Ensuring That The Programme Suits Your Needs
The road to a wholesome, sober life is hard and takes time. It is a commitment to working hard and being dedicated throughout one's life.
There is no shortage of addiction rehabilitation programs for you to choose from.
So, don't forget that looking for the program that fits you best is both significant and pragmatic. You're more likely to stick with the program and see it through to its end - increasing your chances of long-term health and sobriety if you feel comfortable with the facility you've chosen.
However, the rewards gained from transforming a life of addiction into a life of recovery are immeasurable and well worth the effort.
Just like all other journeys, the road to becoming sober starts with basic steps forward.
The Steps To Take Towards Rehabilitation From Addiction
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.
- However, the purpose of all recovery processes is to share certain key components Intake.
- Detoxification (detox).
- Going through rehabilitation
- Recovery as a long-term process
Please contact us to talk with one of our rehab support counsellors if you have any questions regarding the treatment process or your personal road to recovery and they will provide you with answers in private, at any time of day, without any commitment on your side.
Choosing The Rehabilitation Facility
The process through which one determines whether a rehabilitation centre is suited for their needs is known as intake. This is a where you can pose enquiries regarding the facility which are really 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. 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 are some major guidelines that one must be abreast with in commencing a drug and alcohol treatment program as set out by the National Institute on Drug Abuse
- 1. In addition to affecting your behaviour, addiction also affects your brain.
- 2. It is very significant to treat dependency at the earliest possible stage to raise the chance of long-term success.
- 3. It's not necessary to go involuntarily for treatment in order for it to be effective.
- Many individuals are forced to go to rehab by the court system, their place of employment, or family or friends - and they are still able to achieve recovery once they go through the program.
- 4. There is no such thing as uniform approach to treatment.
- Different individuals react efficiently with different rehabs and centres.
- 5. For treatment to be successful it should not only deal with your drug abuse/addiction, but should address every area of your life holistically.
- 6. Mental health conditions are mostly linked to drug addiction and should also be assessed and addressed in your treatment.
- 7. Treatment programmes must as well evaluate any co-occurring contagious conditions like tuberculosis, HIV, and hepatitis.
- 8. In order to effectively overcome your addiction, you must commit enough time to treatment.
- 9. Even though it is just the first phase of treatment, physical detox is very significant.
- 10. A process of behavioural therapy and ongoing support is usually required for long-term behavioural change.
- 11. Behavioural therapy (which can include a combination of one-on-one, group and family therapy) is the most common kind of treatment.
- Medicinal treatment is always essential in connection with any therapy.
- 12. You will be monitored for any possible relapses throughout the course of treatment at good treatment programs.
- 13. Your altering situations and needs should cause treatment plans to be revised on a regular basis.
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Types Of Treatment Centres
- Rehab treatment programmes may provide
- An inpatient service.
- 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.
Inpatient Treatment Programme
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. The inpatient care removes the individual from temptation and the ability to relapse - both during detox and during rehab in order to help eliminate the stress.
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 be done at one of these locations
- A hospital
- Comprehensive, constant access to clinical services and control from medical experts is what inpatient centres at hospitals can provide to patients.
- Residential facilities located outside of a hospital environment.
- Some of these facilities do not offer a 24-hour access to health care professionals and medical staff.
- Although they do provide 24 /7 assistance from staff members and the option to utilise most hospital-based provisions can be organized as needed.
Similar to exclusive, resort facilities, luxury inpatient centres can provide a more pleasant stay. A high-end atmosphere is provided at executive inpatient facilities that cater to busy professionals, allowing these individuals to establish a continued involvement in their work responsibilities while still undergoing inpatient addiction treatment.
Treatment Through An Outpatient Program
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. Outpatient programme is an optimum choice for individuals having non-severe or short-term dependencies. It may be a not so favourable option for individuals with grave, prolonged dependencies or those having dual diagnosis disorders.
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. At times, maintenance prescriptions may be recommended to alleviate the withdrawal signs linked with particular substances like heroin and opioid prescription drugs.
- The seriousness of the detox process differs according to
- 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.
- Whether there are other addictions as well.
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.
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 symptoms may differ, depending on the drug used.
- However, a few common withdrawal symptoms are issues with
- Suffering from severe bouts of depression.
- Having no appetite.
- Extreme tiredness.
- A runny nose.
- Unable to sleep.
- Sweating profusely.
- Shaking or tremors.
- Increased heart rate.
- Breathing problems.
- Muscle aches and strain.
- Having hallucinations.
- Cardiac arrest.
Medications Used During Detox
The method of treatment - including any pharmaceutical assistance - received during detox will be based on the specific kind of addiction being treated. A professional expert in matters detoxification will assess your situation before you start on the detox process in order to ascertain whether the recovering addict will need pharmaceutical therapy as well.
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.
Depending on the substance that was used, medications will vary. Examples of prescriptions which can be used for the detox procedures though may be any of the following
Methadone helps to ease those struggling with addiction off the drugs often used during detox from opiate or heroin prescription medications. The aim is to reduce the patient's dependence on the drugs until they no longer needed thus the dose of Methadone is gradually reduced throughout the detox process.
However, some of these patients keep on using methadone for a long time, some even until the day they die. Methadone, like any other drug, can be addictive for some people. One of the reasons why treatment solutions differ from person to person is this potential risk of substituting one addiction with another.
Opiates, prescription medication and heroine addiction also incorporates the use of Buprenorphine in the detox process. 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 aim for most individuals who use buprenorphine is, just like with methadone, to decrease the dosage in the future. Though, a few individuals keep on taking the substance for months or years.
This classification of drugs consists of other anxiety-relieving medications which are always utilised for alcohol detox procedure.
- Benzodiazepines are at times utilised to
- Lessen the probability of convulsions in patients undergoing detox.
- Reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms.
- Assist in relieving depression and anxiety that detox process can sometimes cause.
These work to relive discomfort during the process of detoxification as well as reducing anxiety and irritability as they are a mild sedative. Similar to benzodiazepines, they may as well assist in alleviating any threat of convulsions which can be prevalent whilst having alcohol detox. You can call us today to get answers to any questions that you may have regarding the process of detoxification. 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.
After patients are done with the preliminary drug or alcohol detoxification, they will now proceed with rehab. 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.
- In individual behavioural 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 learn the strategies that they could use in order to focus their time on hobbies and other interests.
- So that patients have less time to think about relapsing, they are taught strategies to manage their time better.
- 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.
Both the thoughts are addressed with this type of cognitive behavioural therapy that patients have in relation to substance abuse and also the thoughts they have about life in general. Individuals get the chance to reform their thinking patterns and make behavioural changes toward a healthy, sober life.
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's frequently beneficial to those who are recovering to realise that there are other people who battle with the same struggles. 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.
Several dependency rehab centres provide family therapy as an integral element of their medical care programme. Addiction is extensive and does not only influence the person battling the addiction, but also countless other people. Members of the family are a key part of the recovery process for the addict and they are frequently the people who are affected the most profoundly by the addiction of their loved ones.
Family therapy sessions are commonly open to other family members' participation in most of the rehabilitation programs. Loved ones can talk, in these meetings, about the pain that they were feeling because of their family member's addiction and their wish to see those family members get their lives back on tracks. 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 does not end once a patient is done with the rehabilitation process. 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. 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. Many treatment facilities have provisions for patients in terms of follow ups as they attempt to return to their normal 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. 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.
Many patients maintain regular therapy sessions post-rehab, and some submit to scheduled drug testing as a way to keep them accountable to their sobriety. A great way to create a feeling of support in your residential area is a 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 NA and AA have their sessions at times that are accessible to everyone, nationwide. There are as well several derivatives of the AA outline for broad variations of other dependencies.
- The anonymous groups for other types or variations of addictions include
- Overeaters Anonymous (OA).
- PA, which stands for Pills Anonymous.
- EA, which refers to Emotions Anonymous.
- Gamblers Anonymous (GA).
- SAA, which stands for Sex Addicts Anonymous.
- Cocaine Anonymous (CA).
- CMA, that is, Crystal Meth Anonymous.
A few people feel the kind of support they can receive from really specific 12-step groups to be more valuable, whereas other people get the assistance they require from the more universal support groups.
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. Mentoring those who have just begun their recovery is encouraged for those individuals that are sober for a longer time.