Sometimes a friendly reminder is a good thing. Our blog covers both trending news in the recovery (or not) community and arms readers with applicable “how tos.” The bottom line is to treat the disease of addiction, treatment is absolutely necessary. I emphasize the word disease because that’s what addiction is, but this fact is often overlooked– and instead of treated as the medical condition it is, is often regarded as a lack of willpower or morality.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Long term substance abuse eventually turns into substance use disorders. Without treatment continued use of addictive substances changes brain chemistry and alters DNA. Addiction literally strips people of their ability to function normally, and creates insatiable impulses to use addictive substances.
If you don’t believe me read up on the science of addiction:
Here’s a brief overview of the stages of treatment. It might be time to seriously consider going to treatment, or helping your loved ones prepare for treatment.
Detox: The short form of “detoxification,” often referred to as “inpatient medical detox,” is the first step of rehabilitation. During detox patients (we often refer to them as “clients”) undergo their first separation from the drugs they are addicted to. The process typically lasts from seven to ten days depending on the severity of addiction.
The main goal of detoxification is to safely help patients through the withdrawal process- as specific drugs’ (like alcohol) withdrawal symptoms can be fatal. Clients are often hesitant about going to withdrawal because they don’t want to get sick. Detox emphasizes patient care and continual support. Medically assisted drug treatment is sometimes used to help the withdrawal process ease along, as opposed to shocking the body into sickness.
Detox and Withdrawal of Barbiturates (Downers)
one are some of the most prevalent. Many treat depression and anxiety during treatment. During the course of inpatient rehab. clients will usually have access to amenities which may include a pool, gourmet food, facility events, special therapies, like horse (equine) therapy, gardening, meditation, yoga, acupuncture- and similar holistic and “fun” things to do.
therapy at their treatment facilities 3-6 days a week, depending on their level of dependency. The goal of outpatient treatment is to help clients transition back into normal living and apply everything they’ve learned in residential rehabilitation to real-world circumstances. During therapy clients continue to address the underlying causes of addiction, but may also express difficulties they are experiencing living outside of the treatment facility.
Some clients skip inpatient rehabilitation because they cannot take off of work, because they have obligations to school, or because they cannot leave their children/families. Other times, outpatient rehab is better suited to treat clients who are merely abusing substances- but are not physically addicted to them.
Partial Hospitalization Programs: This treatment is centered around catering to patients who are addicted and have untreated psychological conditions like clinical depression, PTSD, chronic anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and similar psychological conditions. A common term used interchangeably with partial hospitalization is co-occurring treatment.
Sober Living Communities:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: The main form of therapy used during drug and alcohol addiction treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy. The goal of CBT is to address the problems addiction stems from and to change clients’ ways of thinking and reacting to emotional and environmental stimuli acting as triggers to use addictive substances.