When you’re battling a drug or alcohol addiction, the substance abuse enacts a physical toll on the body. Many people know about how painful and uncomfortable the symptoms of withdrawal can be, but the damage done to the body by the substances cannot be overlooked. Long-term substance abuse damages brain cells, vital organs and the nervous system.

A Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is often necessary for patients dealing with health issues as well as an addiction. Not only can substance abuse create new health issues, but it can also exacerbate pre-existing health conditions. If you’re worried about health problems as a result of your addiction, the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at Waters Edge can assist you in your recovery.

Extended Detox and Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

If you’ve been addicted to opiates or alcohol for an extended period of time, the detox process is an important step in your recovery. The timeframe for detox varies, based upon the patient’s substance abuse history – both in quantity and type. For most patients who are ready to get sober, the detox process can take one to two weeks.

A medical detox can help to taper off your detox medications within that timeframe. If you’re on an extended taper for detox medications like Librium or Suboxone, a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) may be right for you. A medical staff is available 24 hours a day to help you with the process and ensure that you are healthy.

Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) is something that can occur once the initial detox process has been completed. A long history of substance abuse may require some additional time for your body to fully adjust back to normal while it regains homeostasis. Although you may feel well after your body detoxes and the medications have been tapered off, PAWS can occur weeks or months after you’ve been clean. The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at Waters Edge can help assist you through these symptoms as well as symptoms that may occur when your detox medications have been fully tapered off.

Addiction Treatment with a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

While you’re getting the medical attention you need in the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), you’ll also be going through addiction treatment. Although you may still be on medications to help with long-term withdrawal symptoms of post-acute withdrawal syndrome, you should be well enough to begin the healing process. Many addicts who have been drinking or using drugs suffer with mental illness, either hereditary or from exposure to trauma. The substance abuse and physical components of addiction are just a symptom of a larger problem.

It’s important for every addict in treatment to go through both individual and group therapy. These therapy programs are one of the most vital components of the recovery process. Every individual must discover why they’ve been abusing substances so they can learn how to deal with the stresses of life in a healthy and productive manner.

Each and every patient at Waters Edge has their own personal story as to why they started using. Some addicts had a traumatic past, some suffer from symptoms of mental illness and others can’t quite explain how they became dependent to drugs or alcohol. Individual therapy is where you’ll begin to find some of these answers, and you’ll have a safe place to discuss your issues.

Group therapy is also a necessity in the recovery process. The value and efficacy of one addict helping another is without equal. It is vitally important to see that you’re not alone in your struggles.

If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction, please don’t wait any longer to get help. Waters Edge has counselors available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have about the treatment process. Call 855-782-1009 now and learn how our treatment programs can help you reclaim control of your life with an addiction treatment program in Florida. The help you need is closer than you think – call Waters Edge today.