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An Overview on the Rehabilitation Process

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A long and difficult road lies ahead for those that want to achieve a healthy, drug-free life. It is a lifelong commitment of hard work and dedication.


Regarding dependency rehab programmes, there are always accessible selections provided to you.

It is therefore important to look for the best centre before plunging in as you want to get the best results out of the process. You are more inclined to adhere to the program and complete it (which increases your chances of long-lasting sobriety and health) when you feel at ease with the centre that you have selected.


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.

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


Different Steps Of The Addiction Rehabilitation 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.

  • However, the purpose of all recovery processes is to share certain key components: Intake.
  • Detoxification (detox).
  • Rehab (rehabilitation)
  • 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

A process of resolving whether a specific treatment facility is right for you (and other way around) is called intake. Asking anything you feel is significant for you regarding the facility is done in this phase. 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 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 Important Principles And Guidelines In Treatment Of Addiction

  • As reported by National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are some of important concepts to remember before commencing an alcohol or drug treatment programme:
  • 1. Addiction affects your brain and behaviour.
  • 2. It is very significant to treat dependency at the earliest possible stage to raise the chance of long-term success.
  • 3. It is not necessary for you to willingly proceed with the treatment programme just for it to be successful.
  • 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. There is no such thing as uniform approach to treatment.
  • Different people have different needs and therefore different facilitates work for different individuals.
  • 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 conditions are mostly linked to drug addiction and should also be assessed and addressed in your treatment.
  • 7. Treatment programs should also evaluate for any coexisting infectious diseases like hepatitis, tuberculosis, and HIV.
  • 8. In order to beat your addiction successfully, you need to dedicate enough time to your 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.
  • Pharmaceutical treatment is often necessary for conjunction with therapy.
  • 12. You will be looked over for any potential relapses during the treatment by every competent treatment program.
  • 13. To fulfil your changing requirements and situations, a treatment plan should be reviewed regularly.

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Different Kinds Of Rehabilitation Facilities

  • Rehab treatment programmes may provide:
  • Services while admitted into the facility for inpatient treatment.
  • An outpatient service.
  • For some individuals, it may be a mix of both programmes.

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

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.

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 be done at one of these 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.
  • A residential facility situated outside of a hospital setting.
  • Around-the-clock access to healthcare professionals is not offered by some inpatient facilities that are not hospital-based.
  • However, they do provide access to different hospital-based services when that is required and constant care from employees as well.

Luxury inpatient centres provide posh, resort-like provisions which can contribute a lot in making your stay really convenient. For busy professionals, there are executive inpatient facilities which provide everything that one needs to carry out their work obligations while maintaining their treatment responsibilities at the same time.


Outpatient Treatment

The main difference between inpatient and outpatient programs which are very alike is the fact that you can go back home every 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 those with dual diagnosis or long-term and severe addictions, it is honestly not the best choice.


Detox Process

All cases of alcohol addictions and most substance addictions need a stage of detox at the beginning of the rehab procedure. This phase of detox is intended to eliminate all drugs and alcohol chemicals from all body systems. At times, maintenance prescriptions may be recommended to alleviate the withdrawal signs linked with particular substances like heroin and opioid prescription drugs.

  • The extremity of the detox process is different, depending on:
  • Metabolism and specific body constitution of a patient.
  • The type of drug and the dose that was in use.
  • The duration of the drug usage.
  • If there are any other co-occurring addictions.

Detoxification is normally a secure procedure if done in a monitored medical environment. Performing detox on your own is not recommended since for particular patients and substances it can turn out to be very severe, possibly even deadly sometimes.


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. As soon as the substance is eliminated, the body might start to suffer from withdrawal symptoms. Normally, withdrawal symptoms start to appear within the first 24 hours after the drug or substance has been withdrawn. However, the withdrawal symptoms can start to manifest within hours depending on the substance that was in use and the severity of the use.

Withdrawal symptoms may differ, depending on the drug used.

  • Some of the most common symptoms, however, may include the following:
  • Severe depression.
  • Focusing.
  • Reduced appetite.
  • Feeling extremely fatigued.
  • Anxiety.
  • Runny nose.
  • Insomnia.
  • Excessive sweating.
  • Nausea.
  • Cramps.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Tremors or shaking.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Headaches.
  • Muscle aches and strain.
  • Seizures.
  • Stroke.
  • Hallucinations.
  • 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). 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.

The type of drug addiction being treated dictates the type of medication that will be used in detox. 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.

Some of the recovering addicts, however, continue taking Methadone past their detox period into years or even the rest of their lives. Methadone use can also become an addiction for some of them. This possible risk of replacing a former addiction with a new one is one reason why treatment approaches can differ by the individual.


Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is also used to prescription opioid medications and treat addictions to heroin. 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. The aim for most individuals who use buprenorphine is, just like with methadone, to decrease the dosage in the future. again, just like methadone, some patients may continue to take it long after the detox period.


Benzodiazepines

This category of substances includes drugs used to treat anxiety and are regularly employed in the course of alcohol detoxification.

  • Benzodiazepines are also used to, among other things:
  • Lessen the probability of convulsions in patients undergoing detox.
  • 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 serve as gentle tranquillizers that assist to alleviate discomfort, anxiety and moodiness during detox. They can also assist in decreasing the possibility of seizures in patients, similar to benzos, which can often happen during detoxification from alcohol. 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

People go though rehabilitation after they have successfully been through the process of detoxification. 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:
  • Patience get to the bottom of when and why they started using the substance or drug.
  • 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.
  • They are also taught how to pinpoint substance use triggers and how to cope with these situations when they arise.
  • When a patient has a strategy for different tempting conditions, he/she is more inclined to put this strategy into action and so prevent a relapse.

This kind of cognitive behavioural therapy deals with the patient's thoughts about drug abuse and his/her thoughts in general about life. Patients are assisted in modifying their behaviours toward a life free of substance abuse because they are taught to change their thinking patterns.


Group Therapy

The group therapy is usually included in the addiction rehabilitation process. Those recovering from alcohol are allowed to interact with others who are in the same situation with the help of these group sessions. 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. Likewise, other people in the group find comfort when these people share their accounts of recovery and addiction. This sense of community support is essential to the recovery process.


Family Therapy

Family therapy is popular as part of treatment in many rehabilitation facilities. Addiction does not only affect the one individual but it is far-reaching and affects many 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 the course of these family therapy sessions, the family members can talk about the suffering caused by the addition of a loved one and their wish to see that individual lead a wholesome life. 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

Patients are not finished with recovery even after they have completed their rehabilitation program. As a matter of fact, for some people, recovery is a constant process which demands continuous effort and focus. Their road to long-term recovery can be effortless at times. At some point, it is hard for people to endure the lure of relapsing. Similar to other things in life, this journey will have different landscapes and therefore long-term support is vital.

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. These plans may include, among others, weekend retreats at the rehabilitation centre where the recovering addict is able to touch base with their support group and remain centred.

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 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. Group therapy is an efficient way for establishing a support circle within your locality.

A couple of the more well-known 12-step groups are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) that many individuals recovering from addiction attend on a regular basis. AA and NA both conduct gatherings all over the country at really practical schedules. For other addictions, there are other offshoots of the Alcoholics anonymous that they can take part in.


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

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.

In these post-treatment support circles, it's a common notion that members obtain as much as they share; thus, they are inspired to associate with other participants and impart what they have gone through to the circle. As soon as the coping members become more stable in their sober condition, they have the option to provide guidance to those who are recently working on their recovery.