Gratitude in Medical Detox
How does one fake it, or pretend they are grateful when really they are still overwhelmed by feelings of helplessness and self-pity? Gratitude lists are a great place to start. At Princeton Detox and Recovery Center, we encourage our clients to participate in a wide range of morale-boosting activities from as early on in the recovery process as medical detox. Once a client enters detox, he or she is shown his or her room and encouraged to rest as much as possible. The physical symptoms of withdrawal are expertly managed by our team of doctors, nurses and clinicians. We do everything in our power to ensure that each and every client is a s comfortable as possible. The main goal of our detox program is physical stabilization. Once a client has been stabilized, we encourage participation in some of the classes and workshops we offer. These include on-site Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, addiction education classes, group therapy sessions and recovery-oriented group activities. If a client comes to us with a mild or moderate substance abuse disorder, the symptoms of withdrawal will likely be short-lived and easily resolved (depending on the substance or substances that were being abused). Rather than spend the remainder of their time in our medical detox facility resting and watching television (which is an option too, of course), we facilitate group activities geared towards initiating the recovery process and preparing clients for the transition from medical detox to inpatient treatment.
During the inpatient portion of our comprehensive drug addiction recovery program, clients are expected to participate in all group therapy sessions and all group activities. Unlike in medical detox, they do not have the option to sit any of their therapy sessions out. In most cases, clients are introduced to gratitude lists in medical detox so that they have some level of exposure, and they delve deeper into this beneficial therapeutic activity while going through inpatient treatment.