People currently residing in the United States are at a much higher risk of drug addiction than they were in previous years due to the ongoing opioid epidemic. Drug abuse and drug abuse treatment affect millions of people worldwide and, according to the National Institute on Drug abuse, cost the United States alone a whopping $740 billion a year. Because the use and abuse of opioids are on the rise, addiction rates have skyrocketed. This results in higher number of drug overdoses and addiction cases, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized the epidemic, seeing as up to 115 Americans die every day from opioid overdose.
Drug addiction is extremely dangerous and, as evidenced above, often fatal. This puts an addict and their loved ones under a lot of stress and danger, as addiction is commonly referred to as a “family disease.” To best fight an addiction, seeking professional drug rehab and addiction treatment should be at the top of an addict’s priority. As time progresses, so does the severity of the addiction, so early detection and response is a powerful weapon in combating drug addiction.
What Is Drug Rehabilitation?
Though it may sound like a silly question at first, asking yourself what drug rehab actually consists of may be a bit difficult to answer. If it is your first time learning about drug rehab and addiction, there may be some gray areas that you are unsure about. Fortunately, drug rehab is mostly taken care of by medical experts at a treatment center. However, having some background knowledge about drug rehab before actually being treated may help you or a loved one in the treatment process.
The term “drug rehab” simply refers to when once someone suffering from a substance abuse disorder engages in medical and/or psychological therapy to treat their disorder. Substance abuse disorder, or addiction, is recognized in the medical field as a long-lasting, chronic disease, and thus requires long-term care and attention. Although it is recognized and referred to commonly as a disease, there is no real one-time “cure” for addiction and it can only be effectively treated through prolonged drug rehab.
Drug rehab centers generally use a variety of different treatment and therapy methods to help treat an addiction. The primary focus of drug rehab is to prevent any current or future addictions or abuse and to ensure that the patient is comfortable in doing so. Depending on how severe someone’s addiction is, the client may participate in either inpatient (living on-site during rehab) or outpatient (living off-site during rehab) treatment programs. Choosing the right drug rehab center is essential to determining whether treatment is successful, so picking a center should be carefully thought out.
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Medical detoxification is the first and consequently one of the most important steps in drug rehab, and it is often considered the most difficult. Long-term drug abuse can lead to building a tolerance toward the drug and ultimately a dependency and addiction. Addiction causes toxin and drug residue buildup in the body, and detox is the step in treatment in which all of these leftovers from past abuse are removed from the body. By slowly tapering off of the addicted substance, and through use of expertly-administered medications, drug rehab centers ensure that medical detox is not only fast but also effective.
Withdrawal occurs when all substance and substance residue is removed from a patient (usually during or after detox), causing a chemical imbalance in the brain. As a result, the patient will experience various psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms that will cause discomfort and can sometimes even be fatal. With the removal of all substance and substance residue, the brain of the patient will become chemically unbalanced. In engaging in professional medical detox, a patient will have access to all the resources and medical support that they need to get through the withdrawal symptoms. Doctors will be available 24-7, and a patient will be under around-the-clock medical supervision in medical detox to best prevent relapse and discomfort.
Here at Arete Recovery, we have a qualified staff of professional physicians, nurses, doctors, and case managers who are more than experienced in the processes of drug rehab. When a patient arrives at Arete, they will be evaluated and diagnosed by a team of experts to devise a treatment plan specifically tailored to your needs.
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After successfully detoxing, a patient will then follow the path of treatment into either an inpatient or outpatient treatment program. Inpatient programs encompass treatment from intensive inpatient treatment to residential treatment. While a patient is engaging in inpatient recovery programs, they are required to live on-site at a treatment facility, regardless if it is long-term or short-term.
By living on-site, the patient is provided an environment in which they can focus primarily on recovery and disregards outside distractions and temptations that may cause a relapse or anything else detrimental to recovery. To ensure successful inpatient treatment, all focus must be directed toward making the patient feel as comfortable and confident as possible.
Full-time intensive inpatient care requires a patient following a strict schedule created for them. Drug addiction can be very difficult to treat in many situations, and thus many drug rehab centers have a dynamic and well-thought-out curriculum. To understand how to treat addiction, doctors and patients will work together to determine what the roots of addiction are and to come up with a long-term relapse prevention plan that best works for the addict.
Patients that are engaging in inpatient treatment programs interact not only with their doctors, but they are given the chance to coexist with other people suffering similar addictions. While methods and therapies may vary slightly from center to center, the most important vital aspects of treatment stay the same throughout drug rehab centers, with social interaction being among the most important factors in treatment. Learning how other patients maintain sobriety and simply being around many people that you can relate to aids greatly in the transitional period from treatment back to everyday life.
Inpatient treatment is useful in treating the long-term psychological addictions that someone may have. When it comes to physical addiction and dependence, outpatient treatment is the optimal, shorter-term treatment. People that have a stable living environment at home while also suffering from severe addiction should consider enrolling in an outpatient treatment program. Outpatient is a term used to describe any treatment that takes place that at no point involves a patient staying and living on-site. The three main different levels of outpatient care—partial hospitalization or (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and routine outpatient (OP)—are all different, each being more effective in different addiction severities.
Partial hospitalization is the first level of outpatient treatment. Partial hospitalization is defined as a form of outpatient care that involves the client participating in therapy at a treatment center for at least five days a week, feeling almost like “full-time” treatment. After the end of each “work” day (of therapy), a patient will simply return home after the day of treatment. Partial hospitalization gives constant medical support and supervision while also providing patients the freedom to interact with friends and family outside of treatment.
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Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) requires a patient to attend a minimum of nine hours per week, generally reaching up to 20 hours per week on some occasions. Intensive outpatient care provides a therapeutic approach to treatment, feeling like less of a full-time responsibility and more of a part-time one. The client may maintain multiple personal responsibilities outside of treatment, such as making time for friends and family, work, and school.
As the final level of outpatient care, routine outpatient is more suited for long-term, less severe addictions. Routine outpatient programs only require an hour or two of therapy per week, and it is commonly used as an aftercare program to aid in relapse prevention. At this point in treatment, a patient should be in a more stable mental and physical state than before and should show signs of independence and responsibility. OP’s relaxed approach to treatment makes it exceptional in providing additional support from drug rehab back to everyday life.
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Drug addiction is a serious disease, and it can easily cause the destruction of the victim’s life. If you or someone you know may be suffering from addiction, it is crucial that you seek professional treatment immediately. Since hundreds of people die every day from overdose alone, ignoring your addiction and letting it continue is among the most dangerous things you could ever do.
Call Arete Recovery today at (855) 781-9939 or contact us online and let us help you on your journey to sobriety. Our medical experts are on standby and are willing to provide the around-the-clock support you need to ensure that you can live a life free from the cuffs of addiction. At Arete Recovery, we have a unique “client-first” approach to treatment, always putting the client’s happiness, comfort, and safety first. By choosing to recover with Arete, the hard part is already done; all you have to do is call or contact us online, and we’ll take it from there.
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