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Drug rehab

Drug rehab


Q: What is drug rehab?

A: Drug rehab is the process of treatment and recovery from drug abuse or addiction.

Drug rehab programs, either inpatient or outpatient, provide services for medical detox, psychological treatment and counseling, as well as aftercare program referral.

Q: Who should go to drug rehab?

A: Anyone who thinks s/he has a problem with drug(s).

In fact, if you suspect that you have a drug problem… you probably do. Some symptoms of drug problems include:

  • decreased work or school performance because of drug use
  • drug cravings
  • increased health problems related to drug use
  • legal problems related to drug use
  • neglecting other responsibilities in favor of drug use
  • you cannot control how much or how often you use your drug of choice
  • you cannot stop (or stay stopped) using your drug of choice
  • you experience mood swings or violent behavior
  • you experience relationship and family problems
  • you spend a great deal of time thinking about, using, trying to find, or recovering from your drug of choice

Q: How long is drug rehab?

A: It depends on your particular case.

If you a candidate for outpatient drug rehab, programs usually last for several months. But the intensity of your participation can vary greatly. For example, some cases of outpatient drug rehab may require a visit to a clinic for 1-2 hours a couple of times each week. Others can require several hours each day for several days each week. Again, an individual treatment plan will help guide you in terms of frequency and duration.

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Otherwise, inpatient drug rehab last from 28 days to 3-6 months, or longer. Treatment takes place 24-7, with medical supervision, group therapy, and educational sessions running throughout the day. You eat and sleep at the clinic and may be recommended outpatient treatment for 6-12 months afterwards.

Q: What are some MUST HAVES for drug rehab?

A: There are five (5) MUST HAVES for drug rehab.

These include:

  1. State-based program licensing
  2. Statistical analysis including publication of success rates or information from 3rd party analytics
  3. Use of evidence based practices
  4. Aftercare treatment plans
  5. Precise medical record keeping

Most importantly, make sure that the medical clinicians (including the psychiatrists, medical doctors, clinical psychologists, or social workers) are licensed and up-to-date with their state credentials.

Deciding to get help for a drug problem

The first step towards addiction recovery is deciding to make a change in your life. Leaving old habits and creating new healthy ones can be scary. Conflicts and doubts can appear even if knowing that it is the right choice.

If stress predominates in your decision, try to talk with people you feel close with. Share with them your doubts and fears, and consider their feelings about your choices. Think also about how others are affected by your behavior. Together, you can write down all the pros and cons for making a step forward in recovery.

Basics of drug rehab

Drug rehabs exist to help addicted individuals stop compulsive drug seeking and use. Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, take many different forms, and last for different lengths of time. So, what types of treatment(s) can you expect during a stay in a drug rehab?

There are a variety of evidence-based approaches to treating addiction. Drug addiction treatment can include psychological therapy, medications, or their combination. The specific type of treatment or combination of treatments will vary depending on the patient’s individual needs and/or on the types of drugs they use.

What to look for in drug rehab

When you start looking for rehabs, you may see ads for programs in beautiful settings with a great view. While luxury settings are nice, they likely come with a big price tag. Instead, keep your eyes on what truly matters. The primary goal of any drug rehab is to help people stop using drugs and stay stopped. Focus on what is truly important:

1. Appropriate certification and licensing
2. Quality of care
3. Follow up services

Program accreditation and licensing. Make sure the rehab program is accredited by the state. Check with the state’s Department of Health and Social Services to verify certification. Also check to ensure that the program is run by licensed, well-trained mental health professionals and that each have an up-to-date license to practice mental health services in the state.

Quality of care. Rehabs need to use effective treatment methods for addiction. Look for a rehab with intergrative services, a clear continuum of care model, and openness in reporting. Any serious drug rehab should have at least some statistics on their success rates (preferably from third-party agency).

Follow up services. Aftercare ensures that treatment continues after your stay in an inpatient or outpatient drug rehab has ended. Check that the drug rehab has an aftercare program, sets up a relapse prevention plan, and refers you to other recovery services and support groups in the community.

What’s included in drug rehab treatment?

Drug addiction treatment can include medications, behavioral therapies, or their combination. Drug rehabs should also offer a combination of medical, pyschiatric, and social services. Let’s take a look at each of these to help you understand what’s required for each.

1. Medications. Treatment medications will be prescribed to you based on the drug of abuse, your personal medical history, and current needs. Some meds, such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone are available for individuals addicted to opioids/opiates. Disulfiram, acamprosate and naltrexone are medications available for treating alcohol use disorders.

Treatments for prescription drug abuse tend to be similar to those for illicit drugs that affect the same brain systems. For example, buprenorphine, used to treat heroin addiction, can also be used to treat addiction to opioid pain medications. Addiction to prescription stimulants, which affect the same brain systems as illicit stimulants like cocaine, meth, or MDMA can be treated with behavioral therapies, as there are not yet medications for treating addiction to these types of drugs.

2. Psychological treatment. Behavioral and psychological therapies are at the core of any drug rehab program. Psychotherapy gets to the core psycho-emotional issues which compel drug use, offers strategies for coping with drug cravings, teaches ways to avoid drugs and prevent relapse, and helps you deal with relapse (if it occurs). Psychotherapy and behavioral therapy can also help people improve communication, relationship, and parenting skills, as well as family dynamics.

3. Other considerations. Medical, psychiatric, and social services should also be available in any certified drug rehab program. Be sure to check the center’s credentials with the state or national licensing organizations. For example, be sure that the drug rehab is licensed with your state’s Department of Health and Social Services. National accreditation programs include the Joint Commission, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and SAMHSA credentials can also help you verify any rehab’s credentials.

Paying for drug rehab

Private insurance, state vouchers, or Medicaid are accepted by many rehab programs to make rehab affordable. You can also find low cost drug rehabs through your state’s Department of Health and Social Services. Federal vouchers exist to help supplement financial costs, and some programs are even state funded. Bear in mind that there may be restrictions or limits as to how much insurance will cover as well as what types of treatment your provider will approve. Certain types of therapies may not be covered by insurance companies or government help.

In lieu of insurance or government help, many rehab centers offer their own financing options to prospective patients. This financing may originate directly from the treatment center, or the center may work with third-party lenders to create affordable lending packages for its clients. Rehabs work hard to create finance packages that patients can comfortably pay back once they finish treatment. Check out the facility you’re considering, and speak to their financing department about exploring this option.

Making drug rehab work for you

Because drug addiction is typically a chronic disorder characterized by occasional relapses, a short term, one-time treatment is usually not sufficient. For many, rehab is just the beginning of a life long process. So, what can you do to increase the chances of success?

Because successful outcomes often depend on your participation, you need to know that your personal motivation is super important to a successful stay in rehab. In fact, readiness for change is CRUCIAL FOR DRUG REHAB SUCCESS. Individual factors that help you in drug rehab include:

  • the degree of support from family and friends
  • willingness to be honest and open
  • your motivation to change

Family and friends can play critical roles in helping you enter and stay in treatment. Family therapy can also be important, especially for adolescents. Involvement of a family member or significant other in an individual’s treatment program can strengthen and extend treatment benefits. So, consider using your supports during and after a stay in rehab.

Q: How is Christian drug rehab different than secular rehab?

A: Christian drug rehabs view Christ as the most important tool for recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Further, Christian drug rehabs use a faith-based approach to connect you with God through Jesus Christ.

The aim of most Christian drug rehab programs is to help clients achieve sobriety and empower them with Christian based philosophies that will help maintain sobriety in the long term. While goals are similar other secular rehab centers, Christian drug rehab aims to strengthen the spiritual foundation in order to maintain sobriety. These programs provide Christian and faith-based solutions to long-term sobriety and they aim to help you create and maintain a healthy spiritual relationship.

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3 Responses to “Drug rehab
12:56 am April 6th, 2016

Christian rehab is just distraction therapy, what do you think prayer is? Another form of meditation. Whatever works for whomever though.

10:27 am February 7th, 2017

On the other hand, support from family and friends can literally mean the difference between successful recovery and an increased risk of relapse.

3:49 pm July 4th, 2017

Hi, I went to a Christian Rehab in Derby, England. There was no medication to soften, or help with coming off 40mls of methadone. The place was a Farm, was self sufficient, and that was right down to collecting their Chickens eggs. I was in the kitchen peeling potatoes on my first day. They had you up at 6am, not that I was sleeping, and they’d be playing guitars, singing hyms and hands raised in the air like an American Gospel Church, I was brought up in the Catholic faith, but I’m 51 now, and stopped all that at 14 years of age. This was an experience I’d never go through again, but each to their own. Plus the only TV you were allowed to watch was the 1pm News. I lasted three days and was on a Virgin Train right back to Scotland, when I found some energy to get myself and my bags to the train station. I’m only telling you quickly of my own personal experience there. That was about it. More like a Cult of ex addicts that seemed to dislike new addicts? Well what did they expect? “Hi, eh, I’m a clean ex addict down to detox, Praise The Lord, and pass me that Tambourine?” So a “Shout out”! to “The Happy Hens Chicken Farm, Derby” You have got a lot to learn…Paul.

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