Drug Addiction Treatment Process
When it comes to drug addiction rehabilitation programs, there is no shortage of options out there but it’s important to find a program that is a good match for you. If you feel comfortable with the facility you’ve chosen, you’re more likely to stick with the program and see it through to its end, increasing your chances of long-term health and sobriety.
Our Inpatient treatment program is intended to remove addicts from their old ways of life and place them into a medically supervised treatment facility. This inpatient care helps to eliminate stress by removing the individual from temptation and the ability to relapse, both during the detox and rehabilitation processes. 24-hour medical supervision during detox is provided. Patients are restricted from contacting family and friends during the first portion of the rehabilitation process. This allows them to focus solely on their recovery without distractions from the outside world. Over time, family members and close friends may be invited to participate in visiting days or family therapy sessions. This helps to build the support system that is so crucial to recovering addicts once they leave the rehab facility.
Drug detox is the first step in a comprehensive rehabilitation program that offers all the tools required for recovery. The focus of detoxification is physiological healing after long-term drug addiction – first, through stabilization and then through detoxification. According to the Reborn Addiction Treatment Center after stabilization, the focus of detox is on the processes of the body as it rids itself of the drug of choice and treating the withdrawal symptoms that result.
It is important to note that detox is not a whole treatment for drug addiction no matter what the drug of choice. Because addiction is both psychological and physical in nature, it is imperative that patients undergo psychotherapeutic treatment to address the issues of cravings and changes that were made in the brain by chronic abuse of the drugs. Detox alone may help the patient to stop abusing drugs and alcohol, but without the core program, follow-up and after care relapse will soon follow and a return to full-blown addictive behavior is rarely far behind.
Long-term residential treatment provides care 24 hours a day, generally in non -hospital settings. The best-known residential treatment model is the therapeutic community based on a modified 12-step approach. The program is designed to treat drug and alcohol problems with lengths of stay of 3 months. This program focus on the “re-socialization” of the individual and use the program’s entire community—including other residents, follow-ups, volunteers, staff, and the social context—as active components of treatment. Addiction is viewed in the context of an individual’s social and psychological deficits, and treatment focuses on developing personal accountability and responsibility as well as socially productive lives. Treatment is highly structured and can be confrontational at times, with activities designed to help residents examine damaging beliefs, self-concepts, and destructive patterns of behavior and adopt new, more harmonious and constructive ways to interact with others.
Individualized drug counseling not only focuses on reducing or stopping illicit drug or alcohol use; it also addresses related areas of impaired functioning—such as employment status, illegal activity, and family/social relations—as well as the content and structure of the patient’s recovery program. Through its emphasis on short-term behavioral goals, individualized counseling helps the patient develop coping strategies and tools to abstain from drug use and maintain abstinence. The addiction counselor encourages 12-step participation (at least one or two times per week) and makes referrals for needed supplemental medical, psychiatric, employment, and other services.
Each treatment plan contains steps to encourage addiction recovery after discharge. Counseling for discharge planning helps our patients avoid the “slippery slope” of a potential relapse. Counter conditioning treatment relieves the person of craving, replacing it with a neutral, absent or repulsive response to usual drug cues. Relief from craving and triggers permits patients an extended period in which to apply other tools and information to recover and prevent relapse. Our patients learn to focus on true friends, to use people for support when experiencing negative feelings and to avoid people, places and activities that were strongly associated with drug use. This discharge plan includes:
- Attendance at the Day Program and After Care Programs.
- Continued education and support at the Family Support Program if needed, so they understand how to best support recovery.
- Attend AA/NA meetings on a regular, ongoing basis.
- Develop a relationship with support persons such as a sponsor, counselor or therapist.
- Develop a crisis management plan.