological dependence, so medical supervision is suggested. In addition to being safe, suboxone has been proven effective as a treatment for opioid addiction. 

A 2014 study found that suboxone was more effective than methadone in terms of reducing opioid drug use. However, there is some question regarding whether suboxone is equally as effective at keeping people in their treatment program. There are side effects and risks associated with suboxone use, and therefore their use should be discussed with your primary care provider, and any pre-existing medical conditions should be evaluated before beginning any course of medication. 

How Is Suboxone Used in Addiction Treatment?

As part of an evidence-based addiction treatment program, suboxone is used to reverse the effects of fast-acting opioids, including heroin and prescription painkillers. Suboxone can also be used during the initial treatment process and in the early stages of recovery to help manage withdrawal symptoms that accompany quitting opioids. When taken correctly, most people who take suboxone as part of a treatment program will not experience cravings or withdrawal. These are benefits to the drug that make it so useful as an element of the treatment process. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, medication-assisted therapy using suboxone may be helpful as a part of a comprehensive addiction treatment plan. It is essential to find a comprehensive treatment program like Relevance Recovery to ensure medication-assisted therapy is appropriately combined with therapy and ongoing support. Only as part of a holistic program will medication-assisted therapy provide the most substantial opportunities for treatment success. If you are ready to begin your journey towards freedom from opioids and would like to learn more about medication-assisted therapy with suboxone, contact Relevance Recovery today. 

Alternative Addiction Treatment: Biosound Therapy

Biosound Therapy

Traditional treatment methods such as talk therapy, psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and others have been used as instrumental parts of comprehensive, evidence-based treatment programs for decades. The reason for their ongoing use is simple. They are proven successful in treating various mental health and substance use disorders. But their success does not mean they are the only successful or beneficial treatment options. Recently, many addiction treatment centers across the nation have begun integrating alternative treatment programs into their treatment plans. 

Are Alternative Treatment Methods Used in Addition to Traditional Methods?

As addiction is unique to the individual, it has been found that utilizing various alternative treatment methods in conjunction with traditional treatment methods provides greater chances of overall success. Many (if not all) alternative treatment methods are not considered substitutes for traditional therapy techniques. Depending on the treatment center program, these alternative therapies (such as art, music, yoga, mindfulness, and biosound therapies) are used alongside cognitive-behavioral therapy, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and nutritional supports to create a holistic treatment plan designed around each patient’s unique treatment needs. 

Biosound Therapy Explained

Biosound therapy is growing in popularity as a promising treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. Biosound therapy is a simple and painless procedure that utilizes sound (specifically vibrations) to help put the nervous system in a state of relaxation. During a biosound session, you will sit in a special chair and be covered with a blanket. Throughout the session, you are exposed to a variety of vibration patterns that you can both hear and see. Biosound therapy is a non-invasive, non-narcotic means of mitigating mental health symptoms (such as depression and anxiety) as well as reducing the pain and discomfort associated with detox and withdrawal. 

Research examining the effectiveness of biosound therapy showed significant symptom reduction across many different mental health and addiction concerns, including stress, depression, headaches, impulsivity, cravings, and others. In some cases, symptom reduction was as much as 57% when compared to levels pre biosound session. When used in a mental health or addiction treatment setting, biosound therapy can help reduce treatment outcomes by calming the body and mind, therefore improving overall well-being and treatment response. In some cases, biosound has been used when patients are struggling to remain in the treatment setting due to increased anxiety and other common symptoms surrounding the detox and withdrawal process. 

Biosound therapy is not a standalone treatment. It is used in conjunction with other evidence-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing to provide a comprehensive, individualized approach to addiction and mental health treatment. 

How Relevance Treats Addiction

At Relevance Recovery, we understand the challenges you may face when choosing to seek addiction treatment. Our outpatient treatment program focuses on the long term sobriety. Unfortunately, going to rehab is just the first step of getting sober. Addiction is a lifelong disease. If you are ready to seek addiction treatment, reach out to the caring and compassionate team at Relevance Recovery today. 

Our admissions and treatment teams will work with you to create a treatment plan designed to meet your unique treatment needs and goals. At our New Jersey treatment center, we provide treatment programs that include evidence-based treatment models such as outpatient treatment, holistic addiction treatment, MAT, and cognitive-behavioral therapy combined with alternative treatments like biosound therapy (and many others) to create a holistic and comprehensive treatment plan. 

We understand your recovery journey does not end upon the completion of an addiction treatment program, which is why we provide robust aftercare planning to help ensure continued support during the transition process. If it’s time to start your journey to sobriety, don’t wait another day to take the first step. Contact Relevance Recovery today