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Principles of Effective Drug Rehab

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Principles of Effective Drug Rehab

The principles of an effective rehab program revolve around their ability to provide comprehensive treatment for the complex disease of addiction. This should include detox for physical withdrawal and therapy for psychological dependence. The mental addiction to drugs or alcohol is treated through behavioral therapy, mind,body, and soul awareness, and counseling to uncover how the individuals substance dependence developed. Once underlying components of an addiction are understood, clinical nurses and experienced treatment professionals help patients develop coping strategies for avoiding relapse in the future.

Adolescents and young adults seem to be particularly vulnerable to misusing, abusing, and becoming addicted to drugs. The average age at which most addicts begin developing an unhealthy relationship with addictive drugs is between 18 and 20, though many start younger.

 What is Addiction Treatment Therapy?

Addiction treatment therapy involves breaking both the physical and psychological addiction to the drug of abuse. The first stage of treatment is detox to eliminate the effects of the substance from the body.  When detox is complete, rehab therapy can commence to address the psychological triggers behind the self-destructive behaviors.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that the most commonly abused substance among people admitted into rehab facilities for treatment was alcohol. More than 23% of all rehab admissions were attributed to alcohol abuse disorders. By comparison, slightly more than 14% of people being treated for addiction listed heroin as their chosen drug of abuse.  By comparison, slightly more than 14% of people being treated for addiction listed heroin as their chosen drug of abuse.

 Principles of an Effective Treatment Program

  •   An effective drug treatment program seeks to match the right treatments to the individual person’s characteristics, the drug of abuse and the severity of the addiction. Treatment also needs to integrate therapies for any underlying co-existing mental health conditions that may also be present.
  •   Inpatient rehab treatments involve admitting the person into a residential treatment facility. The detox process and ongoing rehab therapy is monitored under medical supervision to ensure the person’s safety.
  •   Outpatient treatments offer the person in recovery more freedom to maintain work or family responsibilities and commitments. The person isn’t required to be admitted into a rehab center, but treatment still requires a considerable time commitment.
  •   Cognitive behavioral therapy can be highly effective for replacing self-destructive behaviors with positive new skills and habits to help the recovering person cope with life without the need for drugs or alcohol.  Counseling is also helpful for improving self-esteem and self-image that can reduce the likelihood of the person returning to previous substance abusive behaviors. Motivational interviewing and motivational incentives also work well to instill healthy new behaviors that reward abstinence.

A key element in successful drug treatment therapy is developing a strong level of support for the recovering person. Regular attendance at group meetings can help a person in recovery develop a good support group of like minded peers that also provide guidance and motivation to remain sober over the long term.

Is the Philosophy of the Recovery Program Important?

Yes. One of the reasons that many outpatient recovery programs are not effective is because they lack accountability, involvement, and support. In order for any type of recover program to be effective it must initiate recovery oriented support systems.

 

 

 

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