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Rehab sober living

Most people entering a rehab will at some level appreciate that hopefully it is the beginning of a period of sober living that will last for most of their lives. Some people will see this as a rebuilding process, others will see it as a last gasp attempt to reconstruct their lives.

The nature of a rehab and its commitment to sober living can vary quite widely, both in terms of inpatient and outpatient facilities, attitudes to substance abuse addiction and its various addiction treatment programs.

The term sober living originally applied to people who became free from an alcohol addiction or alcoholism, but as the world of rehab and treatment centers has enlarged, the term sober living has begun to apply to people who feel they are free of any chemical addiction that they might have been treated for in a rehab.

The majority of rehabs are focused on 12th step recovery programs, and encourage or insist that clients undergoing an addiction treatment program attend regular meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, or Narcotics Anonymous or some other 12 step fellowship.

Apart from anything else, the main focus of going to meetings of these 12 step fellowships will actively encourage the clients who are in rehab that long-term sobriety and sober living is attainable and a real possibility in their lives.

Rehab Sober Living

The term sober living can sometimes be taken to extremes and this is an issue that needs to be flagged up and dealt with either in rehab or in early recovery. People will often enter a rehab or attend 12th at meetings in order to deal with a particular addiction alcohol or drugs.

Sometimes people will also be encouraged to break off other less serious addictions such as smoking, coffee/tea or sugar. This can often present an additional level of stress which is not only unwelcome but also potentially dangerous.

If someone has a problem with alcohol or drug addiction/alcoholism then that need to be their main focus of attention. Trying to get someone to effectively purify themselves is not only no one else’s business, but is also potentially extremely dangerous in terms of compromising a client’s commitment to sober living.

Sober living is a process whereby the individual does whatever they need to can do to free themselves of their addiction, and live a life free of the need to drink or take drugs.

Addiction

The term addiction has become almost synonymous with a rehab, and the sense that if anyone has an addiction to anything they should be put into a rehab and have the addiction dealt with.

The whole world of addiction and addiction recovery is quite a complex one, but needs to be addressed quite carefully in order to make sure that genuine and harmful addictions are dealt with.

The danger is that the term addiction can be used to cover a whole multitude of sins that in effect block the effectiveness and powerfulness that recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction can bring.

Addiction to alcohol has been an issue in society for as long as most people can remember. Rehabs that began to spring up after the advent of Alcoholics Anonymous began to deal with alcoholism as an alcohol addiction.

After a while rehabs began to admit people who were not only alcoholics but had other addictions as well most notably narcotics or drugs. But often there was an overlap between the two and someone who was an alcoholic would often use drugs and vice versa.

Addiction

Addiction became a term that was used to apply to any type of compulsive behaviour that caused serious damage to an individual or their life or their family.

Addiction then became the focal point for a rehab, with the rehab saying that if an individual had an addiction to any substance or type of behaviour such as gambling, then they most likely had what they referred to as an addictive personality.

This meant that the rehab could treat or offer various addiction treatment programs to the individual, almost irrespective of what their focus of addiction was.

There’s no doubt that in a lot of cases this approach works and is hopeful, although a lot of people will dispute the idea of an addictive personality. The nature of addiction is quite complex, and many people get bogged down in the root causes of it in terms of physiology, psychology and medicine. Most of the scope of that is beyond the nature of addiction as is treated in a rehab.

Addiction is often clearer to those affected by it than to the person themselves was addicted to alcohol or drugs. Perhaps the chief value of a rehab is at it gives individual space, even for a short time, to have to own their addiction, be it to alcohol, drugs or any other substance and to get some sort of very basic reality check.

Any type of addiction can be harmful, but should always be weighed against individual’s ability to deal with it on their own, or have to get to space where they need help whether they are in a position to acknowledge that or not.

Alcohol Withdrawal

The issue of alcohol withdrawal symptoms or the potential dangers of suddenly withdrawing from active alcoholism are very real and should be treated seriously by any individual connected with an entry into rehab, and most definitely by the rehab itself.

Alcohol withdrawal is sometimes treated slightly flippantly, normally because most people who have too much to drink and suffer a hangover as a result tend to muddle through and rebuild their lives quickly.

When we are talking about alcohol withdrawal in the context of an entry into a rehab it is a very different process altogether. Someone entering a rehab will almost likely have had a considerable period of time when they have been drinking alcoholiccally a and quite possibly using a number of drugs as well.

At some level on a daily basis they will probably have been able to cope with the reality of what they have been doing, although the prolonged and progressive nature of their alcoholism will mean that their ability to cope gets more and more worn down as time goes on. This means their ability to recognise what is going on around them will be seriously impaired.

Alcohol Withdrawal

The dangers of alcohol withdrawal, especially when mixed with any withdrawal from any narcotic drug substance need to be assessed and monitored extremely carefully.

Anyone entering a residential rehab should make sure that the treatment center or facility has both adequate staff and facilities to assess and implement any detox program that may be needed on admission to the facility.

Most residential rehabs acknowledge the need for this, but it is nevertheless one of the main areas concerning the safekeeping of protocols of a treatment center that should be checked prior to admission.

Quite often a rehab will have an arrangement with a local hospital or other clinical facility who will assess and undertake any detox or management of alcohol withdrawal symptoms that may be needed.

This type of arrangement is often quite normal and perfectly acceptable, so long as the clinical input is verifiable and conforms with all local and state legislation and healthcare monitoring.

Local Business’s help to build drug rehabs

Some 13 business leaders have agreed to fund the construction of various rehabilitation centers that will be used in the reformation of about 700,000 drug dependents from all over the country.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said that in the initial discussions, the business leaders expressed their willingness to donate funds for the immediate construction of the rehabilitation centers which are urgently needed in view of the rising number of drug users who have voluntarily surrendered.
Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/businessmen-to-help-build-rehab-centers-for-drug-dependents/#YvWcOrjLRFR20Bah.99

Rehab Addict

Rehab addict is a term that can have two very specific but very different meanings.

The most normal and traditional meaning is that it is a term that has applied to an individual who enters a rehab because they have an addiction to alcohol or drugs or some other type of compulsive behaviour such as gambling.

Such an individual will enter a residential rehab for a fixed period of time, normally about 28 days, where they will begin the process of recovery from their addiction.

They are quite often known as a rehab addict, and during the course of their treatment or when attending 12-step meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous will refer to themselves either as an alcoholic or as an addict.

The other use of the term rehab addict is as real, but very different. It is a term normally applied to someone who knowingly is addicted, or is said to be addicted to entering rehabs to do with their life problems, which may well include serious addictions such as alcohol, drugs or gambling.

This can be a serious problem, but is one that rehabs themselves very rarely tend to address.

Anyone entering a residential rehab for a fixed period of time will normally have a fairly clear message given to them.

Rehab Addict

The message will be that the time spent in rehab is in many ways simply the beginning of the process of recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction, and that the main work needs to be done once the individual has left rehab.

As such the individual will most often be encouraged to attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous as a way of sustaining and maintaining long-term sobriety.

The truth is that many people entering a rehab may struggle with this, and hope that simply going into a rehab once will solve their problems.

After they have left they inevitably find this is not the case, and whether or not they tend to offset meetings this will struggle with many of the underlying emotional difficulties fuelled that alcoholism or drug addiction in the first place.

There is quite often a tendency to want to go back into a rehab, not least of all because a rehab is often a very structured, quite rigid institution which creates a sense of safety that the individual in recovery does not necessarily experience in day-to-day life.

A rehab addict in this context, is someone who simply is always trying, albeit over a period of years to get their recovery sorted by continually going back into rehab.

This may be because although they have stayed sober they have not dealt with their underlying issues, or it may be because they have continually tried to give up alcohol/drugs and have been unable to do so.

The inherent danger in this type of approach is that it simply makes the individual dependant upon some type of institution rather than on their own recovery program, 12 step or otherwise.

Alcohol Treatment Centers

Rehab addict is a term that can have two very specific but very different meanings.

The most normal and traditional meaning is that it is a term that has applied to an individual who enters a rehab because they have an addiction to alcohol or drugs or some other type of compulsive behaviour such as gambling.

Such an individual will enter a residential rehab for a fixed period of time, normally about 28 days, where they will begin the process of recovery from their addiction.

They are quite often known as a rehab addict, and during the course of their treatment or when attending 12-step meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous will refer to themselves either as an alcoholic or as an addict.

The other use of the term rehab addict is as real, but very different. It is a term normally applied to someone who knowingly is addicted, or is said to be addicted to entering rehabs to do with their life problems, which may well include serious addictions such as alcohol, drugs or gambling.

This can be a serious problem, but is one that rehabs themselves very rarely tend to address. Anyone entering a residential rehab for a fixed period of time will normally have a fairly clear message given to them.

The message will be that the time spent in rehab is in many ways simply the beginning of the process of recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction, and that the main work needs to be done once the individual has left rehab.

Alcohol Treatment Centers

As such the individual will most often be encouraged to attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous as a way of sustaining and maintaining long-term sobriety.

The truth is that many people entering a rehab may struggle with this, and hope that simply going into a rehab once will solve their problems.

After they have left they inevitably find this is not the case, and whether or not they tend to offset meetings this will struggle with many of the underlying emotional difficulties fuelled that alcoholism or drug addiction in the first place.

There is quite often a tendency to want to go back into a rehab, not least of all because a rehab is often a very structured, quite rigid institution which creates a sense of safety that the individual in recovery does not necessarily experience in day-to-day life.

A rehab addict in this context, is someone who simply is always trying, albeit over a period of years to get their recovery sorted by continually going back into rehab.

This may be because although they have stayed sober they have not dealt with their underlying issues, or it may be because they have continually tried to give up alcohol/drugs and have been unable to do so. The inherent danger in this type of approach is that it simply makes the individual dependant upon some type of institution rather than on their own recovery program, 12 step or otherwise.

Recovering Addict

Recovering addict or recovering alcoholic is a term that is often used by people either in rehab or when they are attending a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous . It generally tends to mean that they consider themselves to be an addict or an alcoholic who is in recovery from the illness or disease of alcoholism or addiction.

When an individual first enters a rehab or starts attending meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, one of the first things they will probably hear people say to them or at them is that alcoholism is an illness, and also that addiction is an illness or disease.

However it is put to them, the message is intended to be that they are an individual suffering from an illness or disease not a bad person.

The nation of alcoholism and addiction being an illnesses or disease is widely accepted within the recovery world, and within the medical world, although there are a number of individuals and organisations which disputes these terms.

Once someone has entered a rehab or started going to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, and continues to stay sober, they generally consider themselves to be in recovery. This simply means that they consider themselves to have started the process of getting sober and staying sober with all that that entails.

Recovering Addict

This is where the term recovery addict comes from. People who are in rehab, or who tend meetings of both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous may use the term alcoholic and addict interchangeably, but quite often the time recovering addict seems to cover both.

When an individual gets sober, either in rehab or through AA, there is a sense that physical sobriety has been established and needs to be continued through a number of processes.

Physical sobriety is often taken as a prerequisite to the individual embarking on a lifelong journey through the process of doing a lot of therapeutic work on the underlying emotional drives and issues which may well have fuelled their alcoholism or addiction in the first place.

For many people in recovery they see this journey as a long-term, lifelong process hence they will refer to themselves as a recovering addict. Some people in recovery can get quite purist about this and insist on calling themselves a recovering addict as opposed to a recovered addict or alcoholic.

This is a personal choice dependent upon how people see the nature of their own alcoholism or addiction and thereby refer to themselves as a recovering addict or a recovered addict or recovered alcoholic.

Inpatient Alcohol Rehab

An inpatient alcohol rehab normally refers to a rehab or a treatment center where someone is admitted for a period of time to undertake a rehabilitation programme from the effects of alcoholism, that may include a detox or treatment for alcohol withdrawal and or drug withdrawal if necessary.

An inpatient alcohol rehab will normally admit someone for a fixed period of time, normally thought of as 28 days, which is the standard timespan for most rehab is or treatment centres.

It is worth pointing out that this length of time is quite often conditional upon insurance companies agreeing that the client needs this time length, a process insurance companies will quite often review several times during the 28 days, and curtail treatment if they don’t consider it necessary.

Some inpatient alcohol rehab’s or treatment centres offer longer term addiction treatment programs and are often referred to as primary or secondary rehabs, or sometimes as sober living homes or long-term care facilities.

Inpatient Alcohol Rehab

Some so-called Christian rehabs offer much longer periods of time in an inpatient alcohol rehab, sometimes offering periods of time at two years.

These rehabs are such that they are often very closely linked or integrated to large evangelical churches, and use the time spent in rehab as a recruiting ground for the church, rather than for the benefit of the individual, although the church will see both as interlinked.

These inpatient alcohol rehabs that are run by evangelical churches offer what they refer to as a faith-based recovery, which focuses much more on things such as Bible classes, communal prayer groups etc.

There is quite often a cult like dynamic at work within these organisations and for someone needing recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction in an inpatient alcohol rehab, any organisation that offers long-term support should be examined closely.

Most people who talk about a rehab or a treatment center will normally be thinking of or referring to an inpatient alcohol rehab is talked about above.

There are also other options that are likely to be available depending upon where you live and what local state or voluntary organisations offer such services.

There are likely to be services that purely offer detox facilities, others that offer what are known as partial hospital treatments and those that offer day treatments.

Some of these will offer help during the day so the client can continue to live at home and attend rehab during daytime only.

Others will offer evening groups and help and support which will allow a client to both live at home and carry on working utilising any help available in the evening.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Drug and alcohol treatment options are widely available to most people, but they do differ significantly both in terms of type of treatment, whether they are affordable or not, whether they are private or publicly funded, and whether they are voluntary or in some way state regulated.

The main type of treatment option that most people associate with drug and alcohol treatment is normally that of a residential rehab or treatment center. There are many of these scattered around the world, the majority of which are in the United States, and normally offer a 28 day or 30 day addiction treatment program, normally funded through some type of insurance plan.

These are quite often seen as the first stop solution to anyone who has a problem with drug or alcohol, and whilst they can certainly be helpful, they can be relatively expensive and are dependent upon the individual or a company having some type of health insurance.

There are also likely to be a number of non-residential options available to an individual who has acknowledged that he /she needs drug and alcohol treatment.

The two main non-residential options are normally referred to as partial hospital treatment and day treatment.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment

What these two types of non-residential drug and alcohol treatment options offer of the possibility of an individual attending some type of clinic during the day and then returning home in the evening, or alternatively continuing to work at their normal job during the day and attending some type of clinic or hospital treatment in the evenings and then returning to home afterwards.

Another option in terms of non-residential drugs and alcohol treatment is that of a simple detox. In one sense there’s nothing simple about a detox, but some services will offer this as their only option, and recommend other types of voluntary or statutory help be taken up afterwards.

The other main option that often coexists with a residential treatment or rehab is that of the individual attending meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Anyone entering a residential rehab is likely to be encouraged or sometimes required to attend a number of meetings of 12 step fellowships as part of their addiction treatment program.

Any individual is completely free to attend a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, or Narcotics Anonymous if they feel have a problem with drugs or alcohol and need help with it. Meetings are completely free and voluntary and no records are kept of any attendance.

This means that an individual is at perfect liberty simply to turn up and see if the help on offer works for them.

This is completely independent of any type of government statutory interference, and can sit alongside any other type of residential or non-residential drug and alcohol treatment an individual may be seeking help with.

Family and Church key to Drug Rehabs

Vice President Leni Robredo said on Tuesday, September 6, that the participation of the family and the church was key in the success of drug rehabilitation programs.

Specifically, she said, Naga City drug dependents were a beneficiary of a drug rehabilitation program initiated by her husband, the late interior secretary Jesse Robredo who served as long-time mayor of Naga City.

 

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Rehabilitation Center

A rehabilitation center is a more formal name for someone who is seeking help with some type of addiction, normally, alcohol or drug addiction or an addiction to gambling or similar. A rehabilitation center is quite often referred to as a rehab or as a treatment center.

The term rehabilitation is a very old medical term, and is normally associated with someone having some type of recuperative time to recover from an injury or illness and and to physically have time out to aid such a recovery.

A rehabilitation center in the context of alcohol and drug treatment is designed to provide to such an environment. Many people think of rehabilitation centres rehabs as being fairly strict and very rigid in terms of their entry criteria, timetabling and addiction treatment programs.

It is worth taking the time just to look at the thinking behind how most rehabilitation centres set up and operate, and why they have what are perceived as quite rigid guidelines a lot of the time as to how they operate.

Anyone entering a drug or alcohol rehab or rehabilitation center is likely to have spent a considerable period of time drinking and/or using drugs to a point where their life, both internally and externally, is in a fairly major degree of chaos.

Rehabilitation center

The individual may or may not recognise this themselves, but to some degree will acknowledge that as a problem simply by virtue of the fact that they are willing to enter a rehab in the first place.

Most people will acknowledge that a rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol treatment is in many ways a bit of a bubble. It is intended to be a safe environment, normally a way from where the individual lives their normal life, that can provide a place both physically and emotionally that allows them to begin the recovery process from their alcoholism or other type of addiction.

The majority of rehabilitation centres or drug and alcohol rehab is an established a number of fairly clear principles that they believe operate in the best interests of the individual.

These normally include a fairly rigid or tight list of conditions that the individual will need to adhere to in order to enter such a rehab. These can relate to items the individual can bring into a rehab, what they can wear, whether they can have a cellphone or not etc etc.

The rehab is also likely to have a fairly rigid timetable, again designed to provide a clear structure both for formal and informal treatment options that the rehab will offer.

A number of people will find the rigidity or strictness of a rehab center simply too daunting for them to think of entering. Whilst this can be true, it is worth bearing in mind that the thinking process behind such regulations and rules is normally to provide a secure and safe environment where the individual can focus on their recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction.

Drug Addiction

Drug addiction can be one of the most painful and horrific experiences that any individual and/or their families can go through. There are a number of treatment options available, although the effectiveness and availability can differ hugely depending upon where the individual lives or how willing they are to access treatment.

Most people when thinking about some type of help for anyone who has a drug addiction are likely to think of a rehab or treatment center. This is normally a residential option, normally for about 28/30 days, and should include some sort of detox facility.

Anyone entering a rehab or treatment center for any type of drug addiction needs to be sure that the rehab either has facilities itself or access to a local clinical facility which can assess and if necessary perform or monitor any type of medical detox that is needed. This is absolutely essential and should be scrutinised carefully before an application to any rehab is made.

Once this has been cleared, the individual is likely to be offered help through a variety of addiction treatment programs that the rehab is likely to offer. Recovery from drug addiction is seen primarily in the context of helping the individual come to terms with the underlying emotional drives and conditions that have fuelled their addiction in the first place.

Most addiction treatment programs that are offered in a rehab arebased on the 12 step program originally formulated by Alcoholics Anonymous, and adopted by Narcotics Anonymous and other 12 step organisations.

Drug Addiction

Most rehabs that offer help with drug addiction will list the various drugs that they can help with on their website. This should be seen as an understanding by the rehab that the individual may have used a number of substances and that their recovery process needs to be focused on an understanding of how these drugs may have affected the individual.

The most common drugs that a rehab will or should have an understanding of are : benzodiazapines, cocaine, crack, restore method, the moral, ecstasy, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, methadone, morphine, OxyContin, Suboxone, Valium, Vicodin, Xanax as well as a range of prescription drugs.

Anyone entering a rehab or treatment center for drug addiction may also have what is sometimes referred to as a dual addiction to alcohol as well, or alcoholism, and the rehab should have an understanding of what addiction means and have addiction treatment programs in place to help an individual work through both types of addiction.

Rehab Programs in Jail

Unfortunately, the drug epidemic does not seem to be slowing down. In turn, overcrowding at the Madison County Detention Center is not going away either.

Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor wants to “move from maintaining a place where we house inmates and create a place where we heal inmates.”

The Jail Task Force, which was commissioned by Taylor, recommends building a new jail in their report. With overcrowding a key issue, the lack of space limits the county’s ability to provide programs that could significantly reduce the number of repeat offenders, whether it is substance abuse prevention programs, educational training or faith-based counseling.

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Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is a really important term both in terms of what it means and what it doesn’t mean. Its meaning has tended to change quite a lot over the last few years and people can sometimes be confused as to what it actually means or what substances it covers.

When people first began to recognise or agree that alcoholism was an illness the focus was simply on alcohol. People then began to be diagnosed as having an addiction to various types of drugs or narcotics, both legal and illegal, description and non-prescription. People were often referred to as having a dual diagnosis where it concerned both alcohol and drugs.

The majority of people seeking help for problems with alcohol and/or drugs constituted the majority of places that were available in rehab and treatment centers for quite a long time. Rehabs and treatment centers then began to realise that they could offer addiction treatment programs for virtually any other type of addiction, most notably areas such as food, gambling or sexual addictions.

People also began to recognise that almost anyone can get addicted to any substance at some point in their lives, and for some people this would be a pattern of life or a cycle that they were unable to break on their own and needs help with. The most obvious place to turn for help would be the medical establishment, what of meaning a rehab or a treatment center.

Substance Abuse

This is where the term substance abuse really came into its full meaning, in that it has become almost an overused phrase in that it can cover virtually any substance that any individual can get addicted to at any time in their lives. People today understand that, but it is worth pointing out that the term substance abuse used to have a slightly different meaning.

People but often think of the term substance abuse in a historical context is referring to something like glue sniffing, or using any type of substance that wasn’t generally recognised as being alcohol or a mainstream type of drugs or narcotic.

The reason this is important is because many agencies and health related bodies refer to substance abuse when they are referring to alcoholism, drug addiction or any other type of substance that individuals can have an addiction or compulsion with. Understanding that this includes alcohol and/or drugs is an important part of knowing where an individual can go to get help if needed.

If in doubt the individual should contact the rehab or treatment center and get some sense of what the terminology they use means especially if usage refers to such general terms as substance abuse or addiction.

12 step program

Many people are familiar with the term 12 step program, but its implications and it applications have risen considerably over the last few years in the context of people using a 12 step program to recover from alcoholism and drug addiction.

In its most basic sense a 12 step program refers to the program of recovery outlined in the book Alcoholics Anonymous, which details the experience of the early members of Alcoholics Anonymous with regard to the various elements of the process they took that help them get sober and stay sober.

The 12 step program of recovery outlines 12 basic elements of this process, and the book presents clear and detailed instructions as to how to do this.

The book Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 step program of recovery outlined in it became a template for other 12 step fellowships that developed on the back of it, and use the essence of the program as a basis for their own program of recovery.

12 step program

The 12 step program initiated by Alcoholics Anonymous has in effect allowed any other individual or organisation to come to terms with and get a better from any type of addiction or problem that they themselves are unable to deal with.

The first step of the program refers to alcohol in the context of the book Alcoholics Anonymous, and any other organisations or individuals can use the same principles and merely substitute whatever their problem is the word alcohol in the first step.

The actual 12-step program itself is copyrighted to Alcoholics Anonymous, but any individual can use the principles of the wording of the principles for their own benefit they so wish.

The 12 step program has also been widely adapted by a large sum of rehabs and treatment centers, and often forms a basis of their own addiction treatment programs.

Many rehabs use the first five steps of the program to help people in recovery for the first 28 days or so whilst they are in rehab. It is worth pointing out that the actual work done within the context of the 12 step program is normally quite different in a rehab to the experience outlined in the book Alcoholics Anonymous.

Where it is similar and also confusing is that a rehab ortreatment center often use the term step one, step two etc and also the actual wording of the step. The work done to understand and implement the step in an individual’s life will normally be different in a rehab to the process outlined in the book Alcoholics Anonymous.