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The Rehabilitation Process

Ensure That The Program Is The Right Fit For You

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


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

So remember that searching for a program that's a good match for you is not only important but feasible too. 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 any other endeavour, the path leading to continence starts with easy strides moving ahead.


Different Stages Of Dependency 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.

  • Though, any recovery process is inclined to share particular essential features: Intake.
  • Detox (detoxification)
  • Rehabilitation process
  • 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.


Intake

The process through which one determines whether a rehabilitation centre is suited for their needs is known as intake. During this phase you should ask questions that are most essential to you. 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 Crucial Principles Of Dependency 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. Your brain, along with actions you take, is affected by addiction as well.
  • 2. For Successful outcomes, it's important to treat the addiction as soon as possible.
  • 3. It's not necessary to go involuntarily for treatment in order for it to be effective.
  • 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. Treatment has no solution that is suitable for all circumstances.
  • 5. Different centres and treatments work better for different patients.
  • 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 concerns are most of the time associated with drug dependency and must as well be assessed and dealt with during treatment.
  • 7. A treatment program should also check for any co-occurring infectious conditions like TB, HIV and hepatitis.
  • 8. If you want to efficiently beat your dependency you have to dedicate enough time to treatment.
  • 9. Even though it is just the first phase of treatment, physical detox is very significant.
  • 10. Behavioural therapy and ongoing support is necessary in order for long term behaviour to change.
  • 11. Behavioural therapy (which can include a combination of one-on-one, group and family therapy) is the most common kind of treatment.
  • To go along with therapy a medication treatment is commonly also required.
  • 12. A great treatment program will observe you for a possible relapse for the entire duration of the treatment.
  • 13. Treatment plans must be continuously adjusted to address your varying necessities and conditions.

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Types Of Rehab Facilities

  • These treatment centres may offer programs such as:
  • Inpatient programmes.
  • Outpatient services.
  • A combination of inpatient and outpatient 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.


Inpatient Treatment Programme

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 detoxification and rehabilitation, the patient is therefore shielded from the various temptations that would have otherwise placed them in a situation to relapse.

Residential/inpatient treatment is often recommended for those with dual diagnosis (co-occurring mental health problems or medical issues) or who have battled addiction for a long time.

  • Inpatient treatment can happen at one of the two of the following 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.
  • Residential facilities located outside of a hospital environment.
  • A number of inpatient centres which are not connected to a hospital do not provide 24/7 availability of healthcare experts.
  • However, they do offer 24/7 care staff personnel, and can also provide access to different hospital-based facilities when necessary.

A luxury inpatient facility provides grand, retreat-like amenities that can make your stay more pleasant. 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.


Treatment Through An Outpatient Program

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. 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. For people who suffer from milder or short-term addictions, outpatient care is a great choice. It may be a not so favourable option for individuals with grave, prolonged dependencies or those having dual diagnosis disorders.


Detoxification

Nearly all drug and alcohol dependencies need detoxification procedure at the beginning of the rehab process. The detoxification stage is devised to eliminate every trace of alcohol and substances from the patient's body. 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 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.
  • If there are any other additions also included.

When completed in a supervised medical environment, detox is normally a safe procedure. It's not advised for individuals to detox on their own at home because the detox for different individuals and substances can possibly be very serious - and in some cases, deadly.


Withdrawal

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. In contingent on the drug taken, withdrawal signs may begin to manifest in just a few hours, although some are likely to manifest in within 24 hours from time the last drug was taken.

Withdrawal symptoms may differ, depending on the drug used.

  • Some of the most common symptoms, however, may include the following:
  • Suffering from severe bouts of depression.
  • Focus.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Severe fatigue.
  • Anxiety.
  • Runny nose.
  • Insomnia.
  • Perspiration.
  • An inclination to vomit.
  • Painful contractions of the muscles.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Tremors or shaking.
  • Tachycardia.
  • Troubled breathing.
  • Migraines.
  • Muscle tension and pain.
  • Having seizures.
  • Embolism.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Heart attack.

Medications That Are Commonly Used In Detoxification

The techniques of treatment a patient will get while in detox will depend on the particular kind of dependency that is being treated and this includes and pharmaceutical help. 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.

While a detox process may not be required for certain addictions to proceed with rehabilitation therapy, other addictions - like those to opiates, heroin, and alcohol - often need medications to ease the seriousness of the withdrawal process during detox.

Medications used will vary, according to the drug addiction being treated. However, some of the most commonly used medications during detox are:


Methadone

Methadone can offer relief to those suffering from drug addictions and is thus usually used during detox from opiate prescription medications and heroin. 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 potential threat of switching from a previous dependency for another one is one of the bases why treatment methods may differ per patient.


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. Although some individuals maintain taking it for several months and, for some, up to years.


Benzodiazepines

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

  • Benzodiazepines are also used to, among other things:
  • Decrease the likelihood of seizures in detoxing patients.
  • Reduces the seriousness of withdrawal symptoms.
  • To alleviate depression and feelings of anxiety that are common in the detoxification process.

Barbiturates

Barbiturates can help relieve nervousness, anxiety and pain during the detox, taking the role of mild sedatives. Like benzodiazepines, they may also help to decrease one's risk of seizures, which can be common during alcohol detox. Contact us right now if you have any enquiries regarding detoxification and withdrawal during the process of rehabilitation. 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.


The Process Of Rehabilitation

People go though rehabilitation after they have successfully been through the process of detoxification. In this stage, patients address the different areas of their lives that have contributed towards their addiction so that they can be able to overcome and move on with their lives with a high chance that they will be able to remain sober.


Individual Therapy

  • During individual behavioural therapy:
  • 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.
  • Patients get to learn the strategies on how they can manage their time to focus on getting involved in new interests or hobbies.
  • 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.
  • They are also taught how to pinpoint substance use triggers and how to cope with these situations when they arise.
  • Having a plan when these triggers appear places the patient in a better position to avoid relapsing.

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.


Therapy Conducted In Groups

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. It's frequently beneficial to those who are recovering to realise that there are other people who battle with the same struggles. 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. 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.

In selected rehab programmes, family members are encouraged to join in family therapy meetings. 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.


Getting Better

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. At some point, it is hard for people to endure the lure of relapsing. Lifelong support is also necessary as there are different ups and downs in the process just like with anything else in life.

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. Several addiction rehabilitation centres provide follow-up programs to help patients as they go back to their everyday 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.

Also, individuals can choose to stay with others that are recovering from dependency in a sober residential centre. 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. A supportive transitional time is offered through this for those recovering from addiction before being thrown back into "normal" 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.

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 NA and AA have their sessions at times that are accessible to everyone, nationwide. For many other addictions, there are also different copies of AA model.


  • These AA offshoots for other addiction include:
  • Overeaters Anonymous (OA).
  • Pills Anonymous (PA).
  • Emotions Anonymous (EA).
  • GA, which is Gamblers Anonymous.
  • Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA).
  • Cocaine Anonymous (CA).
  • Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA).

Some individuals find the type of support they can get in very specific 12-step groups is more beneficial - whereas others get the help they need from more general support groups.

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. Those recovering may choose to mentor those who are newly recovering once they are more established in their sobriety.