The Way Back from Addiction
Once it is determined that an individual is suffering from substance abuse or addiction, the quickest and most effective way to mitigate the damage caused by drugs and alcohol is through a professional course treatment. Though the addiction care paradigm has evolved, and continues to evolve, considerably since its inception, it is largely comprised of two distinct sections: detoxification or “detox” and behavioral rehabilitation or “rehab”. While the detox process is largely universal and varies little from case to case, rehab programs have come to grow significantly more diverse as clinical research progresses and more and more treatment modalities are discovered.
Detox- Detox is the process through which patients purge their systems of the toxins that have built up through a prolonged and untreated course of substance abuse. It is a critical part of the treatment process and must occur either before or alongside behavioral rehab. Detox involves patients abstaining from drug or alcohol use (ideally in a medically supervised setting) in an effort to restore their bodies’ natural function and reverse the neurobiological impact of continued substance abuse.
The detox process should be administered and overseen by a medical professional trained in the symptoms of addiction withdrawal so they can intervene in the event of an emergency and keep patients as comfortable as possible during the often arduous ordeal. Some treatment facilities offer detox on premises and others work with offsite facilities to give patients the care they need.
Rehab – Rehab addresses the behavioral aspects of addiction through counseling, group therapy and supplemental therapies. The goal of the process is to help patients address the root causes of their initial substance abuse and learn to manage them without resorting to drugs and alcohol. Rehab provides a behavioral framework for ongoing recovery and allows patients to develop coping techniques to deal with temptation in an effort to avoid relapse. Relapse rates are admittedly in the recovery community. Some estimates put them as high as 90 percent. The stronger and more targeted a patient’s rehab program is, the better chance they may have of avoiding a setback.
Some of the most common types of rehab include:
- 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.
Recovery Is Closer Than You Think
No matter what type of treatment you choose (or to which you have access) the most important thing is to get help now. Addiction doesn’t have to define your future or dictate your way forward. Help is just a call of click away. 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.