THE ADDICTION REHABILITATION PROCESS
For somebody addicted to a life-threatening substance or behaviour, the journey to freedom and a healthy, normal life is not as easy as it may appear to an outsider who has never dealt with such a challenging problem. Commitment, dedication and perseverance are extremely vital assets for a person who truly wants to get clean and to stay sober. Each addiction requires specific steps to recovery and, as already stated, each individual experiences different symptoms and a different level of addiction. Individualized treatment programs are essentially required and We Do Recover works to customize and modify a treatment plan for the unique individual struggling with addiction.
If you have any queries about your individual journey to recovery and sobriety do not hesitate to contact We Do Recover on 082 747 3422 immediately.
Booking yourself or a loved one into a suitable, comfortable treatment facility is one of the first fundamental steps in the successful recovery process. If you like the centre and feel safe, welcomed and encouraged you are more likely to succeed on your journey to sobriety.
Consider the following factors before selecting your personal choice of rehab centre through We Do Recover:
• People are all different and require different treatments. No one treatment works for every addict.
• A minimum of 4 weeks must be spent in a primary care addiction facility in order for the process to be successful.
• Effective addiction should address all areas of the addict’s life, not just the addiction, and should assess the root causes of the addiction that has presented itself.
• Medical treatment and therapy should go hand in hand when it comes to serious addiction.
• Treatment should be adaptive and should respond to the individual needs of the patient, even when these needs shift spontaneously.
• Rehab is not always consensual and many addicts compelled by family, friends and court orders have undergone remarkable transformations, initially against their will.
• Administered medications must be monitored by medical professionals within the facility.
• Warnings about the health risks of drug and alcohol abuse as well as destructive behavioural tendencies must be issued to patients upon arrival.
During primary care or inpatient rehabilitation, addicts are usually restricted from contacting friends and family as these interactions are considered outside triggers that might lead to temptations, emotional stress and relapses. This changes over time, with monitored improvement and visiting hours, and family days become an important factor on the road to recovery.
During secondary care or outpatient rehab, the addict returns home each night and continues with therapy each morning at the centre. Less severe addictions and behavioural disorders can be treated in this way. This type of rehab aids addicts who have familial and life commitments, such as caring for children that cannot be negated, and allows regular life to continue in the background.
Admission is similar in both in and outpatient programmes with an initial professional assessment and a structured way forward falling into place thereafter.
The first step in the process to recovery from substance addiction is detoxification. This rids the entire body of the toxic substance and in doing so alleviates the opportunity for withdrawal symptoms to occur and prompt the necessary intake of alcohol or drugs as stabilisers. Detoxification can be extremely difficult and painful and this is why a specialist clinic, with expert medical personnel, is so vital to the successful recovery of an alcoholic. A thorough rehabilitation program, which facilitates therapy and positive life changes, must follow the detoxification program in order for sobriety to be achieved and to remain throughout one’s life.
The following withdrawal symptoms are experienced by most, but not all, recovering addicts during detoxification:
- Extreme depression
- Trouble breathing
- Runny nose
- Trembling & shakes
- Severe nausea
- Heart attacks
- Increased heart rate
- Muscular tension and pain
- Decreased appetite
- Debilitating Fatigue
- Poor concentration
Some addictions, such as marijuana and cocaine, require no detoxification process whereas for others, like heroine, such a purging is vital if the person wants to survive.
Detoxification is considered safe in a monitored environment and should not be attempted at home or in the absence of medical experts.
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The official rehabilitation process begins after successful admission, assessment and detoxification. In this step of the process, the core issues, that sparked the addictive behaviour in the first place, are unveiled and worked through in group and individual therapy as well as through uplifting extracurricular activities. Once these root problems have been unpacked, the patient can move on with life, free of the chains of drug, alcohol or behavioural addiction as a cruch to survive the emotional turmoil brought on by the root problem.
Individual behavioural therapy
Here the patient will:
- Identify when and why they began using a particular substance or behaving in a certain way.
- Learn key strategies and positive coping mechanisms for dealing with the emotions they feel about the root problem.
- Gain new skills and engage in new hobbies that distract them from returning to the addiction or addictive behaviour.
- Learn to identify triggers and how to avoid and overcome them in the future.
Individual patients experience the following benefits from group therapy sessions:
- Interaction with others who are in the same situation and who can provide support and familiarity.
- A sharing of personal stories and insecurities, which bring solace to the recovering addict who might otherwise feel alone in his/her suffering.
Family members are often the most deeply affected by the addiction of a loved one. Most treatment facilities encourage family therapy, where the individual’s family members come into the facility for private sessions with the affected and the counsellor. Family therapy can unearth and resolve issues and reinstate the family as a pillar of support for the recovered person.
Recovery is a lifelong process that occurs after the patient has undergone the rehabilitation process. An aftercare plan must be discussed with the facility counsellors before a recovered addict ceases treatment. Follow up programs are available for those who require them and are usually recommended by the centre.
Regular support groups and individual therapy sessions are usually continued by the patient post treatment and the 12 Step Program is recommended by those who have been through a similar process. We Do Recover can recommend mentors, after care and long term recovery solutions for you, your loved ones and your affected family.
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