The following steps, if followed by the guests and supported by the family and friends offer the best route to continued abstinence and a healthy and happy recovery.
1. Talk to someone
The very first step in the process of getting drug or alcohol addiction help is to admit the problem to yourself - which, if you are reading this, you have probably done or are close to doing - congratulations!
It takes a tremendous amount of strength and courage to admit to the problem of drug or alcohol addiction. The next part involves telling someone else. Talk to someone whom you trust, and who you know will be willing to support you in the difficult road to recovery that lies ahead. It may be a friend, family member, or someone else- the important part is that you get the support you need.
Based on the circumstances and severity of your drug or alcohol addiction, we can assist you to make a decision about your treatment options. A call to The Turning Point, and completing our pre-registration assessment will help to provide you with the options most suited to complete a medically safe detox. Our Doctor will undertake the medical assessment to determine the exact course of your detox programme. Working with the doctor and our medical team will ensure your withdrawal symptoms are closely monitored and adjusted when necessary, making the process easier for you. The detox plan will provide a safe and comfortable withdrawal process. With alcohol and certain prescription drugs, stopping their use without being medically supervised can be dangerous and potentially life threatening. While in detox you will receive individual and group counseling with our A.O.D Clinician, where you will be treated on the emotional parts of your addiction. This offers you further insight into your disease and guides you into a full recovery.
How Long Does It Take to Detox?
It is important to keep in mind that detox is just the initial step on the long road of recovery. Detox marks the abrupt ending of alcohol and drug intake and is necessary for the body to cleanse itself of all traces of these substances. The detox process usually takes seven to 10 days Alcohol but those detoxing from meth, cocaine, speed etc. could take between 14 to 21 days approx. Should you be wishing to detox from Opiates or Benzo’s this could take anywhere from 3 to 12 months the length will be determined at your first medical assessment.
The length of stay is based on the following:
· The specific addiction
· Addiction history
· Addiction severity
· The presence of other medical, mental or behavioural health conditions (co-occurring diagnosis)
· The client’s physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual needs
3. Intensive Residential TREATMENT - Post Detox
Our programme is highly structured, the duration can vary from 30 days to 90 days, depending on the individuals needs. Our residential community is therapeutically based and our programme offers both individual and group therapy. The 12 Step programme forms a significant part of the treatment. We also focus on re-socialisation, guiding you in every step back out into the real world, living a life of total abstance from mood altering substances.
As each guest progresses through the programme, our clinical team will not only develop a Relapse Prevention Plan but also offer a Continuing Aftercare Plan. All guests completing the 30 day Residential Program qualify for our 24 Month Continuing Care Program at no extra cost. The 24 Month Continuing Care Program operates on Mondays and Fridays in both Auckland and Nelson Centres.