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An Overview on the Rehabilitation Process

Ensuring That The Programme Suits Your Needs

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

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 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.


Steps Of The Addiction Rehab Process

Depending on the severity of the addiction, the type of addiction, the individual and the treatment plan being employed, the steps taken by a recovering addict will vary.

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

Intake process is the stage of identifying if a specific rehab facility is an appropriate match for you mutually. This is a where you can pose enquiries regarding the facility which are really essential to you. The rehabilitation facility will also ask you a few questions and might request of you to complete a few diagnostic screenings/tests in order to best establish how the program can customise the treatment plan to fit you and your stage of addiction and specific requirements. The centre will likely be interested in knowing the seriousness of your addiction, family history of addiction, your personal drug use history, and even financial arrangements for treatment.


13 Essential Truths Of Addiction Treatment

  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that there are a few key principles to remember when starting a drug or alcohol treatment program:
  • 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 is not necessary for you to willingly proceed with the treatment programme just for it to be successful.
  • Several people are obliged to undergo rehab based on court rulings, or by their employers, or immediate family or close friends and yet they still manage to reach complete recovery once they have started with the programme.
  • 4. Treatment is not standard across the border; it varies.
  • 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 health conditions are mostly linked to drug addiction and should also be assessed and addressed in your treatment.
  • 7. Any coexisting infectious diseases like hepatitis, HIV and tuberculosis should also be evaluated by rehab programs.
  • 8. In order to beat your addiction successfully, you need to dedicate enough time to your treatment.
  • 9. Physical detoxification is crucial, however it's only the first phase of your treatment.
  • 10. A process of behavioural therapy and ongoing support is usually required for long-term behavioural change.
  • 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. You will be looked over for any potential relapses during the treatment by every competent treatment program.
  • 13. In order to meet you changing needs and circumstances, treatment plans should be regularly revised.

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Different Forms Of Rehabilitation Centres

  • Rehab treatment programmes may provide:
  • Inpatient services.
  • Outpatient services.
  • Some centres offer a combination of both in and out patient facilities.

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.


Treatment While Admitted At A Facility

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

The frequently recommended treatment type for individuals is inpatient or residential treatment who either have long-standing addictions or coexisting medical or mental health conditions (known as dual diagnosis).

  • Inpatient treatment can be done at one of these locations:
  • Hospital Setting
  • Comprehensive, constant access to clinical services and control from medical experts is what inpatient centres at hospitals can provide to patients.
  • A residential centre placed outside of a hospital setting.
  • Some of these facilities do not offer a 24-hour access to health care professionals and medical staff.
  • However, they do offer 24/7 care staff personnel, and can also provide access to different hospital-based facilities when necessary.

Some of these facilities make recovery more comfortable as they offer some plush and luxurious services. Executive rehab centres offer an upscale setting which is favourable for professionals on the go, enabling them to continue active participation in their career obligations while also having inpatient dependency treatment.


Outpatient Treatment Programme

Outpatient programmes are just the same with inpatient programmes only that you are allowed to head home at the end of every treatment session. 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. Those patients that suffer from milder and shorter addictions are good candidates to choose the outpatient solution. For those with dual diagnosis or long-term and severe addictions, it is honestly not the best choice.


Detoxification

All cases of alcohol addictions and most substance addictions need a stage of detox at the beginning of the rehab procedure. The aim of this process is to eliminate all of the toxins, drugs and alcohol from one's system. With specific drugs such as opiate prescription drugs or heroin, one may also receive prescribed medication during the detox phase.

  • The gravity of the detox procedure differs depending on some factors:
  • The patient's individual metabolism and body structure.
  • The particular dosage and the drug that was being used.
  • The duration of the drug usage.
  • Whether the addiction is isolated or whether there are other addictions present alongside what is being treated.

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


Going Through The Withdrawal Process

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. 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.

Withdrawal symptoms may differ, depending on the drug used.

  • Some of the most common symptoms, however, may include the following:
  • Severe depression.
  • Lacking in concentration.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Severe fatigue.
  • Anxiety.
  • Having a runny nose.
  • Insomnia.
  • Excessive sweating.
  • Dizziness.
  • Having muscle cramps.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Trembling or shaking.
  • Rapid heart rate.
  • Breathing difficulty.
  • Experiencing migraines or headaches.
  • Muscle tension and pain.
  • Seizures.
  • Stroke.
  • Delusions.
  • Cardiac arrest.

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 meds that are utilised will vary according to the substance addiction that is receiving treatment. However, a few examples of meds that can be used during detoxification are:


Methadone

Most commonly utilised for detox procedure for heroin dependency or opiate medications, methadone contributes a lot in alleviating those coping with dependency from the drugs. 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 these patients keep on using methadone for a long time, some even until the day they die. Methadone itself can also be addictive for some people. Treatment approaches are tailored to suit the individual in question since the risk of introducing a new addiction through this medication is likely.


Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is as well utilised to address heroin and/or opioid medications dependency cases. 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. Much the same as methadone, the objective for most individuals who use buprenorphine is to reduce the dosage of the substance gradually over time. Although some individuals maintain taking it for several months and, for some, up to years.


Benzodiazepines

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.
  • Reduces the seriousness of withdrawal symptoms.
  • Assist in alleviating depression and anxiety which are always connected with the detox procedure.

Barbiturates

Barbiturates help to relieve irritability, anxiety, and discomfort during the detoxification process acting as mild sedatives. They also help to reduce the risk of one experiencing seizures which are a common side effect or alcohol withdrawal. Should you have any clarifications about detox and withdrawal while having rehab, contact us now. 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

Rehabilitation is the next step for patients that are done with the initial substance detoxification. This is the stage wherein patients attempt to delve into the main causes of their dependency, dealing with those concerns such that they can efficiently go on with their everyday lives without ever resorting to drugs, alcohol, or any obsessive tendencies.


Individual Therapy Sessions

  • In a one-one 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 learn the strategies that they could use in order to focus their time on hobbies and other interests.
  • 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 are taught how to determine drug use stimulants and how to deal with these tempting instances when they occur.
  • If patients are prepared for these several enticing situations, they are mostly able to materialise their ideas into results thereby preventing any possibility of relapse.

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

The group therapy is usually included in the addiction rehabilitation process. People that are in the similar situations are able to talk to each other in these group therapies which can help their recovery. Recovering patients often benefit from knowing that their problems are not just their own. Likewise, group members find comfort when other patients impart their own experiences about dependency and recovery. For the rehab process, the feeling of peer support can be crucial.


Family Therapy

Family therapy is offered as a part of the program at many addiction rehabilitation facilities. Addiction is extensive and does not only influence the person battling the addiction, but also countless other people. Family members are often those who are most deeply affected by their loved one's addiction, and they are an essential element of the recovery process for that person.

Family members are free to participate in family therapy sessions with certain 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. Family therapy can assist in solving problems such that the family can act as a formidable support system the moment their loved one departs from the rehab centre.


Getting Better

Patients are not done with recovery even after they have wrapped up their rehab program. Recovery requires continued work as it is an ongoing process that is often lifelong. Their road to long-term recovery can be effortless at times. 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.

Individuals will meet with counsellors to talk about a plan for future care before going back home from an addiction rehab program. Several dependency rehab centres provide follow-up programmes to help patients while they go back to their regular lives. A weekend stay at the rehabilitation facility when the person feels a "touch-up" visit is required can form 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. While in a sober living facility, recovering individuals perform chores, participate in group therapy sessions, and work at an outside job. This provides a helpful shifting opportunity for patients recovering from dependency prior to being immersed again into their old life.

Some patients accept arranged drug tests in order to feel responsible for staying sober, while others keep going to regular therapy meetings after rehab. Group therapy is an efficient way for establishing a support circle within your locality.

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 these groups have conveniently timed meetings all over the country. There are as well several derivatives of the AA outline for broad variations of other dependencies.


  • These AA copies for other addictions are:
  • Overeaters Anonymous (OA).
  • Pills Anonymous (PA).
  • Emotions Anonymous (EA).
  • Gamblers Anonymous (GA).
  • SAA, which stands for Sex Addicts Anonymous.
  • Cocaine Anonymous (CA).
  • 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 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. 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.