Drug Addiction, Rehab Treatment and Extended Drug Recovery Programs

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Long-term drug addiction rehab treatment programs are designed to help combat drug dependency issues. Because different drugs affect people differently, there are a number of long term addiction treatment centers that focus on providing the best care to substance abusers possible. These facilities incorporate therapeutic, holistic and traditional medical methods to help patients combat their addictions. For a long-term drug rehab, a person can anticipate a stay ranging from 30 – 90 days. During this time, there is usually a detoxification period and then therapy to help the patient to be successful. 

A lot of the focus in the initial drug addiction rehab treatment is on the substances being abused. While thousands of substances exist in the world, most of them are broken down into a few different categories. Alcohol is the most reported of the substances people abuse because there are fewer restrictions in getting it. This psychoactive substance is one that can be the root of other addictions as well.

In turn, opiates are perhaps the most commonly abused drug because they too can be obtained fairly easily. While cocaine and heroin are less accessible, oxycodone is available with a prescription and commonly given out by dentists and doctors to help treat pain. In turn, barbiturates are commonly abused as they can also be prescribed through several sources.

At first, abusing these drugs will be easy for people to hide until the long term effects begin to show. Before long, there will be problems show up in a person's life that will start affecting their finances, physical and health, and their social life. It isn't until they have been addicts for some time that problems will become more apparent.

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While not all substances are illegal to take, many drugs do incur criminal charges. While a person may get away with scoring them a few times, each time a deal occurs, there is a chance that an arrest will take place. It is imperative that anyone who is abusing drugs take the time to seek help from a long-term drug addiction rehab treatment center so the first steps in recovery can be taken. Most people won't be able to treat this addiction on their own and many drugs are highly addictive and quitting them for a short period of time may be easy, but the relapse rates in the first 90 days is high for many substances.

When entering into any long term drug addiction rehab treatment centers, be open and honest about the substances being abused. This helps to be certain there the proper treatment is administered and post detox care is more effective. Because of client confidentiality laws, the facility a person is working with cannot report them coming in for treatment to law enforcement agencies.

Counseling is Part of the Program

drug recovery programsWhile in long-term drug recovery programs, there will be a great deal of focus on counseling. Working with a counselor is a one of the most proven treatment methods. With decades of proven results when it comes to dealing with substance abuse, most long term addiction treatment centers have professional counselors on staff whom can help participants begin therapy.

When speaking to these professionals, it is important that the person not try to tell the counselor what they think the counselor wants to hear. Counselors want to hear what their participant believes and is feeling as this is part of the healing process. In most cases, they have the ability to help an individual based on this information and the result is a more effective stay in a long-term drug rehab center.

While they are working with a person, most counselors won't judge them or try to force their belief system on the person. It is possible they will have the individual examine some of what they feel and believe to be true, but this is to help the person become more aware and open to themselves rather than to persuade a person to change their views on things.

In group therapy, the setting is a little different. Instead of focusing on each person for a one on one session, the goal of the counseling is to help a person learn to be open and honest with others. These sessions can deliver similar results, but the focus of the session is not placed on a single person. Instead, there is a focus placed on each person in the room who wishes to share and the trained counselor will make sure no single participant dominates the session, which would make it less effective for the others in the group. 

No matter which setting the individual is in, the goal of counseling in the long term drug recovery programs is to be sure the individual understands the reasons for their addiction. This can be done through exploring choices that led the person into the long-term drug rehab program, or in group therapy sessions, hearing what others are saying and having a sudden revelation based on what they hear from them.  

Usually, the therapy done is several times each day during the first week in the long term addiction treatment centers, then it will slowly decrease as progress is made with the focus turning to other forms of recovery. There are many options for the individual to also seek additional therapy sessions, if they feel they still need to talk. More importantly, most counselors will make themselves available should there be the potential for a relapse and an individual needs an emergency or crisis counseling session. The goal of the counselor is to make certain their patients continue to receive the care they need to be successful. 

Many counselors will also work with family members and talk about their experiences with the substance abuser to help them deal with their own emotions prior to encountering the individual post treatment. The goal is to work out the concerns and anger the person has so there is a positive and nurturing environment so family and friends can move forward from the point abuse affected the situation.

Post treatment in long-term drug recovery programs may see the counselor taking time to visit with those who recently left at home or at work in an effort to make sure they are staying sober in dealing with the outside world. If there are concerns, they can sit down together and the counselor will help the individual explore possibilities for better handling things. 

Preventing a Relapse

No person is immune to a relapse. While many people do successfully work past their addiction, others find there is a continued struggle. The reasons for relapses can vary. Sometimes, surrounding factors can affect the relapse.

While patients are taught various ways to deal with the situations that can come up, there are still times when there is a need for additional help. Each individual is different and the expectations someone will not have a problem dealing with their addiction would be a flawed assumption. It is important that a support network is in place with people watching over the individual to be sure the risk of a relapse is kept at a minimum. To take things a step further, there may be a need to know how to spot a potential relapse.

How to Spot a Possible Relapse

While a person has the potential to become an addict after a single use, recovery isn't something that happens overnight. It also doesn't matter what the drug or substance is in question. Some people have an addiction to hard drugs like cocaine and heroin that can be difficult to overcome. In turn, alcohol and marijuana, which people often assume are safer, still carry the same addictive properties and recovering from them can be difficult.

When watching over a loved one who has left a long-term rehab and is back in the world, it is important to keep a close eye on them and make sure they aren't going through a relapse. This can happen at any time and all the progress a person has made could end in just a short time. The goal in relapse prevention is to spot the warning signs before they get out of hand and result in a loved one going back down the same dark road they took before. Relapses are possible no matter what the situation is. Here are the main things people need to watch for:

  1. Talking about or longing for the days when they were still using.
  2. Mentioning they could use one time again and there wouldn't be the risk of addiction.
  3. Reconnecting with former friends who previously influenced the loved one to use drugs to begin with.
  4. Constructive criticism or confrontation becomes overwhelming to them.
  5. There is denial there was ever an addiction to begin with.
  6. Personal hygiene begins to deteriorate
  7. Attitude changes and may be erratic at times.
  8. Social problems develop
  9. The individual may further distance themselves and appear lonely or depressed.
  10. Resentment towards anyone who tries to help them may show up.
  11. There is no longer a belief in their recovery program.
  12. Secretive behavior may begin

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Cognitive Therapy May Work

Cognitive therapy is one of the therapy types that have become more noticed by counselors when they are combating drug and alcohol abuse in people. This type of therapy looks at the core beliefs of the individual, which they may not be fully connected with.

In the case of drug addiction, the individual who is using drugs or alcohol believes there are desirable consequences taking place each time they use their substance of choice. They are focused on the feeling they achieve while using. This positive feeling is why they believe taking the substance is fine, as it is giving them a desirable result without focusing on the negative effect it is having on their body, job and loved ones. They will continue to abuse the substance even after they no longer have the same feelings because there is a possibility this time might be better than the last.

Understanding this, a counselor can use cognitive therapy to help the patient work past the need, desire and anticipation and help get the person started on the road to recovery so the individual can work past their addictive behavior. 

Emotional Therapy is Equally Important

One of the things that cannot be overlooked is the emotional balance patients need to help with their emotional recovery. Too often, patients don't understand how to regulate them and when a negative emotional state sets in, the individual will explore drug use as a way to help them cope with the negativity, as it is their simplest understanding of how to receive a feeling they think of as being positive. Long-term drug rehab centers take the time to work with these individuals to help educate them, showing that the use of drugs is not the best choice. Instead, the goal is to understand how to better control their emotions and respond to the various feelings they may have.

Many long term addiction treatment centers also take things further and use a similar approach to addictions with food, sugar and smoking as this can help the substance abuser gain a better understanding of emotional responses.

For most people, the long-term drug rehab program is one of the best overall options available. It is important for anyone considering entering into any of these programs to take the time to be sure the long term addiction treatment center is well equipped to handle their unique rehab needs. With that information and the support of family and friends, they can be on the road to recovery and work past their addictions in a positive setting.

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