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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 requires long-term dedication and hard work.


There is no shortage of addiction rehabilitation programs for you to choose from.

It is helpful to keep in mind that it is essential and possible to seek for a programme that best fits your needs. 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.

The road to sobriety begins with simple steps forward like any other journey.


Different Stages Of Dependency Rehab Process

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.
  • Detox (detoxification)
  • Going through rehabilitation
  • Continuous Healing

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.


Choosing The Rehabilitation Facility

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. Rehab centres will also ask to run some tests in order to get some diagnostics on the type of addiction and also in order to come up with improvement on the treatment plan in order to give you the best and most optimal plan that will work best for you. The facility will most probably like to know the seriousness of your addition, family history of addiction, financial plans for treatment and your own history of substance use.


13 Essential Truths Of Addiction Treatment

  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that there are a few key principles to remember when starting a drug or alcohol treatment program:
  • 1. Addiction affects your brain and behaviour.
  • 2. It is vital to treat addiction as soon as possible as this leads to successful results.
  • 3. It's not necessary to go involuntarily for treatment in order for it to be effective.
  • People are still able to achieve sobriety by going through the program even though it may not have been their own personal decision but that of their family or friends, a requirement by their employers or even as legally mandated by the court system.
  • 4. Treatment is not standard across the border; it varies.
  • Several medical care programmes and centres function more efficiently for varying 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. Mental and psychological conditions should also be evaluated and addressed as they are often linked to drug and substance abuse.
  • 7. Any coexisting infectious diseases like hepatitis, HIV and tuberculosis should also be evaluated by rehab programs.
  • 8. You have to dedicate sufficient time for treatment for you to successfully conquer your dependency.
  • 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. Behavioural therapy, which may include some mix of family, group and individual therapy, is the most usual type of treatment.
  • 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. 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

  • Rehabilitation treatment programs can provide:
  • An inpatient service.
  • Outpatient services.
  • Some mix of both kinds of services.

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.


Treatment While Admitted At A Facility

An inpatient treatment program withdraws those who battle with addiction from their previous lifestyles and puts them in a treatment centre that provides round-the-clock care provided by employees. Inpatient care reduces stress by withdrawing the patient from anything that could tempt him/her and reduces the chance to relapse during detoxification and rehabilitation.

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:
  • Hospital Setting
  • With inpatient facilities that are offered in a conventional hospital, one is able to get round-the-clock monitoring services from health professionals and experts.
  • There is the other option of a residential facility but one that is not located in a hospital.
  • Access to medical experts at all times might not be available at some inpatient centres that are not based in hospitals.
  • 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. Executive inpatient centres allow active businessmen to continue they work while they are still being a part of inpatient addiction treatment by offering them exclusive surroundings for this.


Outpatient Treatment Programme

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. The outpatient solution lets you keep up with some of your responsibilities regarding your work or family, like taking care of kids or older parents. Those with more mild or short-lived addiction find the outpatient care more effective and better. It may be a not so favourable option for individuals with grave, prolonged dependencies or those having dual diagnosis disorders.


Detoxification

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 certain instances, maintenance medication can be administered to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms that are linked with particular substances, like heroin and opiate prescription drugs.

  • The seriousness of the detox process differs according to:
  • The patient's distinct body structure and absorption.
  • The specific drug and amount of dosage taken.
  • The period that the drug was being taken.
  • Whether the addiction is isolated or whether there are other addictions present alongside what is being treated.

When done in a controlled clinical setting, detoxification is usually 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

The body gets used to having specific quantities of the drug in it when a person uses a substance or alcohol frequently. The body may begin to experience withdrawal symptoms once the substance is removed. 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 signs can differ based on the drug taken.

  • However, some typical withdrawal symptoms may include problems with:
  • Suffering from severe bouts of depression.
  • Lacking in concentration.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Feeling extremely fatigued.
  • Anxiety.
  • A runny nose.
  • Insomnia.
  • Perspiration.
  • Feeling sick.
  • Cramps.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Body tremors.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Breathing difficulty.
  • A continuous pain the head.
  • Muscular pain and discomfort.
  • Seizures.
  • Stroke.
  • Paranoia.
  • Heart attack.

Meds Used Throughout 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.

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. Some of the medication that is more commonly used in the process 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. Usually, the dosage of methadone provided is gradually lessened eventually to allow patients to be rid of any substance dependency in due course.

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


Buprenorphine

Addictions to heroin and prescription opioid medications are also treated with buprenorphine. 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. The same with methadone, the aim for most individuals who use buprenorphine is to decrease the drug intake eventually. Some individuals, however, keep on using it for months or years even.


Benzodiazepines

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

  • Benzodiazepines are at times employed to:
  • Lowers the possibility of seizures in patients who are detoxing.
  • Reduces the seriousness of withdrawal symptoms.
  • Help relieve the depression and anxiety that are often associated with the detox process.

Barbiturates

These work to relive discomfort during the process of detoxification as well as reducing anxiety and irritability as they are a mild sedative. They also help to reduce the risk of one experiencing seizures which are a common side effect or alcohol withdrawal. Contact us right now if you have any enquiries regarding detoxification and withdrawal during the process of rehabilitation. 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 Process

After patients are done with the preliminary drug or alcohol detoxification, they will now proceed with rehab. 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.


Individual Therapy

  • In behavioural therapy targeted towards the individual:
  • Patients often do some inner work by recognizing when they started using the substance and why they started using it.
  • 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 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.
  • Patients are more likely to put their plan into action and avoid relapse if they have a plan for various tempting conditions.

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 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

Group therapy is often included in the dependency rehabilitation procedure. Those recovering from alcohol are allowed to interact with others who are in the same situation with the help of these group sessions. Knowing that you are not alone in your struggles is often helpful for recovering individuals. Similarly, others in the group find comfort when these individuals share their own stories of addiction and recovery. This feeling of community assistance is essential to the recovery phase.


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. 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 members are free to participate in family therapy sessions with certain rehabilitation programs. Some of the things that are discussed in these sessions include the pain caused to the family members by the addiction and their hope to see the addict recover and regain overall wellness. 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 Process

Patients are not finished with recovery even after they have completed their rehabilitation program. Recovery requires continued work as it is an ongoing process that is often lifelong. Sometimes, the way towards permanent recovery may seem simple. 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.

Patients will interact with counsellors to talk about a strategy for aftercare before they leave the addiction treatment program. Several dependency rehab centres provide follow-up programmes to help patients while they go back to their regular lives. A weekend stay at the rehabilitation facility when the person feels a "touch-up" visit is required can form 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. While recovering individuals stay in a sober living centre, they take part in group therapy sessions, complete chores and work at a job outside the facility. This provides a helpful shifting opportunity for patients recovering from dependency prior to being immersed again into their old life.

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.

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. Both AA and NA have meetings all around the country at easily manageable times. For many other addictions, there are also different copies of AA model.


  • The anonymous groups for other types or variations of addictions include:
  • OA, which is, Overeaters Anonymous.
  • Pills Anonymous (PA).
  • EA, which refers to Emotions Anonymous.
  • Gamblers Anonymous (GA).
  • Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA).
  • Cocaine Anonymous (CA).
  • 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.

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