With drug addiction at epidemic proportions, rehab stories are becoming a common experience in our modern society. There was a time when it seemed that professional intervention for drug addiction was exclusively for the rich and famous and more about hours of pampered services than the complex process that it is. However, as more and more people are being helped through drug rehab programs, scientific researchers are bent on developing further cutting edge treatment to be provided in a context that meet the cultural and ethnic needs of individuals from any demographic.
In recounting his own drug rehab story, Barry shares how a drug intervention from his brother helped him to get into a drug treatment program. There he said, he received answers to questions he might not have ever had. “In Rehab, I found purpose and drive to be who I’ve always wanted to be” he said. As such, the rehab process turned out to be a life-changing experience for him. There’s no doubt that even now, for some people battling addiction, the thought of entering a drug rehab program can feel daunting. But most recovering addicts will agree that rehab often provided the respite they needed to restore some semblance of sanity to a life that is often spiraling out of control. Rehab is designed to establish a solid foundation for sobriety through a range of programs such as:
Treatment approaches are typically determined following a thorough physical and psychological evaluation of the patient. Because addiction is a chronic brain disease that impact the individual on many levels, scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) caution that recovery does not occur after the detox process or from simply abstaining from drug use for a few days.
Most patients, according the NIDA, need long-term or repeated care to stop using drugs completely and recover their lives. The goal of treatment is to help the person in addiction to stop the obsessive and compulsive use of drugs, gain valuable relapse prevention skills and techniques to support sobriety maintenance. It is also intended to enable reengagement as a productive and contributing member of family, work and community life. This was the case for Rachael who says treatment gave her a second chance at life. “I walked into treatment a lonely 18-year-old, with nothing but a paper bag full of clothes, and walked out with a family.” Like many recovering addicts, Racheal entered a Sober House facility after treatment and was able to become gainfully employed while she continued to work on and reinforce her sobriety maintenance skills.
The key elements to bear in mind about addiction according to NIDA experts is that addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affect both the brain and behavior. As such, there is no quick fix or one size fit all recovery program. To be effective, treatment must therefore take a holistic approach to address all the needs of the patient, not just the drug use. Also, the treatment process must be long enough and reviewed on a regular basis in order to facilitate the changing needs of the patient.
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