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.
Regarding dependency rehab programmes, there are always accessible selections provided to you.
So, don't forget that looking for the program that fits you best is both significant and pragmatic. 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 of life's journeys, sobriety also starts with simple steps.
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.
- However, the purpose of all recovery processes is to share certain key components Intake.
- The detoxification element
- Rehab (rehabilitation)
- Continuous Healing
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Choosing The Rehabilitation Facility
Intake process is the stage of identifying if a specific rehab facility is an appropriate match for you mutually. This is a stage to ask the most important question about the centre. 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. 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 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. Addiction affects your brain and behaviour.
- 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 find different treatments and facilities more effective.
- 5. An effective treatment plan deals with all areas of your life instead of just focusing on the addiction or substance abuse problem.
- 6. Mental health conditions are mostly linked to drug addiction and should also be assessed and addressed in your treatment.
- 7. Treatment programmes must as well evaluate any co-occurring contagious conditions like tuberculosis, HIV, and hepatitis.
- 8. In order to effectively overcome your addiction, you must commit enough time to treatment.
- 9. Physical detoxification is not the full treatment plan but only the first step towards recovery.
- 10. Long-lasting behavioural modification normally depends on continuous support and a process of behavioural therapy.
- 11. The most regular type of treatment is behavioural therapy which can include a mixture of individual, group, and even and family therapy.
- In addition to therapy, some treatment plans incorporate pharmaceutical treatment.
- 12. High-quality treatment programmes will observe you for any potential risk of a relapse during your series of treatment.
- 13. Because needs and circumstances are constantly changing, it is also paramount that the treatment plans are periodically revised and improved.
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Kinds Of Rehab Centres
- Rehab treatment programs might provide
- Services while admitted into the facility for inpatient treatment.
- Services offered without need for admission, that is, outpatient treatment.
- For some individuals, it may be a mix of both programmes.
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.
Treatment While Admitted At A Facility
Inpatient treatment programs put patients into a treatment centre that provides a constant care from professional employees in order to separate them from their life of addiction. 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 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 may occur at one of two locations
- A hospital.
- A more intensive, around-the-clock access to medical services and supervision from healthcare professionals is provided at hospitals by inpatient facilities.
- 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.
- 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.
Some of these facilities make recovery more comfortable as they offer some plush and luxurious services. 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.
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. When you have important family or work responsibilities (like taking care of kids/elderly parents), an outpatient program gives you the chance to look after some of these obligations. Outpatient programme is an optimum choice for individuals having non-severe or short-term dependencies. It may be a not so favourable option for individuals with grave, prolonged dependencies or those having dual diagnosis disorders.
At the beginning of the rehabilitation process, most recovering addicts have to go through detoxification. This phase of detox is intended to eliminate all drugs and alcohol chemicals from all body systems. 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
- The patient's individual metabolism and body structure.
- The specific substance and dosage that was used.
- The duration of drug intake.
- If there are any other co-occurring addictions.
In order to make detoxification a safe process it has to be done under the watchful eye of a medical professional. 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.
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. The body may begin to experience withdrawal symptoms once the substance is removed. 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 signs can differ based on the drug taken.
- Some of the most common symptoms, however, may include the following
- Severe depression.
- A drop in appetite.
- Extreme fatigue.
- Being easily agitated or irritated.
- Runny nose.
- Painful contractions of the muscles.
- Shaking involuntarily.
- Having an elevated heart rate.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Pain in the muscles coupled with tension in the same.
- Having seizures.
- Having 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. 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.
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.
Prescriptions given will vary depending on the drug dependency being addressed. However, a few examples of meds that can be used during detoxification are
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, a few of those who have recovered keep on taking methadone for many years or even the remainder 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.
Another substance that's employed to deal with heroin and prescription opioid meds addictions is 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. The same with methadone, the aim for most individuals who use buprenorphine is to decrease the drug intake eventually. Though, a few individuals keep on taking the substance for months or years.
This category of substances includes drugs used to treat anxiety and are regularly employed in the course of alcohol detoxification.
- Benzodiazepines are also used to, among other things
- Decrease the likelihood of seizures in detoxing patients.
- Reduce the severity of withdrawal side effects.
- Assists in alleviating depression and anxiety that are frequently linked with the process of detoxification.
These work to relive discomfort during the process of detoxification as well as reducing anxiety and irritability as they are a mild sedative. Similar to benzodiazepines, they may as well assist in alleviating any threat of convulsions which can be prevalent whilst having alcohol detox. You can call us today to get answers to any questions that you may have regarding the process of detoxification. Any questions you have will be gladly answered by our rehab support personnel, especially if you are worried about finding a treatment facility that can assist you in understanding the detox procedure.
The individuals will continue through rehabilitation once they get through the initial detox from drugs or alcohol. This is the stage wherein patients attempt to delve into the main causes of their dependency, dealing with those concerns such that they can efficiently go on with their everyday lives without ever resorting to drugs, alcohol, or any obsessive tendencies.
- During individual behavioural therapy
- Patience get to the bottom of when and why they started using the substance or drug.
- Patients will get tactics regarding how they can manage their time so that they can concentrate on starting brand new pastimes and passions.
- 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 discover and learn to manage their triggers in order to deal with these situations as they come up and avoid relapsing.
- Having a plan when these triggers appear places the patient in a better position to avoid relapsing.
This cognitive behavioural therapy deals with the patient's views and thoughts about the substance, its abuse and also their views and thoughts about life in a more general sense. Patients are assisted in modifying their behaviours toward a life free of substance abuse because they are taught to change their thinking patterns.
The dependency rehab procedure commonly incorporates group therapy. These group gatherings assist those coping from dependency to associate with others who are experiencing similar conditions. Recovering patients often benefit from knowing that their problems are not just their own. In the same way, others find companionship and strength in hearing others share their stories about their addiction and recovery. This feeling of community assistance is essential to the recovery phase.
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. 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 therapy sessions are commonly open to other family members' participation in most of the rehabilitation programs. 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. Once one leaves the rehabilitation facility it is important to have the support of family members and that is why family therapy as a means of resolving any family issues is regarded highly.
Patients are not finished with recovery even after they have completed their rehabilitation 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. 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.
Having a discussion with counsellors to come up with a plan and agreement for aftercare is important for a patient before they leave the treatment program. Many treatment facilities have provisions for patients in terms of follow ups as they attempt to return to their normal lives. Weekend stays at the rehab centre may be included in these follow-up plans when the individual feels a touch-up stay is needed.
Alternatively, patients can stay in a sober living centre for a period with other people who are also recovering from their addictions. Recovering patients have duties, while they stay in a sober living centre, work at an outside job, and join in group therapy meetings. For patients in recovery, this can provide an encouraging transitional support before they have to go back to the "real" world.
Several patients continue with normal therapy meetings after rehab, while some offer to undergo programmed drug screening as a means of keeping themselves responsible in maintaining sobriety. One of the best ways of getting a local support group is to join group therapy.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are two of the better known 12-step groups that those recovering from addiction can go to on a continual basis. 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).
- Emotions Anonymous (EA).
- Gamblers Anonymous (GA).
- Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA).
- Cocaine Anonymous (CA).
- Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA).
While some people are able to draw support from general support groups, others are specific that the support that helps them is that of the 12-step groups.
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 who are recovering can opt to mentor others who are also going through the recovery process once they are more established and stable in their sobriety.