Drug Rehab and Alcohol Addiction Treatment – FAQ
- What happens in “drug rehab”?
- Why is it so confusing finding a good rehab?
- What is Holistic Rehab?
- Why go to “drug or alcohol rehab”?
- What is addiction treatment about?
- What if someone has been in drug rehab or alcoholism treatment before?
- What if the drug addict or alcoholic doesn’t feel like they have a problem?
- Why can’t an alcoholic or drug addict just quit on their own?
- How is substance abuse, drug rehab or alcoholism treatment paid for?
- How can I locate a quality addiction treatment center?
- What percentage of graduates remain drug-free?
- How long should someone spend in a drug rehab or alcoholism treatment?
- An initial evaluation.
- Drug Free Withdrawal. This process allows the body to adjust to without the drugs.
- The course-room is the next step which is comprised of drills and other practical steps that enable students to improve their ability to confront situations in life, to communicate and to resolve problems through communication.
- Holistic Detox. This step of the program removes drug residues and other toxic substances from the body naturally. These residues remain locked in fatty tissues of the body and can be released into the blood stream years after the person has stopped taking drugs.
- The Communication & Perception part of treatment does a series of new exercises which fully extroverts the student and gets his attention off of himself and onto the environment. This greatly raises perception and ability to handle the environment and control over his life.
- The next phase gives the student the ability to spot and handle those influences in his environment that would cause him to lose any gains he has made.
- The program then teaches the student the eight survival dynamics, gives him valuable knowledge about personal ethics, honesty and integrity and shows him how to correct contra-survival behaviour by ridding himself of past harmful deeds.
- Nearing the end of the treatment they then learn the exact step-by-step technology and formulas that he/she will need to apply and improve his life.
- And lastly but definitely not least, the program teaches the student a non-sectarian moral code which is a guide to living a happy life – a code which they study to live their life by.
It all boils down to where to look. The main problem is that there are thousands of locations to choose from in North America, all offering various programs and modalities.
Every philosophy believes that they are the number one cure for ever addiction, and this just not true. An assessment prior to treatment can fix this. Finding a program that matches an individual’s specific needs is very important.
Speak with our volunteer addiction consultants to get the facts first – they are unbiased, and have been through this process themselves. Many have been through more than one rehab, and they know first hand what works and what doesn’t.
Allow us to guide you through this challenging time in your life and match you up with a good program – one that works. 1-800-559-9503
Holistic Rehab is not itself a method of treatment, but is an approach to how treatment should be applied. Holistic concepts of health and recovery view achieving and maintaining good health as requiring more than just taking care of the various singular components that make up the physical body. Additionally, incorporating aspects such as treating a person’s past emotional traumas or re-conditioning of one’s own belief system is a crucial component of mental and emotional recovery. The goal is a wellness that encompasses the entire person, rather than just dulling specific symptoms.
Why go to “drug or alcohol rehab”?
Removal of denial or the inability to confront one’s life is a major hurdle for every person to overcome. In most cases, the drug addict or alcoholic tend to minimize their use and the consequences associated with it. They tend to block out or deny the negative impact drug or alcohol abuse is having on themselves and their family. While in drug or alcohol rehab, thru the use of various clinical techniques, students are assisted in confronting their lives and taking responsibility for their actions.
The initial goal to achieve while in rehab is abstinence. As long as drug or alcohol remain in the blood stream, a person’s thought process remains somewhat distorted. This process of gradual clearing may take weeks or even months as a person progresses through their detoxification process or “detox”. As a person’s system clears, so does their thought process.
What is addiction treatment about?
Treatment can take many different forms, vary in length of time and take place in a variety of settings. For many, treatment is a long term process that involves multiple attempts to achieve recovery. No single drug or alcoholism treatment approach is appropriate for everyone, but most incorporate the following levels of care:
Detoxification and Medical Stabilization
Drugs stay in the body. We do not believe that one drug should be replaced by another. We only support all-natural rehab centres who’s main focus is to rid the human body of nasty drugs and toxins forever, cleansing their system and eliminating any future restimulation.
Addiction and alcoholism are chronic diseases which leave a person prone to relapse. As such, it is not unusual for a person to experience multiple treatment episodes prior to achieving long term recovery. Most individuals that experience long term recovery have relapsed at some point in their addiction recovery process and that relapse ends up being the springboard to the all-natural approach.
When relapse occurs and you are considering re-entering treatment there are several questions you might want to ask yourself:
- Is there a source of enabling that is sabotaging the person’s recovery?
- Was a “true” recovery program ever in place?
- Did the person follow their aftercare plan?
- Is there a particular issue the person needs to resolve?
- Is the drug or alcohol rehab program the person is considering entering able to meet their special needs?
When these questions have been answered to the best of one’s ability, find an addiction treatment center that meets your needs and by all means, take action.
The inability to confront one’s own issues is certainly part of the recovery process and is to be expected. Addicts and alcoholics are rarely honest when it comes to describing their drug or alcohol use, especially when speaking with loved ones. Regardless of the person’s initial motivation, lack of willingness or lack of honesty, if they will go to treatment, take them. One of the primary responsibilities of the treatment team is to deal with patient resistance. There are not very many people who like change. If your friend or loved one calls you from treatment and wants to leave and is still minimizing their problem, do not take any type of action before speaking with the students intake consultant at the treatment center. Chances are they might just want to use drugs or alcohol again. For those people in complete denial and unwilling to access treatment, you might need to seek the services of a trained interventionist.
If you have further questions or require immediate assistance locating an addiction treatment program or drug rehab center, call Addiction Link at 1-800-559-9503.
Why can’t an alcoholic or drug addict just quit on their own?
Almost everyone who has suffered from drug addiction or alcoholism was under the belief that they would be able to either control or stop using drugs and alcohol on their own. They truly embraced the belief that things would never get out of control. Most attempts to stop or slow down result in a return to their drug of choice. Professionals associated with addiction medicine acknowledge that long term drug and alcohol use result in significant changes in brain chemistry. These changes may persist long after drug or alcohol use is discontinued. These changes in brain function may have behavioral consequences, including the compulsion to use drugs or alcohol despite adverse consequences. This is the defining characteristic of addiction. When you couple the aspect of craving and withdrawal symptoms with this concept, it is easy to understand why so many people find it difficult to recover without treatment.
If left untreated addiction can be fatal. The good news is that the Natural Rehab approach eliminates all drug cravings, and re-conditions bad habits so that the person is back in control of their life.
We do not believe that addiction is a disease, but it is a condition – a condition that can be fixed if properly treated.
It is our experience that most private health insurance plans do provide for substance abuse treatment. In most cases, an 800 number will be located on the reverse side of your card which you can call and receive benefit information. Please keep in mind, that although they will provide you with benefit information, it does not mean you can access all of those benefits. That depends upon the acuity of the patient, their progress while in treatment and the relationship the treatment center has with the particular carrier. After speaking with the insurance carrier, we urge you to have the treatment center verify the benefits and they will be able to tell you exactly what the personal responsibility is.
For those people without insurance or private funds, there are facilities which are funded by state and federal agencies. The fees for these facilities generally follow a sliding scale.
Addiction Link is available to assist you in understanding your healthcare benefits.
How can I locate a quality addiction treatment center?
While most addiction and alcohol treatment programs believe they are the best, the truth is one center can not be everything to everybod . Some people have special needs, others may have financial restrictions, while others still feel ill equipped to make such an important life altering decision. The best way to locate a quality treatment center is to speak to a professional in this field.
What percentage of graduates remain drug-free?
Research done through contact with graduates of the programs we refer addicts to shows that 7 out of 10 graduates remain drug-free after a 5-year period. This is a very high percentage; most conventional programs only boast a 15 to 20 percent recovery rate, if that.
How long should someone spend in a drug reghab or alcoholism treatment?
The length of time a person needs to spend in drug rehab or alcoholism treatment varies from person to person.
What we do know, is the longer a person spends in a supportive recovering environment, the better the chances are that they will maintain long term recovery.
Secondly, the longer a person spends in addiction treatment, the greater the likelihood they will receive all the benefits treatment has to offer and lastly, leave this decision up to the treatment team. They are not easily manipulated and will base their recommendation on what the student needs, rather than what the student wants.
Addiction Link provides you with long-term solutions that have no cut-off date. 6 week programs, 60 days, 90 days, all are a thing of the past, and if you are currently considering one – we suggest that you eliminate it from the list.
The purpose of rehab is results, and by allowing us to match you up with a facility, you will be sure to enter a program that holds no time limits. When the student is ready, we will know, and that is final.
If you have further questions or require immediate assistance locating an addiction treatment program or drug rehab center, call AddictionLink at 1-800-559-9503