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The Rehabilitation Process

Ensure That The Program Is The Right Fit For You

It is not easy to get back to a healthy and sober lifestyle. It is a commitment to working hard and being dedicated throughout one's life.


There's no shortage of addiction rehab program options at your disposal.

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 all other journeys, the road to becoming sober starts with basic steps forward.


Steps Of The Addiction Treatment Program

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.

  • There are standard or common elements that are present in every recovery process at the end of the day.
  • Detoxification (detox).
  • Rehabilitation (rehab).
  • Continuous Healing

Our treatment support advisors are available around the clock, day and night, to answer any of the questions that you might have concerning the rehabilitation process or the journey that is specific to your situation. They handle all queries with the utmost confidence.


Intake

A process of resolving whether a specific treatment facility is right for you (and other way around) is called intake. Every issue that is most important to you should be raised as a question when considering the rehab centre at this point in time. 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. Family history, history of personal substance or drug use and financial arrangements in terms of paying for treatment are some of the things that the rehab centre would be interested in finding out.


13 Important Principles And Guidelines In Treatment Of Addiction

  • 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. Dependency not only have an effect on your behaviour, but as well as your brain.
  • 2. It is vital to treat addiction as soon as possible as this leads to successful results.
  • 3. It is not necessary for you to willingly proceed with the treatment programme just for it to be successful.
  • Several patients who are forced by the court, employer or loved ones to go to rehabilitation can still obtain recovery after they have completed the program.
  • 4. There is no such thing as uniform approach to treatment.
  • Several medical care programmes and centres function more efficiently for varying 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 programmes must as well evaluate any co-occurring contagious conditions like tuberculosis, HIV, and hepatitis.
  • 8. Time is an important aspect of recovery and therefore a recovering addict should commit a lot of their time to getting better.
  • 9. Even though it is just the first phase of treatment, physical detox is very significant.
  • 10. Lasting modifications in behaviour mostly entails important steps such as continuous assistance and behavioural therapy.
  • 11. Behavioural therapy is the most common form of treatment - which may involve some combination of group, family, and individual therapy.
  • Pharmaceutical treatment is frequently needed in combination with therapy.
  • 12. A good treatment plan has provisions for monitoring the recovering addict in order to curb possible relapses during the course of treatment.
  • 13. Treatment plans must be continuously adjusted to address your varying necessities and conditions.

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Kinds Of Rehab Centres

  • Rehab treatment programmes may provide:
  • Inpatient services.
  • Outpatient services.
  • A combination of inpatient and outpatient services.

The intake process will be nearly the same and conducted by a counsellor at the facility regardless of whether you choose inpatient addiction treatment or outpatient care.


Inpatient Treatment

This type of program yanks the recovering addict from their destructive environment and places them in a supportive environment where they can get all day and all night care from the personnel at the facility. 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.

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 may occur at one of two locations:
  • Hospitals.
  • Comprehensive, constant access to clinical services and control from medical experts is what inpatient centres at hospitals can provide to patients.
  • A residential facility situated outside of a hospital setting.
  • Access to medical experts at all times might not be available at some inpatient centres that are not based in hospitals.
  • Although they do provide 24 /7 assistance from staff members and the option to utilise most hospital-based provisions can be organized as needed.

Some of these facilities make recovery more comfortable as they offer some plush and luxurious services. 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. 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. Those with more mild or short-lived addiction find the outpatient care more effective and better. For patients that have more severe and long-lasting addictions or for those that have co-occurring disorders this might not be a very good option.


Detoxification

A phase of detoxification at the start of the rehabilitation process is required for most drug and all alcohol addictions. All remains of alcohol and drugs from a patient's body are eliminated in this detox phase. 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 extremity of the detox process is different, depending on:
  • The patient's distinct body structure and absorption.
  • The specific substance and dosage that was used.
  • How long the drug has been used.
  • If there are any other co-occurring addictions.

In order to make detoxification a safe process it has to be done under the watchful eye of a medical professional. 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

The body gets used to having a certain amount of substance in it if a person has been using alcohol or drugs on a regular basis. The body might react, when the substance is eliminated, with side effects from withdrawal. 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.

Depending on the substance that was used, withdrawal symptoms might be different.

  • However, some most common withdrawal side effects might cause problems with:
  • Severe depression.
  • Focus.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Severe fatigue.
  • Agitation.
  • A runny nose.
  • Insomnia.
  • Excessive sweating.
  • Feeling sick.
  • Having muscle cramps.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Shaking involuntarily.
  • Rapid heart rate.
  • Having trouble breathing.
  • Headaches.
  • Muscular pain and discomfort.
  • Having seizures.
  • Stroke.
  • Having hallucinations.
  • Heart attack.

Meds Used Throughout Detoxification

The medical care process as well as any pharmaceutical support given during detox will be contingent on the particular kind of dependency being addressed. Before the detox procedure, you will possibly be evaluated by expert medical staff to identify what kind and amount of pharmaceutical support will be required during the procedure.

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 meds that are utilised will vary according to the substance addiction that is receiving treatment. However, some of the most commonly used medications during detox are:


Methadone

Methadone is frequently used during heroin/opiate prescription medication detoxification and helps to relieve the patients battling with addiction of these substances. Usually, the dosage of methadone provided is gradually lessened eventually to allow patients to be rid of any substance dependency in due course.

A number of those coping from dependency though remain to use methadone up to several years and even their entire lives. For a few, methadone may in itself be similarly addicting. 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

Opiates, prescription medication and heroine addiction also incorporates the use of Buprenorphine in the detox process. Recently, since buprenorphine doesn't induce any kind of "high" in the patients that use it, making abuse not so common, it has become a preferred choice comparing to methadone treatment. Similar to methadone, the aim for most patients who make buprenorphine is to reduce the drug dosage over time. Some individuals, however, keep on using it for months or years even.


Benzodiazepines

This plays the role of treating or alleviating anxiety in alcohol addicts during detox.

  • 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

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, barbiturates can also assist to decrease the risk of seizures which can be typical in the course of alcohol detoxification. Contact us right now if you have any enquiries regarding detoxification and withdrawal during the process of rehabilitation. Members of our treatment support team are available to help direct you to a rehabilitation centre that will effectively take on your detoxification process.


Rehab

As soon as patients complete the initial detoxification from alcohol or substances, they will carry on with rehab. During rehabilitation patients get to the main reasons for their addictions and attend to those concerns so that they can successfully carry on with their lives without returning to addictive behaviour, alcohol or substances.


Individual Therapy Sessions

  • In a one-one behavioural therapy:
  • Patients would have to do a personal assessment by figuring out the time when they started taking the drugs and why they resorted to misusing it.
  • Patients are given ways on how they can devote their leisure time to concentrate on being occupied in other pastime or activities.
  • The patients are allowed to better use their time by learning time management skills so they have less chance to think about 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.

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 assisted in modifying their behaviours toward a life free of substance abuse because they are taught to change their thinking patterns.


Group Therapy

The dependency rehab procedure commonly incorporates group therapy. People that are in the similar situations are able to talk to each other in these group therapies which can help their recovery. It is mostly beneficial for coping patients to realize that they aren't left on their own with their problems. Likewise, other people in the group find comfort when these people share their accounts of recovery and addiction. 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 doesn't only affect those suffering from it, but also their loved ones. 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. Family can be a foundation of support after the patient goes back home from rehab centre and family therapy can accomplish this by helping to resolve different family issues.


Recovery

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. 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. 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.

Or the patient may choose to stay in a sober living centre for the moment along with other people who are as well recovering from dependency. Recovering patients have duties, while they stay in a sober living centre, work at an outside job, and join in group therapy meetings. This provides a conducive and supportive time of transition for recovering addicts before they are allowed to resume normalcy in their lives.

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. 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. AA and NA both conduct gatherings all over the country at really practical schedules. For many other addictions, there are also different copies of AA model.


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

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.

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.