Don’t Stop - Keep Going
Transitioning from inpatient to outpatient substance abuse treatment is often overwhelming. As an inpatient, you learned tools for sobriety in a separate setting. As an outpatient, the challenge becomes how to act in the world while using this toolbox. Nashville Addiction Clinic provides the expertise and support for the momentum that recovery requires. As the famous physicist Albert Einstein once said to his son, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Our staff recommends the following based on their own experience and professional expertise:
- Admit promptly, enabling outpatients and family members to feel a sense of hope rather than despair.
- Begin treatment by identifying each individual’s obstacles and address withdrawal symptoms right away.
- Provide medically assisted detox, Suboxone, Zubsolv, Bunavail, Subutex, or other options to ensure success
- Understand the patient inside and out. Utilize the personal experience of Nashville Addiction Clinic staff to develop a treatment plan that will sustain motivation.
- Address the full spectrum of mental health concerns with referrals for anxiety and depression treatment, the Nashville ADHD program, or our Nashville quit smoking program.
- Outpatient treatment makes it easy for patients to fit treatments into their everyday schedule.
- Address relapses without judgment, emphasizing the honor of continuing recovery.
Successful outpatient treatment means learning how to function in several different environments. Recovering as an outpatient means talking about the challenges of family life, or achieving career stability, or completing school. People wonder, “How will I handle social events or holidays?”. Family members ask these same questions, and others as well. Recovery is not a straight line. The recovery process has to be ongoing. Nashville Addiction Clinic secures the clarity of this process until you succeed.
William Davis Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has worked in substance abuse recovery since 1971. Before retiring, his position was Chief psychologist at Bellevue Hospital Manhattan. Currently, he leads a medically assisted support group for addiction recovery at Healthcare Alliance, Kingston Hospital, NY.
“Understanding healthy ways to deal with emotions means success in an outpatient program.” He emphasizes that ”Medically assisted detox is essential and does help outpatients successfully develop new habits. Over forty years of witnessing recovery taught him that: “Withdrawal symptoms are very intense. This intensity leads people to continue the addiction. They feel locked in.”
Consequently, utilizing medical detox, like Suboxone, becomes a crucial tool. Moreover, Davis encourages those in recovery to ask the question, “What satisfies you in life without drugs?” A person usually ‘chases the first high,’ yet this initial high never really comes back.
When seeking alternatives to satisfying a craving, he continues, “One can start by asking what your new personalitymight look like.” Strengthening relationships, perhaps repairing damaged ones, provides a foundation for the journey. He adds that “It is critical to find ways to build self-respect so that an individual does not subtract from their inner life, by actions that produce more shame and guilt.”
Honesty is a sign of recovery and surrounding yourself with compassionate support is part of the key to success. Receiving compassion helps encourage you when you feel alone and ashamed. Once someone feels free to speak, that person can express needs. Then, the outpatient journey takes hold. At NAC, you are heard, accepted, and can renew yourself.
When outpatients in recovery undergo a treatment process at NAC, It is crucial for staff to help them shed the stigma attached to addiction. There is no need to judge it. If all participants remove negativity from the dialogue, addiction becomes a part of everyday conversation.
Relapse may occur, but at NAC, the emphasis is on the honor of continuing the process. Address relapse honestly, realistically, and don’t stop; just keep going. As one celebrity puts it, “I got sober. I stopped killing myself with alcohol. I began to think: ‘Wait a minute – if I can stop doing this, what are the possibilities?’ And slowly, it dawned on me that it was maybe worth the risk.” (Craig Ferguson, Scottish-American actor, author, and television host)
Nashville Addiction Clinic will immediately help you overcome recovery obstacles with outpatient treatment options. We are available seven days a week—Call 615-927-7802 to take advantage of our affordable treatment options using concierge services. We assist you with insurance reimbursement navigation. Don’t stop your recovery. Let us help you keep going.