Drug Rehab and Treatment
Anyone looking for a Christian rehab will generally be doing so for one of two reasons.
The first reason is that they want a rehab that is purely faith-based or Bible based, the second reason is that they want a more traditional rehab, but one that is focused on spirituality and/or a Christian based approach to addiction recovery.
The issue of spirituality and belief in God has been at the core of recovery from alcoholism since the early experiences of Alcoholics Anonymous members. It has also been one of the defining issues in terms of both helping people and alienating people from the process of recovery.
As with any approach to recovery, it is important that the person looking for help has some clear understanding of what to look for. Any rehab offering help must comply with certain local and national requirements and regulations. A rehab should also employ a significant number of qualified clinical staff who can help assess the individual entering rehab to see if there is a need for a medical detox.
The rehab should also be able to either oversee such a medical detox if needed, or have other arrangements with a local clinical facility who can oversee the detox on their behalf. This is crucially important for any rehab as many people entering rehab will be withdrawing from the effects of alcohol and/or drugs, and this needs to be managed in a safe and secure clinical environment.
Once any detox has been done, the work of the rehab is to help the individual to understand the nature of alcoholism and other types of addiction, and to give individuals some grounding in the various approaches to recovery that the rehab advocates to help the individual rebuild their lives in the context of staying clean and sober both in rehab and once they have left.
The majority of rehabs will take a therapeutic approach that is based on the 12th program of Alcoholics Anonymous. A number of rehabs will also offer a wide range of other addiction treatment programs that should be clinically based, that should be evidence-based and should be based on extensive experience of what works.
A Christian-based rehab is normally a rehab that very specifically refers to itself as being Christian-based or faith-based. It very clearly sets out its addiction treatment program as being based on a belief that Jesus Christ, and belief in Jesus Christ is the only real source of salvation, and that this belief will be central to all the therapeutic work that is done in this type of rehab.
A Christian rehab can vary quite widely as to its structure and type of environment where this work will be done. Some Christian rehabs will opt for the traditional thirty-day model that most normal rehabs offer, with varying degrees of structure and rigidity in terms of living environment, personal possessions, access to phones and Internet etc.
Other Christian rehabs will offer a much more controlled and rigid environment, and although they are open and upfront about this, this model should be considered carefully before entry into it. Often this type of Christian rehab will offer an extensive and free recovery process with a enrolment period of up to 9 months.
There is likely to be a very strict regime where there is no personal contact with the outside world, no direct contact with anyone at all.
This type of Christian rehab very tightly controls the behaviour, the information and the environment that the individual will live in for these nine months. After the nine months is finished the individual will be expected to continue as part of the broader church that will be associated with the rehab and contribute to it in various ways.
This type of environment can at times be quite cult like, and should be guarded against. Any rehab should be freely entered into, and the client should also have the option or freedom to leave if they don’t like it. A rehab is not a prison, and whilst leaving early can have serious complications and consequences, it is nevertheless a freedom that the client should retain.
A Christian rehab that is faith-based and focuses exclusively on a biblical approach to recovery is a perfectly legitimate option for anyone seeking this. This type of rehab may or may not incorporate some of the approaches of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step organisations.
Most Christian rehabs will offer fairly intensive levels of Christian counselling, as well as a fairly intensive structured programme of daily Bible study groups and prayer groups.
A number of Christian rehabs will also be linked to various churches, and these churches should offer additional support through prayer and pastoral work to the individual once they are in rehab, and once they have left.
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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Many people use the word addiction almost quite loosly in a way to refer to people’s liking or obsession for virtually any substance, activity or behaviour. In normal everyday life the term addiction is often used jokingly, saying that someone is addicted to x, y or z, and it’s not really that much of a problem.
When it comes to dealing with addiction in the context of alcoholism and addiction to various types of drugs and other behaviours such as gambling etc, then it is really important to understand the gravity of what these conditions and situations refer to, and what help is available and where.
Addiction is a widespread term, and in the context of rehabs and treatment centers first came into being in the context of alcoholism in the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholism is often treated in the same context as other types of addiction, but this is normally a mistake and should be treated with caution.
Whilst it is difficult to generalise about alcoholism, and there are many types of it, it is properly fair to say that an alcoholic will drink because they are an alcoholic, not the other way round.
In other words, an alcoholic will not become addicted to alcohol in the same way that someone will become addicted to cigarettes, through a pattern of using an addictive substance that leads to a form of addiction that they cannot break.
A rehab or treatment center will offer addiction treatment programs for alcoholism, alcohol addiction and other types of addiction as well, and should be fully licensed and accreditted
Most rehabs will treat all of these types of addiction as essentially the same problem, and will focus on the individual as being the real problem, with the solution being helping the individual to change.
A rehab is likely to stress that the individual is something referred to as an addictive personality, and that their addiction is or was essentially about a drug of choice, be that alcohol or something else.
The advantage of this type of approach is that it can help the individual to realise that their real problem is within themselves, and thus is changeable either with the help of a 12 step program or through some other means.
A basic underpinning of this approach is that addiction itself is a disease, leading to the idea of an addictive personality and a drug of choice.
Again this may be helpful or not depending on the approach taken by the rehab, and at what level the individual feels it helps them make sense of their lives.
The issue of addiction is quite a complex one, and one that has undergone and continues to undergo much medical and social research.
When considering entering a rehab, it is worth bearing in mind what weight the rehab treatment center places on current clinical research, and how up-to-date that addiction treatment programs are in the context of modern day research.
Addiction and Rehab
A rehab or treatment center also often offer treatment for other types of addiction.
These can range from what is referred to as dual diagnosis, which means people who are alcoholics, addicted to alcohol as well as being addicted to various types of drugs both prescription and non-prescription, through to food, gambling, sexual addiction and addiction to the internet and video games.
It is worth being slightly cautious with any rehab that offers too broad a range of addiction specialities and addiction treatment programs.
There is a belief that some rehabs use the term addiction or addictive personality much too broadly, and use it essentially as a catchall phrase that allows them to treat virtually anyone for virtually any problem that they can classify as an addiction.
Remember that the problem and solution in the context of a rehab or treatment center tends to be seen as that of an addictive personality with a drug of choice. This allows some rehabs to take an approach that has some questionable ethical and moral issues.
At the end of the day a rehab is a business, normally a very profitable business, and the more they can broaden their client base or their customer base the more profitable they will be, even rehabs that describe themselves as Christian rehabs
Addiction to alcohol, alcoholism and addiction to drugs and gambling and other types of serious problems are a major issue, and for many people a rehab or a treatment center is the first port of call that they will enter to seek help.
A rehab and especially the rehab staff is likely to help the individual understand some of the underlying emotional drives and issues that have fuelled thir addiction, and help give them a structure or program that will allow them to rebuild their life and offer them the chance to live a life that is essentially free from their addiction and their addictive behaviours.
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
Addiction recovery is very generally taken to mean that it is referring to the 12 step recovery process originally pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous, and then adapted by other organisations to deal with specific problems not related to alcohol, such as Narcotics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous.
The notion of addiction has widened considerably over the last few years, and there are two important elements to this recovery process that need to be understood.
Firstly that the destructive nature of a wide range of addictive behaviours and practices can now realistically be treated, in ways that were never possible a few decades ago.
That is not to say that everyone who uses a 12 step program or enters a treatment center will automatically be able to break the addiction, the recovery process is more complex than that, but these areas of treatment recovery do offer hope to many people in a way that simply did not used to be possible.
The other area that can be a cause for concern, is that some treatment centres and rehabs will use the notion of addiction as a way of effectively been placing clients by promoting slightly spurious addictions that aren’t really a problem, but the rehab treatment center will make them a problem in order to promote their view of recovery.
Addiction Recovery AA Meetings
Simply because something can seem a bit of an addiction does not mean that the individual has to enter treatment in order to deal with it.
People can often joke about being addicted to chocolate or ice cream, and in reality for most people that is not a problem. For other people issues around food can be a major emotional block, and they may well need some type of professional help in order to get them to be more emotionally aligned as a person.
It is worth noting that meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous don’t generally refer to addiction, people tend to talk about alcoholism and their understanding of alcoholism as an illness.
Very generally, this is likely to centre around individuals craving for alcohol, and the various emotional drives and problems generated the underlying causes of problems within them that alcohol appeared to be the solution to.
Alcoholism, is understood or not by those who have it, is at least a very complex problems which whilst it certainly includes it type of addiction to alcohol, is way more complex and needs much time and spirit in order to process and deal with it.
Anyone who is looking for help for someone with a cocaine addiction, either for themselves or for someone they know is likely to investigate the process of residential treatment in a rehab, given that this is a fairly standard route for drug addiction recovery.
People are quite often confused by the process of treatment, and the sheer number of rehabs and treatment centres that are available offering help, knowing which one to choose and wondering how effective in terms of recovery they actually are.
The majority of residential rehabs will offer a number of addiction treatment programs, designed to help people with addictions to alcohol, normally referred to as alcoholism or alcohol addiction, or a variety of narcotics and prescription drugs.
Most rehabs will list the various drugs that they offer treatment for, and the following is a selection that will directly appear on most rehab’s websites : benzodiazepines, cocaine, crack, crystal meth, demerol, ecstasy, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamines, methadone, morphine, OxyContin, Suboxone, Valium, Vicodin and Xanax.
The approach that a rehab will take should consist of two main elements.
Firstly any individual should be properly assessed by medically collar five personnel to see if a medical detox is warranted.
If it is, either the rehab itself or a nearby local clinical facility should undertake the process, and oversee it to make sure that all medical protocols regarding a detox or adhered to.
Once a detox has been assessed and if necessary undertaken, then the majority of time spent in a residential rehab will largely be spent undertaking a variety of therapeutic and counselling addiction treatment programs.
The aim of these addiction treatment programs will be to give the individual the basics of an understanding into the nature of their addiction, and begin the process of recovery.
The majority of rehab’s and treatment centres based their addiction treatment programs on the 12 step programme of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
In addition, it is quite likely that a rehab that is treating someone for a cocaine addiction will either insist or suggest that individual attends meetings of Narcotics Anonymous, both of whilst in treatment, and once they have left is the basis of a support system and network.
It is very difficult to assess the effectiveness in terms of long-term recovery from cocaine addiction of any rehab or treatment center.
To that end, the important things to look for are the levels of staffing in a rehab, what types of clinical staff are available and what ratio of staff to patient or client this actually entails.
Additionally, it is important to make sure that the rehab adheres to all local and national laws and guidelines relating to a clinical facility.
The other thing to be aware of is the extent to which the rehab endorses and embraces the approach of a 12 step program, widely regarded as the most effective form of recovery.
There are some people who prefer a non-12-step recovery approach, and there are some rehabs that base their addiction recovery programs more on a life skills type approach to being clean and sober.
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.
It is sometimes surprising to people that the word alcohol only appears once in the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, given that this program is regarded as the main recovery tool in the field of alcoholism and addiction work.
It is something of a paradox, that it is a realisation of powerlessness and alcohol triggers a willingness to move in a different direction internally, and create a world that is based on a reality of real-life, rather than a fantasy world that an active alcoholic can live and feel safe in.
Any reading of the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous will give people an understanding of the process, even if the enormity of what it means in reality can only really be understood by someone having an experience of the order that working through the 12 steps tends to produce.
An admission of being powerless over alcohol should not be taken as an admission that is not true.
The wording of step one in the 12 step program is designed to be read as a statement of experience, not as a belief system or as a guide, or as advice to other people as to what they should or should not do.
The early members of Alcoholics Anonymous were very clear that they felt they had a solution that works for them, and they were very happy to share that solution we are the people who felt that they had a similar problem.
The early members of AA also very clear that they would not force and did not want to force this solution on anyone either did not want it, or who felt they could solve their alcohol problem in their own way, or who could drink, even quite heavily, and yet somehow manage it themselves or keep it under control themselves.
It is probably inevitable that people have lost sight of this principle that th this 12-step program is a statement of experience, and should be regarded as a source of freedom, rather than a source of either trapping people or forcing people into believing things that are not true.
Anyone who has a problem with alcohol or drugs and is entering a rehab to seek any type of treatment is likely to come up against the term rehab addict, or to be called an alcoholic as well.
A rehab addict understanding, normally refers to someone less had a problem with drugs or alcohol or any other type of addiction, and is seeking help probably without fully understanding the nature of addiction or alcoholism.
The term addict is quite often associated with someone who is a drug addict, and the term alcoholism is normally associated with someone who is an alcoholic or abuses alcohol.
In a rehab, the term addict tends to cover the individual themselves, with the substance or behaviour that they are addicted to normally been referred to as their drug of choice.
As an example, someone has a problem with gambling could be described as an addict, with gambling referred to as a drug of choice.
This can sometimes seem quite confusing to people, and it is important to understand where the rehab which has this approach, is coming from.
REHAB ADDICT – ALCOHOLIC
When people first started seeking treatment for alcoholism, they would normally be detoxed in a hospital, and then released into the community where they would either attend AA meetings, or seek some other form of spiritual or therapeutic help.
As Alcoholics Anonymous grew, and the number of sober alcoholics grew, the need for various treatment options grew and the number of rehabs and treatment centers grew exponentially.
As they grew, rehabs began to realise that they could treat people who had other addictions, mostly to be those with addictions to narcotics and other forms of drugs, gambling, food etc.
As such the notion of an addictive personality within the individual grew, with the drug or behaviour being labelled the drug of choice.
This allowed rehabs and treatment centers to effectively treat that anyone with any type of addiction.
The notion of an addictive personality being the major problem grew out of this we have focused approach to treatment, and has formed the major part of the approach to addiction recovery that has been embraced by many rehabs and treatment centers.
It is important to note that there are many people who do not go along with this approach, both within the world of rehabs and treatment centers, and within the world of alcoholism and addiction recovery generally. The idea of an addictive personality is often disputed, and is an area of clinical dispute that needs much further work and research.
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 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.
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.
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 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.