What Happens at a Drug Rehabilitation Program?
Drug Rehabilitation is a process that takes time and facilitates change in the recovering individual by working through the underlying issues that trigger the drug use episodes.
By taking an assessment of our client’s medical, family, treatment, and drug use history, we are able to better understand why they use. Then, through therapeutic processes we address the past experiences so that the client will have a different perspective on their life.
More importantly, we work closely to improve the client’s ability to better manage stress and handle triggers that occur as they are gradually re-integrating into normal life processes.
Why is Relapse Prevention Planning Important?
Medical outcome studies have revealed an unfortunate pattern that the vast majority of participants in a drug rehab program will return to using within a year after they discharge from treatment. It is relatively easy to remain sober in a monitored environment like a residential drug treatment program, but much more difficult after you return to more ‘normal’ life situations like pursuing an education or a career and experience stressful things that may trigger cravings.
At Beach City Treatment we do a thorough relapse prevention training to prepare our clients to manage stress as they re-integrate back into their educational or professional careers. Our social model and the integration of 12-Step principles helps greatly in this area as well, as the key to long-term sobriety is maintaining a support system and using it when needed.
Here are Some of The Drugs that We Commonly Treat at Our Center:
- Prescription Opioids
- Prescription Sedatives & Tranquilizers
- Prescription Stimulants
- Over-the-counter Cough/Cold Medicines (Dextromethorphan or DXM)
How to Choose a Drug Rehabilitation Facility
Before making a decision to choose a drug rehabilitation program, one should ask these following questions.
1. What type of treatment can I expect from your facility?
Be sure to get clarity on what treatment processes and therapeutic activities will be employed. Every facility has a different approach to treatment and therapy. Make sure to confirm that individual therapy is included at least once a week and that there are several therapeutic modalities to choose from (so that the treatment staff has options to personalize the treatment program for the man).
2. How long is the duration of the treatment?
It is essential to know the duration of the treatment. Duration does vary on the severity of the condition, but in general, longer periods of residential treatment lead to more successful long term outcomes. Find out if the treatment program you are talking to has a plan to “gradually step down” in the level of care so that the man can re-integrate back into society and his career with a support system in place.
3. What amenities do you offer?
Whether in-patient (residential) or out-patient, knowing what amenities are offered is important because a lot of time will be spent in the facility itself. Being comfortable and feeling positive about your surroundings is a very helpful component to a recovery experience. The effort to pursue recovery and face the feelings and processes is a courageous one and should be rewarded with a comfortable experience.
4. What is the cost of the program?
What portion will my insurance cover? Knowing the cost of the programs a facility offer and what portion your insurance will cover helps to ease the mind of the person handling the financial arrangements. Obviously, you want to find the best possible treatment program for your budget.
5. What are the clinical specialties of the staff?
It is imperative to ask this question to determine the legitimacy and credibility of the treatment center. Ideally there will be a variety of specialties that the staff can draw from in order to personalize treatment for you or your loved one and get the best results.
Meet Jed Bellino
Jed is also known to stay in contact with clients and their families long after discharge to monitor their success. He believes that recovery does not stop at the time of discharge
“When it comes to recovery, as in all aspects of life, your results are directly proportional to the level of effort you put in.”
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Components of Rehabilitation
Every person’s experience with recovery from a chemical dependence is personal and unique, so it is important that every case is treated individually so that process can be carefully designed to lead to a successful recovery.
During the assessment, we take stock of the person who is seeking help to stop substance abuse. At this stage, our clinicians will be gathering information about what kind of substances are being used and how often and in what amounts. We will also gather treatment history, family history, and other relevant historical info that can help us paint the picture of how to best help the man.
Purging the drugs from an individual’s system is an integral first step toward long-term recovery. Detoxification can result in painful withdrawals and can be very dangerous. For these reasons, detoxification should be done under the supervision of a medical doctor and inside an accredited facility.
There is more to drug rehabilitation than detoxification. For an individual to fully recover he or she needs to address the root cause of the substance abuse and to plan for how they are going to respond differently in the future when they are facing similar situations that could trigger a relapse. The willingness of the individual to change as well as the support of family and friends are important to a full recovery.
After achieving an initial period of recovery, an individual will gradually re-integrate back into their career or home area and may face challenges along the way. Planning for aftercare is important in order to protect against cravings that may lead to relapse. Staying ‘plugged in’ to the recovery support system that an person has achieved initial sobriety in is very helpful.
Types of Drug Treatment Programs
Drug Rehabilitation programs vary in the level of care provided and whether or not the person resides at the facility. The following are some of the common approaches:
Residential (Inpatient) Treatment
This is for individuals that have undergone a detoxification program and are ready to work with counselors and clinicians to address their drug use and make plans for a life without using. This type of treatment may be considered ‘medical’ or ‘non-medical’ treatment depending on the needs of the individual.
Pharmaceutical Therapy and medication is integrated into treatment by health care professionals in this model. Clients are prescribed medication that will help them with recovery and withdrawal symptoms. A co-occurring diagnosis like anxiety, trauma, or depression may also be treated with medication.
In this scenario, the client lives at the treatment center, but is participating in therapeutic activities and processes, and not receiving medication to help with withdrawals, cravings, or a pre-existing condition like depression, anxiety, or trauma.
For individuals who don’t require inpatient treatment they frequently will visit the rehabilitation facility to participate in activities but will not stay overnight. Outpatient treatment is great because it enables individuals to continue performing their daily responsibilities. Outpatient treatment is frequently sought by those who have completed inpatient treatment and want to “step down” their care. Occasionally outpatient treatment is sought by someone as an initial treatment for less serious substance abuse.
Why Do We Frequently Need an Intervention?
Drug Addiction greatly affects the individual abusing the substance as well as the people around them. It affects a person’s attitude towards work, it financially drains them and it taxes their health due to side effects induced by the drug. Very often the addicted person will be ‘in denial’ that they have a problem or will simply not want to change. Especially in the case of opiate abuse, we urge families and loved ones to take proactive action, as the incidence of overdose is so high among this population.
Drug Addiction is a disease that needs treatment and a holistic approach. A holistic approach means seeking professional help provided by physicians and medically trained individuals as well as the support of family and friends.
Managing a Relapse
The percentage of people who seek multiple episodes of treatment before achieving long term sobriety is very high. As such, a relapse has been ‘re-framed’ as an opportunity for the individual (and his recovery support system) to learn what part of their program of recovery broke down to allow the relapse. According to Psychology Today relapse can be explained as the following:
“Relapse is now seen as the rule rather than the exception in addiction recovery. And it is no longer viewed as a catastrophe but as an opportunity for learning more and better strategies for overcoming urges and for identifying the moods and situations that are likely to be difficult.”
Maintaining a Full Recovery
Full recovery is not a destination patients strive to go to, but is state that needs to be maintained. There are a lot of factors involved in maintaining a full recovery.
- Being able to develop a self-confidence and competence.
- Learning new skills to cope with “triggers” of substance abuse.
- A support system that is always ready to help which includes support groups, family members and friends.
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Our intake counselors are standing by to take your call and answer any questions you may have about getting & staying sober with the help of a treatment program. Call us at (877)228-2401.