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Drug and alcohol rehab programs: Who should attend?

Rehab Programs

Rehab programs provide people with the tools they need to stop drinking or using drugs. But how do you choose one? And when can you be sure that rehab is the best option for you?

We review here. Then, we invite your questions about choosing the best rehab program for YOU at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all legitimate questions with a personal and prompt reply.

Who needs drug and alcohol rehab programs?

Q: Who needs rehab?
A: Anyone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Still, the signs that you need help may be clouded in denial. Thankfully, knowing what to look for can make it more clear if a person needs rehab, or not. People who exhibit any or several of these signs can benefit from a rehab program.

  • becoming hostile or agitated when confronted about their drug or alcohol use
  • drug or alcohol use has started to negatively affect work or school performance
  • health, family, social, financial, or legal troubles caused or exacerbated by drug or alcohol use
  • hiding drinking or drug use
  • physical dependence marked by withdrawal symptoms upon drug cessation or lowered dose
  • preoccupation with drug use or drinking
  • tolerance to drugs or alcohol
  • unable to stop drinking or using drugs, despite the problems it causes

Going to drug and alcohol rehab programs

Attending a rehab program can be intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, most rehab programs are a lot like adult education courses. So, what is included in an alcohol rehab program and what can you expect from a drug rehab program?

1.  Clear limits – The goal of drug and alcohol rehab programs is to assist you in achieving and maintaining a sober life. Often, drug and alcohol rehabs outline very clear (and sometimes strict) rules and guidelines. These are set up to keep the facility safe AND to help you establish routine and order in your life. While some people may resist the limits established by rehab programs, those that comply can benefit from them.

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2.  Daily schedule – Those who commit to a rehab program typically attend multiple group sessions daily. Whether inpatient or outpatient, you will be asked to attend a minimum weekly number of therapy sessions. The schedule in a drug or alcohol rehab is organized and operates continually. Upon entry, you are expected to go with the flow.

3.  Psychotherapy – In order to achieve the goal of abstinence, drug and alcohol rehab programs employ a few important modalities to analyse thoughts and behavior around drug or alcohol use. Individual therapy, for instance, is often used to help you change behaviors and thought patterns, as well as to treat underlying metal health issues. Other psychological modalities include:

  • Contingency Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Counseling
  • Group Therapy Sessions
  • Motivational Interviewing

4.  Pharmacotherapy (medications) – While not everyone in rehab receives medications, there are pharmaceutical treatments that may be prescribed to you. These include medications which can address withdrawal symptoms, help reduce cravings, or treat underlying mental health issues like anxiety or depression. Each case is different, and you can consult an addiction counselor for more information.

Reasons to go to a drug and alcohol rehab program

One of the biggest reasons to go to drug and alcohol rehab programs is obvious – to overcome addiction. Getting sober typically results in a number of other benefits of rehab, including:

  • A healthier lifestyle
  • Fewer financial crises
  • No more hiding drug and alcohol use due to shame or anger
  • No more problems with the law
  • Reconciling with loved ones devastated by drug and alcohol use

Who does drug and alcohol addiction affect?

The addict is typically the first person affected by their substance abuse. They will often experience a number of physical health problems, including increased risks for cancer, cirrhosis, and cardiovascular disease. Drug and alcohol addiction also negatively affects an addict’s mental and emotional state.

Despite what some would like to believe, the effects of drug and alcohol abuse do not stop at the addict. Family members and other loved ones typically find it heartbreaking, difficult, or even impossible to live with an addict. It’s typically very difficult to be a good father, mother, wife, husband, or child when you’re constantly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Drug and alcohol abuse also affects entire communities as well. One example is public safety. Those under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be a danger to themselves and others, particularly if they drive while drunk or high.

Drug and alcohol rehab programs questions

Everyone – from the addict to a community as a whole – benefits from successful attendance in a rehab program. The addict will often better understand addiction and learn how to cope with it during rehab. Family members will find it easier to live with a recovering addict, and communities will be safer. How long do alcohol rehab programs or drug rehabilitation programs last is individual, but addiction specialists advise that the longer a person stays in recovery – the better chances of success and long-term sobriety s/he has.

If you still find yourself with questions about drug and alcohol rehab programs, please ask us here. We do our best to respond to all legitimate questions with a personal and prompt response.

Reference Sources: SAMHSA: A guide to substance abuse services for primary physicians
Medline Plus: Alcohol use disorder
State of Kentucky: Signs of Alcoholism
NIAAA: Alcohol effects on the body
USDA: Alcohol

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2 Responses to “Drug and alcohol rehab programs: Who should attend?
Angie
6:57 am August 18th, 2015

I have been going through this with my partner he’s been using cocaine heavy! had hidden it from me for 2.5 years. We sorted it out and he came back to live with me, he has recently completed a detox, but has helped only for short term. He’s now consumed with the guilt of what’s been spent on his addiction, we do love each other and want to work it out, and he really wants to recover, he’s a nice bloke and hasn’t been violent towards or taken anything from me he’s only moody and snappy really, which I know comes as part of the deal with all users. I want to be able to trust him again now. So, which programme could you recommend to us both to help us get back on track and on the road to a normal once had life. So desperate to over come all this heartache its brought to our lives :( Thanks, Angie.

4:11 pm August 24th, 2015

Hi Angie. Family or couples therapy sounds like a suitable option for the both of you. Also, if you have need for individual sessions, the therapist will be able to provide those as well. Thank you for not giving up on your husband and trying hard to make things right. He needs to stop feeling guilt – that’s a negative emotion that only drags people down. I really hope you two succeed all the way through!

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