We get asked this question a lot: Is it possible to treat drug addiction at home? If you’re looking to treat addiction on your own or with the support of family alone, the answer is generally no. Without the guidance and foresight of people who have seen it before, the risk of relapse is high because it’s almost impossible to avoid the pitfalls that frequently cause individuals in recovery to relapse.
But as long as you have the right treatment team on your side, the answer is absolutely! Successful addiction recovery at home also hinges on:
1. Building the Right Team
Start by talking to a wide range of addiction recovery professionals and use those conversations to build a team that matches your treatment needs and recovery goals. If you’re seeking treatment for someone you care about, you’ll also need to assemble a team to stage an intervention, which should include recovery experts, family, and close friends. The at-home treatment model offers the flexibility to completely customize your treatment team while ensuring only the people who need to know are in the know.
(In your search for the right addiction treatment partners, we recommend that you verify their accreditation status with the Joint Commission to ensure an excellent experience.)
2. Preparing for the Possibility of Detox
Before entering treatment, participants may first need to enter a detox facility depending on the scope and subject of the addiction. Only after successful detox can at-home addiction treatment begin, and the detox process may last anywhere from a few days to a week or more.
3. Integrating Daily Life
If your treatment program isn’t helping you develop the skills to cope with daily life in healthy ways, the chances of achieving lasting sobriety go down significantly. Successful recovery requires identifying the problems areas in your life that are driving a drug or alcohol addiction. From there, you can learn healthy ways to respond to those problem areas without feeding into addiction. And for many, the best way to identify those outlets is by living the life they’re already living.
4. Falling Back on Family
Addiction is fundamentally a family disease, so the family needs to be part of addiction recovery. While some family members may be helping fuel the addiction with enabling behaviors, all family members have the potential to play a productive role in helping the person they care about achieve sobriety. In fact, successful recovery often depends on family members providing support and encouragement when the risk of relapse is high.