An intervention usually takes place when it is believed the situation is so serious that there is nothing else that can be done. The process is usually instigated by family or friends of the person who has an alcohol or drug problem. The nature of an intervention can vary quite a lot, but there are normally some common elements.
People who perform interventions take great pains to stress they should not be confrontational. The intent is to show the person the extent to which that addiction or alcoholism is real. This is done through family and friends sharing, writing letters, showing photographs etc. The individual concerned then understands the nature of the problem, and is willing to seek help to get better.
This type of scenario sounds very plausible, but there are some problems with it.
Anyone who is an alcoholic will have a particular mindset about their drinking.One element will be a belief system that alcohol is the only thing that is holding them together. It is likely this belief system will get deeper the worse things get, both internally and externally.
This is something that is very difficult for someone who is not an alcoholic to understand.
The complexity of active alcoholism and drug addiction means that trying to help someone can be quite difficult. It is a bit of a cliche, but still true, to say that the person needs to accept that they have a problem and that they need help. What is even more true is that that acknowledgement has to come from within them.
An alcoholic or drug addict will have a completely different view of how they need to use alcohol or drugs than someone who is not an alcoholic or an addict.
The dangers of an intervention
Whilst that are some scenarios where an intervention possibly could be justified, on the whole the process is fraught with danger. The person that the intervention is focused on is likely to feel cornered, possibly trapped and certainly under a great deal of pressure. They may give in to this pressure and agree they need help. They may go into rehab, and they may get sober.
There is an underlying issue that will be hugely important, but will possibly go unnoticed for a long period of time. That is that they did not make the decision for themselves that they had a problem and needed help. The decision was effectively made for them by other people, and they essentially went along with it.
The significance of this cannot be overstated. Any long-term recovery has to be rooted in a gut level feeling that they cannot do it any more. It is an internal dynamic that has to be genuine and authentic. Whatever horrors may be presented to them by way of evidence from family and friends, this evidence it only likely to make them feel worse.
An intervention is not a reality check. It is a process advocated by people who feel there is nothing more they can do, and something has to be done to force a situation to change. The real danger is that this presented as an opportunity for an alcoholic to get better. What it does in reality is tear down a mask that someone has put up to keep themselves safe.
It is a cardinal rule of all types of psychology, that people who use masks to defend themselves have to be able to take them down from within. Tearing them down from the outside can be cruel and callous. For an alcoholic or drug addict, it seems more complex because the mask itself is so destructive. The reality is the same however.
However tempting an intervention may seem, the solution that offers is normally an illusion. The desire for recovery has to come from within, not be forced on someone by outside pressure.
Most rehabs will offer to treat addiction to alcohol and a wide range of drugs, as well as possibly other addictions. The website of the rehab should list the names of the drugs that it offers treatment for the addiction to.
It is likely that the recovery process in the rehab will focus on the individual themselves and their underlying emotional drives, rather than on a specific addiction to a specific drug.
What is really important in this context is the detox process. Anyone entering a rehab who has has been or is addicted to any type of drug, prescribed or not, needs to be assessed by a clinical team to see if a medical detox is needed or not.
For this reason it is important to know if the rehab offers a program for recovery from the specific drug or drugs that the individual is or has been addicted to. This information should be available on the rehabs website. If not , it should be established during the admissions enquiry.
Below is a list of the most common types of drugs that a rehab will offer help with.
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Rehabs are probably best know for dealing with two types of addiction, people who are addicted to alcohol, alcoholics, and people who are addicted to drugs, either prescribed or not. People who are addicted to both alcohol and drugs are commonly referred to as dual addicted.
Some rehabs have broadened their scope of what they say addiction means, and offer treatment for a wide variety of addictions, some of which are listed below.
The rehab will take an approach that the individual is what they call an addictive personality, and use the particular addiction as a trigger.
This approach has allowed some rehabs to broaden their scope of who they treat enormously, which has many implications from a business point of view, and has rasied many ethical questions about what addiction really is and what it means, and whether or not some rehabs exploit that.
Alcohol Addiction / Abuse
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Most rehabs recommend, and most people follow, that anyone entering rehab goes to one that is a significant distance away from where they live, either in another state or in another country.
The logic behind this is that rehab is something of a bubble for a period of time, and it is better for the client / patient to be in this bubble away from their normal environment, home, family, work etc.
As a rehab is a clinical facility, and should oversee any medical detox and therapeutic work that needs doing, it is crucially important that you check the local accreditation and licensing requirements for where the rehab is located, and make sure the rehab fully complies.
This is a state by state list in the US where these requirements can be checked
A drug rehab will have treatment programs that should offer help and support if you or someone you know has a dug problem or addiction. Learn more here about the different types of help available.
Often people looking for a drug rehab will be slightly confused by the terminology and language of a rehab or treatment center, that seems to treat every form of addiction that can be thought of, ranging from alcohol to drugs, food, sex, video games etc.
Most drug rehabs and treatment centres have developed their own addiction treatment programs over time that they apply to any individual who they perceive as having a problem with any type of addiction.This means that they classify people as addictive personalities, who effectively have a drug of choice that can range from alcohol to food to anything else.
This of course can create real problems in terms of understanding what the rehab can offer and whether it is really effective in what it does.It is important to understand this in the context of how a rehab or treatment center sees the nature of addiction and drug addiction specifically.
Depending on the individual and their history, a drug rehab or treatment center should be able to offer significant help in certain aspects and areas of the individuals recovery process.This help and understanding should begin with the admissions process into the drug rehab, and this should give the individual a fairly clear idea as to whether the rehab really understands the nature of their drug addiction.
The drug rehab should be able to take a clear and detailed medical history and should know what questions to ask.
Drug Rehab and Treatment Programs
It is also really important that the drug rehab, apart from anything else, offers a comprehensive risk assessment in terms of withdrawals from any drug that individual may have been using as well as from alcohol or any other substances that individual has used as well.
The drug rehab should have a fully qualified medical staff and clinical facilities able to assess and oversee any medical detox that needs to be done whatever the timeframe.
If the drug rehab does not have such facilities and staff, then it should have arrangements with a local clinical facility, often a hospital, who can do this on their behalf.
Drug Rehab Staff
Most drug rehabs will have their own medical and nursing staff on site, normally 24/7, and this can be a good indication of how experienced the rehab is in dealing with people who have are addicted to various drugs.
A drug rehab is likely to list on its website a wide range of drugs that it can offer help with to people who are addicted to them, or have been recently addicted to them. These will range from things such as cocaine through to heroin through to valium etc.
A more detailed list can be found here, although this is not comprehensive. Many drug rehabs will also offer help with people who have been addicted to prescription drugs, and any substance that may have been used or misused in addition.
Once a drug rehab has assessed whether a medical detox is needed, and such a medical detox has been overseen and undertaken if necessary, then the rehab will initiate the its addiction treatment program.
Such a program is likely to be based on the first five steps of the 12 step program pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous, and adapted by Narcotics Anonymous as part of its own recovery process.
A drug rehab is likely to suggest that the individual attends meetings of Narcotics Anonymous and possibly Alcoholics Anonymous as well as part of its addiction treatment program.
Attendance at such meetings is sometimes mandatory, if not it will be encouraged or is likely to be encouraged very strongly.
It is hoped that attendance at meetings of NA and AA will help ground the individual in an understanding of addiction and what it means, and will be helpful for the individual both whilst in the drug rehab, and much more so once they have left as a form of after-care and support.
People who ask or talk about rehab facilities often do so with a understandable but misguided idea that rehab is are a mix between an upmarket hotel and a country club, a sort of retreat with varying degrees of comfort or opportunities.
The reality is that rehabs differ widely in terms of the facilities that they offer to people, and that approach as to how the environment and addiction treatment programs should be offered to any individual who enters an inpatient rehab.
Traditionally, a rehab would treat someone who was an alcoholic or had a problem with alcohol, and their time spent in a rehab would consist of a medical detox if needed, followed by a period of different types of therapeutic treatment, often a mix of 12-step program ideas and meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.
There would be a need some type of clinical facility, along with a modicum of comfort and very basic facilities.
The rise of treatment centers and rehabs has meant the growth of this industry, and a white approach that can differ considerably.
The initiators of the treatment center industry tried to strike a balance between providing an environment where the alcoholic could feel safe and secure, along with facilities treated them as someone who was trying to get well, rather than as a bad person.
At the same time, there was a belief that treatment centers and rehabs needed to be a fairly structured environment, and should be designed to focus the individual fully on their recovery process.
Rehabs and treatment centers take a number of different approaches. Some believe that a rehab should be a fairly spartan place, with very basic facilities and an entirely structured timetable from morning till night.
Some rehabs believe in an incredibly tight grip on what the individual can bring into rehab, and what they can and cannot do whilst there.
This can seem incredibly regulated some people, inevitably attracting some and alienating others.
There has been a growth in recent years of what can be termed luxury rehabs, which take almost an extreme opposite view. They believe that a rehab should essentially be the most serious and pleasant environment that someone can spend their time in, and that this is conducive to aiding in their recovery.
Both these approaches are somewhat of the extreme, and inevitably there are a wide number of different approaches in between.
There is no right and wrong approach to recovery, and every individual should approach a rehab based on what they feel is most appropriate to them.
The rehab facilities that are available should be outlined on the rehabs website, and rehab should be open to discussing what these facilities are, and how they help a client in their 12 step recovery.
Anyone seeking to get drug counselling, either for themselves or someone they know, can often face a bewildering array of information and choices that can be difficult to navigate and fathom. Drug Counselling is often linked to alcohol counselling, and it can sometimes be difficult to establish who best meets a specific set of needs.
Anyone who has a drug problem and is aware of the need to help can approach a number of different sources initially. This can include meetings of Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous or explore the possibility of going to an inpatient rehab.
There are also likely to be a number of outpatient type rehab facilities available, depending upon where the person lives.
If in addition, the individual is seeking specific drug counselling either as a way of helping them deal with the problem, or as an adjunct to some of the type of recovery and the choices become much wider.
There are a number of people who advertise themselves specifically as alcohol and drug counsellors, there will be a massive number of other counsellors and therapists who do not specifically describe themselves as such, but will have experience in the field of alcohol and drug abuse.
It is worth the individual establishing initially what help and support they need.
There is a big difference between getting some initial support and advice about how best to deal with a drug problem, to a longer term need some type of therapy or counselling as a way of helping to deal with underlying emotional issues.
It is likely that anyone entering an inpatient rehab will be able to access some type of drug counselling, either on a one-to-one basis or as part of group therapy.
It is also likely that a number of therapists, both in rehab and in private practice themselves what they would refer to as recovering addicts, or recovered addicts.
Going to see a drug counsellor is themselves a recovered recovering addict is likely to either be very attractive to some people, or a big turnoff to other people. It is worth being aware of the issue and seeking clarification from the counsellor themselves what their own statuses regarding any type of previous drug or alcohol abuse
The term crack addict normally refers to someone who is or has been addicted to crack cocaine, but is also used as a slightly disparaging term for anyone who might be deemed to be a type of drug addict who not only uses crack cocaine, but is a continual addict.
Anyone who is or has been a crack addict is likely to have been addicted to one or more drugs that will have had a serious impact on their health, mental, physical, spiritual, sexual etc.
If the individual recognises that our problem they may well seek help, either by entering an inpatient rehab, seeking some type of therapy or counselling, going to meetings of Narcotics Anonymous or some similar 12-step organisation.
One of the important thing is to understand is the very stages that are involved in the recovery process, wherever it may take place.
First and foremost and most critically is a need for an assessment as to whether or not a medical detox is needed, and the subsequent overseeing of any medical detox that may be needed by experienced and competent clinical staff, in a safe and secure clinical environment.
This might well be done in an inpatient rehab, although there are other clinical facilities for any detox could be assessed and supervised.
Once any medical detox has been done if needed, the main work involved in helping someone stay off any type of addictive substance will largely be of a therapeutic nature. This is true whether it is done in rehab or in a 12 step organisation, the term therapeutic being used in a very importance.
One of the key elements, perhaps the key element for anyone seeking any type of 12 step recovery is the issue around change.
There is often a perception and a much talked about process of the need to change, both externally and internally.
The need for change may be evident in certain areas of someone’s life, but it should also be remembered for many people change seen as a real threat, not as an opportunity. For anyone who has been an alcoholic or a drug addict, their drinking or using will in many ways have seemed to them a way of holding themselves together rather than as the cause or reason for their problems.
For this reason the issue of change needs to be approached often in a very gentle way, party been given to the creation and provision of a safe environment, in which the individual can develop a degree of safety and as such allow the process of change to begin and take place.
The question of ‘is teen drug abuse dangerous’ should be answered with a pretty emphatic yes, but also needs to be slightly more fully explored this as there can sometimes be a broader question involving alcohol or possibly some other type of substance abuse.
Anyone charged with looking after a teenager or adolescent is likely to be aware of the possibility that they may be susceptible to either being involved with taking drugs or alcohol, or they may hang around with people who are.
One should always be very wary of generalising about the things, but it is also a good idea to highlight one or two things that may be helpful.
Anyone who has response policy for looking after any teenager or adolescent, who suspects that team drug abuse maybe present in their lives, first and foremost has a responsibility to seek help.
This means helpful themselves in terms of how they deal with it, and help for the teenager or adolescent to deal with what is a drug problem.
Teen drug abuse
The stigma of drugs normally does not differentiate between a type of drug, and often includes alcohol.
There are some people who would argue that teenagers and adolescents will experiment with drugs, alcohol and sex, and the majority of them will grow out of it and lead fairly normal healthy lives.
That is a view that to an extent may be true, but not a view that anyone with responsibility for looking after a child of any sort can actually indulge in.
It is worth having an understanding of the nature of drug abuse and alcohol abuse or alcoholism, and realising that whilst some people it may simply be a phase, for a lot it won’t be, and in fact will be an indication of a much more serious problem in terms of a susceptibility to alcoholism or drug abuse.
The reality is that if a teen drug abuse problem is taken seriously at the outset, and dealt with in a loving and compassionate way, then not only can the life of the teen be straightened out, but also potentially any long-term problems with drugs or alcohol can be addressed early on in their lives.
An inpatient drug rehab is normally simply referred to as a rehab or a treatment center.
The vast majority of rehab is deal with the question of drug addiction of all sorts, as well as alcohol addiction or alcoholism, and a wide range of other compulsive or addictive behaviours.
An inpatient drug rehab will be a clinical facility which will admit and look after someone who is suffering from some type of addiction to one or more drugs and/or alcohol.
It is important that an inpatient drug rehab has two main areas of focus.
Firstly should be the facilities and medical staff to assess and if necessary oversee any medical detox that may be needed.Iinpatient drug rehab
Inpatient drug rehab
This is crucially important. Anyone who has been addicted to any type of drug may well have been using different types of drugs as well as alcohol, and the coming off of these drugs can present significant, often life threatening medical challenges.
Such an inpatient drug rehab needs to either have its own facilities and medical staff, or arrangements with another local clinical facility such as a hospital who can assess and oversee any medical detox that may be needed.
Once a medical detox has been assessed and overseen if necessary, then the time spent in an inpatient drug rehab is likely to focus much more on a number of therapeutic approaches, often 12 step based, which are geared towards helping the individual begin the process of understanding a number of emotional and mental issues that have fuelled the addiction to drugs and alcohol.
This therapeutic work that is done in an inpatient drug rehab will vary depending upon the nature and type of rehab or treatment center, and will by its very nature be fairly short-term.
The majority of rehabs and treatment centers recommend that inpatient clients to attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous’s, both during their stay in rehab and once they have left. This is to give them a sense of whether long-term recovery is most likely to be based, and how they can most effectively ensure their long-term sobriety
‘When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy last year signed into law a comprehensive bill targeting opioid addiction, many touted it as one of the toughest in the nation, often pointing to the seven-day cap on opioid prescriptions and new prescription monitoring requirements as reasons why.
But a lesser known aspect of the law is one that fosters a new relationship between primary care providers and licensed alcohol and drug counselors, or LADCs.
In essence, the law encourages primary care providers to keep an eye out for signs their patients may be becoming dependent on opioids.
An example, according to Connecticut Association for Addiction Professionals President Susan Campion, is a patient who, not long after coming in with one injury, quickly returns with another.
If the provider suspects an addiction is developing, he or she can refer the patient to an LADC, who will follow steps outlined in Section 6 of the law by gleaning information about the person’s family and personal history of addiction and determining how likely he or she is to abuse drugs prescribed for pain.’
Anyone entering a rehab or a treatment center is likely to come across the term dual diagnosis, as well as a lot of other jargon or terms that are fairly unique or specific to the whole world of 12-step recovery.
Perhaps the term jargon is a bit unfair, but there are certainly a wide range of terms that have some meaning, but can also be used to making them sound more important or more severe as they are.
The term dual diagnosis is normally used to refer to someone who is both an alcoholic, or who has a problem with alcohol, and also has a problem with drugs, narcotics or prescription drugs.
This broadening of the definition of an addict, from alcohol to include drugs, has come about through the growth of treatment centres, and the addiction treatment programs that they offer as a way of helping residents.
A rehab will tend to look at the issue of addiction in a slightly different way than perhaps people who do not work in the field will do, and there are pluses and minuses in this approach.
REHAB DUAL DIAGNOSIS
The majority of rehabs and treatment centers initially dealt with people who had a problem with alcohol, and could safely be described as alcoholics or alcohol dependent.
As the industry grew, it became clear that people who were entering a rehab because of an alcohol problem also had other problems such as drugs, gambling etc.
Rehabs and treatment centres started to invert this process, whereby they began to see the problem as the individual, and the addiction as a symptom of their problem.
This in many ways allowed a rehab in much broader range of client base, but also slightly distorted the real nature of an individual’s alcoholism and other types of addiction.
The value of the term dual diagnosis is often hard to verify, except say that it can flag up an individual has a problem with the hottest drugs or prescription drugs as well as alcohol.
There is a practical issue to this which is hugely important, which is knowing I have individual has a dual diagnosis can seriously affect the assessment, or the need for a medical detox, and that should be carefully monitored and accurately assess both prior to admission and during a treatment undertaken that after.
There tends to be a belief that anyone who needs a type of treatment for alcoholism or any other type of addiction needs to enter a residential rehab in order to get better and get the help they need to either stop drinking or using the substance that is causing them so much grief.
It is certainly true, that a rehab is quite often seen as the first port of call for anyone who has a problem with alcohol or drugs and needs help or treatment.
However there are many other sources of help available, either through voluntary 12-step organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, or through a variety of daycare and even care type treatment programs that are non-residential.
It is important to recognise that a stay in a residential rehab can have some advantages for people, but there are also disadvantages.
The main advantage and disadvantage actually tends to be the same thing, the fact that a residential rehab is in effect a bubble that can take people out of their normal life for a period of time, normally a month or so, whilst their treatment programs begins and moves forward.
Rehab and Treatment
The advantage of a rehab being a bit of a bubble is that it can isolate the individual from the pressures that are external that are part of the life, and give them a space that should be safe, that should allow them and opportunity to begin to process the underlying emotional drives that will have fuelled their drinking and their addiction.
There is no doubt that for many people the idea of a residential rehab can seem an attractive option, although the reality camp I’d often be a different experience in terms of a sense of rigidity and tight time and people management.
The significant disadvantage of a rehab is also the fact that it is a bit of a bubble, potentially.
This means that when the recovery period in a rehab or treatment center has finished, then the individual asked to return to a normal life, and integrate the experience that they have had in a rehab or treatment center back into their normal life.
This can obviously be a challenge, although in reality using meetings and the organisations of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous can effectively bridge that gap back into so-called normal life.
Anyone who enters a rehab is unlikely to very quickly become familiar with the term 12-step work, and the idea of concept of a 12 step program as practice and experienced by members of Alcoholics Anonymous and other tall step organisations.
The phrase 12 step work has a slightly different meaning in organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
In that context it tends to refer to people who reach out and are available to help people who are new to the organisation, and who have asked for help in either attending meetings or talking to someone about the fact that they think they may have a drink problem and need some help with it.
In a rehab, the phrase 12 step work is more likely to refer to one or more of the therapeutic programs or addiction treatment programs that a rehab is likely to offer as part of its treatment methodology in relation to alcoholism and addiction.
In addition, the majority of rehabs tend to either endorse and embrace organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, and actively promote the concept of a 12 step recovery program both inside and outside of the rehab.
A rehab is likely to have a number of different types of therapeutic help available, and it may have some type of self styled 12-step program as well.
REHAB and 12 STEP WORK
This may simply be a focus on step one of a program, the admission of being powerless over alcohol or some other substance.
Alternatively the rehab may have a deeper road into the recovery process, and spend more time on other parts of the 12-step program such as an understanding of a spiritual path, the nature and practice of doing an inventory on oneself, and generally becoming more willing to open up and share with other people is going on in the individual’s life.
It is worth making the point that the majority of rehabs offer any type of 12-step program all work as part of their ailing addiction recovery programs will be using an interpretation of the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous that is different to the actual 12-step program of AA itself.
This is an important distinction, but one that many people understandably find it bit confusing.
The significance is simply that upon leaving rehab, the majority of rehabs will advise people to attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, where they can gain a fuller understanding and actual appreciation of what AA’s program of recovery action involves.
Alcohol treatment will be a process designed for anyone who recognises or comes to recognise that they have a problem with alcohol, and are often referred to as alcoholics or people who have alcohol addiction problems.
The nature of alcoholism and alcohol addiction can sometimes be endlessly debated, but in reality the basis for acknowledging there is a problem and what treatment options may be available should be based on the experience and behaviour of the individual, not any academic interpretation of what alcoholism or alcohol addiction may be.
The notion of alcoholism as an illness, now widely accepted in medical circles, was born out of the experience of many doctors and early members of Alcoholics Anonymous, who recognised the abnormal craving and compulsion of people drinking, drinking which was essentially out of their mental control.
In the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous, the point is made that alcohol will have a different effect on someone who is an alcoholic, to someone who is not an alcoholic.
The comparison to an individual having an allergy is used, a comparison that some people find helpful and others find slightly confusing.
The important thing to realise is that at some level and for some reason an alcoholic drink differently to someone who is not an alcoholic, even a heavy drinker who may externally show some of the same characteristics and behaviour is that of an alcoholic.
Alcohol can be a part of many people’s lives, and may even be a problem in some people’s lives at certain points of their life.
Trying to define an alcoholic, or someone who has an alcohol addiction can be a very difficult and time-consuming process.
There are many people especially in the youth who might exhibit problems associated with alcohol, but who will in effect grow out of them.
There are other people of exactly the same age who may drink the same and exhibit similar behaviours and experiences who are in reality alcoholics but have not yet come to realise it.
Alcohol treatment can come in many forms, ranging from residential rehab addiction programs, through to 12 step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, through to medical detox, through to an individual simply abstaining.
Anyone entering a rehab is likely to do so because there is a recognition at some level of a problem or addiction with alcohol or drugs or some other type of substance.
It is quite possible that this addiction or alcoholism has been recognised by someone other than the person who has got the problem themselves.
It is quite likely that the person entering a rehab is either still in denial of the fact that they have the problem of addiction or alcoholism, or has at some level recognised that they have a problem and are entering the rehab or treatment center of their own volition.
It is important to understand that someone entering a rehab will have other major issues internally, aside from their external signs of addiction or alcoholism and the problems it is causing them in their lives.
Referring to internal major issues is about an individual’s mindset concerning their addiction or alcoholism, and how they see themselves and how they relate to the world around themselves.
This can be quite a complicated scenario, and the work of the rehab once any detox has been done, will be to begin the process of helping an individual realise the reality of the world they are living in, rather than the reality which is inside their head, which is often different.
What is really important to realise is that someone entering a rehab is likely to have a mindset around alcoholism when they see alcohol as being the solution to the problem rather than the problem itself.
Depending upon the nature and type of that alcoholism, it is highly likely that this mindset has been there for most of their drinking life.
It is a common feature of alcoholism that an individual will relate to alcohol more than the reality of the world that their drinking creates, and the truth is that the worse everything gets both internally and externally, the more they turn to alcohol has been the solution rather than the problem.
For this reason, entering a rehab or the idea of getting sober can seem a real threat to the individual, even if their life so out of control emotionally and literally, thta they have no choice.
The major part of a rehabs treatment program for any type of addiction should be to create a safe place where an individual can begin the process of understanding nature of the alcoholism or addiction, and seeing the context of alcohol as being a problem rather than a solution.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Drug rehab centers are normally simply referred to as rehab is or treatment centres, largely because the rehab will have a number of wide-ranging addiction treatment programs, which are geared to help an individual who has a problem with drugs, alcohol or any other type of substance addiction.
A drug rehab center will focus on the individual, and should offer a number of therapeutic programs designed to help the person deal with the underlying emotional drives and problems that have fuelled their drug addiction and or alcoholism.
Anyone entering a drug rehab center should make sure that the rehab understands the nature of drug addiction, and in particular understands the nature of addiction to the main or primary drugs that individual has been using. This may well be in addition to a problem with alcohol, or various other substances.
A drug rehab center will normally make clear on its website that it has experience of dealing with specific drugs and drug addictions.
Drug Rehab Centers
Rehabs should offer help in relation to the majority of recognised drugs that are abused, in particular : benzodiazepines, cocaine, crack, crystal meth, Demerol, ecstasy, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, methadone, morphine, OxyContin, Suboxone, Valium, Vicodin, Xanax.
While the above is not a prescriptive list, it is important that the rehab has experience of helping people who have had addictions to the above drugs. This means a rehab should have staff who understand the nature of drug addiction and can hold individual through the recovery process.
A drug rehab center will employ, or should employ a wide range of typical therapeutic personnel. This should include medical doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists etc.
A drug rehab center is also likely to employ a number of practitioners that could be referred to as alternative therapists. These can include yoga teachers, Chi Gung/Tai Chi teachers, reflexology practitioners, acupuncture practitioners, art therapy practitioners, meditation practitioners.
A drug rehab center should place a significant emphasis on diet and exercise as part of the recovery process and should employ dieticians and nutritionists.
An important part of any residentialdrug rehab center is to help the individual back into their normal life and they have finished their time in treatment.
To this end, planning for the individual’s recovery after they leave rehab should be an important part of the rehab process, and the drug rehab center should employ a social worker or what is sometimes called a transitional living worker to help individual make that bridge back into their normal life once treatment is finished.