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What is an Holistic Drug Rehab ?

Any rehab that offers treatment for anyone addicted to any type of drug, should in effect be an holistic rehab whether they call themselves that will not.

It is an unfortunate fact that many people including rehabs use the word holistic because it appeals vert much to people’s sense of their own self-worth, and appeals to people’s belief that the rehab will treat the individual as a whole person, and not just treat their addiction.

Treatment of the whole person should be the focus of any rehab or any recovery process that may begin in a 12 step fellowship such as Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous.

The majority of rehabs will treat people both for drug addiction and alcoholism.

It is in the nature of rehab is that they like to treat people as addictive personalities, and as such do not focus too heavily on the nature of their addiction in terms of the recovery work.

The recovery work that is done in a drug rehab, whether it is called an holistic drug rehab or not should be largely of a therapeutic nature, and will quite often be based on the 12 step program initially used in Alcoholics Anonymous and adapted for use in Narcotics Anonymous and other Twelve Step fellowships.

Any rehab that offers addiction treatment programs for drug addictions should spell out specifically on its website which drugs, both prescription and non-prescription it will offer treatment for. This is crucially important from a point of view of understanding and be able to deal with a medical detox.

Anyone entering rehab should be assessed for whether or not a medical detox is needed. The rehab must have the facilities and the staff to adequately undertake such a clinical assessment to be able to determine whether a medical detox is needed or not.

If the medical detox is needed, then the rehab should either have the facilities and personnel to manage such a medical detox themselves, or have arrangements with a local clinical facility who can oversee and undertake the medical detox on their behalf.

This process should be clearly highlighted and spelt out on the rehab’s website. It is important in this context therefore that the rehab has qualified medical personnel who have specific experience of dealing with withdrawals from a wide range of narcotics and prescription drugs, and are able to manage these withdrawals in a safe and controlled manner.

Some holistic drug rehabs offer what they call an holistic detox. It is important to be clear that this is normally a very different process from a medical detox.

What is normally meant by an holistic detox is a cleansing process of the individual.

This cleansing process can be a physically cleansing process by way of diet, nutrition supplements, colonic irrigation etc.

It can also be an emotionally cleansing process by way of group therapy and other talking therapies. An holistic detox can also involve other less conventional forms of treatment such as sweat lodges etc.

Anyone undertaking a holistic detox should make sure that the rehab fully understands the so-called cleansing methods involved and is able to undertake them in a safe and controlled environment.


What is the most effective Drug Treatment?

Anyone looking for a effective drug treatment is likely to have about three or possibly four different options or routes to go down.

It is also important to add that the term drug treatment can either refer to what are commonly perceived as illegal drugs, to prescription drugs or to both in addition to a serious problem with alcohol or alcoholism.
A lot of people will automatically consider that going into a rehab is the normal or the most common route for people who require effective drug treatment.

This is certainly one option but it is not the only one. The other two most common options will be a 12 step program such as Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous, or possibly a local detox or non-profit day program that may include a drop-in clinic.
The notion of going into a rehab has become in many ways the norm as being the solution for people who need drug treatment. This option is of course confined in a sense to people who have health insurance or can afford significant costs for a 30 day or possibly longer stay in a residential rehab.

Drug Treatment and Rehab

Anyone entering a rehab should be aware of the likely set up an manner in which a rehab works. Deciding which rehab to enter can be a difficult decision, even deciding on the location of a rehab can be a hard choice to make.
There are many thousands if not hundreds of thousands of rehabs to choose from, across the world. One of the reasons that location is an issue for many people is that there is a belief that it is a good idea to remove the individual requiring treatment from the normal environment into one that is a world apart, often quite literally.
The issue of a physical location of a rehab can certainly be an issue, and it also ties in with the idea an understanding that a rehab is a bit of a bubble, in many ways intentionally so.
A rehab is intended to be a clinical setting and environment that is effectively seen as a safe place by someone who has a problem requiring drug treatment can go and get clean and sober and begin the process of rebuilding their lives.

Any option for drug treatment involving a rehab should ensure that the rehab has highly skilled clinical staff who can assess the need for a detox upon entry to the rehab, and can oversee the undertaking of a medical detox if needed.


What are Drug Detox Programs ?

Understanding drug detox programs and what is involved and where they are available is a hugely important process for both the individual concerned who is addicted to a type of drugs, and for those around an individual who are trying to help them.

A number of drug detox programs will take place in the context of the individual entering a rehab, for other individuals a drug detox programme might take place in some type of clinical facility that is a stand-alone process with no particular follow-up or support or after care.

If an individual is thinking of approaching a rehab or a treatment center for help, then it is important to check that the rehab has the clinical facilities and the medical personnel to establish whether a drug detox is needed in the first place.

If the medical personnel believe that a drug detox is needed, then the rehab should either have its own facilities and personnel to perform and oversee a drug detox, and explain fully the drug detox programme to the individual and their families or support system.

If the rehab does not have its own clinical facilities to safely oversee such a detox, then it should have an arrangement with a local clinical facility such as a hospital who can perform the drug detox on behalf of the rehab.

This can normally work well, but it is an area that should be fully researched and checked by the individual or their family prior to that individual entering a rehab or treatment center.

Drug Detox Programs – Drugs

A rehab or treatment center is likely to have details on its website of the most common drugs that people are addicted to that its addiction treatment programs will try to address. These normally include drugs such as benzodiazepine, cocaine, crack, crystal meth, Demerol, ecstasy, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, methodone, morphine, OxyContin, Suboxone, Valium, Vicodin and Xanax.

If an individual is termed to be dual diagnosed, this means that the individual is assessed to have a problem with alcohol as well as with other types of drugs they may have been using, both prescription and non-prescription.

The drug detox program that will be offered to the individual should be a fully comprehensive assessment of all substances and medications that the individual has taken over a significant period of time.

Whoever is overseeing the drug detox programme should involve the family or close friends and associates of the individual in terms of establishing what drugs or other substances the individual has been taking that they are aware of .