Drug Rehab FAQ
Drug Rehab FAQ
What Is Drug Rehab?
Drug or alcohol rehab (rehabilitation) is a treatment process by which experts and therapists help people recover from substance use disorders. Many rehab centers require clients to be clear of intoxicating substances for a period of time before admission. Facilities may offer varying levels of treatment, such as residential care, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient.
What Is Detox?
Detox (detoxification) refers to the process of clearing the body of intoxicating substances. Detox is typically the first step in an addict’s recovery process and can be done with trained medical supervision or clinically managed without medication. Detox can often have serious side effects. The average detox lasts less than eight days, according to The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
What Is Drug Rehab Like?
Rehab facilities can take several forms, ranging from farms and ranches to clinical settings to casual, home-like environments. Clients can engage in a . Rehabs can offer residential treatment, where the client lives on-site and outpatient “day” programs, which allow them to live at home.
Many rehabs offer alternative forms of therapy, including:
A good rehab program will address clients’ responsibilities, commitments and life skills through case management, in addition to addiction treatment. Follow-up counseling and treatment (aftercare) often takes place after the formal rehab program ends. Rehabs can also offer gender-specific treatment, allowing clients to focus on various issues belonging separately to men or women.
How Does Drug Rehab Work?
A rehab program is designed to free those suffering from drug or alcohol addiction from the substance that is controlling their lives. In rehab, you heal the mind and the body from addiction and learn how to live without intoxicating substances.
A good drug rehab program begins with an assessment that is used to formulate a treatment plan specific to the individual. The core of any addiction treatment center involves a combination of therapy techniques and settings (individual, group, 12-step, etc.). Also, rehab clients are counseled to change any negative habits, behavior and social relationships that may be associated with their addictions.
Typical rehab therapy often consists of a . However, successful treatment may take months, depending on the individual’s progress. Many studies have found that people who undergo drug rehab treatment for a more extended period have a better chance of achieving sobriety.
After leaving rehab, it’s common for clients to continue regular clinic and counselor visits to affirm their recovery strategy. Aftercare, as it’s known, may also involve support group meetings, 12-step programs and any services or activities that contribute to avoiding and living a new, healthy lifestyle.
Is Drug Rehab Effective?
People seeking help with addiction for themselves or a loved one may wonder if drug rehab works. Drug treatment programs have been found to be as successful as treatments for chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. And just as with those other diseases, success can vary depending on the individual and the program.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse says rehab programs lasting more than three months have better success rates. When an addict in recovery relapses, it is often seen as a failure of treatment and many see it as a personal failure. However, in the same way that the diabetic whose symptoms are under control is still a diabetic, an addict in recovery is still an addict. Relapsing, even more than once, is not just possible but likely. “Recovery is a process, not an event,” is common wisdom in 12-step circles.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy has a long list of factors to measure effective drug treatment, including:
- Reduced drug use
- Improvements in employment and education
- Healthier family and social relationships
- Better health
- Fewer legal troubles
- Better mental health
- Improved public safety
Statistics often focus on complete sobriety, but successful recovery is really measured by improving the lives of the addicts and those around them.
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