Drug Rehab Clinics

Drug Rehab Clinics

Drug Rehab Clinics

When it comes to treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD) one size does not fit all. Selecting any treatment facility can be difficult, but it is important to consider that a good program will be tailor-made for the individual, to meet specific needs.

Depending on the stage of the patient’s SUD and the over-all health of the individual, treatment can range across the board from outpatient counseling to hospitalization for a medical intervention. Let’s try to break it down and take it in small pieces.

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Detox is often first step

Before the actual treatment for the “addiction” begins, it is often necessary to take the patient through detoxification, which is ridding the body of all of the chemicals. Detoxification is not to be done at home and if anyone tries to convince you this a reasonable assumption, they are greatly mistaken.

Sometimes this “detox” period can be greatly reduced in length, with minimal discomfort for the patient by the careful administration of medications by a professional team.

It is necessary for this to be done under the care of a physician and his/her staff to avoid any complications. For example, alcohol detoxification can be a potentially fatal situation, while detoxification from cocaine does not present the same kind of risk.

Once a patient has gone through detoxification they can begin their treatment program. It is not at all uncommon for a person to feel poorly during the first few days in treatment. The patient may be willing to participate in activities, but the body just doesn’t want to cooperate.

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Treatment is an individual choice

Let’s back up for a moment. Some SUD patients respond favorably to outpatient treatment programs, from detox to the final activity. For others, a residential setting with restrictions is necessary to establish a new lifestyle and approach to daily living. In either case, it is vital that a person rethink their routine daily activities, to get away from the drug culture and into a healthy lifestyle.

Again, this is an individual choice, which should not be based on your feelings, but on your needs and what is in your best interest.

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CBT may be good choice

Treatment programs are abundant. You have to find something that works for you. Many SUD patients snub one type of therapy, mainly because they just aren’t willing to try it. They form opinions on what works and what does not based on rumor and hearsay. Highly trained, professional and medical people will guide you through this process. Many clinics favor Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), proven to be effective in SUD treatment.

CBT centers on changing our thoughts, the way we think about our experiences. This therapy can be used in conjunction with a medical intervention of some kind. Many treatment programs use the 12 Step process, developed by Alcoholics Anonymous, which is a rigorous self-examination designed to reshape a person’s life and repair damaged relationships. This method is now used by over 250 self-help groups.

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Doesn’t have to be voluntary

Even if a person does not voluntarily check-in to a treatment program, it does not mean the treatment will be ineffective. Many people present themselves for treatment by court order, not of their own free will, and can receive the same benefit as those who are there voluntarily.

When a person is ready for treatment it is important for that treatment to be ready for him/her. Services must be available, because if a person has to endure being put on a waiting list, or has to drive long distances to receive treatment, the odds are against them from the get go.

It’s easy for people to fall between the cracks if help is not readily available.

In many cases, people entering treatment need to go through medical detoxification. While it is an important first step in the treatment program, detox is not the whole answer to the problem. People need to get the drugs out of their system, but that does not address the long-term problems of addiction.

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Must meet your needs!

Treatment programs need to meet the needs of people, beyond the physical and emotional addiction problem itself. We are body, mind and spirit. Intervention that does not include all of a person’s needs falls short of the minimum goal of the program. Addiction is as much about the spirit as it is about the mind and body.

Many addicts going into recovery has legal problems to sort out, job problems, social integration problems. Every aspect of the person’s life needs to be addressed.

Needs change and treatment programs need to change as those needs change. Progress or the lack of progress needs to be assessed on an ongoing basis.

What was necessary in the first phases of treatment may need to be changed as time goes on. Perhaps a patient is on medication initially, but will later require counseling or psychotherapy. There may be family matters to work through, or vocational training.

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Why the 12-STEP process?

We recommend that whatever treatment program you choose that you also enroll in a 12-step program. A 12-step program will help address your spiritual needs rather than just your medical needs. We have listed each step below and hope that you will take some time to review each step and consider what it would do for your/your loved ones recovery.

Please visit our 12-Step page for a more complete description of Drug Rehab Clinics 12-Step programs.

Treatment programs must be age-appropriate, and sensitive to the culture and ethnicity of the patient. Again, the individual’s need is the key to determining the most effective path of treatment.

Patients need to complete their treatment programs. Treatment can be a long and difficult road, so patients need to be encouraged to stick with it. Research suggests that people reach a major milestone in recovery after 90 days, but additional treatment can be helpful in taking the patient farther down the road to good health.

The problem is people leave their treatment programs early, often without reaching a significant stage in recovery.

Patients cannot expect to recover if they have to do it alone. Connection to other people is necessary, and in the case of recovery, having sessions with a counselor or being part of a group is an important component of the program.

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Some drugs can be used in treatment

Many patients, who are addicted to opiates, such as heroin, benefit from drug treatment, using Methadone, LAAM (levo-alpha-acetylmethadol) or Suboxone.

Naltrexone is used for patients addicted to opiates, but who are also dependent on alcohol. Smoking addiction is treated with bupropion.

Other medical problems, such as hepatitis B and C are associated with drug abuse and addiction. HIV/AIDS is another major concern and programs need to assess these conditions and provide training for patients to avoid infection.

Patients with mental problems can be helped with a variety of behavioral drugs and treatments. Patients with both drug addiction and mental disorders need a program that works with both aspects. Assessment of these needs is critical in establishing a treatment program that will effectively restore the patient’s health and well-being.

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Must not be using drugs while in treatment

While in treatment, patients must not be using drugs. Drug use needs to be monitored, and this can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Most commonly, a urinalysis or some other test is sufficient.

If a relapse occurs, and the patient uses drugs during the treatment program, his/her individual treatment plan may require modification. It is important for the treatment program to have a steady, objective monitoring program to meet the needs of the patient.

Summary of Drug Rehab Clinics

Drug Rehab Clinics serve a variety of needs and choosing the right one is a key part of improving the likely hood of a successful outcome.

Drug Rehab Clinics help the addict detox and begin the process of learning how not to use their drug of choice.

Drug Rehab Clinics can help with addiction treatment but relapse is VERY common. In fact many experts believe that relapse is standard part of the disease of addiction. If an addict relapses it's critical to keep trying because sooner or later it will work.


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