Effectively Treating Drug Abuse and Addiction
Drug abuse has become one of the most dominant and pervasive public health issues in the United States. In 2014, the country saw record rates of overdose with nearly 19,000 Americans succumbing to heroin and prescription opioid addiction. Many experts thought that was the pinnacle of the epidemic; however, updated numbers from the CDC reported that approximately 52,000 died from drug overdose in 2015, just over 33,000 were the result of a prescription or illicit opioid.
Emerging drug threats like fentanyl and new variations of synthetic marijuana have made widespread prevention even more difficult. While some states are admittedly more affected than others, drug use and abuse is an American reality that should be treated as a national epidemic and nothing less. Rather than focus on enforcement and prevention to the detriment of those already suffering from addiction, a more sophisticated level of treatment, including detox and drug rehab, may be what’s needed to curb the problem.
What Is Drug Rehab?
Drug rehab is the portion of treatment that addresses the behavioral and emotional issues associated with drug addiction. It can be applied through a number of different types of programs, depending upon the scope and severity of patients’ drug abuse. Factors that determine what type of drug rehab patients will need include types of drugs they’re abusing, how long they’ve been using and how often they use. Some of the more common types of drug rehab programs include, but are not limited to:
- Inpatient – Patients stay in a residential program for an extended period time (typically 28-30 days) and receive ongoing care from mental health professionals. Inpatient treatment is often reserved for patients who need a deeper level of care, patients who are suffering from co-occurring disorder and patients who have not had success in outpatient treatment programs.
- Outpatient – Patients attend therapy for a few hours each day and receive group and individualized counseling from and an experienced and qualified care professional. Outpatient rehab is ideal for those who need quality care but can’t afford to leave their jobs or families for the duration of inpatient treatment. It allows an ideal combination of flexibility and quality care. There are certain situations, however, in which the parameters and resources of outpatient rehab simply aren’t enough.
- Intensive Outpatient – Intensive is a longer and more frequent form of traditional outpatient treatment. It’s ideal for patients who need a little extra help beyond outpatient care but don’t necessarily need residential rehab.
Each patient’s drug rehab program should be customized according to their individual care needs; however, all programs should include a combination of group and individual counseling and specialized therapies.
What Happens during Drug Rehab?
The primary goal of drug rehab is to help patients gain the strength and confidence to successfully live drug-free in their daily lives. This is accomplished through a customized combination of exercises that help patients to address the root causes of their addictions and safely confront them accordingly. Some of the universal elements of drug rehab include:
- Group Therapy
- Individual Counseling
- Supplemental Therapies (Biofeedback, Yoga, Meditation, etc.)
- Aftercare and Ongoing Monitoring
Each patient’s drug rehab program should be designed by their treatment professional after initial intake and assessment. Rehab is critical to helping patients rebuild their careers, their lives and their relationships with their loved ones. The process should be administered either after or during a comprehensive course of medical detoxification or “detox”.
Whatever kind of drug rehab program you or your loved one may need, the professionals at Quench the Thirst are here to help you get there. Call us today at 855-781-8870 to get the help you need now.