Roadmap to Recovery

Roadmap to Recovery

Summer Sky Treatment Center is one of the Best Drug Rehab Centers in Texas. We have been helping men and women in treatment and recovery since 1985. Over 20,000 individuals and families have utilized our drug and alcohol rehabs. Summer Sky will help you get on the road to recovery.

Recovery is Not Mysterious:

Entering an alcohol addiction treatment center or drug addiction treatment program is a proven path to recovery. Treatment is designed to help men and women become free from alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal substances. The path to freedom begins with treatment followed by a Recovery Roadmap designed in the form of a treatment plan. This roadmap or treatment plan can literally guide you into the recovery process. There are no mysterious practices involved in addiction treatment. Our addiction rehab utilizes evidenced-based treatment. Treatment at Summer Sky involves integrating clinical expertise with clinical evidence.

Medical Detoxification:

Medical detoxification is one of the many components of effective treatment. Without medical detox, a person has little chance of successfully completing treatment or remaining abstinent from alcohol or drugs. The importance of the detox process cannot be understated. Detox alone is insufficient to bring about recovery. However, it is a prerequisite to addiction treatment and recovery. Medical Detoxification will help with the withdrawal process associated with addictive chemicals. People with substance use disorders often require a medical detox so that they can participate in the next level of treatment services. The Summer Sky Medical Detox Facility is on our main campus. For the protection of each patient attending our addiction treatment programs, we will screen and perform a professional assessment to ensure the need for medical detoxification.

Biological Readjustment Process:

People with Substance Use Disorders will need time to heal the brain after removing harmful substances from their body. A person with a substance use disorder will go through a biological readjustment process. During this process, a person’s brain will begin to heal from the chemical changes that took place during active using of addictive substances.

The Withdrawal Stages (1 to 2 weeks)

During treatment after the medical detoxification process and all chemicals are discontinued, many people will experience withdrawal symptoms. There are two types of withdrawals acute and post-acute withdrawal symptoms. The extent of the symptoms and severity of these symptoms will be related to the amount, frequency and type of their previous substance use. It is important during this stage of withdrawal that a person works with the medical and clinical staff during treatment.

Addiction Treatment Centers help with curbing drug cravings, depression, low energy, difficulty sleeping or excessive sleep, increased appetite, and difficulty concentrating. Therefore, treatment is so critical during this stage to prevent someone from returning to active addiction.



Alcohol Withdrawal:

The physical dependence associated with prolonged heavy use of alcohol is a concern for treatment centers. The abstinence syndrome that develops is medically more severe and more likely to cause complications if not in a medical detoxication program when alcohol intake is stopped. People will need to utilize detox to allow the body to rid itself from alcohol. It is recommended that someone with an alcohol use disorder enter a medical detoxification program for safety purposes.

Methamphetamine & Amphetamine Withdrawal:

This class of drugs usually begins its withdrawal symptoms about twenty-four to thirty-six hours after the last drug was taken. The feeling of depression, fatigue, slower physical movements, and mental functions are sometimes slowed during withdrawal. After the body rids the drug from the system individuals sometimes report sleepy feelings, tiredness and a lack of motivation. Monitoring of depression and suicidal thoughts are important from medical personnel. The cravings for the drug become strong during and after the acute detox phase of treatment. In some cases, insomnia and irritability and easily angered feelings surface. Medical and psychological interventions are important during detox and post detox. Treatment is highly advised for those addicted to methamphetamines and amphetamines. Relapse is a high risk for this population because triggers to use and psychological cravings can persist for 30 or more days post detoxification. If a patient can, it is advisable to attend a 90-Day Treatment Program to allow the brain to heal properly.

Many Other Drug Withdrawals:

People often become addicted to prescription drugs and other illegal substances. The most common are alcohol, heroin, opioid medications, morphine, codeine, benzodiazepines, valium, cocaine, stimulants, barbiturates, Hallucinogens, and Cannabis. Each of these drugs all has withdrawal symptoms, and many need medical detox and residential treatment. Addictive prescription medications and narcotics could easily fill this page with the many different addictive medications that exist. If your addictive medication or drug is not listed, that does not indicate that it’s not dangerous or that treatment is not available.

Early Abstinence (4 weeks; following withdrawals)

The most effective way to deal with the Early Abstinence Stage of Recovery is to attend either a 30-Day Treatment Program or 90-Day Treatment Program. Both types of treatment are effective treatment modalities that will allow for a therapeutic change in dealing with addictions. During the Early Abstinence time period, patients will sometimes mistakenly believe that they are now cured or experience a honeymoon experience. These patients may attempt to drop out of treatment or stop working on treatment goals. Alcohol and drug treatment programs work hard to motivate an individual to continue treatment and finish goals set in a patient’s treatment plan. It is important that those in the early abstinence stage be in an addiction treatment center to establish a good foundation for recovery.

In the early abstinence stage physical symptoms of addiction begin to clear up because of the brain’s healing and recovery. Although physical withdrawal symptoms have ended or improved greatly, patients are still adjusting to being physically abstinence from substances. Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms like difficulty thinking clearly, concentration issues, nervousness, and anxiety may seem troubling. Some people report trouble sleeping, and experience stress sensitivity. Once more reason to be in treatment as someone is experiencing this syndrome. Learning how to utilize solutions is important during this part of treatment and recovery.

Protracted Abstinence (90-days following Early Abstinence)

Substance use disorder individuals in treatment and recovery from 6 weeks to 5 months may experience a variety of annoying and troublesome symptoms. These symptoms are difficulties with thoughts and feelings that are caused by the healing process in the brain. They are often mistaken for other thought disorders because no alcohol or drugs are present. However, learning to intervene in the process and reduce the symptoms with new recovery skills, diet and exercise can help an individual with these symptoms. In the treatment process patients are shown techniques to help a person deal with this part of recovery. Patients are taught how to deal with these symptoms and given an opportunity to practice using new skills before a person enters this stage of recovery.

Readjustment (2-months following Protracted Abstinence)

Once someone has made it to 5 or 6 months without alcohol or drugs, the brain is healing. There is still more to work on with a personal recovery program, but the patterns of post-acute withdrawal symptoms are being addressed as they present, and solutions are utilized as they are needed in a person’s recovery. Many patients describe an improvement of their quality of life during this time. However, it is important to continue to watch for high-risk situations and pay close attention to all relapse warning signs during this part of recovery.

If you or a loved one need alcohol or drug treatment, then give Summer Sky Treatment Center a call at our 24/hour a day admissions line. We can be reached at 1-888-857-8857. We look forward to helping you or a loved one.

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