Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Programs
If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol the results of the addiction can be devastating to both your own life and to the lives of those around you. Fortunately, there are many drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs available to assist patients in learning how to effectively cope with the addiction, take control of their lives and recover. Drug and alcohol addiction does not have to be the end of your life—help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at various drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs in your area.
Many different services are provided at drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs but the most common services you will find at all programs include counseling, therapy and usually detox and aftercare. Each of these processes is vital to the successful and effective treatment of the patient. Here’s a look at what each of these services is and how it can benefit you during your addiction rehabilitation:
Drug and Alcohol Detox
During the initial phase of addiction rehabilitation the primary focus will be on helping the patient to overcome any physical dependence that they have on the drugs or alcohol. This phase is known as drug and alcohol detox and can be the most frightening, difficult and dangerous part of the entire addiction rehabilitation process. Drug and alcohol detox leads to withdrawals that can be difficult to cope with both physically and psychologically and may even lead to death if the withdrawal symptoms are not appropriately managed by a medical team. Fortunately, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs typically have their own nurses, doctors and other medical staff who are prepared to deal with the many withdrawal symptoms and potential hazards that could come along thus ensuring the safety of the patient.
Counseling and Therapy
All drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs use counseling and therapy as the foundation for helping the patient to psychologically overcome addiction and dependence on alcohol or drugs. Many different types of counseling and therapy are provided but the most common include individual counseling, group counseling, behavioral therapy and cognitive therapy. Depending on the level of your addiction, the length of time you have suffered from addiction and various other factors such as the co-occurrence of mental health conditions you may receive many different types of counseling and therapy while in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
The final phase of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is the aftercare phase during which the patient is released from the program but follow up care is provided to ensure their continued recovery success. Aftercare programs may include help with transitioning to living outside of treatment, they sometimes include job placement assistance or education assistance and most always include follow up counseling and therapy to ensure that the patient stays on the right track and continues to effective work toward their recovery goals.