The Rehabilitation Process
Treating the Psychological Aspects of Addiction
Drug and alcohol addiction treatment is divided into two fundamental elements: detox and rehab. Detoxification addresses the physical health issues that patients are experiencing as a result of their prolonged and untreated substance. Once they get clean, however, patients need a targeted and realistic behavioral framework that helps them stay on track in their recovery; this is where the rehabilitation process comes in. Rehabilitation or “rehab” is the process by which patients address the behavioral and psychological aspects of their substance drug and alcohol abuse. The process is best accomplished with the help of an experienced and qualified addiction care professional, and should be customized according to each patient’s individual care needs.
Rehab very often represents the clinical resource that allows patients to heighten their self-awareness so they can live clean and rebuild their lives, careers and their damaged relationships with their loved ones.
What Happens during the Rehabilitation Process
During the drug or alcohol rehabilitation process, patients work closely with their treatment professionals to identify the root causes of their substance abuse and the possibility of any co-occurring mental health disorders. This is done through a customized combination of group therapy, individualized counseling and a variety of specialized therapies. Addiction and substance abuse rehab is administered through different levels of care, depending upon each patient’s unique care needs. Some of the most common types of rehab programs include:
- Inpatient or Residential
- Outpatient or IOP
- Long-Term or Sober Living
These programs are designed to help each patient incrementally heal from drug or alcohol addiction and take gradual ownership over their lives. Some patients require a higher level of care than others. Over the past few decades, more and more types of programs have developed to adequately target each patient’s individual care needs. Some are unable to spare the time it take to complete an inpatient program, whereas some have no choice but to put their treatment before anything (including career and family) and enter residential care.
In addition to group and individual counseling, the rehabilitation often calls for a targeted combination of specialized therapies to which patients’ treatment professionals believe they will positively respond. These therapies can include basic and established modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and biofeedback as well as more modern techniques like music or art therapy. Some of the more common types of therapies in the rehabilitation process, include:
- Spiritual Therapy – Christian, Jewish or Muslim-Centered programs; Non-Denominational Groups; Scripture Recitation; Etc.
- Creative Therapy – Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Creative Writing, Etc.
- Holistic Therapy (Integrated Wellness) – Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, Etc.
- Fitness Therapy – Exercise, Nutritional Counseling, Chiropractic Care, Etc.
- Lifestyle Therapies – Family Therapy, Family of Origin, Life Skills Development, Etc.
The reality of addiction is that it impacts every part of patients’ lives, from their physical and emotional health to their relationships with their families to their careers and quality of life. Over time, these specialized therapies have evolved to address the very real fallout of addiction and the challenges patients face both in treatment and in long-term recovery.
After the Rehabilitation Process
Each patient should leave their rehab program with an aftercare plan that allows them to build on the behavioral tools they gained in treatment. These often include coping and avoidance exercises to avoid temptation and relapse when in the presence of drugs and alcohol in a post-treatment environment. Aftercare plans should also include referral information for qualified addiction-trained therapists so patients can continue their therapy after their rehab programs. Don’t let addiction ruin your life. Quench the Thirst is ready to guide you or your loved toward quality drug and alcohol abuse treatment. Call us today at 855-781-8870.