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Types of Rehab

For every person who has a drug or alcohol addiction problem there is an optimum type of addiction treatment for that person's situation. There are also types of treatment that have shown to be more effective in treating various addiction situations. With thousands of drug and alcohol rehab programs in the US, there are no lack of options. To help an individual find which addiction treatment plan that utilizes the appropriate treatment model for their particular addiction situation, one which is also right for them in terms of location and finally cost, requires some know-how. If someone has been using drugs for an extended period of time for example, they will have more extensive treatment needs than someone who may only, on occasion, drink more than they should. There are also different types of treatment approaches. Some historically have shown to be more successful than others, and some may be a more viable option because it follows the treatment client's belief system about addiction and how they would like to address their addiction issues.

Opiate Replacement Therapy

Drug Replacement Therapy is the replacement of the illegal narcotic with a legal prescription narcotic. Although there are in some cases short term benefits, for most the long term use of these prescribed narcotics can have their own drawbacks.

Opiate addicted individuals may consider opiate replacement therapy. These Programs use medical drugs such as methadone, buprenorphine and suboxone to prevent opiate withdrawal and drug seeking behavior abound.

Such programs manage and dispense these various drugs (which are now called medications) and may have the short term benefit of keeping the addicts off the streets where they might use dirty needles, commit crimes to pay for their drug habit. Although in some cases DRT may work it's intended purpose, for most it is not an effective long term solution. For a person that does not want to be addicted to any drug and who has the purpose of being drug-free this is obviously not a viable option.

12-Step Programs

One type of group processing for addiction which has stood the test of time is the 12-step method. Originating from the Oxford Group in the 1930s, the 12 step method is the basis for Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, an international brotherhood of recovering drug addicts and alcoholics. The tenets of 12 step programs include the belief that alcoholism and drug addiction are incurable and that an addicted drinker or drug user is powerless to overcome the problem of drinking or using drugs without dependence on a higher power. It also teaches that one IS responsible for his or her own actions and that recovery and sobriety are possible. Millions of people have become drug and alcohol free using the 12 steps and many programs use the 12 step method for alcohol and drug addiction. Although 12-Step may not be the right fit for everyone, AA and NA are the most used method in the addiction treatment industry.

Dual Diagnosis Alcohol and Drug Rehab Programs

Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, also called dual diagnosis, are battling with some type of addiction to drugs or alcohol while also fighting with some form of psychological illness. This could be depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, or an eating disorder coupled with a drug addiction, alcoholism, prescription drug problem, etc... Sometimes, it can be hard to ascertain which problem came first, because a person with an addiction may shows signs of a psychological disorder as a result of their drug use and someone with a psychological disorder may use drugs and alcohol to self-medicate.

Individuals with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders are at a higher risk of problems associated with these disorders and generally require intensive intervention for both. Drug addiction treatment programs which treat dual diagnosis provide integrated treatment which goes over the person's physical, mental health and emotional needs, as well as drug and alcohol treatment services. An assessment of the individual's psychological health status, including their medication history is a crucial first step, and a safe detoxification to help them stabilize physically from any drugs or alcohol they are withdrawing from. Individual therapy, group therapy, psychotherapies, and a solid aftercare plan is necessary for persons with a dual diagnosis.

Faith Based Programs For Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Faith Based Rehabs are modeled upon a religious belief in a Supreme Being and the belief that you plus your faith in a Supreme Being you can overcome your addiction to alcohol or drugs. The Faith Base modality teaches the word of a Supreme Being, and implements study and putting into application the religious belief system of the religion being represented. Faith Based Programs normally acknowledges the necessity of psychological and professional medical expertise that may apply to the various issues of addictions, but most Faith Based Programs deal with the problems of drug and alcohol addiction from a spiritual and religious point of view. Through the spiritual belief in new primary concerns, viewpoints, ways of thinking and new dreams lead to a new direction in one's life. A new far better existence in life through a Supreme Being and the implementation of religious followings in the everyday life of the individual replace the old habits, viewpoints and perspectives.

A Faith Based Program simply put, is a drug and alcohol recovery program based upon the words and application of the words of a Supreme Being. Addiction recovery centers that offer practical, proper, and attainable religious teachings make possible the process of changing from a life of alcoholism or drug addiction to a new life of freedom through a Supreme Being. Faith based programs can give a person the opportunity to begin life again, become a better human being, be more honest, and find a new life free of alcohol and drugs.

Short Term Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs

A short term alcohol or drug addiction treatment program is best suited for short term substance user's or abuser's that wish to stop using but are having some difficulty doing so. When you use substances that form dependence/addiction even for a short duration of time you can become dependent. Drug dependence manifests itself when you decide you are going to stop taking the substance but you are having difficulty due to physical and/or psychological withdrawal symptoms. If you use an addictive substance such as vicodin, alcohol, xanax, meth, fentynal, roxycodone, perocet or any other addictive substance for even a short duration of time you may find it difficult to stop on your own. If this is the situation you find yourself in, a short term addiction treatment program can help you. When you discontinue addictive substances suddenly you may develop what are known as withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can produce both physical and psychological discomforts such as shakiness, weakness, clammy skin, craving, feeling cold, sweating, agitation, crying, excitability, irritability, restlessness, delirium, depression, hallucination, paranoia, severe anxiety and more. Withdrawal symptoms can make you feel compelled to continue taking the drug to relieve the symptoms even though you really desire to stop taking the substance. If this describes the situation that you find yourself in, you can benefit from the assistance of a short term addiction treatment program. The first step of a short treatment program for addiction is detoxification. Medical detox is a process to treats your withdrawal symptoms with medications designed to safely and comfortably get you off the substance. After detox is complete, you will receive psychological help and education in order to maintain your recovery so that you can live a substance free life. A short term addiction program is typically 28 to 30 days but the benefits can last a lifetime.

Long Term Inpatient Alcohol and Drug Rehab Programs

Many people are frustrated when they hear that there is no guaranteed time in rehab that will work for everyone. However, recovery experts and research statistics do point out the fact that longer programs (meaning 90 days or more) are considerably more successful in helping a patient maintain long-term sobriety.

A longer time in recovery has shown to equate to better long term recovery results. Adequate time spent in treatment can result in understanding one's addictive triggers and lead to the resolution of underlying issues perpetuating the addiction. When a person arrives to a long term drug and alcohol rehab program , they often must undergo detoxification first. After detox is complete, they must be helped with sub acute withdrawal symptoms such as drug cravings, eating and sleeping normal again, to name a few. Consider that these two steps alone can take up to 3 to 4 weeks.

Long-term inpatient treatment program have been studied as the best chance at long term recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. Inpatient treatment provides a safe space to remain sober for extended periods, without distractions, it means that the person can focus on recovery completely. The focus can be placed where it should be, recovery. Most people that have become severely addiction to drugs or alcohol will have been using for quite some time, typically years. Very few people seek help after a few months, let alone a few weeks of substance use. Long-term inpatient programs focus on identifying the destructive habit patterns that addicts manifest and formulate a treatment plan that will help them identify and eliminate these patterns.

Addiction is not something that a person easily overcomes. Many people who enroll in long-term inpatient programs have tried countless other types of programs. However they have not gotten the results they were looking for. This is precisely why many clients feel comfortable in the longer inpatient programs; it helps them adjust their way of thinking and allows them time to practice those adjustments. Most patients begin to understand that they cannot measure the recovery period in days, they have to start thinking in the long term.

Perhaps the best thing about a longer program is the fact that an user in recovery is given the time that they need to stabilize their ideas and commitments to a more healthy life. Even though this seems straightforward, a life free of intoxication and filled with honest relationships is new for many of people. A sober, healthy lifestyle is something they have probably not experienced in a very long time.

The person has to learn how to fit back into all of the compartments of their life, family, work and society. Even though going to a long term inpatient addiction treatment program may seem drastic to some, remember that for many long-term users, the only thing they have known is drugs and/or alcohol ' their life revolved solely around their addiction.

Individuals with severe long term addictions to alcohol and/or drugs should consider a long-term inpatient rehab as their first choice. They may have tried many other outpatient or short term in the past. However, in order to achieve enduring change, an inpatient long term program may be just what you have been looking for in your quest for a permanent successful recovery.

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