Make Sure The Program Meets Your Needs
It's not quick and easy to travel to a healthy and sober life. It requires long-term commitment and strenuous work.
There's no shortage of addiction rehab program options at your disposal.
It is helpful to keep in mind that it is essential and possible to seek for a programme that best fits your needs. You are more inclined to adhere to the program and complete it (which increases your chances of long-lasting sobriety and health) when you feel at ease with the centre that you have selected.
The benefit gained from altering a lifestyle of dependency towards one for rehabilitation though can be completely rewarding and really worth the while.
Just like all other journeys, the road to becoming sober starts with basic steps forward.
Steps Of The Addiction Treatment Program
Depending on the treatment program used, the kind of addiction and the person asking for rehab, the particular steps of someone's dependency rehabilitation procedures will be different.
- There are standard or common elements that are present in every recovery process at the end of the day.
- Detox (detoxification)
- Rehab (rehabilitation)
- Continuous Recovery
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Choosing The Rehabilitation Facility
The process of intake establishes if a specific rehabilitation facility is a suitable match for you and the other way around. This is a stage to ask the most important question about the centre. The rehabilitation facility will also ask you a few questions and might request of you to complete a few diagnostic screenings/tests in order to best establish how the program can customise the treatment plan to fit you and your stage of addiction and specific requirements. 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 Key Principles Of Addiction 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 important to tackle addiction as early as possible as it influences the outcome.
- 3. It is not necessary for you to willingly proceed with the treatment programme just for it to be successful.
- Several patients who are forced by the court, employer or loved ones to go to rehabilitation can still obtain recovery after they have completed the program.
- 4. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to treatment.
- Different people have different needs and therefore different facilitates work for different individuals.
- 5. For treatment to be successful it should not only deal with your drug abuse/addiction, but should address every area of your life holistically.
- 6. Mental and psychological conditions should also be evaluated and addressed as they are often linked to drug and substance abuse.
- 7. Any coexisting infectious diseases like hepatitis, HIV and tuberculosis should also be evaluated by rehab programs.
- 8. You have to dedicate sufficient time for treatment for you to successfully conquer your dependency.
- 9. Even though it is just the first phase of treatment, physical detox is very significant.
- 10. A process of behavioural therapy and ongoing support is usually required for long-term behavioural change.
- 11. The most regular type of treatment is behavioural therapy which can include a mixture of individual, group, and even and family therapy.
- In addition to therapy, some treatment plans incorporate pharmaceutical treatment.
- 12. You will be monitored for any possible relapses throughout the course of treatment at good treatment programs.
- 13. Treatment plans must be continuously adjusted to address your varying necessities and conditions.
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Different Kinds Of Rehabilitation Facilities
- These treatment centres may offer programs such as
- Inpatient programmes.
- Outpatient programmes
- Some combination of both service types.
Whether you proceed with inpatient dependency programme or outpatient treatment, the intake process will more or less be similar and will be administered by a specialist at the centre.
Inpatient treatment programs place those struggling with addiction into a treatment facility that offers 24/7 care from staff personnel by removing them from their old ways. During detoxification and rehabilitation, the patient is therefore shielded from the various temptations that would have otherwise placed them in a situation to relapse.
The inpatient program is the best and is often recommended for individuals who may also have coexisting mental disorders or those who have had a longstanding history of substance abuse.
- This treatment could occur between one of two places
- At a conventional hospital
- A more intensive, around-the-clock access to medical services and supervision from healthcare professionals is provided at hospitals by inpatient facilities.
- A residential facility situated outside of a hospital setting.
- Access to medical experts at all times might not be available at some inpatient centres that are not based in hospitals.
- Although they do provide 24 /7 assistance from staff members and the option to utilise most hospital-based provisions can be organized as needed.
Luxury inpatient centres provide posh, resort-like provisions which can contribute a lot in making your stay really convenient. 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
An outpatient program is much the same as an inpatient program, but with an outpatient program you are allowed to go home every night after the day's treatment. When you have important family or work responsibilities (like taking care of kids/elderly parents), an outpatient program gives you the chance to look after some of these obligations. Those patients that suffer from milder and shorter addictions are good candidates to choose the outpatient solution. However, it might not be such a perfect option for people with dual diagnosis problems or those with severe, long-lasting addictions.
At the beginning of the rehabilitation process, most recovering addicts have to go through detoxification. This level of detox is prepared to remove all signs of drugs and alcohol from the body. In some cases, in order to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with various drugs maintenance medication may be given including opiate prescription drugs and heroin.
- The seriousness of the detoxification process differs according to
- Metabolism and specific body constitution of a patient.
- The specific substance and dosage that was used.
- How long was the drug used.
- If there are any other additions also included.
When done in a controlled clinical setting, detoxification is usually a safe procedure. 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.
Going Through The Withdrawal Process
The body becomes accustomed to having different levels of the substance in it when a person takes a drug or consumes alcohol regularly. As soon as the substance is eliminated, the body might start to suffer from withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal side effects might begin even after a couple of hours, depending on the substance that was abused, but they commonly begin on the first day after the last hit.
Subject to the substance used, withdrawal symptoms may differ.
- A few of normal withdrawal signs though can involve complications like
- Severe depression.
- Reduced appetite.
- Extreme fatigue.
- Being easily agitated or irritated.
- Runny nose.
- Muscle spasm.
- Body tremors.
- Rapid heart rate.
- Troubled breathing.
- Experiencing migraines or headaches.
- Pain in the muscles coupled with tension in the same.
- Suffering from a heart attack.
Medications Used During Detox
The use of medication, the type of medication and dosage all depend on the type and severity of the addiction being treated. 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.
Whilst some addictions will not need a detoxification process to continue with rehab therapy, a few other addictions like heroin, opiate and alcohol addiction frequently need meds to alleviate the seriousness of the withdrawal procedure during detoxification.
Depending on the substance that was used, medications will vary. However, some examples of medications that may be employed during detox, may include
It helps to ease addicts off drugs such as heroin and opiate prescription medications and is therefore used in their detox process. With the idea that patients will at the end become free of any drug addiction, usually, methadone doses that are provided are gradually decreased with time.
However, some of those recovering, continue to take methadone for years - or even for the rest of their lives. For a few, methadone may in itself be similarly addicting. This potential threat of switching from a previous dependency for another one is one of the bases why treatment methods may differ per patient.
Addictions to heroin and prescription opioid medications are also treated with buprenorphine. Buprenorphine has over the recent years become the more and more opted for substitute for methadone as it does not let a patient feel any kind of intoxication and therefore abuse is less possible. The aim for most individuals who use buprenorphine is, just like with methadone, to decrease the dosage in the future. Though, a few individuals keep on taking the substance for months or years.
This set of drugs is commonly used during detoxification from alcohol and includes anti-anxiety drugs.
- Benzodiazepines are also used to, among other things
- Decrease the possibility of seizures in detoxing individuals.
- Reduce the severity of withdrawal side effects.
- Help relieve the depression and anxiety that are often associated with the detox process.
These work to relive discomfort during the process of detoxification as well as reducing anxiety and irritability as they are a mild sedative. Like benzodiazepines, they may also help to decrease one's risk of seizures, which can be common during alcohol detox. You can call us today to get answers to any questions that you may have regarding the process of detoxification. Members of our treatment support team are available to help direct you to a rehabilitation centre that will effectively take on your detoxification 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.
- During individual behavioural therapy
- A patient regularly does inner work by pinpointing when he/she started using the drug and the reason why he/she began to abuse it.
- Patients learn the strategies that they could use in order to focus their time on hobbies and other interests.
- So that patients have less time to think about relapsing, they are taught strategies to manage their time better.
- Patients are taught how to overcome triggers when for their drug abuse when they happen after they learn how to recognize them.
- Individuals have a bigger chance of avoiding relapse if they have a scheme prepared for different tempting circumstances since they are then more likely to use that plan.
Both the thoughts are addressed with this type of cognitive behavioural therapy that patients have in relation to substance abuse and also the thoughts they have about life in general. It assists patients to change their way of thinking and to make some behavioural changes towards sobriety and a wholesome life.
The group therapy is usually included in the addiction rehabilitation process. The recovering addicts are able to interact with others who are going through the same struggles as they are and thus helping them relate to each other. It is mostly beneficial for coping patients to realize that they aren't left on their own with their problems. Likewise, other people in the group find comfort when these people share their accounts of recovery and addiction. This sense of community support is essential to the recovery process.
Therapy In A Family Setting
Family therapy is offered as a part of the program at many addiction rehabilitation facilities. Addiction doesn't only affect those suffering from it, but also their loved ones. An important part of the recovery process includes the family members of the addict as they are often the most affected by the addict's behaviour.
Family members, in some recovery programs, are invited to join in family therapy meetings. In these meetings, family members can share about the hurt brought about by their loved one's dependency issue and their hope to someday witness that individual lead a healthier lifestyle. It can also assist in clearing up problems so that the family can act as a support pillar when their loved one goes away from the rehab centre.
Patients are not done with recovery even after they have wrapped up their rehab program. As a matter of fact, for some people, recovery is a constant process which demands continuous effort and focus. The road to long-term recovery, sometimes, might seem easy. Other times, withstanding the temptation to relapse may get difficult for individuals. It is a road that might have dangerous sideways, like many others in life, so long-term support is crucial.
Having a discussion with counsellors to come up with a plan and agreement for aftercare is important for a patient before they leave the treatment program. Many treatment facilities have provisions for patients in terms of follow ups as they attempt to return to their normal lives. A weekend stay at the rehabilitation facility when the person feels a "touch-up" visit is required can form part of these follow-up plans.
Or the patient may choose to stay in a sober living centre for the moment along with other people who are as well recovering from dependency. Recovering patients have duties, while they stay in a sober living centre, work at an outside job, and join in group therapy meetings. A supportive transitional time is offered through this for those recovering from addiction before being thrown back into "normal" life.
In order to stay accountable in the continued quest for sobriety, patients attend therapy sessions regularly in addition to submitting to scheduled or random drug tests to ensure that they stay on track. A great way to create a feeling of support in your residential area is a group therapy.
Individuals who are recovering from substance abuse and addictions often participate in 12-step programs of which Alcoholics Anonymous, AA and Narcotics Anonymous, NA are some of the most popular ones around. Both NA and AA have their sessions at times that are accessible to everyone, nationwide. For other addictions, there are other offshoots of the Alcoholics anonymous that they can take part in.
- The anonymous groups for other types or variations of addictions include
- Overeaters Anonymous (OA).
- Pills Anonymous (PA).
- EA, which refers to Emotions Anonymous.
- Gamblers Anonymous (GA).
- Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA).
- Cocaine Anonymous (CA).
- Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA).
A few people feel the kind of support they can receive from really specific 12-step groups to be more valuable, whereas other people get the assistance they require from the more universal support groups.
As it is often stated that those participating in these aftercare support groups receive what they give, they are urged to mingle with the other group members and share their stories with the rest of the group. Those recovering may choose to mentor those who are newly recovering once they are more established in their sobriety.