How to manage ice addiction after rehabilitation

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The Hader Clinic
The Hader Clinic
October 14, 2020
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Leaving rehabilitation presents many challenges for managing ice addiction

Ice, or crystal methamphetamine, is a profoundly addictive drug. Many thousands of Australians struggle with methamphetamine addiction, and the road to recovery can be long and difficult. Even after a successful stay at a rehabilitation clinic, ice users remain at a high risk of relapsing. When recovering addicts return to their normal lives — and are once again confronted by the places, situations, people and stresses that were part of their ice dependency — they face strong temptations to use again.

At The Hader Clinic, our focus is on long term addiction recovery. We operate an Outpatient Relapse Prevention program to help patients go back into the community. Therapy doesn't end when a person leaves rehab; ongoing post-rehab support is an important part of what we do. Read on to find out more about how people can better manage their ice addiction after rehab.

At the Hader Clinic, we have decades of experience in providing care and treatment for people struggling with ice addiction. Find out more about our Outpatient Relapse Prevention programs to find out how we can help you or a loved one manage ice addiction after leaving rehabilitation.

Preparation for leaving rehabilitation starts during rehabilitation

Our rehabilitation process starts with a 28-Day Withdrawal and Detox Program. Ice withdrawal has many unpleasant symptoms, like depression, fatigue, psychosis and anxiety. Detoxing on your own can be dangerous, so we create an environment where patients can go through withdrawal safely and have help from medical professionals.

However, having chemicals out of your physical system is only one component of treatment. We also provide holistic treatment that helps with the other aspects of addiction. After withdrawal and detox treatment, patients can move on to an Inpatient Rehabilitation Program.

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Program lasts between 60 and 90 days. This phase of recovery focuses on individual counselling and group therapies. By building up emotional, psychological, and spiritual health, patients are better able to transition to an ice-free life in the outside world when their time in rehab is over.

Transitional housing to facilitate a safe and secure move back into society

Getting back to normal life doesn't happen all at once. It's a process, and the transition back to ordinary life takes time. After ice rehab, we provide several step-down treatments to ease back into society.

Transitional housing — sometimes known as supported accommodation — provides a safe and secure place for patients to ease back into regular life. There are many benefits to transitional housing, which make it easier to manage an ice addiction after leaving rehab:

  • Drug screening: We ensure that our transitional housing is substance-free by conducting alcohol breath tests and drug screening.
  • Coexistence: Our transitional housing fosters a cooperative environment. You're living with your peers — people who know and can sympathise with what you're going through.
  • Ongoing therapy: Residents at transitional housing have easy access to counselling, group therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy.
  • Social and community connection: From training and part-time work to recreation and volunteering, residents are encouraged to find and participate in meaningful community activities. Our staff will provide support through the process.

Intensive Outpatient treatments to provide support for ongoing recovery

After detoxing, rehabilitation, and transitional housing, people grappling with ice addiction can participate in our Intensive Outpatient treatments. Patients still have access to the programs they've been using, without the residential components.

Ice addiction aftercare, like Intensive Outpatient treatments, lets our patients continue their transition back to life in broader society, while still providing them with the support and help they need. Programs include:

  • Peer support and group therapy
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Urine drug screening
  • Daily check-ins with our clinics
  • Individual counselling

What happens after Intensive Outpatient treatments?

The road to recovery goes on. Addiction is like grief: its impact on your life will diminish with time, and you can get better at dealing with it, but it doesn't ever fully go away. Because the addiction goes on, the support we offer continues on as well. Patients are always welcome to keep working with our outpatient programs.

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