Understanding Drug Rehabilitation
Effective, evidenced-based drug rehab can help people recover from drug addiction. Addiction is a multifaceted condition, and quitting usually requires more than our good intentions or willpower. Substance abuse can change the brain in ways that make it hard to quit; even for people who want to.
How do I know if need drug rehab?
Admitting that you have a drug problem is quite difficult for many people. It’s difficult to accept and even harder to let others know that you may need help. However, if you never take that brave first step, you’ll be heading down a path of self-destruction that may have dreadful consequences for you and those you love.
Common signs that may indicate the need for drug rehab
You know or feel that something is wrong – When you start to feel that your alcohol or drug use is a problem, then it is time to get help. Whether it’s a small nagging feeling or something more obvious, don’t ignore it.
Your family and friends say that you have a problem – If the people that care about you and know you well, have expressed concern about your drug or alcohol use, don’t be too quick to write them off. Even if you don’t agree or feel that they’re exaggerating, consider the possibility that you might have a problem.
You’re hiding your use from the people close to you – Whatever reason you have for hiding your use of drugs and alcohol, always translates into abuse. Some people claim to be recreational users, and yet are secretive about how much they use—this is usually a red flag that you have a problem.
You use alcohol or drugs to deal with stressful or painful situations – This is sometimes referred to as “self-medicating”. Whenever we use substances as a coping mechanism, it means that there’s a problem. Using drugs or alcohol this way turns into a vicious cycle because as you feel better after using, it reinforces the pattern.
Your overall performance has declined – If you’re experiencing a deterioration in your performance at school, work, or in your other life activities, it’s a strong sign that your drug and alcohol use has become a problem. In most cases, it is gradual and difficult to spot, but sometimes it can happen fast.
Additional signs and symptoms of drug abuse include:
- Memory problems
- Mood swings
- Neglecting responsibilities
- Antisocial behavior
- Frequent injuries or accidents
- Lying and evasiveness
- Changes in sleep or appetite
- Neglecting personal hygiene
- Borrowing money or selling your possessions to buy drugs or alcohol
What are the underlying causes of drug addiction?
Co-Occurring Disorders: Also called a dual diagnosis or dual disorder, a co-occurring disorder is when a person has a mental health condition and a substance abuse disorder at the same time. Co-occurring disorders are often the underlying cause of addiction.
Studies show that people who have a substance abuse disorder are more likely to suffer from co-occurring mental health conditions and vice versa. Below are some of the top co-occurring disorders:
- Eating disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD)
Biology: The genes that some people are born with can be partially responsible (50%) for their addiction. Other factors like gender, ethnicity, and certain mental disorders may also increase a person’s risk of substance abuse.
Environment: Where we grew up, how we live, and the environmental influences in our lives can sometimes be responsible for addiction. Factors like peer pressure, stress, early use of drugs, and parental guidance can affect a person’s drug or non-drug use.
Development: Genetic and environmental factors combine with important developmental stages in a person’s life to influence addiction. Even though drug use at any age can result in addiction, starting early increases a person’s chances of becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol. This is especially bad for teens whose brains are still developing, making them more prone to risky behaviors.
What are proven treatment methods used by drug rehab centers?
Scientific research on addiction treatment is usually classified into different types based on the treatment approach. However, no matter the categorization of each treatment, detoxification, and medically supervised withdrawal, is often viewed as the first stage of treatment.
Detoxification is the process by which the body cleanses itself of drugs and is best for managing severe instances of drug use. Detoxification alone is not effective at treating behavioral changes but is generally a great first step toward recovery. It is often accompanied by unpleasant side effects and can be managed with medications.
Inpatient – Long-Term Residential Treatment
Inpatient Long-term residential treatment is provided 24 hours a day in a non-hospital environment. Addiction is seen as a social and psychological deficiency, and the treatment focuses on helping patients become more responsible, accountable and productive. The treatment is structured and comprises of activities created to help residents examine their beliefs, ideals, and the negative patterns of their behaviors so that they can create and adopt new ones.
Outpatient – Short-Term Residential Treatment
Outpatient treatment programs cost less than inpatient treatment and are more suitable for people with jobs or a large social support system. In many outpatient treatment programs, group counseling is a vital component and can also be used to treat patients with medical or other mental health disorders.
The program was initially designed to treat alcohol dependence, but during the cocaine epidemic of the 1980s, it was used to treat other types of substance abuse. The original model included a 3-6 weeks hospital inpatient care, which was followed by an extended outpatient treatment in a self-help group. A well-structured outpatient program will help reduce the risk of relapse once the patient leaves the residential setting.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Recovery
Medication Assisted Treatment utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy and medications to help in the treatment of patients with substance abuse disorders. Research has revealed that people who go through detox without the support of medication may suffer a higher risk of relapsing. The treatment plan will usually include medication that will stabilize the patient, making further treatment and help more effective.
Read more about Detox
- Medications Used in Drug Detox
- Step-by-Step Guide to the Detox Process
- Dangers of Cold Turkey Detox
- Does Insurance cover detox?
The importance post-treatment support after drug rehab
It is important to view substance abuse treatment from the perspective of long-term care. Person-centered treatment, focusing on the underlying issues that cause addiction reinforces long-term recovery outcomes for patients that include a transitioning stage through different levels of care.
The best treatment will meet the patient where they are at every point in their lives, thereby giving them the best treatment at all stages. Personalized drug rehab will support you for the long-term and prepare you for reintegration back into regular life.
There are different types of long-term recovery methods:
A sober living home is a type of long-term care treatment center that offers a more intense recovery experience and allows patients limited freedom. Residents usually move freely in and out, as long as they follow the rules of the home. For example, a sober living home may ask its residents to return at a certain time every day. This creates structure and responsibility— an important step in addiction recovery.
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- Transitional living benefits
- A typical day in a Sober living house
- How long do you stay in sober living?
Many rehab centers also use group therapy settings as part of their long-term treatment plan and as a social reinforcement system. It helps re-integration by offering a peer to peer discussion platform that promotes a drug-free lifestyle. Research has revealed that when group therapy is used in combination with other treatment plans, positive outcomes are achieved.
Another common long-term treatment method is one that focuses on the prevention of relapses. Because relapse is a process that starts weeks or even months before the actual event, a long-term treatment plan will focus on the emotional, mental and physical well-being of the patient.
How to find the best Drug Rehab center
If you or any of your loved ones are addicted to drugs, the next step is to get professional help to turn your life around. Finding the right rehab center can be frustrating, but knowing what to look for will help narrow down your list. Several different factors should be considered before you pick a rehab center:
- How serious is your condition? If you are struggling with serious substance abuse and frequently use drugs, you may want to opt for an inpatient program to get the most intensive treatment.
- Do you have any special needs? For those who have a disability, or perhaps your diet or other lifestyle choices make it necessary for you to be classed as a special needs patient, choose a facility that will suit your needs.
- How much can you afford? Money is a factor. In fact, it may be the number one consideration because the best inpatient facilities will charge you a fee for enrolling. Before choosing a rehab center based on cost, you must consider the amenities, length, of stay, location, type of program etc. These are all the variables that should help you make an informed decision.
- How far can you travel? The most suitable center may be far from home. You may want to consider leaving your home and surroundings if environmental factors are part of your problem.Is Out-of-State Treatment the best option for you? >>
To start your search for a suitable drug rehabilitation center, know the right questions to ask:
- What is the average length of stay?
- What is the cost?
- Are staff members properly certified?
- Is the facility accredited?
- How long has your facility been in business?
- Are there follow-up programs to help prevent relapse?
- What is the staff to client ratio?
- Is there a certified Medical Director on staff?
- Is there a waiting list?
- How is the safety of clients addressed?
The ‘best’ choice for you will be dependent upon your individual circumstance. If you need help and want to narrow down your choices, simply call the facility and get answers to your questions.
Getting Help for Drug Addiction is the First step to recovery
There are a variety of options available those in need of drug rehab. Here at Futures of Palm Beach, we take a highly proven comprehensive approach to recovery. Quality care is given to all patients and their families while we provide counseling and various forms of therapy. No addiction is irreversible, but there is hope for every situation when our expert staff works to find and address whatever the underlying cause was for using the drug in the first place. If you or someone you know needs care, please call us now to learn more about how we can start the recovery and healing process immediately.