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The Rehabilitation Process

Ensure That The Program Chosen Will Be Able To Meet Your Needs

The way towards complete fitness and sobriety is never swift and simple. It requires long-term dedication and hard work.


There are many alternatives to choose from when it comes to dependency rehab programs.

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.


The benefit gained from altering a lifestyle of dependency towards one for rehabilitation though can be completely rewarding and really worth the while.

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


Steps Of The Addiction Treatment Program

The particular stages of an individual's dependency rehab procedure differ depending on the sort of dependency, the medical programme utilised and the patient requiring rehab.

  • There are standard or common elements that are present in every recovery process at the end of the day.
  • Detoxification process
  • Rehabilitation (rehab).
  • Recovery as a long-term process

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

A process of resolving whether a specific treatment facility is right for you (and other way around) is called intake. During this phase you should ask questions that are most essential to you. In order to decide how the centre can provide you with the best treatment scheme and your specific needs and stage of dependency, the rehab facility will also ask you some questions and might also ask you to do some diagnostic tests and screenings. 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 Essential Truths Of Addiction Treatment

  • There is a certain number of crucial principles to be aware of when beginning a substance abuse rehab program, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
  • 1. Addiction affects your brain and behaviour.
  • 2. Addressing dependency right away is essential for effective results.
  • 3. You don't have to be admitted for treatment of one's own free will for the treatment to be successful.
  • A lot of patients have achieved success in their recovery program even though they were forced to go to treatment by their job, their loved ones or even by the court order.
  • 4. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to treatment.
  • 5. Different centres and treatments work better for different patients.
  • 5. All areas of your life should be addressed holistically by an effective treatment - not just your substance abuse or addiction.
  • 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. In order to effectively overcome your addiction, you must commit enough time to treatment.
  • 9. Physical detoxification is crucial, however it's only the first phase of your treatment.
  • 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.
  • To go along with therapy a medication treatment is commonly also required.
  • 12. A good treatment plan has provisions for monitoring the recovering addict in order to curb possible relapses during the course 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 Forms Of Rehabilitation Centres

  • Rehabilitation treatment programs can provide:
  • Inpatient services.
  • An outpatient service.
  • Some centres offer a combination of both in and out patient facilities.

It doesn't matter if you choose outpatient care or inpatient addiction treatment as the intake procedure will be almost identical and managed by one of the counsellors at the facility.


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.

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 take place in one of two settings:
  • A hospital.
  • An inpatient facility at a hospital provides more in-depth, 24/7 access to medical services and observation from medical experts.
  • A residential centre placed outside of a hospital setting.
  • 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.

Luxury inpatient centres provide posh, resort-like provisions which can contribute a lot in making your stay really convenient. 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.


More About Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient programmes are just the same with inpatient programmes only that you are allowed to head home at the end of every treatment session. 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. For people who suffer from milder or short-term addictions, outpatient care is a great choice. For those with dual diagnosis or long-term and severe addictions, it is honestly not the best choice.


Detox

A phase of detoxification at the start of the rehabilitation process is required for most drug and all alcohol addictions. The aim of this process is to eliminate all of the toxins, drugs and alcohol from one's system. With specific drugs such as opiate prescription drugs or heroin, one may also receive prescribed medication during the detox phase.

  • The intensity, length, duration or severity of the detoxification process is dependent upon:
  • The patient's individual metabolism and body structure.
  • The type of drug and the dose that was in use.
  • How long the drug has been used.
  • Whether the addiction is isolated or whether there are other addictions present alongside what is being treated.

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.


Going Through The Withdrawal Process

The body slowly adapts and becomes accustomed to having certain levels of drugs or alcohol with continued use of the substances. Withdrawal symptoms are therefore experienced by the body once the drug or substance is removed from the body. 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.

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

  • However, some typical withdrawal symptoms may include problems with:
  • Severe depression.
  • The ability to concentrate.
  • Having no appetite.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Being easily agitated or irritated.
  • Having a runny nose.
  • Insomnia.
  • Excessive sweating.
  • Feeling like vomiting.
  • Cramps.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Shaking or tremors.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Troubled breathing.
  • Experiencing migraines or headaches.
  • Muscular pain and discomfort.
  • Convulsions.
  • Stroke.
  • Delusions.
  • Heart attack.

Medications That Are Commonly Used In Detoxification

The use of medication, the type of medication and dosage all depend on the type and severity of the addiction being treated. You will probably be evaluated by medical experts before detox in order to diagnose what kind and what levels of pharmaceutical help you might require while in detox.

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.

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 is frequently used during heroin/opiate prescription medication detoxification and helps to relieve the patients battling with addiction of these substances. 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. Treatment approaches are tailored to suit the individual in question since the risk of introducing a new addiction through this medication is likely.


Buprenorphine

Opiates, prescription medication and heroine addiction also incorporates the use of Buprenorphine in the detox process. 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. Much the same as methadone, the objective for most individuals who use buprenorphine is to reduce the dosage of the substance gradually 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.
  • Reducing the intensity or impact felt of the withdrawal symptoms.
  • Assist in alleviating depression and anxiety which are always connected with the detox procedure.

Barbiturates

Barbiturates can help relieve nervousness, anxiety and pain during the detox, taking the role of mild sedatives. Similar to benzodiazepines, they may as well assist in alleviating any threat of convulsions which can be prevalent whilst having alcohol detox. Contact us today if you have any doubts or concerns regarding detox and withdrawal while in rehab. 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.


Rehab

Rehabilitation is the next step for patients that are done with the initial substance detoxification. 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

  • In behavioural therapy targeted towards the individual:
  • A patient regularly does inner work by pinpointing when he/she started using the drug and the reason why he/she began to abuse it.
  • Individuals are then offered techniques to help them concentrate on trying on new activities and hobbies.
  • Task prioritisation skills are shared to enable patients to effectively utilise their time such they have lesser chances of experiencing a relapse.
  • 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.

This kind of cognitive behavioural therapy deals with the patient's thoughts about drug abuse and his/her thoughts in general about life. Individuals get the chance to reform their thinking patterns and make behavioural changes toward a healthy, sober life.


Group Therapy

The process of addiction rehabilitation typically comprises group therapy. Group sessions provide people who are recovering from their addictions to meet with other people who are facing identical circumstances. 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. This sense of community support is essential to the recovery process.


Family Therapy

Family therapy is offered as a part of the program at many addiction rehabilitation facilities. Addiction is extensive and does not only influence the person battling the addiction, but also countless other people. 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. In these meetings, family members can share about the hurt brought about by their loved one's dependency issue and their hope to someday witness that individual lead a healthier lifestyle. 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. 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. Other times, withstanding the temptation to relapse may get difficult for individuals. It is a road that might have dangerous sideways, like many others in life, so long-term support is crucial.

The patient will meet with counsellors to discuss a plan for aftercare prior to leaving an addiction treatment 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.

Or a patient may live in a serious living service for a while with other individuals recovering from addiction. Sober-living facilities are generally structured in the same way, including assigning chores to each resident and having group therapy sessions for everyone. Individuals also work in outside jobs. 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.

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 as well several derivatives of the AA outline for broad variations of other dependencies.


  • Here are some of AA derivatives for other dependencies:
  • OA, which is, Overeaters Anonymous.
  • Pills Anonymous (PA).
  • EA, which refers to Emotions Anonymous.
  • Gamblers Anonymous (GA).
  • Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA).
  • CA, that is, Cocaine Anonymous.
  • CMA, that is, Crystal Meth Anonymous.

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.

Aftercare support groups primarily draw from one's participation in the group, that is, the more one interacts, shares and opens up, the more others will be able to step in as they relate to their experiences. As soon as those who are recovering from addiction are more set up in their own sobriety, they can decide to advise those who are new to the recovery process.