An In Depth Look at Drug Rehab

Published on February 9th, 2014

When it comes to a drug addiction, many people shy away from receiving professional help. On the other hand, those who decide to check into a drug rehab facility often times find that they are well on their way to taking their life back.

It is a common myth that drug rehab is only for celebrities. If you are addicted to drugs, including prescription medication, there is a treatment center that can give you the assistance you have been looking for.

Drug rehab facilities are located from one side of the country to the next, with many offering both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.

There is no guarantee that drug rehab will help you beat your addiction, but when you choose a well known facility you are on the right path.

How Drug Rehab Works

Regardless of how long you have been addicted to drugs, there is professional help to be had.

Note: every drug rehab center has its own approach to dealing with an addiction. Before checking into a facility be sure to ask for more information on how you will be treated.

Even though the approach can and will change from one facility to the next, here are six steps you may take:

1. Detoxification. This is not something that every patient goes through, but is often times necessary. During this phase, the patient has no contact with drugs. For this reason, withdrawal symptoms are likely. These symptoms can include: nausea, vomiting, tremors, anxiety, and depression.

Note: during detoxification, the medical staff at your treatment facility may be able to prescribe prescription medication to help with the side effects.

2. Diagnosis. What type of drug addiction do you have? Are you also dealing with psychiatric problems? Many people find that they have a drug addiction, but are also dealing with other trouble.

Those who are in this position are often times diagnosed with sleep disorders, bipolar disorder, and extreme depression.

3. Cognitive therapy. With this type of therapy, the patient will come to realize that the future is going to offer many challenges. Fortunately, this is when they learn how to deal with any issue that could arise.

For instance, some people turn to drugs when they are stressed out at work. During cognitive therapy, they will learn how to avoid such situations to ensure that they are not tempted to go back to their old ways.

4. Family therapy. Many people opt for drug rehab because they have strained personal relationships due to their substance abuse. With family therapy, patients have the chance to work things out with family members.

Remember, support from family is an important part of the rehab process.

5. Medication. Did you know that medication is often times prescribed to help those who are addicted to drugs? This is not a surefire way to treat addiction, but can supplement other types of treatment and therapy.

Suboxone, for example, is an FDA-approved drug for those who are addicted to opiates, such as heroin.

Not all drug rehab facilities provide medication based treatment, so this is something to consider before making a choice.

6. 12-step program. After leaving drug rehab, it is easy to slip back into your old life. This is why millions of people rely on a 12-step program.

Most rehab facilities encourage patients to participate in such as program, as this gives them the opportunity to stay clean while forming relationships with people who are in the same position.

Effective Treatment Options

Through treatment, an individual can stop using drugs while also learning how to avoid relapse. Of course, this is easier said than done.

An effective drug rehab program will follow these principles:

  • No two people are the same, meaning that no two treatment strategies should be identical
  • Medication can be effectively used to treat a drug addiction
  • Using drugs during rehab should be avoided at all costs
  • Effective treatment consists of addressing both physical and psychiatric issues
  • Remaining in treatment for the right amount of time is a must, with most facilities suggesting no less than 90 days

How to Choose a Drug Rehab Facility

Choosing a drug rehab facility is nothing to take lightly. This is a big decision that will determine how (and if) you beat your addiction.

Some patients opt for local treatment, hoping to stay close to home as to get the support of friends and family. Others realize that getting out of town is the only way to truly separate themselves from the factors that led to their trouble in the first place.

The following details should be considered when comparing drug rehab centers and making a final decision:

  • The cost of treatment
  • Whether or not the facility accepts your insurance
  • Availability
  • The success rate with former patients
  • The reputation of the facility
  • Certifications
  • The type of treatment
  • The experience and knowledge of the staff

As you make your way through the details above, there are some questions to ask:

  • What is the first step in receiving treatment?
  • What kind of rehab do you offer, and will it fit my needs?
  • Do you offer outpatient and/or inpatient treatment?
  • Can I speak with somebody about my addiction so they can give me more information on whether we are a good fit?

Drug rehab should not be looked down upon. Those who need help should realize that professional treatment is the best way to regain the life they want.

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