Recovery and rehabilitation from drug and alcohol addiction
The Addiction Rehab Center is an affordable rehabilitation centre that offers both inpatient and outpatient addiction rehabilitation programs.
Treatment for substance abuse must be undergone in a safe environment that affords the patient a complete change of lifestyle. During this important time in one’s life, addiction therapy gets to the root cause of addictive behaviour.
The stages of successful rehabilitation
The first part of any drug abuse treatment program is detoxification. The body must be helped to become free of dependancy. Depending on the drug, this is either achieved through successively lower tightly controlled doses of the drug or complete abstinence (going “cold turkey”).
During the detox period, the body removes the drug from the bloodstream and becomes less physically dependent on it. While the length of time for complete detox varies, the average time required is usually about thirty days. During this period, patients are carefully monitored and every effort is made to make the detox period as comfortable as possible.
When indicated, the detox period may include a period of stay in one of the highly specialised local hospitals. It is important to note that detoxing from the drug is only the first portion of treatment.
During the second stage of treatment, patients receive dedicated therapy to help them to understand and resolve the emotion roots of addiction.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is used alongside conventional psychotherapy and participation in the 12 step recovery program.
Addiction usually follows an emotional basis. In order to minimise the chance of a patient experiencing relapse, it is essential to educate emotionally and to learn new strategies to overcoming life challenges.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps the patient to deal with stress in a healthy manner and keep his or her addiction under control. The psychotherapy portion of treatment often carries over to the outpatient phase following the end of a period of inpatient rehabilitation.
The process of recovering from a drug addiction continues long after a stay in a rehab centre. The recovering addict must reintegrate into their lives and society armed with the tools that they need to overcome temptation and remain sober.
The brain must learn new patterns of behaving and reacting to emotionally stressful events and it is during this period of reintegration that the recovering addict will have to opportunity to experience for themselves the progress (or lack there of) that they have made.
Ongoing therapy and support is required to help the patient feels supported to continue to choose the path of sobriety. Individual counselling sessions and and participation in support groups like the 12 step program is advised. Patients are also encouraged to develop constructive hobbies and to find meaningful roles within the greater community. Finding a higher sense of life purpose has helped many people to remain sober and fully rehabilitate their lives.
Ongoing counselling sessions will take place once or twice a week. Patients are assigned dedicated support therapists who they develop in relationship with over the course of successful treatment. Counselling helps to alleviate stress and to provide a safe platform to explore emotions in an honest and real way, without needing to turn to drugs to suppress them.