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What to Expect During Your Loved One’s Time in Rehab
Addiction grabs a hold and doesn’t let go easily. Once your loved one has decided to beat it, the unknown can seem scary. Knowing what to expect when your family or loved one goes to drug rehab can calm nerves and settle doubts. Below, we talk about what you can expect from addiction treatment.
- Active Addiction and the Drug & Alcohol Treatment is Needed
- Active Addiction, Co-occurring Disorders, and The Addicted Brain
- The Different Components of Substance Abuse Treatment
- Detox, Treatment, and Aftercare
- Ask Us a Question About Treatment
Active Addiction and Drug & Alcohol Treatment
Each person has a unique response to addiction; for many people, that response also includes mental health disorders resulting from the addiction. Likewise, the opposite can be true: those suffering from an undiagnosed or untreated mental health disorder may suffer from addiction due to self-medicating.
No treatment is one-size-fits-all. Treatment centers have designed comprehensive facilities that give you the best chance at long-term success.
Drug rehab can be a different experience for each person because of the necessity for individualized treatment.
Active Addiction, Co-occurring Disorders, and The Addicted Brain
Co-occurring disorders require a more robust approach. If a person struggles with an undiagnosed mental health issue, drugs and alcohol could be their only perceived respite available.
On the other hand, a person could develop mental health problems that are directly related to, or the result of, substance abuse and active addiction. Regardless of which issue materialized first, the healing methods remain the same.
A healthy human brain manufactures the chemicals needed to function daily, specifically dopamine and serotonin effectively.
Many co-occurring mental health conditions consist of a disruption in the levels of these chemicals. Usually, this disruption is too little, or too much, of the chemical in the brain.
Not surprisingly, drugs and alcohol deliver a superabundance of these two chemicals right to the brain — at the moment, it feels oh-so-good.
It’s easy to want to feel that way again, thus beginning the cycle of active addiction.
An individual will enjoy the euphoric feelings and crave it again once it passes. They will turn to the outside source for it again.
Soon after this pattern develops, the brain senses that it doesn’t need to manufacture these chemicals anymore and stops. This creates a dependency on alcohol and drugs that is difficult to break away from.
The Different Components of Substance Abuse Treatment
Treatment centers use approaches aimed at getting down to the root of the addiction. Cognitive therapy is at the heart of many treatment plans. Individualized therapy with a qualified and caring professional will not only facilitate valuable reflection.
Still, it will also make it possible to build a recovery plan that is tailored specially for your loved one’s success. Group therapy and family therapy allow feedback from the world in a safe space.
Treatment for the physical body is just as important. Many treatment centers emphasize nutrition and strength training so that the body has the necessary nutrients to fuel healthy brain chemical manufacturing, detoxification of the organs, and physical activity.
Treatment plans can also include equine therapy and life coaching to hone your social skills and better prepare you for the world beyond treatment. A well-rounded treatment will cover all the bases for long-term recovery success.
Detox, Treatment, and Aftercare
The priority will be stabilizing your loved one’s health. Detox is a medically supervised process that allows the body to filter out the remainder of the toxins in the body.
Doctors are experienced in maintaining the highest possible comfort level during this necessary process.
In addition to freeing the body from the shackles of addiction, treatment focuses on preparing your loved one for a fulfilling life in recovery. That begins with uncovering the cause of the addiction and continues with teaching your loved one how to live without it.
During the last week in rehab, your loved one’s focus will be turned toward life outside of treatment. Your loved one will have help to choose the next step after they leave drug rehab.
Will they live with family or in a sober living home? Will they want to participate in Intensive Outpatient Programs? Maybe they need a 12-step sponsor. Whatever the needs are, the treatment team will be there to help make decisions that will aid in the continuance of recovery.
The aftercare plan is just as important as the treatment work. It’s easier to stay focused on turning their life around when they have no distractions, and their peers try to achieve the same goals they are.
While this environment is conducive to preparing your loved one for a sober life, they can only adjust to a life of recovery once they start living it.
Finally, their therapist will work with them to create a safety net to use after treatment for those who may feel cravings or are in some other danger of relapse.
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Medically Reviewed By:
Dr. Patricia Sullivan MD MPH on 5/3/2022
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