Rehabilitation is often necessary for many to overcome serious substance abuse and addiction issues. Depending on the level of abuse and the individual in question, a variety of treatment options are available. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, it’s important to understand the different types of rehabilitation in order to ensure a safe and comfortable transition into sobriety.
Detoxing – First Step In Rehab
Most instances of addiction or substance abuse treatment, whether outpatient or inpatient, will begin with detoxification. Detoxification is the period, typically lasting between 3 – 10 days, where the patient physically detoxifies their body from the drug to which they are dependent. Medication is often utilized during detox to help alleviate the discomfort of withdrawal. Though this process is an inpatient treatment, it does not necessarily need to take place at your chosen rehabilitation facility.
Inpatient Treatment Program
Inpatient rehabilitation is the most hands-on form of treatment; placing patients in a highly monitored treatment facility while removing them from the day-to-day stressors of at-home living. In an inpatient setting, patients generally receive varied forms of treatment, including therapy, group counseling, holistic treatments and sobriety assistance.
Most facilities are voluntary, meaning that patients must agree to treatment. Once admitted, most every minute of the patient’s day is scheduled to help combat addiction and maintain sobriety. Programs may range anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the needs and addiction level of the individual in question. After completion, many patients transition back to normal life with the aid of an outpatient program.
Outpatient Treatment Program
Outpatient rehabilitation is another treatment option for those struggling with addiction. While similar in its methods to inpatient programs, outpatient facilities allow patients to receive treatment at the facility while residing at home at night. Outpatient patients receive treatment at the facility on a daily basis, taking up a large portion of their schedule. This works to keep patients fixated on their recovery while dealing with life in the outside world. Many outpatient participants also attend support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous to maintain focus while away from the facility.
Alternate Addiction Treatments
A variety of aids and activities may be used alongside rehabilitation in order to achieve a successful outcome. These include holistic treatments, such as yoga, meditation and acupuncture, therapy and even hypnosis.
Research Which Recovery Program Works Best For You
When it comes to recovery, there is no “correct” path. In order to properly address your individual needs and goals, prospective patients must locate a program that best caters to their personality type and comfort levels. Rehabilitation should be entered after consideration and a meeting with a professional counselor.
Many people tend to associate goals with the New Year. Others make resolutions when there is something they are hoping to achieve, such as long-term sobriety. Whatever your ambition, it’s important that you set out guidelines to ensure success while also minimizing the risk of relapse. Setbacks are a natural part of the growing process, but it’s best to consider them speed bumps rather than failures. Remember – nothing worth having is ever easily obtained.
1 – Keep yourself grounded and realistic in the goals you set for yourself. In AA, for example, a common and worthwhile goal for long-term sobriety is simply “one day at the time”. Attainable goals will work to increase self-worth and determination over time.
2 – State your goals in a specific and positive manner. Instead of saying, “I’m going to drop a few pounds,” say, “I will lose 15 pounds by summer’s end.” The more specific you are in your goal set, the less room there will be for backtracking or compromises down the road.
3 – List your goals in a journal or notepad. Research shows that written goals have a much higher chance of attainability than verbal ones. Make your goals known to family and friends, and request their support.
4 – Understand why addicts relapse. Common reasons include marital or family issues, death of a loved one, overwhelming feelings, stress, feelings of anger, guilt, shame or loneliness, and the fear of change.
5 – Note your relapse trippers and do your best to avoid them. If it’s a particular area of town, try traveling around it. If it’s particular friends who still use, it may be time to seek out new relationships. Recognizing your trigger set will help reinforce your commitment and remove temptation.
6 – Make a plan on how to handle future triggers. Take down a list of activities to address triggers in a positive manner. When one occurs… and many will…. You will be prepared to address it without resorting to negative behaviors.
7 – Stay confident and committed, even in cases of relapse. Research has shown that a large percentage of successful goal-setters were actually strengthened by their first relapse experience. Understand that relapses are common among most recovery processes, and can serve as a useful tool in your revamped relapse prevention plan.
8 – If you do relapse, be sure to forgive yourself. Guilt and anger will get you nowhere but further down the hole. View the relapse as a learning experience and make a plan on how to address with the trigger differently next time around. Remind yourself that relapse is not another word for failure. We fall – we get up – we get going.
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