Addiction Treatment Centers, Drug and Alcohol Rehab and Addiction Intervention Services
A period of time when a person's body is trying to rid itself of a drug is call detoxification or "detox" for short. The first step in this process is withdrawal which means stopping use of the drug. Physical symptoms can be anxiety, insomnia and body pain. Some of the physiological symptoms may be hallucinations, and the desire to harm oneself. Withdrawal symptoms and the severity of them will vary greatly and depends on the drug that was used. These symptoms can be so unpleasant that a person will not seek treatment.
The detox program is best performed within a drug treatment center where there is access to medical and psychological professionals who can give medication for the withdrawal symptoms and counseling for the mental problems. Depending on the drug that was abused medication such as Klonopin, Valium or Xanax may be used to help lessen the withdrawal symptoms. These drugs help the brain function the way it did before drug abuse began even though they are addictive themselves. There have been documented studies that prove using drugs similar to the abused one can help a person overcome addiction faster and be more willing to participate in the rest of their rehabilitation.
The detox portion of rehab is not treatment itself. It is the most vital part of an overall program. Stopping drug use will only work if the behavior of a person is changed. This means not associating with persons who use drugs, avoiding the places or situations where drugs are used and asking for support from family.
Counseling is important to help a person find out why they took drug in the first place and how they can avoid doing it again. Counseling can include one-on-one sessions, group therapy and family counseling.
When a person abuses drug they may also find themselves in risky situations such as practicing unsafe sex. Their health may also suffer in the form of a lack of personal hygiene or good nutrition. In a facility medical, psychological and nutritional programs are also focused on.
A person will be given a physical examination to determine if any health conditions exist and if so treatment for the aliment will be provided. A psychological evaluation will also be administered; this will be used to determine the type of counseling a person will need.
After being treated for their addiction a person will leave the facility and return to the "outside" world where all the people and places still exist. Many addicts hide their addiction from some of their family, friends and co workers. Once released from a facility they will have to admit to these people that they had a problem and they got help for it. They may become depressed by the fact that they now have no job or no money. The best thing a recovering addict can do is to ask for help from family and friends and enroll in an outpatient drug recovery program. The temptation to use drugs again will always be there and support is what is needed most.