Dealing with Drug Addiction
What causes you to use drugs? Are you like the soccer mom who sprained her ankle and got hooked on Percocet? Or like the professional quarterback who became addicted to Vicodin, and found staying on them was easier than quitting. Or like a casual drug user who couldn’t get their normal fix so they experimented with something stronger and became addicted to heroin or meth. The stories aren’t so much different from each other. Addiction is a disease for all addicts. Treating it requires different approaches, but most rehab treatment centers offer the same basic types of therapy: Inpatient Treatment, Outpatient treatment, individual therapy, group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy and alternative therapies like equine, yoga and music.
Medications in Drug Rehab
Of all the therapy methods, the purpose of each is to help the recovering addict overcome their addiction and life a sober, happy, drug-free life. Inpatient treatment offers the peace of mind to know you will be under medically managed care at a live-in facility. The medications used to aid a patient’s rehab depends on the substances they have abused. Medications are especially powerful when combined with other behavioral therapies and counseling. For example, naltrexone and methadone are effective at helping people addict to heroin. These meds can help stabilize these recovering addicts’ lives and aid them in reducing their drug use. Other meds such as acamprosate and disulifarm have been approved to help people who are addicted to alcohol. For those addicted to nicotine, replacement products like gum lozenges, the patch or nasal spray can help, and ingestible meds like varenicline and bupropion can be effective when combined with behavioral therapy.
When a patient is monitored in drug rehab therapy, it can be a deterrent for that patient to relapse. Relapse does happen, and it is beneficial for medical professionals to be monitoring patients when a relapse does happen so they can adjust the treatment to better help that patient.
When patients leave rehab, they aren’t out of the woods. Addiction is a life-long disease that addicts have to continuously fight. Each day an addict is clean is a victory. In fact, addicts measure their victories over addiction in days and they are awarded chips as milestones to celebrate these victories. For example, a chip for 100 days sober, 400 days, etc.
When a recovering addict leaves rehab, it is advisable for them to enter an aftercare facility. Aftercare is a transitionary residential center where they can work on adapting to life without the temptation of relapse. Recovering addicts will continue to attend group meetings, and 12-steps. Upon completing 12-steps, they are encouraged to become a sponsor and help other addicts on the path to sobriety. The 12th step itself deals with the recovering addict helping others like themselves, not necessarily as a sponsor, but to show others the way as it was shown to them.
If you are seeking the path to sobriety, but don’t know where to begin, give us a call. We are here to help. Our trained professionals will answer your questions and aid you in finding the healing you need.
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