Various Treatment Center Information
After the initial detoxification period, which usually lasts 3-7 days, the person must immediately begin the next phase of drug addiction treatment. It is important the patient attend treatment because the effects of any drug use can be so psychologically damaging that the patient will need professional help in order to ensure a life of sobriety.
Drug treatment encompasses a variety of techniques to help the patient take the first steps in overcoming drug addiction. During this phase, addicts begin educational and life work processes which help bring understanding to themselves and their addictions so that may regain control over their lives. Patients often attend AA and NA meetings, group therapy, individual therapy, and other therapeutic practices. We try to find the route of addiction. Most of the patients we treat have underlying emotional issues that stem from various childhood experiences or trauma that is not dealt with. By identifying these issues and pushing the patient to work through them we ensure the patient is on the right track to overcoming addiction. This period is the “rehabilitation” period, often referred to as attending “drug rehab.”
The treatment period can occur in many environments depending on your specific needs. The largest distinctions between different types of facilities are: Hospital-Based Treatment, Partial Hospitalization, Residential Treatment and Outpatient Treatment.
Hospital based treatment is not too much different from treatment you would receive at a treatment center except for it is in a hospital setting. Hospital based treatment and partial hospitalization is less personal and can make the patient feel like they are there for healing but are not always the most comfortable of settings to receive drug treatment. Patients may also feel cured because of the medical setting and little importance placed on psychological well-being.
Residential treatment is the most successful of all the treatment facility options. Patients are almost always under supervision and importance is not only placed on overcoming the drug but also the issues in their lives that caused the addiction. Therapists and emotional discussions are a major part of attending an inpatient facility. A more structured environment is enforced in order to create stability in the patient’s life since long term drug use is such a chaotic way of living. Patients are assigned a room that gives them more privacy and a sense of home. Although patients are usually allowed to leave the facility it is almost always supervised and in most cases only to attend events or meetings centered around recovery. Patients are encouraged to share problems in group therapy along with individual therapy. In an inpatient treatment center patients have the benefits of highly trained professionals and the structure needed to overcome addiction. In more extreme cases of substance abuse inpatient treatment is recommended.
An outpatient treatment is where the patients have numerous visits to the treatment center but are not living there. This option is ideal for people who work or aren’t fortunate enough to spend 30 days in an inpatient treatment. This option may also be less costly. Many addicts choose to attend outpatient because it is easier to manipulate the system and less structured. Outpatient treatment centers drug test along with many features that an inpatient facility would offer but because the patients are not residential deeper risk is involved in their mental will power to stop using all together. Outpatient treatment can be as beneficial as the patient attending wants it to be but it comes down to the willingness of the patient.
Drug treatment is an essential part to overcoming addiction. Most patients have years of emotional turmoil to sort through and cannot always do it alone. Having a support system and learning how to relive their lives sober is why treatment is necessary. Often patients have used so long, everyday tasks become overwhelming; at treatment we aim to teach our patients to live a happy sober life.