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  • What You Need to Know About

    Drug Addiction Treatment

    Getting Help to Get Clean & Sober

    Recognizing the problem and deciding to take action are the first milestones to substance abuse recovery, and critical steps to reclaiming a healthy life.

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    It's often difficult for someone to see the full impact their drug or alcohol dependence is having on the people they care for the most. That is when staging an intervention may be necessary.

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    Upon entering treatment, a substance abuse history is created, including drugs taken, abuse period and side effects so a treatment plan is precisely tailored to the patient's needs.

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    During detoxification, the abused drugs or alcohol are flushed from the system in a measured fashion. This is a challenging but critical step due to the withdrawal symptoms.

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    Once detox is completed, the rehabilitation phase starts. The body and mind now begin their recovery while therapy carves a path toward long-term success and patient health.

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    As treatment is completed, a support network is created to bolster the patient's ability to remain clean and sober. Group therapy often plays a role in overcoming challenges.

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    Sober Living

    Leading a clean life of sobriety is a commitment to long-term health. Sober living communities offer ongoing care to those who feel they need the extra support to stay drug and alcohol free.

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    Recovery is an ongoing process and one that lasts a lifetime. Staying substance-free takes vigilance and a strong support system to leave drugs and alcohol behind for good.

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    Relapse Prevention

    Being aware of the warning signs can keep an individual from relapsing, backsliding into an unhealthy lifestyle. Knowing how to cope with these constructively is a vital part of any recovery.

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    The Basics of Rehab

    Aspects of the rehabilitation process for substance addictions may differ in some ways depending upon the specific addiction that needs to be treated, but the basics of rehab treatment for any addiction are the same. They consist of:

    • Medical Support for Acute Withdrawal Symptoms
    • Therapy and Counseling
    • Peer Support

    Medical Support

    In order to begin treatment for substance abuse, a patient must stop using the substance to which he or she is addicted. When that substance causes physical addiction or dependence, withdrawal symptoms often result if the substance is abruptly discontinued.

    Therefore, the first step in the rehabilitation process consists of medical support that aims to minimize the severity of withdrawal symptoms. This medical support, which can be administered in an inpatient treatment facility or an outpatient clinic, consists of monitored use of less addictive and less harmful substances that mimic the effect of the abused substance upon the chemistry of the patient's brain. The process helps to prevent addicts who seek outpatient therapy from returning to drug use in order to avoid the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms, and it helps patients who choose inpatient therapy by allowing them to begin intensive counseling therapy after they are as free as possible from the distracting physical effects of their addictions.

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    Treatment Program Lengths Explained

    Drug and alcohol treatment programs offered in inpatient facilities can differ in length. Anyone planning to participate in an inpatient treatment program can choose from two available options: short-term or long-term stay.

    • The short-term stay typically involves five to seven days of detoxification and stabilization.
    • Long-term treatment primarily means staying from 60 to 90 days inside a facility.

    The average length of an inpatient treatment program is 28 days.The 90-day treatment program is regarded to offer the most promise in regards to addiction recovery. This is supported by current research published in scientific and peer-reviewed journals showing that the longer individuals stay in treatment, the greater their chances of achieving long-term stability and sobriety. The latest research in the fields of psychiatry and substance abuse treatment also indicates that there is indeed a direct connection between a patient's length of stay in a facility and his or her stability after discharge.

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    Use vs. Abuse. vs. Addiction

    Substance use is not necessarily a problem in and of itself, although there may be legal penalties for recreational use of restricted mind-altering substances. However, recreational use of even legal substances, such as alcohol, can lead to substance abuse and even substance addiction. Substance abuse occurs when people use a substance too frequently or in overly high doses, and abuse can result in harmful physical and psychological side effects. Substance addiction is defined as physical or psychological dependence on a particular substance to the point that an addict cannot perform even the most routine daily tasks without ingesting a sufficient amount of that substance.

    Someone who routinely takes a serving or two of alcohol before bedtime because of recent research that ascribes beneficial effects to moderate alcohol use is engaging in substance use. A post-surgery patient who uses a carefully prescribed dosage of an opiate pain reliever is also engaging in substance use. In both cases, there is a perceived or real benefit from the controlled use of the substance, and it is being used in a way that minimizes any potential ill effects. Even someone who sets out to become intoxicated at a party is really just using alcohol as a means of recreation, and while the law defines any use of illegal substances as a crime, there is no medical abuse unless a person uses these substances in an excessive and harmful manner on a regular basis.

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