Inpatient Care for Drug and Alcohol Addiction
The most proven form of treatment for the disease of alcohol and drug addiction is inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment is medically monitored, 24-hour treatment at a live-in facility.
When a person continues using drugs or alcohol despite negative consequences, it is known as a substance abuse disorder. There are varying degrees of substance abuse disorder– ranging from mild to moderate and severe. Continual substance abuse can lead to cognitive, physiological and behavioral changes that result in a craving for that substance and an inability to control the use of that substance or substances.
Negative Consequences from Substance Abuse
Substance abuse can also cause in serious health, employment, financial, legal and relationship ramifications if it’s not properly treated. Medical professionals in the treatment industry realize that the road to recovery is a long and perilous one with many challenges, which is why specialized methods and programs have been developed to make this process as comfortable to recovering addicts as possible.
By enrolling in a comprehensive substance abuse treatment facility, patients struggling with the disease of addiction can develop the skills and coping mechanisms to not only break the vicious cycle of addiction, but also to create a plan for long-term sobriety.
If you or a friend or loved one suffers with the affliction of substance abuse, it’s important to take the necessary steps to enroll in the treatment that is needed.
Before someone enters a treatment facility, it’s helpful to accept what a recovering addict can and can’t do. Nobody can suffer an addict to receive treatment and remain sober. However, encouragement and support can go a long way. Here are some tips to assist your friends or loved ones to choose a sober lifestyle while maintaining their mental and physical health:
Be compassionate as you share your concerns to your friend or loved one about their substance abuse. Try to do this in a loving and supportive way that is nonjudgmental. Prepare yourself to be met with resistance, denial, avoidance and apathy. It’s helpful to have specific information ready to express to your loved one about their destructive behavior.
Educate yourself as much as you possibly can on substance abuse and addiction, including the symptoms of the specific substance abuse your friend or loved one suffers from as well as the recovery process for that substance or substances. Offer your continual support while setting boundaries for them, as you let them know what behaviors are unacceptable. When you set these guidelines, make sure you stick to them so your friend or loved one knows you’re serious.
While helping your friend find treatment, you should also be aware of support that you may need. It can be emotionally and physically draining helping someone in need. You may need your own counseling, either professionally or at a support group like Al Anon or Coda.
Addiction and continued use of substances can have harsh consequences and negative effects on a person’s life, friends and family, causing an array of problems. Different drugs have different consequences and symptoms, but after prolonged use of any drug, people will suffer. Among the dangerous effects that can develop are short term and long term physical and psychological effects, and a contraction of communicable diseases like herpes and HIV.
In addition, substance abusers can begin to neglect their obligations and responsibilities in life, like family obligations, financial problems, loss of employment and damaged relationships. The most severe negative consequences can also occur from drug and alcohol abuse– untimely death of overdose, or being a victim of accidents created by the drug use. Suicide is another form of death associated with drug and alcohol abuse, unfortunately. If the abuse of drugs or alcohol start to head in these dangerous directions, get help right away by going to an emergency room, or calling 9-1-1.
Types of Treatment Offered
The goal of treatment is to deliver services to substance abuse patients that will enable them to have a healthy and productive future.
When patients arrive at a treatment facility, the first step is typically to undergo medical detoxification so their bodies can be purged of the toxic substances. This period of detox is monitored by medical professionals to ensure that patients will remain safe and comfortable during the process. Patients are given a full assessment, and their custom treatment plan is created. This plan will be the blueprint for their entire rehabilitation.
People struggling with alcohol abuse should be especially careful when they go to detox or stop using. If you or someone you know is a heavy drinker and are considering rehab, be careful not to stop drinking cold turkey. Alcohol and benzos both have severe withdrawal symptoms, and can even be deadly. This is why it is recommended that people suffering from alcohol abuse enter a detox facility so they can be under constant medical attention, and receive the care they need during withdrawals. Without it, alcohol abusers can experience seizures and go into shock, which can then result in an untimely death.
The following methods and techniques are typically administered at most drug and alcohol treatment centers:
Individual therapy: Counselors, therapists and psychologists provide individual therapy sessions with patients that addresses their addiction and the causes of it on a personal level. Patients share their experiences and through the therapy provided by professionals are able to find growth and healing.
Group therapy: Patients who opt for group therapy are assigned to a small group of peers who are struggling with similar substance abuses and are enrolled in the same program. These small groups share experiences, and may also engage in discussions on grief and loss, didactic lectures, relapse prevention, anger management, anxiety, psychodrama, shame and resilience.
Family Therapy: Family plays an important role in the successful recovery of substance abuse addicts. Family members are often invited to work with the patient on areas of healthy communication, setting boundaries, understanding and support. Family members are also invited to attend lectures, group meetings, and discussions with the primary therapist of the patient to have a better understanding of their treatment plan and therapeutic methods.
Managing medication prescriptions: When patients struggling with a dependency or addiction to substances, they may need to be prescribed psychotropic medications as part of their treatment plan. The need for these meds is always on an individual basis, and sometimes aren’t necessary at all. such medications, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis.
Recreational Therapy Activities: Therapeutic activities have many benefits to recovering addicts. Patients can increase their confidence, build a stronger sense of self, and have improved integrity by engaging in recreational therapeutic activities. Here is a list of such activities (they may not be offered at every treatment facility.): Equine therapy, expressive art, adventure therapy, music therapy, yoga therapy, exercise, hiking and biking.
Some treatment facilities offer amenities that can also help in rehab for substance abuse. Some of these include personal training, massage, biofeedback, meditation, acupuncture, salon.
When a patient finishes their inpatient rehab experience, they should consider enrolling in an aftercare facility. Aftercare helps transition patients from rehab to the real world, while avoiding the temptation to relapse. There are aftercare facilities, residential living and halfway houses that patients can choose from.
Group Meetings and 12-Steps
Also, patients should consider joining weekly group meetings and 12-step programs. Group meetings enable patients to create a fellowship and support system of peers that can help them in their ongoing recovery. These peers are people who are suffering from the same affliction as you, and by sharing experiences, patients can grow in the recovery and find healing and more strength and support to avoid relapse. Alcoholics Anonymous is a popular group, and you should be able to find a weekly group in your area, in any state of the nation. In addition to alcoholics anonymous, group meetings are offered for all of the major substances, for example NA (Narcotics Anonymous) CA (Cocaine anonymous), MA (Meth Anonymous), HA (Heroin Anonymous), and so on. They are also offered for non-substance related addictions like gambling, pornography and sex addiction. 12-step programs teach personal responsibility and calling up on a higher power to overcome addiction. The 12-steps also call members to make amends for the harms they have caused others by their substance abuse. The most beneficial steps to many recovering addicts are step four and step 12. Step four compels recovering addicts to make an honest assessment of themselves and account for their choices and decisions they have made in their life. Step twelve calls participants to help other people just like them.
Origin of the 12-Steps
The 12-steps were created as a Christian program, where reliance on God for help in overcome addiction is a necessity. However, in recent years it has been adapted so that atheists and non-Christians can benefit from the other tenets. For an atheist, the higher power they call upon can be anything greater than themselves. For example, nature, support groups, family, the group of doctors and therapists actively helping them in rehab, and anything else they see greater than themselves that can inspire them forward in their life of sobriety.
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