If you are trying to help a loved one with a substance abuse problem, there are a few major phases in the process of treatment that you should understand. The following is an outline of the major components of drug rehab to help prepare you or your loved one for what is to come.
Often, an individual does not recognize they have a problem with addiction, or they are unwilling to admit that they struggle with substance abuse. Confronting the individual about their problem and encouraging them to seek treatment is the first step in drug rehabilitation. Some families may choose to simply discuss this with their loved one while others may stage an intervention. Professional interventionists can help plan, execute and mediate an intervention. It is a good idea to have a treatment program lined up before you discuss it with your loved one, so they can enter treatment immediately.
The next step in drug rehabilitation differs greatly from individual to individual. Drug detox occurs when a patient is weaned off the substance they are abusing. Detox is medically supervised as the patient will experience some degree of withdrawal depending on the type of substance to which they are addicted.
Physically addictive substances develop a biochemical presence in the body so the person learns to function metabolically with the drug in their system. Because of this, the person experiences withdrawal when the drug is eliminated from their system. The stronger the physical addiction, the more severe the withdrawal symptoms will be. During detox, patients are carefully monitored to ensure their safety during withdrawal. If a patient does not treat the physical addiction completely, they will continue to crave the drug and struggle with withdrawal during the rest of the treatment process.
Rehab and Counseling 101
Following detox, patients transition into rehab to treat their psychological addiction. Patients receive psychotherapy, attend group counseling sessions and some may even interact with their families. The purpose of this part of treatment is to help the patient understand the cause of their addiction, recognize the negative influences in their life and learn how to manage their addiction in the real world. Developing a support system — both within the facility and in your regular life — is also very important. Most patients spend a majority of their treatment time in counseling. Patients also discuss what types of aftercare programs will best suit them so they can be prepared upon leaving treatment.
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