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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 requires long-term commitment and strenuous work.


Regarding dependency rehab programmes, there are always accessible selections provided to you.

So remember that searching for a program that's a good match for you is not only important but feasible too. 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.


It is worth the effort in the end and one gets great reward from submitting to the process.

The journey to a life without drugs, like any adventure, start with small steps forward.


Different Steps Of The Addiction Rehabilitation Process

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.

  • Though, any recovery process is inclined to share particular essential features: Intake.
  • The detoxification element
  • Rehabilitation process
  • Ongoing Recovery.

Please call to speak with one of our treatment support advisor if you have any questions concerning the rehab process or your individual journey to recovery, where all your questions will be answered confidentially - at any time of the day or night - with no obligation.


Intake Process

A process of resolving whether a specific treatment facility is right for you (and other way around) is called intake. Every issue that is most important to you should be raised as a question when considering the rehab centre at this point in time. 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. Family history of substance abuse, your individual drug abuse history, the severity of your dependency and even financial plans for rehab are some of the things the facility will usually like to know.


13 Key Principles Of Addiction 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. Your brain, along with actions you take, is affected by addiction as well.
  • 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.
  • Several people are obliged to undergo rehab based on court rulings, or by their employers, or immediate family or close friends and yet they still manage to reach complete recovery once they have started with the programme.
  • 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. Mental health conditions are mostly linked to drug addiction and should also be assessed and addressed in your treatment.
  • 7. Treatment programs are required to analyse coexisting infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis, Hepatitis and HIV.
  • 8. You have to dedicate sufficient time for treatment for you to successfully conquer your dependency.
  • 9. Physical detoxification is not the full treatment plan but only the first step towards recovery.
  • 10. A process of behavioural therapy and ongoing support is usually required for long-term behavioural change.
  • 11. Group, family and individual therapy are important components of behavioural therapy which is necessary for recovery.
  • In addition to therapy, some treatment plans incorporate pharmaceutical treatment.
  • 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 Treatment Centres

  • Rehab treatment programs may offer:
  • An inpatient service.
  • Services offered without need for admission, that is, outpatient treatment.
  • Some centres offer a combination of both in and out patient facilities.

The intake process is the same and conducted by the counsellor at the facility regardless of whether or not you choose the inpatient or the outpatient treatment option.


Inpatient Treatment

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 detox, as well as during rehab, the inpatient solution helps to remove stress by eliminating patients from urges and possibility 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.

  • Inpatient treatment can be done at one of these locations:
  • Hospitals.
  • An inpatient facility at a hospital provides more in-depth, 24/7 access to medical services and observation from medical experts.
  • There is the other option of a residential facility but one that is not located in a hospital.
  • Some of these facilities do not offer a 24-hour access to health care professionals and medical staff.
  • Although they do provide 24 /7 assistance from staff members and the option to utilise most hospital-based provisions can be organized as needed.

Plush, resort-like services are offered at Luxury inpatient facilities that can help make your stay more comfortable. 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.


Outpatient Treatment Programme

There is a huge similarity between outpatient and inpatient programs with the exception that in outpatient programs you are allowed to return home each night after your 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. Outpatient services are also better for those who do not have severe addictions. 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.


Detox

Nearly all drug and alcohol dependencies need detoxification procedure at the beginning of the rehab process. This phase of detox is intended to eliminate all drugs and alcohol chemicals from all body systems. 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 gravity of the detox procedure differs depending on some factors:
  • The individual's metabolism and body composition.
  • The particular dosage and the drug that was being used.
  • The period that the drug was being taken.
  • If there are any other co-occurring addictions.

Detoxification is normally a secure procedure if done in a monitored medical environment. 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

When an individual uses a drug or drinks alcohol habitually, his/her body gets used to the particular degree of the substance contained in it. As soon as the substance is eliminated, the body might start to suffer from withdrawal symptoms. 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.

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:
  • Suffering from severe bouts of depression.
  • The ability to concentrate.
  • A drop in appetite.
  • Severe fatigue.
  • Being easily agitated or irritated.
  • Having a runny nose.
  • Insomnia.
  • Sweating profusely.
  • An inclination to vomit.
  • Painful contractions of the muscles.
  • Looseness of the bowels.
  • Tremors or shaking.
  • Having an elevated heart rate.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Migraines.
  • Muscle aches and strain.
  • Seizures.
  • Stroke.
  • Having hallucinations.
  • Cardiac arrest.

Medications Used During Detox

The particular kind of addiction that's receiving treatment will determine the method of treatment (including any pharmaceutical help). Before detoxification, you'll possibly be evaluated by expert medical employees to find out what kind and level of pharmaceutical help might be required during your detox.

While a detox process may not be required for certain addictions to proceed with rehabilitation therapy, other addictions - like those to opiates, heroin, and alcohol - often need medications to ease the seriousness of the withdrawal process during detox.

Medications used will vary, according to the drug addiction being treated. However, some examples of medications that may be employed during detox, may include:


Methadone

Methadone can offer relief to those suffering from drug addictions and is thus usually used during detox from opiate prescription medications and heroin. 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.

However, some of those recovering, continue to take methadone for years - or even for the rest of their lives. Methadone use can also become an addiction for some of them. One of the reasons why treatment solutions differ from person to person is this potential risk of substituting one addiction with another.


Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is as well utilised to address heroin and/or opioid medications dependency cases. Buprenorphine is less likely to cause addiction as it does not give an individual the feeling of a 'high'. It has therefore increasingly become an alternative for Methadone in detox. Much the same as methadone, the objective for most individuals who use buprenorphine is to reduce the dosage of the substance gradually over time. again, just like methadone, some patients may continue to take it long after the detox period.


Benzodiazepines

This plays the role of treating or alleviating anxiety in alcohol addicts during detox.

  • Benzodiazepines are at times utilised to:
  • Reduce the chances of seizures occurring during detox.
  • Reducing the intensity or impact felt of the withdrawal symptoms.
  • 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. They also help to reduce the risk of one experiencing seizures which are a common side effect or alcohol withdrawal. Should you have any clarifications about detox and withdrawal while having rehab, contact us now. 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.


Rehab

As soon as patients complete the initial detoxification from alcohol or substances, they will carry on with rehab. 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

  • During one-on-one therapy:
  • Patients often do some inner work by recognizing when they started using the substance and why they started using it.
  • Patients are given ways on how they can devote their leisure time to concentrate on being occupied in other pastime or activities.
  • Task prioritisation skills are shared to enable patients to effectively utilise their time such they have lesser chances of experiencing a relapse.
  • They are also taught how to pinpoint substance use triggers and how to cope with these situations when they arise.
  • When a patient has a strategy for different tempting conditions, he/she is more inclined to put this strategy into action and so prevent a relapse.

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.


Group Therapy

Group therapy is often included in the dependency rehabilitation procedure. 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 always refreshing and encouraging to meet other people going through the same thing so you know that you are not alone in it. Also, when these patients share their own tragic addiction stories and positive recovery stories it can help others find peace. 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. Addiction doesn't only affect those suffering from it, but also their loved ones. Family members are often those who are most deeply affected by their loved one's addiction, and they are an essential element of the recovery process for that person.

Family members are free to participate in family therapy sessions with certain rehabilitation programs. 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. 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.


Recovery

Recovery is not over even when patients are done with their rehab program. In reality, recovery can last a lifetime for a lot of people, all the while demanding constant dedication and work. Sometimes, the way towards permanent recovery may seem simple. Some other time, resisting the desire to relapse will be really hard. Lifelong support is essential because like anything in life it's a journey that may feature varying terrain.

Before departing from the dependency treatment programme, the patient will have the chance to get together with therapists to talk about any preparations for post-treatment. In order assist patients as they return to normal life many addiction rehab facilities offer follow-up programs. Weekend stays at the rehab centre may be included in these follow-up plans when the individual feels a touch-up stay is needed.

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. While recovering in a sober living centre, patients fulfill tasks, get employed by an external work, and join in group therapy gatherings. This provides a supportive period of transition for individuals recovering from their addictions before they get tossed back into their everyday lives.

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. Various offshoots of the AA model are also there for a wide range of other addictions.


  • These AA offshoots for other addiction include:
  • Overeaters Anonymous (OA).
  • PA, which stands for Pills Anonymous.
  • Emotions Anonymous (EA).
  • Gamblers Anonymous (GA).
  • Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA).
  • CA, that is, Cocaine Anonymous.
  • 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.

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. Mentoring those who have just begun their recovery is encouraged for those individuals that are sober for a longer time.