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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.

Therefore don't forget that it is important and possible to look for a program that is a suitable fit for you. You can raise your chances for long-term success and staying sober if the centre that you have decided on makes you feel content since you will then have a better chance to endure the process to the end.


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

Just like all of life's journeys, sobriety also starts with simple steps.


Different Steps Of The Addiction Rehabilitation Process

Depending on the severity of the addiction, the type of addiction, the individual and the treatment plan being employed, the steps taken by a recovering addict will vary.

  • There are standard or common elements that are present in every recovery process at the end of the day.
  • Detox (detoxification)
  • Rehabilitation (rehab).
  • Ongoing Recovery

Our treatment support advisors are available around the clock, day and night, to answer any of the questions that you might have concerning the rehabilitation process or the journey that is specific to your situation. They handle all queries with the utmost confidence.


Intake

The process of intake establishes if a specific rehabilitation facility is a suitable match for you and the other way around. During this phase you should ask questions that are most essential to you. 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 Crucial Principles Of Dependency Treatment

  • As reported by National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are some of important concepts to remember before commencing an alcohol or drug treatment programme:
  • 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's not necessary to go involuntarily for treatment in order for it to be effective.
  • 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. Treatment has no solution that is suitable for all circumstances.
  • Different people have different needs and therefore different facilitates work for different individuals.
  • 5. Not only your dependency or substance abuse will be dealt with in an efficient treatment, but also your other life areas will be inspected thoroughly.
  • 6. Psychological health issues should also be assessed and addressed in your rehab since they are commonly related to substance abuse.
  • 7. Treatment programmes must as well evaluate any co-occurring contagious conditions like tuberculosis, HIV, and hepatitis.
  • 8. In order to beat your addiction successfully, you need to dedicate enough time to your treatment.
  • 9. Even though it is just the first phase of treatment, physical detox is very significant.
  • 10. Behavioural therapy and constant support are usually crucial for long-term modification of behaviour.
  • 11. Group, family and individual therapy are important components of behavioural therapy which is necessary for recovery.
  • Pharmaceutical treatment is frequently needed in combination with therapy.
  • 12. You will be monitored for any possible relapses throughout the course of treatment at good treatment programs.
  • 13. To fulfil your changing requirements and situations, a treatment plan should be reviewed regularly.

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Different Forms Of Rehabilitation Centres

  • Rehab treatment programmes may provide:
  • Inpatient programmes.
  • An outpatient service.
  • For some individuals, it may be a mix of both programmes.

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

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. An inpatient care programme assists in eliminating stressors by keeping the individual from any form of lure or the option of relapsing; all these while having detox and rehab.

Inpatient or residential medical care is mostly the suggested treatment method for patients with long-term dependencies or co-occurring medical or mental health concerns (also referred to as dual diagnosis).

  • Inpatient treatment can happen at one of the two of the following locations:
  • At a conventional hospital
  • Inpatient centres in most hospitals provide more comprehensive 24/7 access to medical assistance and monitoring from healthcare experts.
  • A residential centre placed outside of a hospital setting.
  • Around-the-clock access to healthcare professionals is not offered by some inpatient facilities that are not hospital-based.
  • However, they do offer 24/7 care staff personnel, and can also provide access to different hospital-based facilities when necessary.

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.


Outpatient Treatment

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. Outpatient care allows you to maintain some of the responsibilities if you have significant work or familial obligations - like caring for children or elderly parents. Those patients that suffer from milder and shorter addictions are good candidates to choose the outpatient solution. For those with dual diagnosis or long-term and severe addictions, it is honestly not the best choice.


Detox Process

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. 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.
  • How big were the doses used and what drug is in question.
  • How long was the drug used.
  • The possibility of any other dependencies.

When completed in a supervised medical environment, detox is normally a safe procedure. 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 Process

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. Withdrawal symptoms are therefore experienced by the body once the drug or substance is removed from the body. 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.

Withdrawal signs can differ based on the drug taken.

  • Some of the most common symptoms, however, may include the following:
  • Severe despondency and dejection.
  • Focusing.
  • Having no appetite.
  • Serious tiredness.
  • Anxiety.
  • A runny nose.
  • Insomnia.
  • Sweating profusely.
  • Feeling sick.
  • Having muscle cramps.
  • Looseness of the bowels.
  • Body tremors.
  • Tachycardia.
  • Breathing difficulty.
  • Experiencing migraines or headaches.
  • Muscular pain and discomfort.
  • Seizures.
  • Stroke.
  • Delusions.
  • Suffering from a heart attack.

Medications Used During Detox

The particular kind of addiction that's receiving treatment will determine the method of treatment (including any pharmaceutical help). A professional expert in matters detoxification will assess your situation before you start on the detox process in order to ascertain whether the recovering addict will need pharmaceutical therapy as well.

Some addictions, like those to heroin, alcohol and opiates, usually exhibit severe withdrawal side effects during detox and require medications for it, while other addictions might not require detoxification to go along with the rehab program.

Prescriptions given will vary depending on the drug dependency being addressed. However, some of the most commonly used medications during detox are:


Methadone

Methadone helps to ease those struggling with addiction off the drugs often used during detox from opiate or heroin prescription medications. Normally the quantity of methadone given is steadily reduced as time passes hoping that patients will finally no longer depend on any drugs.

However, a few of those who have recovered keep on taking methadone for many years or even the remainder of their lives. Methadone use can also become an addiction for some of them. This possible risk of replacing a former addiction with a new one is one reason why treatment approaches can differ by the individual.


Buprenorphine

Opiates, prescription medication and heroine addiction also incorporates the use of Buprenorphine in the detox process. Currently, buprenorphine has emerged as one of the gradually ideal substitute for methadone treatment since it doesn't make users experience any euphoric feeling; thus, addiction is less expected. Similar to methadone, the aim for most patients who make buprenorphine is to reduce the drug dosage over time. Some individuals, however, keep on using it for months or years even.


Benzodiazepines

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

  • Benzodiazepines are also used to, among other things:
  • Lowers the possibility of seizures in patients who are detoxing.
  • Reduce the severity of withdrawal signs.
  • Assists in alleviating depression and anxiety that are frequently linked with the process of detoxification.

Barbiturates

Barbiturates serve as moderate sedatives; thus, assisting to alleviating anxiety, moodiness, and difficulties experienced during detoxification procedure. 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 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

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 Sessions

  • In individual behavioural 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 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 discover and learn to manage their triggers in order to deal with these situations as they come up and avoid relapsing.
  • 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.

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. 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

Group therapy is often included in the dependency rehabilitation procedure. 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 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

Family therapy is provided by many dependency rehabilitation centres as an integral piece of their program. Dependency can be across-the-board, involving several individuals and not just the lone individual experiencing the dependency problem. Family members are a significant part of the recovery process for patients since they are commonly the most affected party of every addiction.

Family therapy sessions are commonly open to other family members' participation in most of the rehabilitation 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. 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

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. For others, however, it may feel difficult for someone to stand against the temptation to relapse into the old habits. Lifelong support is also necessary as there are different ups and downs in the process just like with anything else in life.

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. Follow-up programs are provided by a lot of addiction treatment centres in order to help individuals maintain control over their lives. These plans may include, among others, weekend retreats at the rehabilitation centre where the recovering addict is able to touch base with their support group and remain centred.

Or a patient may live in a serious living service for a while with other individuals recovering from addiction. While in a sober living facility, recovering individuals perform chores, participate in group therapy sessions, and work at an outside job. For patients in recovery, this can provide an encouraging transitional support before they have to go back to the "real" world.

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. One of the best ways of getting a local support group is to join group therapy.

A couple of the more well-known 12-step groups are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) that many individuals recovering from addiction attend on a regular basis. Both AA and NA have meetings all around the country at easily manageable 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).

A number of individuals agree that the sort of assistance they are able to obtain in very particular 12-step organizations is more helpful while others attain the support they are looking for from support organizations with universal approach.

In these aftercare support groups, it's often said that participants get what they give, so they are encouraged to interact with other group members and share their experiences with the group. 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.