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The Rehabilitation Process

Ensuring That The Programme Suits Your Needs

A long and difficult road lies ahead for those that want to achieve a healthy, drug-free life. It requires long-term dedication and hard work.


There's no shortage of addiction rehab program options at your disposal.

So, don't forget that looking for the program that fits you best is both significant and pragmatic. Statistics show that one is likely to see through the whole program and achieve long-term sobriety if they like the facility that they ultimately check into.


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 road to sobriety begins with simple steps forward like any other journey.


The Steps To Take Towards Rehabilitation From Addiction

The specific steps of a person's addiction rehabilitation process will differ according to the treatment plan used, the type of addiction, and the individual seeking rehab.

  • Every recovery procedure, however, usually shares same crucial elements: Intake.
  • Detoxification (detox).
  • Rehabilitation (rehab).
  • Continuous Recovery

Please contact us to talk with one of our rehab support counsellors if you have any questions regarding the treatment process or your personal road to recovery and they will provide you with answers in private, at any time of day, without any commitment on your side.


Intake Process

Intake is the process that helps you decide whether a particular rehab centre is a good match for you (and vice versa). Every issue that is most important to you should be raised as a question when considering the rehab centre at this point in time. 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. Family history, history of personal substance or drug use and financial arrangements in terms of paying for treatment are some of the things that the rehab centre would be interested in finding out.


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 vital to treat addiction as soon as possible as this leads to successful results.
  • 3. It is not necessary for you to willingly proceed with the treatment programme just for it to be successful.
  • 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. 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 a treatment to be considered efficient, it should, as a whole, deal with all aspect of your life; not merely your substance misuse or dependency issues.
  • 6. As mental health conditions are frequently associated with substance addiction, it should also be assessed and dealt with during your treatment.
  • 7. Treatment programs should also evaluate for any coexisting infectious diseases like hepatitis, tuberculosis, and HIV.
  • 8. Time is an important aspect of recovery and therefore a recovering addict should commit a lot of their time to getting better.
  • 9.Physical detox is essential but is only the first stage of treatment.
  • 10. Long-lasting behavioural modification normally depends on continuous support and a process of behavioural therapy.
  • 11. Group, family and individual therapy are important components of behavioural therapy which is necessary for recovery.
  • Medicinal treatment is always essential in connection with any therapy.
  • 12. A good treatment plan has provisions for monitoring the recovering addict in order to curb possible relapses during the course of treatment.
  • 13. Your altering situations and needs should cause treatment plans to be revised on a regular basis.

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Kinds Of Rehab Centres

  • Rehab treatment programs may offer:
  • Inpatient services.
  • Outpatient services.
  • Some centres offer a combination of both in and out patient facilities.

It doesn't matter if you choose outpatient care or inpatient addiction treatment as the intake procedure will be almost identical and managed by one of the counsellors at the facility.


Treatment While Admitted At A Facility

An inpatient treatment program withdraws those who battle with addiction from their previous lifestyles and puts them in a treatment centre that provides round-the-clock care provided by employees. Inpatient care reduces stress by withdrawing the patient from anything that could tempt him/her and reduces the chance to relapse during detoxification and rehabilitation.

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:
  • Hospitals.
  • Comprehensive, constant access to clinical services and control from medical experts is what inpatient centres at hospitals can provide to patients.
  • There is the other option of a residential facility but one that is not located in a hospital.
  • Certain inpatient centres that are not based at a hospital will not provide 24/7 access to medical experts.
  • However, they do provide access to different hospital-based services when that is required and constant care from employees as well.

Luxury inpatient centres provide posh, resort-like provisions which can contribute a lot in making your stay really convenient. A high-end atmosphere is provided at executive inpatient facilities that cater to busy professionals, allowing these individuals to establish a continued involvement in their work responsibilities while still undergoing inpatient addiction treatment.


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. The outpatient solution lets you keep up with some of your responsibilities regarding your work or family, like taking care of kids or older parents. Outpatient services are also better for those who do not have severe addictions. However, it might not be such a perfect option for people with dual diagnosis problems or those with severe, long-lasting addictions.


Detox

A phase of detoxification at the start of the rehabilitation process is required for most drug and all alcohol addictions. All remains of alcohol and drugs from a patient's body are eliminated in this detox phase. Maintenance medication might be required in some situations to relieve the withdrawal side effects related to specific drugs, including heroin and opiate prescription drugs.

  • The intensity, length, duration or severity of the detoxification process is dependent upon:
  • Metabolism and specific body constitution of a patient.
  • The specific drug and amount of dosage taken.
  • How long was the drug used.
  • The possibility of any other dependencies.

In order to make detoxification a safe process it has to be done under the watchful eye of a medical professional. Performing detox on your own is not recommended since for particular patients and substances it can turn out to be very severe, possibly even deadly sometimes.


Withdrawal

The body slowly adapts and becomes accustomed to having certain levels of drugs or alcohol with continued use of the substances. As soon as this substance is eliminated, the individual may start to go through withdrawal signs. Subject to the drug that was taken, the withdrawal symptoms can appear as soon as within a few hours, but they normally appear within the first day after the drug was taken for the last time.

Withdrawal symptoms are specific to the drug or substance that one has been taking.

  • Some of the most common symptoms, however, may include the following:
  • Extreme depression.
  • Focus.
  • Having no appetite.
  • Serious tiredness.
  • Anxiety.
  • Rhinorrhoea.
  • Unable to sleep.
  • Sweating.
  • Feeling sick.
  • Cramps.
  • Looseness of the bowels.
  • Shaking or tremors.
  • Rapid heart rate.
  • Troubled breathing.
  • Headaches.
  • Muscle aches and strain.
  • Seizures.
  • Stroke.
  • Hallucinations.
  • 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.

The meds that are utilised will vary according to the substance addiction that is receiving treatment. However, some of the most commonly used medications during detox are:


Methadone

Methadone is frequently used during heroin/opiate prescription medication detoxification and helps to relieve the patients battling with addiction of these substances. Normally, the dose of methadone given is slowly decreased over time in expectations that individuals will occasionally be free of all drug addiction.

However, some of those recovering, continue to take methadone for years - or even for the rest of their lives. Methadone, like any other drug, can be addictive for some people. Treatment approaches are tailored to suit the individual in question since the risk of introducing a new addiction through this medication is likely.


Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is also used to prescription opioid medications and treat addictions to heroin. 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 same with methadone, the aim for most individuals who use buprenorphine is to decrease the drug intake eventually. again, just like methadone, some patients may continue to take it long after the detox period.


Benzodiazepines

This classification of drugs consists of other anxiety-relieving medications which are always utilised for alcohol detox procedure.

  • Benzodiazepines are sometimes utilized to:
  • Decrease the likelihood of seizures in detoxing patients.
  • Reduce the severity of withdrawal signs.
  • Help relieve the depression and anxiety that are often associated with the detox process.

Barbiturates

Barbiturates help to relieve irritability, anxiety, and discomfort during the detoxification process acting as mild sedatives. Like benzodiazepines, they may also help to decrease one's risk of seizures, which can be common during alcohol detox. Call us today if you have any questions concerning detox and withdrawal during the rehabilitation process. One of our members of our treatment support group will be glad to resolve your enquiries regarding finding a rehabilitation facility that can assist you in the process of detoxification.


Rehab Process

People go though rehabilitation after they have successfully been through the process of detoxification. This is the time when individuals address issues that are the cause of their addictions, the main reasons that drove them to dependency in order to become able to effectively get on with their lives without subjecting to addictive behaviour and going back to substance abuse.


Individual Therapy

  • During one-on-one 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 get to learn the strategies on how they can manage their time to focus on getting involved in new interests or hobbies.
  • In order to help addicts use their time in a superior way they will learn time management methods so they don't have enough of it to even consider relapse.
  • Patients are taught how to determine drug use stimulants and how to deal with these tempting instances when they occur.
  • 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. Individuals get the chance to reform their thinking patterns and make behavioural changes toward a healthy, sober life.


Group Therapy

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. It is always refreshing and encouraging to meet other people going through the same thing so you know that you are not alone in it. Likewise, other people in the group find comfort when these people share their accounts of recovery and addiction. This feeling that your community is supporting you is essential to the process of recovery.


Family Therapy

Several addiction rehab centres provide family therapy as a component of their programs. Dependency can be across-the-board, involving several individuals and not just the lone individual experiencing the dependency problem. 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. Family members can discuss pain caused by their loved one's addiction during these sessions and can also discuss their desire to see that person live a healthy life. 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.


Getting Better

Patients are not finished with recovery even after they have completed their rehabilitation program. As a matter of fact, for some people, recovery is a constant process which demands continuous effort and focus. Sometimes, the way towards permanent recovery may seem simple. At some point, it is hard for people to endure the lure of relapsing. Lifelong support is essential because like anything in life it's a journey that may feature varying terrain.

Individuals will meet with counsellors to talk about a plan for future care before going back home from an addiction rehab program. Several addiction rehabilitation centres provide follow-up programs to help patients as they go back to their everyday lives. These succeeding plans can involve weekend sessions at the rehab facility when the patient believes further admission is needed.

Other patients offer to live with other recovering addicts in sober-living facilities to maintain their sobriety. 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. This provides a helpful shifting opportunity for patients recovering from dependency prior to being immersed again into their old life.

Several patients keep attending frequent therapy sessions after rehabilitation and a few agree to scheduled substance testing as a strategy to keep them responsible for leading a sober life. One of the best ways of getting a local support group is to join group therapy.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) have regular members that continue to come to their meetings after rehab since they are two most famous 12-step programs out there. NA and AA have meetings all over the country at convenient times. 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).

Some individuals find the type of support they can get in very specific 12-step groups is more beneficial - whereas others get the help they need from more general support groups.

In these post-treatment support circles, it's a common notion that members obtain as much as they share; thus, they are inspired to associate with other participants and impart what they have gone through to the circle. As soon as the coping members become more stable in their sober condition, they have the option to provide guidance to those who are recently working on their recovery.