Ensure That The Program Is The Right Fit For You
A long and difficult road lies ahead for those that want to achieve a healthy, drug-free life. It is a lifetime responsibility of perseverance and determination.
There is no shortage of addiction rehabilitation programs for you to choose from.
It is helpful to keep in mind that it is essential and possible to seek for a programme that best fits your needs. You're more likely to stick with the program and see it through to its end - increasing your chances of long-term health and sobriety if you feel comfortable with the facility you've chosen.
However, when you change your life of addiction to a life of sobriety, you gain infinite rewards that are really worth the hard work.
The journey to a life without drugs, like any adventure, start with small steps forward.
The Steps To Take Towards Rehabilitation From Addiction
The particular steps of a patient's addiction rehab process will differ based on the form of addiction, the patient looking for rehabilitation and the treatment plan employed.
- There are standard or common elements that are present in every recovery process at the end of the day.
- Detoxification (detox).
- Rehabilitation (rehab).
- Continuous Recovery
Our treatment support advisors are available around the clock, day and night, to answer any of the questions that you might have concerning the rehabilitation process or the journey that is specific to your situation. They handle all queries with the utmost confidence.
Choosing The Rehabilitation Facility
The process through which one determines whether a rehabilitation centre is suited for their needs is known as intake. This is a stage to ask the most important question about the centre. Rehab centres will also ask to run some tests in order to get some diagnostics on the type of addiction and also in order to come up with improvement on the treatment plan in order to give you the best and most optimal plan that will work best for you. The facility will most probably be concerned about the gravity of your dependency, your individual drug intake record, any domestic record of dependency, and even financial plans for medical care.
13 Important Concepts Of Dependency Treatment
- The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that there are a few key principles to remember when starting a drug or alcohol treatment program
- 1. In addition to affecting your behaviour, addiction also affects your brain.
- 2. It is very significant to treat dependency at the earliest possible stage to raise the chance of long-term success.
- 3. It's not necessary to go involuntarily for treatment in order for it to be effective.
- A lot of patients have achieved success in their recovery program even though they were forced to go to treatment by their job, their loved ones or even by the court order.
- 4. Treatment has no solution that is suitable for all circumstances.
- Different individuals react efficiently with different rehabs and centres.
- 5. Not only your dependency or substance abuse will be dealt with in an efficient treatment, but also your other life areas will be inspected thoroughly.
- 6. Mental health conditions are mostly linked to drug addiction and should also be assessed and addressed in your treatment.
- 7. A treatment program should also check for any co-occurring infectious conditions like TB, HIV and hepatitis.
- 8. In order to effectively overcome your addiction, you must commit enough time to treatment.
- 9. Physical detoxification is not the full treatment plan but only the first step towards recovery.
- 10. Long-lasting behavioural modification normally depends on continuous support and a process of behavioural therapy.
- 11. Behavioural therapy is the most common form of treatment - which may involve some combination of group, family, and individual therapy.
- To go along with therapy a medication treatment is commonly also required.
- 12. You will be looked over for any potential relapses during the treatment by every competent treatment program.
- 13. To fulfil your changing requirements and situations, a treatment plan should be reviewed regularly.
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Kinds Of Rehab Centres
- These treatment centres may offer programs such as
- Inpatient services.
- An outpatient service.
- Some mix of both kinds of services.
The intake process will be nearly the same and conducted by a counsellor at the facility regardless of whether you choose inpatient addiction treatment or outpatient care.
More About Inpatient Treatment
Inpatient treatment programmes endeavour to free those coping with dependency from their previous lifestyles and enrol them into a treatment centre which provides 24 / 7 medical care from staff workers. During detox, as well as during rehab, the inpatient solution helps to remove stress by eliminating patients from urges and possibility to relapse.
For patients that have a long history of addictions or coexisting medical or psychological health disorders (dual diagnosis), a residential or inpatient treatment is most commonly suggested.
- This treatment could occur between one of two places
- A hospital
- An inpatient facility at a hospital provides more in-depth, 24/7 access to medical services and observation from medical experts.
- Residential Centre Outside a Hospital.
- Certain inpatient centres that are not based at a hospital will not provide 24/7 access to medical experts.
- Although they do provide 24 /7 assistance from staff members and the option to utilise most hospital-based provisions can be organized as needed.
A luxury inpatient facility provides grand, retreat-like amenities that can make your stay more pleasant. For busy professionals, there are executive inpatient facilities which provide everything that one needs to carry out their work obligations while maintaining their treatment responsibilities at the same time.
Treatment Through An Outpatient Program
Outpatient programmes are just the same with inpatient programmes only that you are allowed to head home at the end of every treatment session. If you have a lot of career or family responsibilities like looking after kids or aged parents, an outpatient programme lets you continue most of these tasks. Outpatient programme is an optimum choice for individuals having non-severe or short-term dependencies. For patients that have more severe and long-lasting addictions or for those that have co-occurring disorders this might not be a very good option.
A phase of detoxification at the start of the rehabilitation process is required for most drug and all alcohol addictions. This phase of detox is intended to eliminate all drugs and alcohol chemicals from all body systems. With specific drugs such as opiate prescription drugs or heroin, one may also receive prescribed medication during the detox phase.
- The seriousness of the detox process differs according to
- The individual's body metabolism and composition.
- How big were the doses used and what drug is in question.
- The duration of drug intake.
- Whether there are other addictions as well.
Detoxification is normally a secure procedure if done in a monitored medical environment. Because detox for specific patients and drugs may be possibly difficult, and in some instances fatal, it's not recommended for patients to perform detox in their own homes and by themselves.
The body becomes accustomed to having different levels of the substance in it when a person takes a drug or consumes alcohol regularly. The body might react, when the substance is eliminated, with side effects from withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can even start to appear within a couple hours depending on the substance used, though they usually tend to appear within the first 24 hours after the last drug dose.
Subject to the substance used, withdrawal symptoms may differ.
- A few of normal withdrawal signs though can involve complications like
- Extreme depression.
- A drop in appetite.
- Feeling extremely fatigued.
- Having a runny nose.
- Inability to sleep.
- Painful contractions of the muscles.
- Looseness of the bowels.
- Trembling or shaking.
- Increased heart rate.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Muscular pain and discomfort.
- Having hallucinations.
- Heart attack.
Medications Used During Detox
The particular kind of addiction that's receiving treatment will determine the method of treatment (including any pharmaceutical help). You will probably be evaluated by medical experts before detox in order to diagnose what kind and what levels of pharmaceutical help you might require while in detox.
In order to manage the severity of the withdrawal symptoms that one experiences from severe addictions such as alcohol, opiates or even heroine, it is necessary for pharmaceuticals to be included in one's recovery process. However, this is not standard for every type of addiction as some people can go without the medication in preparation for their rehabilitation process.
Medications used will vary, according to the drug addiction being treated. Examples of prescriptions which can be used for the detox procedures though may be any of the following
Methadone can offer relief to those suffering from drug addictions and is thus usually used during detox from opiate prescription medications and heroin. Usually, the dosage of methadone provided is gradually lessened eventually to allow patients to be rid of any substance dependency in due course.
However, some of these patients keep on using methadone for a long time, some even until the day they die. Methadone itself can also be addictive for some people. One of the reasons why treatment solutions differ from person to person is this potential risk of substituting one addiction with another.
Opiates, prescription medication and heroine addiction also incorporates the use of Buprenorphine in the detox process. Recently, since buprenorphine doesn't induce any kind of "high" in the patients that use it, making abuse not so common, it has become a preferred choice comparing to methadone treatment. Buprenorphine, like methadone, is also tapered off until the patient is no longer dependent on the drug. Some individuals, however, keep on using it for months or years even.
This plays the role of treating or alleviating anxiety in alcohol addicts during detox.
- Benzodiazepines are at times employed to
- Lowers the possibility of seizures in patients who are detoxing.
- Reduces the seriousness of withdrawal symptoms.
- Assist in relieving depression and anxiety that detox process can sometimes cause.
Barbiturates serve as moderate sedatives; thus, assisting to alleviating anxiety, moodiness, and difficulties experienced during detoxification procedure. Similar to benzodiazepines, they may as well assist in alleviating any threat of convulsions which can be prevalent whilst having alcohol detox. Should you have any clarifications about detox and withdrawal while having rehab, contact us now. A member of our treatment support team will be pleased to answer your queries about locating a rehab centre that can help walk you through the detox process.
People go though rehabilitation after they have successfully been through the process of detoxification. In this stage, patients address the different areas of their lives that have contributed towards their addiction so that they can be able to overcome and move on with their lives with a high chance that they will be able to remain sober.
Individual Therapy Sessions
- In individual behavioural therapy
- Patients would have to do a personal assessment by figuring out the time when they started taking the drugs and why they resorted to misusing it.
- Patients are given ways on how they can devote their leisure time to concentrate on being occupied in other pastime or activities.
- The patients are allowed to better use their time by learning time management skills so they have less chance to think about relapse.
- Patients are taught how to determine drug use stimulants and how to deal with these tempting instances when they occur.
- Having a plan when these triggers appear places the patient in a better position to avoid relapsing.
This cognitive behavioural therapy deals with the patient's views and thoughts about the substance, its abuse and also their views and thoughts about life in a more general sense. Individuals get the chance to reform their thinking patterns and make behavioural changes toward a healthy, sober life.
Therapy Conducted In Groups
Group therapy is an integral part of addiction rehabilitation. Those recovering from alcohol are allowed to interact with others who are in the same situation with the help of these group sessions. Recovering patients often benefit from knowing that their problems are not just their own. In the same way, others find companionship and strength in hearing others share their stories about their addiction and recovery. This feeling of community assistance is essential to the recovery phase.
Therapy In A Family Setting
Several addiction rehab centres provide family therapy as a component of their programs. Addiction doesn't only affect those suffering from it, but also their loved ones. Members of the family are a key part of the recovery process for the addict and they are frequently the people who are affected the most profoundly by the addiction of their loved ones.
In selected rehab programmes, family members are encouraged to join in family therapy meetings. In the course of these family therapy sessions, the family members can talk about the suffering caused by the addition of a loved one and their wish to see that individual lead a wholesome life. Once one leaves the rehabilitation facility it is important to have the support of family members and that is why family therapy as a means of resolving any family issues is regarded highly.
Recovery does not end once a patient is done with the rehabilitation process. As a matter of fact, for several patients recovery is long-term process that depends on their continuous work and concentration. The road to long-term recovery, sometimes, might seem easy. Other times, withstanding the temptation to relapse may get difficult for individuals. Just like everything in life, it's an endeavour which may include different obstacles; thus, constant assistance is needed.
Individuals will meet with counsellors to talk about a plan for future care before going back home from an addiction rehab program. Follow-up programs are provided by a lot of addiction treatment centres in order to help individuals maintain control over their lives. These plans may include, among others, weekend retreats at the rehabilitation centre where the recovering addict is able to touch base with their support group and remain centred.
Or a patient may live in a serious living service for a while with other individuals recovering from addiction. Sober-living facilities are generally structured in the same way, including assigning chores to each resident and having group therapy sessions for everyone. Individuals also work in outside jobs. A supportive transitional time is offered through this for those recovering from addiction before being thrown back into "normal" life.
Some patients accept arranged drug tests in order to feel responsible for staying sober, while others keep going to regular therapy meetings after rehab. A great way to create a feeling of support in your residential area is a group therapy.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are just some of the most recognized 12-step organizations in which several people coping from dependency go to on commonly. Both AA and NA have meetings all around the country at easily manageable times. For many other addictions, there are also different copies of AA model.
- Here are some of AA derivatives for other dependencies
- Overeaters Anonymous (OA).
- Pills Anonymous (PA).
- Emotions Anonymous (EA).
- Gamblers Anonymous (GA).
- Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA).
- Cocaine Anonymous (CA).
- Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA).
While some people are able to draw support from general support groups, others are specific that the support that helps them is that of the 12-step groups.
In these aftercare support groups, it's often said that participants get what they give, so they are encouraged to interact with other group members and share their experiences with the group. Those who are recovering can opt to mentor others who are also going through the recovery process once they are more established and stable in their sobriety.