Drug rehab is a specific type of treatment designed to help a person overcome addiction. In most cases, drug rehab centers work to treat dependency on psychoactive substances, such as alcohol, prescription drugs, or illicit street drugs.
The objective of drug rehab programs is to help individuals end drug abuse and addiction by giving them the knowledge and recovery tools they’ll need for long-term sobriety. Treatment can include the use of medication to address any underlying disorders or symptoms that may manifest as a result of discontinuing drug use, along with counseling and support meetings to help correct dysfunctional behaviors.
Since drug addiction is a chronic disorder that can result in the occasional relapse, short-term or one time treatments are insufficient. However, long-term drug rehab programs focus on providing a tailored combination of treatments designed to address both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction and help each patient stop the cycle of substance abuse.
Statistics released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse show that a large majority of people who enter into long-term drug rehab programs are more likely to stop using drugs, decrease their level of criminal activity, and improve all aspects of their social, psychological and occupational functioning.
Despite this, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that a vast majority of those who required treatment for substance abuse and addiction in 2013 did not receive it. It is estimated that more than 24 million people struggle with a substance abuse disorder each year, yet only 2.6 million people receive the necessary specialized treatment.
Many people assume that treating a drug addiction should be as simple as putting the individual through a detox program. Medical detox is ideal for eliminating the drugs toxins from the body, but it does not address the psychological triggers for the addiction.
Detoxing at home can also be dangerous, as some recovering addicts may experience potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, including heart failure, stroke, seizures, suicidal tendencies and attempts, and various other symptoms that require emergency medical attentions.
Statistics also show that addicts are far more likely to relapse during the detox process if inadequate support and supervision present. The psychological triggers of addictive behavior can be significantly stronger than the physical dependence to the substance.
Drug rehab programs are designed to break the physical addiction to the substance, while simultaneously treating the mental aspect of addiction to increase the likelihood of remaining abstinent over the long term.
Drug rehab facilities differ from other treatment methods, as they focus on tailoring the right combination of treatments designed to be most beneficial for each individual patient. Each addiction is different, therefore treatment must be based on the individual person’s characteristics, the drug being abused, the severity of the addiction, and any underlying mental health disorders that may also need treating.
The most effective drug rehab treatments will incorporate detox programs, individual counseling and therapy sessions, group meetings, and a range of alternative or creative therapies designed to be beneficial for each person’s treatment.
The Mayo Clinic released reports that identified the most successful types of drug treatments. The findings show that the right combination of psychotherapy, medication treatment, and a strong support system are all key to a successful addiction treatment.
Structured drug rehab programs incorporate therapies that are centered on real life triggers. Therapies may include individual counseling to address the underlying psychological aspect of the addiction. Regular attendance at group meetings also plays an important role in helping the recovering person develop a strong support network of like-minded peers.
Many people choose outpatient drug rehab programs over being admitted into an inpatient facility. Some choose to retain the freedom to go home each evening, while others may have work or family commitments to consider. Yet statistics show that admission into an inpatient drug rehab treatment for a longer period of time considerably increases the success rate of addiction treatment.
When a person relapses back to a pattern of substance abuse after completing rehab, it is common for many people to automatically assume that treatment has failed. In reality, addiction is a relapsing disorder that requires ongoing daily maintenance, just as with many other chronic diseases, such as asthma or hypertension or diabetes. A relapse to drug abuse is not failure, but instead a sign that treatment needs to be adjusted to help the person find effective ways to remain clean and sober.
Relapse prevention programs are a crucial component in treatment for any recovering addict. Programs focus on teaching each patient to recognize their own personal addiction triggers and then implement strong relapse prevention strategies to avoid returning to a cycle of drug abuse.
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