Substance abuse and drug addiction is a serious condition that can take a person’s life. It impacts a person’s physical and mental health, personal relationships, work and virtually every other aspect of his or her life. It also affects the lives of the people around the person who is addicted to and abusing drugs.
While it is possible for a person who is addicted to drugs to stop using them on his or her own and recover, it is often difficult and should not be done apart from medical supervision. Once the body becomes dependent (sp) on a substance, it relies on that substance to function. When a person stops using that substance, withdrawal symptoms set in. These symptoms can vary in severity and they often cause the individual to take the drug in order to ease the pain and suffering that he or she is experiencing. Call us today to speak with one of our trained treatment specialists about the detox stage of addiction treatment.
If you or someone you love is battling an addiction to drugs, rehabilitation is the best way to overcome the addiction and lead a life of sobriety.
The Effects of Withdrawal
When a person has been using drugs for a prolonged period of time, their brain and body become dependent on them. He or she needs to continue using the drug in order to function normally. With repeated use, tolerance builds, which means that the individual needs to take more of the drug.
When an individual stops taking a substance, the body essentially goes into shock as a result of the absence of the drug. This is known as withdrawal, and it is marked by a variety of symptoms, including:
- Body aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Aggressive behavior
These are just some of the symptoms that are associated with withdrawal. The effects that a person will experience and the severity depends on several different factors, including the type of drug the person was using, the length of time he or she was using the substance, and how much of the substance the individual was taking.
Withdrawal symptoms can be moderate to severe. In moderate cases, they can be uncomfortable; in severe cases, they can be life threatening. At Start Sobriety Now, our addiction counselors can help you find the best drug rehab for your needs in order to ease this phase of the process.
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What is Drug Rehab?
Drug rehab refers to the process of treatment and recovery that a person who is addicted to drugs receives. We are partnered with drug rehab facilities that provide some of the best services for the physical and psychological assistance that a person needs during the detoxification process (the first phase of rehabilitation), as well as counseling and aftercare.
There are several types of drug rehab programs, including inpatient and outpatient. For a person who is severely addicted to drugs, and inpatient setting is the best option, as it provides the around-the-clock care that is needed during the detoxification process, as well as the beginning of the recovery process.
At an inpatient setting, patients are monitored by medical professionals and receive the care that is needed to help the through the process. Their vital signs are taken, their behavior is watched and any care and support that may be required, such as medication, is given. Call us today for more information about detoxification partners, and let us find the best fit for you.
Once the detoxification process is complete, the individual then receives further treatment that helps guide him or her in the process of recovery. This treatment usually includes counseling and therapy. Often, people who become addicted to drugs have an underlying issue that has caused them to start using drugs in the first place. The underlying issues are identified and the patient is provided with counseling to help change the way that he or she thinks and acts, and is offered coping strategies to help him or her avoid relapse.
An outpatient setting may be beneficial for someone who does not have a severe addiction, or for someone who cannot financially afford inpatient rehab or who must remain at work or with their families. The ideas of outpatient therapy are essentially the same as inpatient therapy; however, instead of staying at a treatment facility for a period of time, the individual checks in on a daily basis in order to receive assistance with rehabilitation. If you are unsure about your ability to afford rehab, call us today to speak with of our treatment specialists about insurance verification and ways we can help.
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The Goals of Drug Rehab
All drug rehab centers have three main objectives:
- Stop drug abuse. This is, by far, the most important goal of drug rehab. The recovery that a person receives while in drug rehab will allow him or her to begin living a life of sobriety and getting his or her life back.
- Treat psychological or psychiatric issues. It is not uncommon for a person who is addicted to drugs to have an unresolved psychological or psychiatric issue. For example, someone who was abused may turn to drugs in order to escape the painful memories that are associated with that abuse, or someone who has severe anxiety or depression may use drugs to feel better. Drug rehab aims to treat these types of issues so that the individual no longer uses drugs as a crutch. Speak with one of our addiction counselors today about dual diagnosis and the ways we can treat drug addiction while improving your mental health.
- Improve overall health and well-being. A person who is addicted to drugs usually experiences a general decline in his or her health. That decline can be severe and if not treated properly, can have lasting consequences. Additionally, the life of a person who is addicted to drugs is affected; relationships, work and state of living are all impacted by drug addiction and abuse. Rehab aims to help improve the general health and well-being of a person by offering the support that is needed to get back up on his or her feet and repair the damage that drugs have caused.
Who Would Benefit from Drug Rehab?
At Start Sobriety Now, we believe that anyone who is addicted to and abuses drugs would greatly benefit from drug rehab.
A drug rehab center, whether inpatient or outpatient, will provide a person who is addicted to drugs with the support that is needed in order to overcome the addiction, treat the underlying issues that may have caused the addiction, rebuild his or her life and lead a life of sobriety.
If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs, we are here to help. Call us today at (800) 553-6192 to speak with an addiction counselor. We are committed to finding the best recovery option for you.