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Drug Treatment

By: Gary Fisher

Discussing Aspects of Drug Treatment & Recovery The right drug treatment center can make an incredible difference in helping the struggles of alcohol or drug addiction. When drug abuse develops into an addiction, professional treatment and help can be the only means to saving the life of the addicted person. Nowadays, it isn't just illicit drugs like cocaine or heroin. More people are becoming addicted to their prescription medications and other synthetic drugs that get them high. This article takes a look into effective aspects of a drug treatment program and things to look for in a quality recovery center.

Usually when talking about rehab or a treatment center, it is an inpatient facility that is being referred to. Inpatient alcoholism or drug programs consists of the individual remaining within the facility for a set amount of time. These addiction treatment facilities function as a controlled environment and offer around the clock care to those that struggle. Now not each drug treatment facility is the same and there is a broad spectrum of treatment centers out there. This series of pages offers positive aspects to look into for an inpatient treatment facility to help those suffering due to addiction or drug abuse.

Table of Contents -
  1. Aspects to Drug Treatment
  2. Aspects to a Quality Drug Treatment Center
  3. Drug Treatment Process
  4. Drug Treatment Program
  5. Drug Treatment Questions and Answers

Aspects to Drug Treatment

  • There is not a single treatment plan that can be applied to all individuals. Differences in how an intervention is conducted, and each person's family and work background must be addressed. In addition, the drug of choice, such as the difference in cocaine, heroin, alcohol or prescription drug addiction, etc. will all require a different treatment modality.
  • When a drug rehab program is needed, addiction treatment must be available. When a person is ready to enter a drug treatment center, they should be admitted as soon as possible. It is not uncommon for the person in need of treatment to readily change their mind.
  • The treatment plan must be continuously monitored and modified as required to meet the individual's needs. Different modalities are used during treatment according to the resident's needs. These include the use of short-term medications, family or vocational counseling or other instruction or medical services.
  • Each individual has multiple needs. Effective rehabilitation requires an individualized addiction treatment to a persons' drug of choice, including medical, family or social issues.
  • Length of stay varies for each individual and is important for effective treatment. Each person's drug addiction varies, along with associated medical and social issues. Therefore, it is important for a person to stay in rehab long enough to assure effective rehabilitation.
  • Multiple therapies are required for effective addiction treatment. Group and individual counseling, both cognitive and behavioral, as well as experiential treatment have been proven to be very effective therapy programs for addiction.
  • Treatment for dual diagnosis patients must have an integrated approach. Since many individuals struggling with drug addiction also have mental disorders, treatment should address both issues for maximum benefit.
  • Medical detoxification is only the first step in illicit and prescription drug treatment. Some people mistakenly believe that detox is treatment. Although detox does get the individual off the drug as a first step, it does not address the long-term needs of the person in solving the issue of drug abuse.
  • Forced addiction treatment can be as effective as voluntary treatment. Legal sanctions, such as court orders for treatment, and family or work enticements can be equally effective on the ultimate recovery process of the individual.
  • Recovery from drug addiction is a long-term process. Like chronic medical conditions, drug addicted individuals can relapse at any time. An effort should be taken in continuing the process, upon the completion of a drug rehab program. To help with long-term recovery, an effective drug treatment program should involve a local professional for after-care. In addition, since many treatment programs are based on the twelve-step program, encouragement should be given to the individual to attend local AA and NA meetings, as well as constant contact with the person's sponsor.

Clinical Aspects

Detox - Prior to entering a drug treatment facility, detoxification can be required. Detox is the process of getting the drugs or alcohol out of the system and treating withdrawal that can occur. The length of a detox stay does vary on a number of factors. This includes the severity of the dependency (addiction), what levels of drug are in the system, the type of drug and how long it takes to get an individual stabilized. Medical detoxification involves using a series of medications to curb withdrawal and cravings, and constant monitoring from medical professionals.

Education - Greek philosopher Socrates is attributed to saying: "Education is the kindling of flame, not the filling of a vessel." Educational elements help those in rehab to firmly kindle their flame. It is much more than learning about addiction and its science. This education is a foundation of information to help the addict/alcoholic continue to kindle and rekindle their flame for recovery. At Cirque Lodge, this is done through a series of workshops, groups and even through our experiential piece in the mountains.

Therapy - When it comes to alcohol and drug abuse and all the baggage involved in those things it can be imperative and therapeutic to talk things out. Cognitive and behavioral therapies provide us with a motivational and positive tool to talking through and analyzing the underlying concerns of drug abuse. When the underlying concerns are brought to light, then the role of therapy is to develop effective coping strategies for dealing with these things. Effective treatment must involve not just personal therapies with a drug counselor, but also group and family aspects to build recovery support.

Continuum of Care - With chemical dependency significant changes are made to the structure of the brain. These brain changes can have long lasting effects and impulses. And sadly, even with effective alcohol or drug rehab treatment, relapse can occur due to these long-term circumstances. That is why it is necessary to have a long-term continuum of care in place. Inpatient rehab is merely the starting point. By having a continuum if care in place for the recovering individual, you greatly increase the chances of long-term recovery. Care can involve sober living, continued regular counseling sessions and support groups. It is often recommended that involvement in self-help programs like A.A. and N.A. be a part of this process to provide further accountability and support.

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