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The journey to a healthy, sober life is not a quick and easy one. It is a lifelong commitment of dedication and hard work that is well worth the effort. Like any journey, the road to sobriety begins with simple steps forward. The specific steps of one's addiction rehabilitation process will vary according to the addiction, the treatment plan used, and the individual; however, all recovery processes share certain similarities.
When it comes to 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.
There are several things to consider when choosing a drug treatment program.
- There is no one-size-fits-all solution to treatment. Different treatments work for different people.
- Patients must commit enough time to treatment in order to effectively overcome their addictions.
- Addiction affects the way the brain works.
- Our treatment addresses all areas of the addict's life, not just the abuse or addiction.
- Medicinal treatment is often necessary and should be used in conjunction with therapy.
- Treatment plans are continually tailored to meet the individual's needs and circumstances.
- Mental disorders are often linked to drug addiction and are addressed in treatment.
- An addict does not have to voluntarily go to treatment in order for it to be effective. Many addicts are compelled to go to rehab by the court system, family or friends, and still achieve recovery once they go through the program.
- Patients might receive medications during treatment, they are monitored closely by staff members to ensure the medications are not abused.
- Treatment include warnings about the health risks of drug use, and include medical testing to ensure patients are free from infectious diseases.
- Inpatient treatment programs 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. In inpatient rehabilitation programs medical supervision during detox is provided.
- Oftentimes, 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.
- Outpatient programs are very similar to inpatient programs with the exception that the addict is allowed to return home each night. If a patient has familial obligations, such as caring for children or elderly parents, outpatient care allows them to maintain some of those responsibilities. In some cases, if a patient has work obligations, they can work part-time while in outpatient care. As a general rule, the less stress, the better during treatment as it's important for the patient's focus to be on the recovery process. Outpatient care is best for those with short-lived addictions. It is not recommended for those with serious or long-term addictions or those with dual diagnosis conditions.
- Regardless of whether you choose inpatient addiction treatment or outpatient care, the intake process will be nearly the same and conducted by a counselor at the facility. This first step uses guided diagnostic tests to determine the severity of the addiction, personal drug use history & family history.