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The Rehabilitation Process

Make Sure The Program Meets Your Needs

The way towards complete fitness and sobriety is never swift and simple. 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 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 road to sobriety begins with simple steps forward like any other journey.


Different Steps Of The Addiction Rehabilitation 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.

  • Though, any recovery process is inclined to share particular essential features: 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

The process of intake establishes if a specific rehabilitation facility is a suitable match for you and the other way around. During this phase you should ask questions that are most essential to you. In order to best determine how the program can most optimally tailor its treatment plan to you and your particular requirements and stage of addiction the rehab centre will also have some question for you and may ask you to undergo some screenings or diagnostic tests. 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 Key Principles 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. Dependency not only have an effect on your behaviour, but as well as your brain.
  • 2. It is important to tackle addiction as early as possible as it influences the outcome.
  • 3. Involuntary treatments can also be very efficient.
  • 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 one-size-fits-all solution to treatment.
  • 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 concerns are most of the time associated with drug dependency and must as well be assessed and dealt with during treatment.
  • 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 not the full treatment plan but only the first step towards recovery.
  • 10. Behavioural therapy and constant support are usually crucial for long-term modification of behaviour.
  • 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. You will be monitored for any possible relapses throughout the course of treatment at good treatment programs.
  • 13. Treatment plans must be continuously adjusted to address your varying necessities and conditions.

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Types Of Treatment Centres

  • Rehab treatment programs might provide:
  • Services while admitted into the facility for inpatient treatment.
  • Outpatient programmes
  • Some centres offer a combination of both in and out patient facilities.

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.


Treatment While Admitted At A Facility

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

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 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 centre placed outside of a hospital setting.
  • 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.

Similar to exclusive, resort facilities, luxury inpatient centres can provide a more pleasant stay. 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.


More About 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. Outpatient services are also better for those who do not have severe addictions. However, it might not be such a perfect option for people with dual diagnosis problems or those with severe, long-lasting addictions.


Detoxification

All cases of alcohol addictions and most substance addictions need a stage of detox at the beginning of the rehab procedure. All remains of alcohol and drugs from a patient's body are eliminated in this detox phase. 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 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.
  • The duration of drug intake.
  • If there are any other additions also included.

When done in a controlled clinical setting, detoxification is usually a safe procedure. Because detox for specific patients and drugs may be possibly difficult, and in some instances fatal, it's not recommended for patients to perform detox in their own homes and by themselves.


Withdrawal

The body slowly adapts and becomes accustomed to having certain levels of drugs or alcohol with continued use of the substances. The body may begin to experience withdrawal symptoms once the substance is removed. Subject to the drug that was taken, the withdrawal symptoms can appear as soon as within a few hours, but they normally appear within the first day after the drug was taken for the last time.

Withdrawal symptoms may differ, depending on the drug used.

  • A few of normal withdrawal signs though can involve complications like:
  • Suffering from severe bouts of depression.
  • Concentration.
  • Having no appetite.
  • Extreme tiredness.
  • Being easily agitated or irritated.
  • A nose that's runny.
  • Insomnia.
  • Sweating profusely.
  • Feeling sick.
  • Having muscle cramps.
  • Looseness of the bowels.
  • Shaking involuntarily.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Migraines.
  • Muscle aches and strain.
  • Seizures.
  • Stroke.
  • Delusions.
  • Heart attack.

Prescriptions Taken During Detox

The use of medication, the type of medication and dosage all depend on the type and severity of the 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.

Although specific dependencies may not need a detox procedure to continue with rehab treatment other dependencies like those of heroin, alcohol, and opiates which mostly need prescriptions to alleviate the gravity of the withdrawal phase during detox.

Prescriptions given will vary depending on the drug dependency being addressed. Examples of prescriptions which can be used for the detox procedures though may be any of the following:


Methadone

It helps to ease addicts off drugs such as heroin and opiate prescription medications and is therefore used in their detox process. Normally the quantity of methadone given is steadily reduced as time passes hoping that patients will finally no longer depend on any drugs.

However, some of those recovering, continue to take methadone for years - or even for the rest of their lives. For a few, methadone may in itself be similarly addicting. 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. 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. Much the same as methadone, the objective for most individuals who use buprenorphine is to reduce the dosage of the substance gradually over time. However, some patients continue to take it for months or even years.


Benzodiazepines

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

  • Benzodiazepines are also used to, among other things:
  • Lowers the possibility of seizures in patients who are detoxing.
  • Reduces the seriousness of withdrawal symptoms.
  • Assist in relieving depression and anxiety that detox process can sometimes cause.

Barbiturates

Barbiturates help to relieve irritability, anxiety, and discomfort during the detoxification process acting as mild sedatives. 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. 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

After patients are done with the preliminary drug or alcohol detoxification, they will now proceed 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.


One-On-One Therapy

  • In behavioural therapy targeted towards the individual:
  • 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.
  • Patients are taught how to determine drug use stimulants and how to deal with these tempting instances when they occur.
  • Having a plan when these triggers appear places the patient in a better position to avoid relapsing.

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. 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

Group therapy is an integral part of addiction rehabilitation. 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. In the same way, others find companionship and strength in hearing others share their stories about their addiction and recovery. The recovery process has this support from the community as one of its pillars.


Family Therapy

Several dependency rehab centres provide family therapy as an integral element of their medical care programme. Dependency can be across-the-board, involving several individuals and not just the lone individual experiencing the dependency problem. 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, in some recovery programs, are invited to join in family therapy meetings. 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. 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.


Recovery Process

Even while patients have finished their rehabilitation programmes, they haven't reached full recovery. In reality, recovery can last a lifetime for a lot of people, all the while demanding constant dedication and work. The road to long-term recovery, sometimes, might seem easy. Other times, withstanding the temptation to relapse may get difficult for individuals. 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. Weekend stays at the rehab centre may be included in these follow-up plans when the individual feels a touch-up stay is needed.

Or a patient may live in a serious living service for a while with other individuals recovering from addiction. 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. For patients in recovery, this can provide an encouraging transitional support before they have to go back to the "real" world.

Several patients keep attending frequent therapy sessions after rehabilitation and a few agree to scheduled substance testing as a strategy to keep them responsible for leading a sober life. One of the best ways of getting a local support group is to join group therapy.

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


  • Some of these branches of the AA for other addictions are:
  • Overeaters Anonymous (OA).
  • Pills Anonymous (PA).
  • Emotions Anonymous (EA).
  • GA, which is Gamblers Anonymous.
  • Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA).
  • 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.

It is commonly said, in these post-rehab support groups, that members receive what the give, so they are stimulated to share their life stories with the group and to talk with other participants. Mentoring those who have just begun their recovery is encouraged for those individuals that are sober for a longer time.