Drug Recovery Means Change
Recovering from a drug use disorder isn’t about getting back to how you were before; rather it is about creating something new. If you are struggling with a drug addiction, now is the time to enter rehab. It is not at all easy, as there is no true cure for substance use disorder, but it is the best way to achieve long-term recovery. A successful rehab program will educate you about addiction as well as how you can overcome it. By equipping yourself with this knowledge you will have the tools to make a new life of recovery.
How Drug Addiction Works
Generally, drug addiction begins with casual use, but the quantity and frequency of use can increase rapidly. In the end the drug user will likely experience both physical and psychological dependence.
- Physical dependency occurs when the body needs the drug and will go into withdrawal without it. The continued use of the substance disturbs the brain’s pleasure receptors, so that eventually the only way to get pleasure is by using drugs.
- Psychological dependency usually takes longer to occur, longer to treat and happens when the addicted person thinks they need drugs to feel happy or normal. Thoughts of not being able to get or use the drug cause great stress and anxiety.
Both physical and psychological dependence must be treated in tandem as part of a comprehensive rehab plan. People addicted to drugs need skilled, compassionate staff to help them reach recovery. Treatment professionals offer:
- Individual and group counseling
- Structured physical activities
- Access to 12-step support groups
- A team of professional and supportive aftercare experts
- Comfortable, luxurious and economically priced living accommodations
Professionals evaluate every patient’s individual needs and design customized, effective treatment plans for each.
Going Through Drug Rehab
Rehab, or rehabilitation, is the difficult process by which a person:
- Detoxes from the drug to which they are addicted
- Takes part in therapy and behavior-modification exercises that help patients understand their drug use disorders
- Identifies and analyzes motivations for using drugs
- Learns how to handle temptation, triggers and red flags to prevent relapse
Successful treatment programs incorporate:
- Medical supervision and care
- Individual and group therapy sessions
- Life skills coaching
- Alcohol and drug testing
- Relapse prevention support
- Self-help and support meetings
- Treatment of psychological and emotional issues
- Family therapy and education
Most people addicted to drugs need inpatient treatment, at least in the beginning. Inpatient treatment becomes a patient’s entire lifestyle. Patients are cut off from the outside world to eliminate negative influences and allow them to focus on becoming healthier versions of themselves.
While expensive, inpatient treatment justifies its cost with maximum effectiveness. No distractions or dangerous substances are on the premises, making recovery a truly immersive experience.
The length of time patients will spend at an inpatient facility varies. Most can expect to be in treatment anywhere from a few weeks to a few months before entering society again.
Outpatient treatment, on the other hand, allows individuals to continue with their daily lives while still attending group and individual therapy sessions as needed. They are also monitored, but the goal of outpatient treatment is to give patients more independence. Over time, they will become fully active participants in their own addiction-free lives. Also, outpatient treatment programs are more affordable and in fact resemble the traditional 12-step therapy program.
If you’re seeking help for drug addiction, contact us to talk to a recovery specialist about treatment programs.