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The Therapy Process

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It's not quick and easy to travel to a healthy and sober life. 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. Statistics show that one is likely to see through the whole program and achieve long-term sobriety if they like the facility that they ultimately check into.


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.


Steps Of The Addiction Rehab Process

Depending on the treatment program used, the kind of addiction and the person asking for rehab, the particular steps of someone's dependency rehabilitation procedures will be different.

  • Although, most recovery procedures are likely to have similar important aspects: Intake Process.
  • Detox (detoxification)
  • Rehabilitation (rehab).
  • Ongoing Recovery

If you've got any enquiries regarding the rehabilitation procedure or your own road to recovery, please contact one of our treatment support consultants who can provide answers to your questions privately 24/7 without any pressure.


Intake

Intake is the process that helps you decide whether a particular rehab centre is a good match for you (and vice versa). 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 like to know the seriousness of your addition, family history of addiction, financial plans for treatment and your own history of substance use.


13 Important Concepts Of Dependency 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 important to tackle addiction as early as possible as it influences the outcome.
  • 3. It's not necessary to go involuntarily for treatment in order for it to be effective.
  • 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.
  • Different people find different treatments and facilities more effective.
  • 5. All areas of your life should be addressed holistically by an effective treatment - not just your substance abuse or addiction.
  • 6. Mental and psychological conditions should also be evaluated and addressed as they are often linked to drug and substance abuse.
  • 7. Any coexisting infectious diseases like hepatitis, HIV and tuberculosis should also be evaluated by rehab programs.
  • 8. You have to dedicate sufficient time for treatment for you to successfully conquer your dependency.
  • 9.Physical detox is essential but is only the first stage of treatment.
  • 10. Behavioural therapy and ongoing support is necessary in order for long term behaviour to change.
  • 11. The most regular type of treatment is behavioural therapy which can include a mixture of individual, group, and even and family therapy.
  • In addition to therapy, some treatment plans incorporate pharmaceutical treatment.
  • 12. High-quality treatment programmes will observe you for any potential risk of a relapse during your series of treatment.
  • 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

  • These treatment centres may offer programs such as:
  • Inpatient programmes.
  • An outpatient service.
  • A combination of inpatient and outpatient services.

The intake process is the same and conducted by the counsellor at the facility regardless of whether or not you choose the inpatient or the outpatient treatment option.


Inpatient Treatment Programme

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 may occur at one of two locations:
  • At a conventional hospital
  • An inpatient facility at a hospital provides more in-depth, 24/7 access to medical services and observation from medical experts.
  • Residential facilities located outside of a hospital environment.
  • Access to medical experts at all times might not be available at some inpatient centres that are not based in hospitals.
  • However, they do provide access to different hospital-based services when that is required and constant care from employees as well.

Some of these facilities make recovery more comfortable as they offer some plush and luxurious services. An executive inpatient facility offers some of the most expensive settings that pander to busy executives permitting them to maintain a continuous involvement in their job's obligations while still receiving inpatient treatment for their addictions.


Outpatient Treatment Programme

These are very similar to the inpatient programs except that one has the option of going back home at the end of the day, once one is done with treatment. Some people have significantly unavoidable responsibilities such as taking care of children or elderly parents or work obligations that must be met and therefore outpatient care is their only option in that case. Those with more mild or short-lived addiction find the outpatient care more effective and better. However, it might not be such a perfect option for people with dual diagnosis problems or those with severe, long-lasting addictions.


Detox

A phase of detoxification at the start of the rehabilitation process is required for most drug and all alcohol addictions. This phase of detox is intended to eliminate all drugs and alcohol chemicals from all body systems. 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 intensity, length, duration or severity of the detoxification process is dependent upon:
  • The patient's individual metabolism and body structure.
  • The specific drug and amount of dosage taken.
  • The period that the drug was being taken.
  • If there are any other additions also included.

Detoxification is normally a secure process when undergone in a supervised medical setting. Individuals are discouraged from taking on the detoxification process alone at home since some detox processes can be severe or even deadly if not administered under medical supervision.


Withdrawal Process

The body gets used to having specific quantities of the drug in it when a person uses a substance or alcohol frequently. 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.

  • However, some most common withdrawal side effects might cause problems with:
  • Severe despondency and dejection.
  • Focus.
  • Less appetite.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Anxiety.
  • Runny nose.
  • Insomnia.
  • Sweating.
  • Feeling like vomiting.
  • Having muscle cramps.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Shaking or tremors.
  • Tachycardia.
  • Troubled breathing.
  • Headaches.
  • Pain in the muscles coupled with tension in the same.
  • Seizures.
  • Stroke.
  • Having hallucinations.
  • Suffering from a heart attack.

Medications Used During Detox

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

Depending on the substance that was used, medications will vary. Some of the medication that is more commonly used in the process include:


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. Normally, the dose of methadone given is slowly decreased over time in expectations that individuals will occasionally be free of all drug addiction.

However, some of these patients keep on using methadone for a long time, some even until the day they die. 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. 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. Buprenorphine, like methadone, is also tapered off until the patient is no longer dependent on the drug. 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 sometimes utilized to:
  • Decrease the possibility of seizures in detoxing individuals.
  • Reduce the severity of withdrawal side effects.
  • To alleviate depression and feelings of anxiety that are common in the detoxification process.

Barbiturates

Barbiturates can help relieve nervousness, anxiety and pain during the detox, taking the role of 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. Call us today if you have any questions concerning detox and withdrawal during the rehabilitation process. One of our treatment support specialists will be more than willing to address your queries regarding seeking a rehab facility which can assist you in going through the detox procedure.


Rehab

The individuals will continue through rehabilitation once they get through the initial detox from drugs or alcohol. This is the time when individuals address issues that are the cause of their addictions, the main reasons that drove them to dependency in order to become able to effectively get on with their lives without subjecting to addictive behaviour and going back to substance abuse.


Individual Therapy

  • During individual behavioural therapy:
  • Patience get to the bottom of when and why they started using the substance or drug.
  • Patients learn the strategies that they could use in order to focus their time on hobbies and other interests.
  • 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 overcome triggers when for their drug abuse when they happen after they learn how to recognize them.
  • 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.

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. It aids patients change their thought patterns and create behavioural modifications on the way to a healthier and more sober lifestyle.


Group Therapy

The process of addiction rehabilitation typically comprises 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'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. 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.

In selected rehab programmes, family members are encouraged 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

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. For some individuals, the path to recovery, whether lifelong or shorter, feels easy. 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.

Individuals will meet with counsellors to talk about a plan for future care before going back home from an addiction rehab program. Many treatment facilities have provisions for patients in terms of follow ups as they attempt to return to their normal lives. These succeeding plans can involve weekend sessions at the rehab facility when the patient believes further admission is needed.

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

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 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.


  • Here are some of AA derivatives for other dependencies:
  • Overeaters Anonymous (OA).
  • Pills Anonymous (PA).
  • EA, which refers to Emotions Anonymous.
  • Gamblers Anonymous (GA).
  • 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. Those recovering may choose to mentor those who are newly recovering once they are more established in their sobriety.