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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 is a lifelong commitment of hard work and dedication.


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

Therefore don't forget that it is important and possible to look for a program that is a suitable fit for you. If it's more convenient for you to go with the centre you've selected, it is highly possible for you to abide by the programme and stay with it until its completion thereby improving your probability of lasting sobriety and well-being.


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.


Steps Of The Addiction Treatment Program

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.

  • Every recovery procedure, however, usually shares same crucial elements: Intake.
  • Detoxification process
  • Rehab (rehabilitation)
  • Ongoing Recovery.

Should you have any enquiries about the rehab procedure or your specific endeavour towards recovery, you may ring us to chat with one of our dedicated specialists who will address your enquiries privately at any time (day or night) with no strings attached.


Intake

Intake is the process that helps you decide whether a particular rehab centre is a good match for you (and vice versa). This is a where you can pose enquiries regarding the facility which are really essential to you. 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 centre will likely be interested in knowing the seriousness of your addiction, family history of addiction, your personal drug use history, and even financial arrangements for treatment.


13 Important Concepts Of Dependency Treatment

  • There are some major guidelines that one must be abreast with in commencing a drug and alcohol treatment program as set out by the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
  • 1. Dependency not only have an effect on your behaviour, but as well as your brain.
  • 2. It is vital to treat addiction as soon as possible as this leads to successful results.
  • 3. Effective treatment is not hinged on whether or not you went for treatment voluntarily.
  • People are still able to achieve sobriety by going through the program even though it may not have been their own personal decision but that of their family or friends, a requirement by their employers or even as legally mandated by the court system.
  • 4. Treatment has no solution that is suitable for all circumstances.
  • 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 health concerns are most of the time associated with drug dependency and must as well be assessed and dealt with during treatment.
  • 7. Treatment programs should also evaluate for any coexisting infectious diseases like hepatitis, tuberculosis, and HIV.
  • 8. In order to effectively overcome your addiction, you must commit enough time to treatment.
  • 9. Even though it is just the first phase of treatment, physical detox is very significant.
  • 10. Lasting modifications in behaviour mostly entails important steps such as continuous assistance and 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. A great treatment program will observe you for a possible relapse for the entire duration of the treatment.
  • 13. Your altering situations and needs should cause treatment plans to be revised on a regular basis.

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Types Of Rehab Facilities

  • Rehab treatment programs might provide:
  • Inpatient services.
  • Outpatient services.
  • 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.


Inpatient Treatment Programme

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.

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.

  • Inpatient treatment can happen at one of the two of the following locations:
  • A hospital.
  • 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.
  • A number of inpatient centres which are not connected to a hospital do not provide 24/7 availability of healthcare experts.
  • On the upside, they do offer access to care from staff who are not medically trained with the option of arranging for health care, hospital-based services being organized whenever necessary.

Similar to exclusive, resort facilities, luxury inpatient centres can provide a more pleasant stay. An executive inpatient facility offers some of the most expensive settings that pander to busy executives permitting them to maintain a continuous involvement in their job's obligations while still receiving inpatient treatment for their addictions.


Outpatient Treatment Programme

These are very similar to the inpatient programs except that one has the option of going back home at the end of the day, once one is done with 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. However, it might not be such a perfect option for people with dual diagnosis problems or those with severe, long-lasting addictions.


Detox Process

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. With specific drugs such as opiate prescription drugs or heroin, one may also receive prescribed medication during the detox phase.

  • The seriousness of the detoxification process differs according to:
  • Metabolism and specific body constitution of a patient.
  • The specific drug and amount of dosage taken.
  • How long the drug has been used.
  • Whether there are other addictions as well.

In order to make detoxification a safe process it has to be done under the watchful eye of a medical professional. As detoxification has the potential to be extremely serious (and in some instances even fatal) for some drugs and individuals, it is not recommended that individuals detox alone at their homes.


Withdrawal

The body gets used to having specific quantities of the drug in it when a person uses a substance or alcohol frequently. The body may begin to experience withdrawal symptoms once the substance is removed. 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.

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

  • However, some typical withdrawal symptoms may include problems with:
  • Suffering from severe bouts of depression.
  • Focusing.
  • Less appetite.
  • Feeling extremely fatigued.
  • Being easily agitated or irritated.
  • Runny nose.
  • Insomnia.
  • Sweating.
  • Feeling sick.
  • Cramps.
  • Looseness of the bowels.
  • Shaking involuntarily.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Migraines.
  • Pain in the muscles coupled with tension in the same.
  • Seizures.
  • Embolism.
  • Delusions.
  • Heart attack.

Prescriptions Taken During Detox

The techniques of treatment a patient will get while in detox will depend on the particular kind of dependency that is being treated and this includes and pharmaceutical help. Before the detox procedure, you will possibly be evaluated by expert medical staff to identify what kind and amount of pharmaceutical support will be required during the procedure.

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.

Medications used will vary, according to the drug addiction being treated. Some of the medication that is more commonly used in the process include:


Methadone

Methadone helps to ease those struggling with addiction off the drugs often used during detox from opiate or heroin prescription medications. The aim is to reduce the patient's dependence on the drugs until they no longer needed thus the dose of Methadone is gradually reduced throughout the detox process.

A number of those coping from dependency though remain to use methadone up to several years and even their entire lives. Methadone itself can also be addictive for some people. This potential threat of switching from a previous dependency for another one is one of the bases why treatment methods may differ per patient.


Buprenorphine

Addictions to heroin and prescription opioid medications are also treated with buprenorphine. 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. However, some patients continue to take it for months or even years.


Benzodiazepines

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

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

Barbiturates

Barbiturates serve as gentle tranquillizers that assist to alleviate discomfort, anxiety and moodiness during detox. Like benzodiazepines, they may also help to decrease one's risk of seizures, which can be common during 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.


Rehab

After patients are done with the preliminary drug or alcohol detoxification, they will now proceed with rehab. During rehabilitation patients get to the main reasons for their addictions and attend to those concerns so that they can successfully carry on with their lives without returning to addictive behaviour, alcohol or substances.


Individual Therapy Sessions

  • In a one-one behavioural therapy:
  • Users try to understand the reasons for the start of their addiction and they usually do some mental work to recognize when the substance abuse started.
  • Patients are given ways on how they can devote their leisure time to concentrate on being occupied in other pastime or activities.
  • So that patients have less time to think about relapsing, they are taught strategies to manage their time better.
  • Patients learn to recognize drug use triggers and how to cope with these triggering conditions when they appear.
  • Patients are more likely to put their plan into action and avoid relapse if they have a plan for various tempting conditions.

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. Patients are assisted in modifying their behaviours toward a life free of substance abuse because they are taught to change their thinking patterns.


Group Therapy

The process of addiction rehabilitation typically comprises group therapy. People that are in the similar situations are able to talk to each other in these group therapies which can help their recovery. It is mostly beneficial for coping patients to realize that they aren't left on their own with their problems. Similarly, others in the group find comfort when these individuals share their own stories of addiction and recovery. For the rehab process, the feeling of peer support can be crucial.


Family Therapy

Family therapy is offered as a part of the program at many addiction rehabilitation facilities. Addiction does not only affect the one individual but it is far-reaching and affects many people. Family members are mostly those who are really extremely concerned about the dependency issue of their loved ones; thus, making them an essential element of the individual's recovery phase.

Family members are welcomed to participate in family therapy sessions in some rehab programs. Loved ones can talk, in these meetings, about the pain that they were feeling because of their family member's addiction and their wish to see those family members get their lives back on tracks. The results can be solved with the help of family therapy so the family can serve as the pillar of support once their loved one leaves the rehabilitation facility.


Recovery Process

Recovery does not end once a patient is done with the rehabilitation process. As a matter of fact, for some people, recovery is a constant process which demands continuous effort and focus. Their road to long-term recovery can be effortless at times. However, at other periods it will be hard for them to say no to the temptation to relapse. It is a road that might have dangerous sideways, like many others in life, so long-term support is crucial.

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. 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.

Also, individuals can choose to stay with others that are recovering from dependency in a sober residential centre. While in a sober living facility, recovering individuals perform chores, participate in group therapy sessions, and work at an outside job. 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. Group therapy is a great way to build a support network in your neighbourhood.

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. NA and AA have meetings all over the country at convenient times. There are also different branches of the Alcoholics Anonymous model aimed at a vast array of other addictions.


  • These AA copies for other addictions are:
  • Overeaters Anonymous (OA).
  • Pills Anonymous (PA).
  • Emotions Anonymous (EA).
  • Gamblers Anonymous (GA).
  • Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA).
  • Cocaine Anonymous (CA).
  • Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA).

Some patients feel that more general 12-step group meetings can help them, while others feel that advantages of attending a support group that is extremely specific work better for them.

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.