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The Rehabilitation Process

Ensure The Program Fulfils Your Requirements

It is not easy to get back to a healthy and sober lifestyle. 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. 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.


It is worth the effort in the end and one gets great reward from submitting to the process.

The journey to a life without drugs, like any adventure, start with small steps forward.


Steps Of The Addiction Rehab 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.

  • Every recovery procedure, however, usually shares same crucial elements: Intake.
  • Detoxification (detox).
  • Rehabilitation (rehab).
  • Ongoing Recovery.

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. This is a stage to ask the most important question about the centre. 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. The facility will most probably be concerned about the gravity of your dependency, your individual drug intake record, any domestic record of dependency, and even financial plans for medical care.


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 behaviour is not only affected by the addiction but your brain too.
  • 2. It is important to tackle addiction as early as possible as it influences the outcome.
  • 3. Effective treatment is not hinged on whether or not you went for treatment voluntarily.
  • 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. A treatment option that works for everyone doesn't exist.
  • Several medical care programmes and centres function more efficiently for varying individuals.
  • 5. For a treatment to be considered efficient, it should, as a whole, deal with all aspect of your life; not merely your substance misuse or dependency issues.
  • 6. Mental and psychological conditions should also be evaluated and addressed as they are often linked to drug and substance abuse.
  • 7. A treatment program should also check for any co-occurring infectious conditions like TB, HIV and hepatitis.
  • 8. You have to dedicate sufficient time for treatment for you to successfully conquer your dependency.
  • 9. Physical detoxification is crucial, however it's only the first phase of your treatment.
  • 10. Long-lasting behavioural modification normally depends on continuous support and a process of behavioural therapy.
  • 11. Group, family and individual therapy are important components of behavioural therapy which is necessary for recovery.
  • Pharmaceutical treatment is often necessary for conjunction with therapy.
  • 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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Types Of Rehab Facilities

  • Rehabilitation treatment programs can provide:
  • Inpatient services.
  • Outpatient services.
  • For some individuals, it may be a mix of both programmes.

The intake procedure will practically be the same whether you decide to go with inpatient dependency treatment or outpatient solution and it will be performed by an advisor at the centre.


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. During detox, as well as during rehab, the inpatient solution helps to remove stress by eliminating patients from urges and possibility to relapse.

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.

  • This treatment could occur between one of two places:
  • At a conventional hospital
  • 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.
  • Residential facilities located outside of a hospital environment.
  • Certain inpatient centres that are not based at a hospital will not provide 24/7 access to medical experts.
  • Though, these do provide round-the-clock care from employees and access to different services at a hospital can be organised when needed.

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.


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. 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. Outpatient services are also better for those who do not have severe addictions. For those with severe, long-term addictions or for those with dual diagnosis conditions it may be a less optimal choice.


Detoxification

A stage of detoxification is usually needed at the beginning of the rehab process for most substance 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 detoxification process differs according to:
  • Metabolism and specific body constitution of a patient.
  • The specific substance and dosage that was used.
  • How long was the drug used.
  • If there are any other co-occurring addictions.

When done in a controlled clinical setting, detoxification is usually a safe procedure. 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 Process

The body becomes accustomed to having different levels of the substance in it when a person takes a drug or consumes alcohol regularly. 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 signs can differ based on the drug taken.

  • However, some most common withdrawal side effects might cause problems with:
  • Severe depression.
  • Concentration.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Serious tiredness.
  • Being easily agitated or irritated.
  • Runny nose.
  • Insomnia.
  • Perspiration.
  • Nausea.
  • Having muscle cramps.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Tremors or shaking.
  • Having an elevated heart rate.
  • Breathing difficulty.
  • Migraines.
  • Pain in the muscles coupled with tension in the same.
  • Seizures.
  • Stroke.
  • Delusions.
  • Suffering from a 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.

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.

Depending on the substance that was used, medications will vary. However, some of the most commonly used medications during detox are:


Methadone

Methadone helps to ease those struggling with addiction off the drugs often used during detox from opiate or heroin prescription medications. With the idea that patients will at the end become free of any drug addiction, usually, methadone doses that are provided are gradually decreased with time.

However, some of those recovering, continue to take methadone for years - or even for the rest of their lives. Methadone itself can also be addictive for some people. The treatment approaches can differ from patient to patient because of this potential danger of substituting a previous addiction with a brand new addiction.


Buprenorphine

Addictions to heroin and prescription opioid medications are also treated with buprenorphine. Buprenorphine has over the recent years become the more and more opted for substitute for methadone as it does not let a patient feel any kind of intoxication and therefore abuse is less possible. The same with methadone, the aim for most individuals who use buprenorphine is to decrease the drug intake eventually. Although some individuals maintain taking it for several months and, for some, up to years.


Benzodiazepines

This set of drugs is commonly used during detoxification from alcohol and includes anti-anxiety drugs.

  • Benzodiazepines are sometimes used to:
  • Lessen the probability of convulsions in patients undergoing detox.
  • Reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms.
  • To alleviate depression and feelings of anxiety that are common in the detoxification process.

Barbiturates

Barbiturates help to relieve irritability, anxiety, and discomfort during the detoxification process acting as mild sedatives. Like benzodiazepines, they may also help to decrease one's risk of seizures, which can be common during 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

As soon as patients complete the initial detoxification from alcohol or substances, they will carry on with rehab. This is where patients get to the main reasons behind their addictions, addressing those problems so they can effectively move on with their lives without turning back to drugs, alcohol, or their addictive behaviour.


Individual Therapy Sessions

  • During one-on-one therapy:
  • Users try to understand the reasons for the start of their addiction and they usually do some mental work to recognize when the substance abuse started.
  • 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 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 learn to recognize drug use triggers and how to cope with these triggering conditions when they appear.
  • 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.

This sort of cognitive behavioural method deals with both the ideas patients have related to drug abuse and likewise their views regarding life as a whole. It assists patients to change their way of thinking and to make some behavioural changes towards sobriety and a wholesome life.


Group Therapy

Group therapy is often included in the dependency rehabilitation procedure. Group sessions provide people who are recovering from their addictions to meet with other people who are facing identical circumstances. It is always refreshing and encouraging to meet other people going through the same thing so you know that you are not alone in it. 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

Family therapy is provided by many dependency rehabilitation centres as an integral piece of their program. 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 members are free to participate in family therapy sessions with certain 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. 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

Even while patients have finished their rehabilitation programmes, they haven't reached full recovery. As a matter of fact, for some people, recovery is a constant process which demands continuous effort and focus. For some individuals, the path to recovery, whether lifelong or shorter, feels easy. For others, however, it may feel difficult for someone to stand against the temptation to relapse into the old habits. Similar to other things in life, this journey will have different landscapes and therefore long-term support is vital.

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. 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.

Alternatively, patients can stay in a sober living centre for a period with other people who are also recovering from their addictions. 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 conducive and supportive time of transition for recovering addicts before they are allowed to resume normalcy in their lives.

In order to stay accountable in the continued quest for sobriety, patients attend therapy sessions regularly in addition to submitting to scheduled or random drug tests to ensure that they stay on track. Group therapy is an efficient way for establishing a support circle within your locality.

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. Both AA and NA have meetings all around the country at easily manageable times. For other addictions, there are other offshoots of the Alcoholics anonymous that they can take part in.


  • These AA copies for other addictions are:
  • Overeaters Anonymous (OA).
  • Pills Anonymous (PA).
  • EA, which refers to Emotions Anonymous.
  • Gamblers Anonymous (GA).
  • SAA, which stands for Sex Addicts Anonymous.
  • 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. Mentoring those who have just begun their recovery is encouraged for those individuals that are sober for a longer time.