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Recovery Success: What Happens After Detox?
Published: April 26, 2024
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Recovery Success – What Happens After Detox?

Recognizing addiction and deciding to seek help are important first steps towards recovery. At Cornerstone of Southern California, our approach to addiction treatment is designed to guide clients through long-term addiction treatment, helping to transition from detox to lifelong sobriety. Here is an overview of what to expect after detox, emphasizing the importance of continued support and care.

Initial Assessment and Medical Detox Orange County

Treatment at our Medical Detox Center in Orange County, CA, begins with an in-depth personalized assessment that lays the foundation for a personalized rehabilitation plan. This phase helps our caregivers and doctors understand the specific needs and challenges of each client. After initial assessments, clients may undergo medically assisted detox, especially if they are dealing with dependencies on substances with severe withdrawal symptoms such as opioids, meth, or alcohol. Our medical professionals closely monitor this process, providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) when necessary to ease withdrawal symptoms and support physical stabilization.

Steps to Recovery After Detox is Completed

After completing detox, the journey to recovery should continue through a structured sequence designed to provide the necessary support for lasting change. This progression ensures that each individual receives tailored care suited to their specific needs, paving the way for a successful recovery. Here are the steps that follow detox in our comprehensive treatment program:

Inpatient Rehab in Orange County

Post-detox, clients typically move to our Inpatient Rehab in Orange County, CA. This stage offers a structured environment where clients receive comprehensive care that includes mental health counseling, group therapy, and continued support. This setting is ideal for those needing intensive support to address complex addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Intensive Outpatient Rehabilitation (IOP)

As clients progress, transitioning to an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in Orange County, CA allows them to continue their recovery while reintegrating into their daily lives. Our IOP in Orange County provides flexible but structured treatment, maintaining a high level of care through ongoing therapy sessions scheduled around work or family commitments.

Sober Living and Extended Care

Sustaining recovery and preventing relapse is a long-term endeavor. Cornerstone facilitates access to licensed sober living homes in Orange County, offering a supportive living environment that complements the recovery process. Additionally, our Extended Care Program (ECP) provides further support, focusing on relapse prevention and adjustment to everyday life after treatment.

Ongoing Support and Community Integration

Long-term success in recovery is reinforced through continuous engagement with support systems. Cornerstone’s recovery support groups and Alumni Program offer a network of peers and ongoing activities that foster a community of recovery. Our Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT) and other support services equip clients with the tools to manage potential triggers and maintain long-term sobriety.

Why Continuous Support Matters

Recovery from addiction is a lifelong journey. The transition from structured treatment settings back into everyday life can be challenging. That’s why continuous support through programs like sober living, outpatient care, and community support groups is critical. They provide a safety net and a sense of community that can significantly enhance the resilience and well-being of individuals in recovery.

The Cornerstone Approach

At Cornerstone of Southern California, founded by Dr. Michael Stone in 1984, we are committed to providing a comprehensive approach to addiction treatment. Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that recovery encompasses physical, mental, and emotional health. Dr. Stone’s pioneering work in addiction medicine has guided our methods, which emphasize personalized care and integrated treatment plans that address the full spectrum of an individual’s needs, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

We understand that each client’s journey is unique, and our treatment programs are designed to support these individual paths. From the initial detox to long-term aftercare, Cornerstone offers a continuum of care that helps clients not only achieve sobriety but also thrive in their new sober lives.

Learn More and Get Involved

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse and ready to take the next step towards recovery, please reach out to Cornerstone of Southern California. Our dedicated team is ready to support you every step of the way from detox to lasting recovery. Call today to learn more about our services and how we can help you or your loved one rebuild a healthier, substance-free life.

Recovery is not just about stopping drug use; it’s about building a new way of living that enriches your life and the lives of those around you. At Cornerstone, we’re here to support that journey.

Questions to Ask: Are You Dependent on a Substance?

If you can’t stop taking a drug even if you want to, or if the urge to use drugs is too strong to control, even if you know the drug is causing harm, you might be addicted. The NIDA has put together some questions to ask yourself:

  1. Do you think about drugs a lot?
  2. Did you ever try to stop or cut down on your drug usage but couldn’t?
  3. Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without the use of drugs?
  4. Do you ever use drugs because you are upset or angry at other people?
  5. Have you ever used a drug without knowing what it was or what it would do to you?
  6. Have you ever taken one drug to get over the effects of another?
  7. Have you ever made mistakes at a job or at school because you were using drugs?
  8. Does the thought of running out of drugs really scare you?
  9. Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen to pay for drugs?
  10. Have you ever been arrested or in the hospital because of your drug use?
  11. Have you ever overdosed on drugs?
  12. Has using drugs hurt your relationships with other people?

If the answer to some or all of these questions is yes, you might have an addiction. People from all backgrounds can get an addiction. Addiction can happen at any age, but it usually starts when a person is young.  Read more HERE.

Locations for Drug and Alcohol Rehab and Detox Centers in Orange County, CA

Detox Program Irvine, CADetox Program Laguna Beach, CADetox Program Anaheim, CADetox Program Newport Beach, CA
Detox Program Huntington Beach, CADetox Program Mission Viejo, CADetox Program Costa Mesa, CADetox Program Santa Ana, CA
Detox Program Tustin, CADetox Program Garden Grove, CADetox Program Long Beach, CADrug Program Rehab in California

Reviewed & Approved
This content has been reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Dr. Michael Stone, MD, FAAFP, ABAM, FASAM, Founder, and Phil Kosanovich, MBA, President & CEO of Cornerstone of Southern California. If you have any questions or notice any inaccuracies, please contact us at [email protected].


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