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The Rehabilitation Process

Make Sure The Program Meets Your Needs

A long and difficult road lies ahead for those that want to achieve a healthy, drug-free life. It is a commitment to working hard and being dedicated throughout one's life.


There is no shortage of addiction rehabilitation programs for you to choose from.

It is therefore important to look for the best centre before plunging in as you want to get the best results out of the process. 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, precious benefits that you will feel when you stop leading a life of an addict and begin a life of recovery will be worth it.

Just like all other journeys, the road to becoming sober starts with basic steps forward.


Steps Of The Addiction Treatment Program

The particular stages of an individual's dependency rehab procedure differ depending on the sort of dependency, the medical programme utilised and the patient requiring rehab.

  • However, the purpose of all recovery processes is to share certain key components: Intake.
  • Detox (detoxification)
  • Going through rehabilitation
  • Continuous Recovery

If you've got any enquiries regarding the rehabilitation procedure or your own road to recovery, please contact one of our treatment support consultants who can provide answers to your questions privately 24/7 without any pressure.


Intake

The process of intake establishes if a specific rehabilitation facility is a suitable match for you and the other way around. Asking anything you feel is significant for you regarding the facility is done in this phase. In order to decide how the centre can provide you with the best treatment scheme and your specific needs and stage of dependency, the rehab facility will also ask you some questions and might also ask you to do some diagnostic tests and screenings. 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

  • There is a certain number of crucial principles to be aware of when beginning a substance abuse rehab program, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
  • 1. Your brain, along with actions you take, is affected by addiction as well.
  • 2. For Successful outcomes, it's important to treat the addiction as soon as possible.
  • 3. Effective treatment is not hinged on whether or not you went for treatment voluntarily.
  • Many individuals are forced to go to rehab by the court system, their place of employment, or family or friends - and they are still able to achieve recovery once they go through the program.
  • 4. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to treatment.
  • Different individuals react efficiently with different rehabs and centres.
  • 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. Psychological health issues should also be assessed and addressed in your rehab since they are commonly related to 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. Physical detoxification is crucial, however it's only the first phase of your treatment.
  • 10. A process of behavioural therapy and ongoing support is usually required for long-term behavioural change.
  • 11. Behavioural therapy (which can include a combination of one-on-one, group and family therapy) is the most common kind of treatment.
  • Medicinal treatment is always essential in connection with any therapy.
  • 12. A great treatment program will observe you for a possible relapse for the entire duration of the treatment.
  • 13. Treatment plans must be continuously adjusted to address your varying necessities and conditions.

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Different Forms Of Rehabilitation Centres

  • Rehab treatment programs might provide:
  • Inpatient services.
  • Outpatient services.
  • Some combination of both service types.

The intake procedure will practically be the same whether you decide to go with inpatient dependency treatment or outpatient solution and it will be performed by an advisor at the centre.


Inpatient Treatment Programme

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. The inpatient care removes the individual from temptation and the ability to relapse - both during detox and during rehab in order to help eliminate the stress.

The frequently recommended treatment type for individuals is inpatient or residential treatment who either have long-standing addictions or coexisting medical or mental health conditions (known as dual diagnosis).

  • Inpatient treatment can be done at one of these locations:
  • A hospital.
  • With inpatient facilities that are offered in a conventional hospital, one is able to get round-the-clock monitoring services from health professionals and experts.
  • A residential facility situated outside of a hospital setting.
  • Certain inpatient centres that are not based at a hospital will not provide 24/7 access to medical experts.
  • Though, these do provide round-the-clock care from employees and access to different services at a hospital can be organised when needed.

Similar to exclusive, resort facilities, luxury inpatient centres can provide a more pleasant stay. Executive rehab centres offer an upscale setting which is favourable for professionals on the go, enabling them to continue active participation in their career obligations while also having inpatient dependency treatment.


Outpatient Treatment Programme

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. 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. Those with more mild or short-lived addiction find the outpatient care more effective and better. It may be a not so favourable option for individuals with grave, prolonged dependencies or those having dual diagnosis disorders.


Detox

At the beginning of the rehabilitation process, most recovering addicts have to go through detoxification. All remains of alcohol and drugs from a patient's body are eliminated in this detox phase. At times, maintenance prescriptions may be recommended to alleviate the withdrawal signs linked with particular substances like heroin and opioid prescription drugs.

  • The extremity of the detox process is different, depending on:
  • Metabolism and specific body constitution of a patient.
  • The particular dosage and the drug that was being used.
  • The duration of drug intake.
  • The possibility of any other dependencies.

Detoxification is normally a secure procedure if done in a monitored medical environment. Individuals are discouraged from taking on the detoxification process alone at home since some detox processes can be severe or even deadly if not administered under medical supervision.


Withdrawal

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 may begin to experience withdrawal symptoms once the substance is removed. Normally, withdrawal symptoms start to appear within the first 24 hours after the drug or substance has been withdrawn. However, the withdrawal symptoms can start to manifest within hours depending on the substance that was in use and the severity of the use.

Depending on the substance that was used, withdrawal symptoms might be different.

  • Some of the most common symptoms, however, may include the following:
  • Severe depression.
  • Lacking in concentration.
  • Having no appetite.
  • Feeling extremely fatigued.
  • Anxiety.
  • Having a runny nose.
  • Unable to sleep.
  • Perspiration.
  • Feeling like vomiting.
  • Painful contractions of the muscles.
  • Looseness of the bowels.
  • Body tremors.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Troubled breathing.
  • Headache.
  • Muscular pain and discomfort.
  • Seizures.
  • Stroke.
  • Delusions.
  • Cardiac arrest.

Medications Used During Detox

The medical care process as well as any pharmaceutical support given during detox will be contingent on the particular kind of dependency being addressed. 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.

Depending on the substance that was used, medications will vary. Examples of prescriptions which can be used for the detox procedures though may be any of the following:


Methadone

It helps to ease addicts off drugs such as heroin and opiate prescription medications and is therefore used in their detox process. Normally, the dose of methadone given is slowly decreased over time in expectations that individuals will occasionally be free of all drug addiction.

Some of the recovering addicts, however, continue taking Methadone past their detox period into years or even the rest of their lives. Methadone itself can also be addictive for some people. This possible risk of replacing a former addiction with a new one is one reason why treatment approaches can differ by the individual.


Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is also used to prescription opioid medications and treat addictions to heroin. In recent years, buprenorphine has become the increasingly preferred alternative to methadone treatment, because it doesn't cause patients to feel any kind of "high" - which makes abuse less likely. Similar to methadone, the aim for most patients who make buprenorphine is to reduce the drug dosage over time. Though, a few individuals keep on taking the substance for months or years.


Benzodiazepines

This category of substances includes drugs used to treat anxiety and are regularly employed in the course of alcohol detoxification.

  • Benzodiazepines are at times utilised to:
  • Decrease the possibility of seizures in detoxing individuals.
  • Reduces the seriousness of withdrawal symptoms.
  • Help relieve the depression and anxiety that are often associated with the detox process.

Barbiturates

Barbiturates serve as moderate sedatives; thus, assisting to alleviating anxiety, moodiness, and difficulties experienced during detoxification procedure. Similar to benzodiazepines, barbiturates can also assist to decrease the risk of seizures which can be typical in the course of alcohol detoxification. Contact us right now if you have any enquiries regarding detoxification and withdrawal during the process of rehabilitation. One of our treatment support specialists will be more than willing to address your queries regarding seeking a rehab facility which can assist you in going through the detox procedure.


The Process Of Rehabilitation

People go though rehabilitation after they have successfully been through the process of detoxification. This is where patients get to the main reasons behind their addictions, addressing those problems so they can effectively move on with their lives without turning back to drugs, alcohol, or their addictive behaviour.


One-On-One Therapy

  • In individual behavioural therapy:
  • Patients often do some inner work by recognizing when they started using the substance and why they started using it.
  • Patients learn the strategies that they could use in order to focus their time on hobbies and other interests.
  • 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.
  • They are also taught how to pinpoint substance use triggers and how to cope with these situations when they arise.
  • Having a plan when these triggers appear places the patient in a better position to avoid relapsing.

The patient's feelings and ideas about life itself, as well as regarding their substance abuse are both addressed with this kind of cognitive behavioural therapy. It aids patients change their thought patterns and create behavioural modifications on the way to a healthier and more sober lifestyle.


Therapy Conducted In Groups

The process of addiction rehabilitation typically comprises group therapy. 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. Also, when these patients share their own tragic addiction stories and positive recovery stories it can help others find peace. The recovery process has this support from the community as one of its pillars.


Family Therapy

Family therapy is popular as part of treatment in many rehabilitation facilities. Addiction doesn't only affect those suffering from it, but also their loved ones. Family members are a significant part of the recovery process for patients since they are commonly the most affected party of every addiction.

Family members, in some recovery programs, are invited 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. Family therapy can assist in solving problems such that the family can act as a formidable support system the moment their loved one departs from the rehab centre.


Recovery

Recovery is not over even when patients are done with their rehab program. As a matter of fact, for some people, recovery is a constant process which demands continuous effort and focus. For some individuals, the path to recovery, whether lifelong or shorter, feels easy. Some other time, resisting the desire to relapse will be really hard. It is a road that might have dangerous sideways, like many others in life, so long-term support is crucial.

Patients will interact with counsellors to talk about a strategy for aftercare before they leave the addiction treatment program. Several addiction rehabilitation centres provide follow-up programs to help patients as they go back to their everyday lives. When patients feel that they need to come back for a while to the treatment facility, they can do that since it is a part of these follow-up plans.

Alternatively, patients can stay in a sober living centre for a period with other people who are also recovering from their addictions. While recovering in a sober living centre, patients fulfill tasks, get employed by an external work, and join in group therapy gatherings. A supportive transitional time is offered through this for those recovering from addiction before being thrown back into "normal" 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. Group therapy is a great way to build a support network in your neighbourhood.

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. Both these groups have conveniently timed meetings all over the country. There are also different branches of the Alcoholics Anonymous model aimed at a vast array of other addictions.


  • The anonymous groups for other types or variations of addictions include:
  • Overeaters Anonymous (OA).
  • Pills Anonymous (PA).
  • Emotions Anonymous (EA).
  • Gamblers Anonymous (GA).
  • Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA).
  • Cocaine Anonymous (CA).
  • CMA, that is, Crystal Meth Anonymous.

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.

Aftercare support groups primarily draw from one's participation in the group, that is, the more one interacts, shares and opens up, the more others will be able to step in as they relate to their experiences. Mentoring those who have just begun their recovery is encouraged for those individuals that are sober for a longer time.