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The Rehabilitation Process

Ensure That The Program Is The Right Fit For You

The road to a wholesome, sober life is hard and takes time. It is a lifelong commitment of hard work and dedication.


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 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.


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 Rehab Process

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.

  • There are standard or common elements that are present in every recovery process at the end of the day.
  • Detox (detoxification)
  • Going through rehabilitation
  • Recovery as a long-term process

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

Intake process is the stage of identifying if a specific rehab facility is an appropriate match for you mutually. 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 rehab facility may as well have enquiries for you and may require you to go over a few clinical assessments or programmes to truly check how the medical plan can most ideally customise its treatment outline for you based on your specific necessities and phase of dependency. 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 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. Your brain, along with actions you take, is affected by addiction as well.
  • 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.
  • 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 such thing as uniform approach to treatment.
  • Different individuals react efficiently with different rehabs and centres.
  • 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. Mental health conditions are mostly linked to drug addiction and should also be assessed and addressed in your treatment.
  • 7. Any coexisting infectious diseases like hepatitis, HIV and tuberculosis should also be evaluated by rehab programs.
  • 8. If you want to efficiently beat your dependency you have to dedicate enough time to treatment.
  • 9. Physical detoxification is crucial, however it's only the first phase of your treatment.
  • 10. Behavioural therapy and ongoing support is necessary in order for long term behaviour to change.
  • 11. Behavioural therapy, which may include some mix of family, group and individual therapy, is the most usual type of treatment.
  • To go along with therapy a medication treatment is commonly also required.
  • 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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Different Kinds Of Rehabilitation Facilities

  • Rehab treatment programmes may provide:
  • Services while admitted into the facility for inpatient treatment.
  • Outpatient services.
  • Some combination of both service types.

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 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. During detox, as well as during rehab, the inpatient solution helps to remove stress by eliminating patients from urges and possibility 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:
  • Hospitals.
  • A more intensive, around-the-clock access to medical services and supervision from healthcare professionals is provided at hospitals by inpatient facilities.
  • Residential Centre Outside a Hospital.
  • Access to medical experts at all times might not be available at some inpatient centres that are not based in hospitals.
  • However, they do offer 24/7 care staff personnel, and can also provide access to different hospital-based facilities when necessary.

Some of these facilities make recovery more comfortable as they offer some plush and luxurious services. 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

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. For people who suffer from milder or short-term addictions, outpatient care is a great choice. 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

A phase of detoxification at the start of the rehabilitation process is required for most drug and all alcohol addictions. This phase of detox is intended to eliminate all drugs and alcohol chemicals from all body systems. In some cases, in order to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with various drugs maintenance medication may be given including opiate prescription drugs and heroin.

  • The extremity of the detox process is different, depending on:
  • The individual's body metabolism and composition.
  • The type of drug and the dose that was in use.
  • The duration of the drug usage.
  • 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 gets used to having specific quantities of the drug in it when a person uses a substance or alcohol frequently. Withdrawal symptoms are therefore experienced by the body once the drug or substance is removed from the body. Subject to the drug that was taken, the withdrawal symptoms can appear as soon as within a few hours, but they normally appear within the first day after the drug was taken for the last time.

Withdrawal symptoms are specific to the drug or substance that one has been taking.

  • A few of normal withdrawal signs though can involve complications like:
  • Severe despondency and dejection.
  • The ability to concentrate.
  • Having no appetite.
  • Serious tiredness.
  • Agitation.
  • Runny nose.
  • Insomnia.
  • Sweating.
  • Nausea.
  • Having muscle cramps.
  • Looseness of the bowels.
  • Trembling or shaking.
  • Tachycardia.
  • Breathing difficulty.
  • Headaches.
  • Muscular pain and discomfort.
  • Seizures.
  • Stroke.
  • Paranoia.
  • 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). 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.

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.

The type of drug addiction being treated dictates the type of medication that will be used in detox. Some of the medication that is more commonly used in the process include:


Methadone

Most commonly utilised for detox procedure for heroin dependency or opiate medications, methadone contributes a lot in alleviating those coping with dependency from the drugs. 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, like any other drug, can be addictive for some people. 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. Recently, since buprenorphine doesn't induce any kind of "high" in the patients that use it, making abuse not so common, it has become a preferred choice comparing to methadone treatment. 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.


Benzodiazepines

Anti-anxiety drugs are included in this class of drugs that are often used during alcohol detox.

  • Benzodiazepines are at times utilised to:
  • Reduce the chances of seizures occurring during detox.
  • Reduces the seriousness of withdrawal symptoms.
  • Assist in alleviating depression and anxiety which are always connected with the detox procedure.

Barbiturates

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, barbiturates can also assist to decrease the risk of seizures which can be typical in the course of alcohol detoxification. Contact us today if you have any doubts or concerns regarding detox and withdrawal while in rehab. 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

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


One-On-One Therapy

  • During 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 are given ways on how they can devote their leisure time to concentrate on being occupied in other pastime or activities.
  • In order to minimize the amount of time devoted towards thoughts on relapsing, recovering addicts learn time management skills in order to utilize their time in a better way.
  • Patients are taught how to determine drug use stimulants and how to deal with these tempting instances when they occur.
  • Individuals have a bigger chance of avoiding relapse if they have a scheme prepared for different tempting circumstances since they are then more likely to use that plan.

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 able to make changes about how they think and reform their thought pattern with a view of achieving a healthy and sober life.


Therapy Conducted In Groups

The dependency rehab procedure commonly incorporates group therapy. Group sessions provide people who are recovering from their addictions to meet with other people who are facing identical circumstances. Recovering patients often benefit from knowing that their problems are not just their own. Also, when these patients share their own tragic addiction stories and positive recovery stories it can help others find peace. This sense of community support is essential to the recovery process.


Family Therapy

Family therapy is provided by many dependency rehabilitation centres as an integral piece of their program. Addiction is extensive and does not only influence the person battling the addiction, but also countless other people. Members of the family are a key part of the recovery process for the addict and they are frequently the people who are affected the most profoundly by the addiction of their loved ones.

Family members, in some recovery programs, are invited to join in family therapy meetings. 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 can be a foundation of support after the patient goes back home from rehab centre and family therapy can accomplish this by helping to resolve different family issues.


Recovery

Patients are not finished with recovery even after they have completed their rehabilitation program. As a matter of fact, for several patients recovery is long-term process that depends on their continuous work and concentration. 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. 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. 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.

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. For patients in recovery, this can provide an encouraging transitional support before they have to go back to the "real" world.

Some patients accept arranged drug tests in order to feel responsible for staying sober, while others keep going to regular therapy meetings after rehab. 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.


  • Some of these branches of the AA 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.

It is commonly said, in these post-rehab support groups, that members receive what the give, so they are stimulated to share their life stories with the group and to talk with other participants. Those recovering may choose to mentor those who are newly recovering once they are more established in their sobriety.