Addiction Recovery Steps to Success

Recovering from an addiction is not easy. It requires dedication, effort and a strong commitment. The rewards, however, are enormous and are very much worth the effort that you put into it.

 

A Step-by-Step Guide to Addiction Rehabilitation

The process of addiction rehabilitation depends on the type of addiction, the treatment methods used and the individual concerned. There are usually four stages that form part of a complete rehabilitation and recovery program. They are:

We discuss each of these stages in detail. If you have any questions regarding the addiction treatment process, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our support representatives for more information.

Admission

The intake and admission process determines the suitability of a rehab center. It gives you and the treatment provider an opportunity to ask questions that will form the basis of an individualized treatment plan.

You will be asked specific questions by a treatment support adviser at the rehab center about your condition. You may be required to undergo diagnostic screenings or tests based on your specific needs and the stage of addiction that you are at.

The rehab facility will want to know about the seriousness of your addiction. They may ask you questions about your medical history, drug use history and whether addiction runs in your family.

It will also be necessary to give details about financial arrangements to facilitate your stay.

 

Find A Program That Meets Your Needs

The most important thing is to choose the right treatment program that matches your requirements perfectly. You should choose a facility that you feel comfortable with. One where you believe you can achieve long-term health benefits and regain your sobriety.

Types of Rehab Facilities

There are essentially three types of rehab:

Inpatient rehabilitation
Outpatient rehabilitation
• A combination of inpatient and outpatient rehab

Medical assessment

Let’s discuss each of these treatment options in detail.

 

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient (residential) rehab facilities help those that have been affected by the most serious of addictions. Patients enter a treatment facility full-time where their recovery takes place under the strict supervision of trained medical staff.

At an inpatient rehab center, the patient is kept away from negative influences with little chance of a relapse, either during the detox or post-detox stage.

Inpatient treatment is highly recommended for those that have long-term addictions, co-occurring disorders and mental health problems. This form of treatment can be conducted at:

 

  • Hospitals – Which offer more intensive medical services and expert supervision by trained health care professionals.
  • Residential Facilities – Which offer 24/7 supervision in a non-hospital setting. Some inpatient treatment centers in Asia have specialist medical facilities attached to the primary inpatient treatment centers for more intensive supervision during the early stages of recovery.

 

Inpatient rehab facilities in Asia can consist of basic or luxury rehabs. Most are located in Bali or Thailand at resort-like facilities in naturally beautiful surroundings. They provide a high level of privacy and professional care in most cases. Most addiction treatment centers provide an all-inclusive package with accommodation, food and activities included in the cost of treatment.

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Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient rehab lets the patient travel to and from the facility every day for the duration of the treatment. The treatment methods used at outpatient rehab clinics are similar to those of inpatient facilities but consist primarily of individual counselling and community based services.

Outpatient care is usually preferred by those that have family obligations such as caring for elderly parents or children, or cannot afford to skip work for an extended period. Outpatient treatment is recommended to those with moderate levels of addiction, where the impact is not too severe or damaging.

It is also a form of extended care for when inpatient (primary stage care) has been completed.

Detox

Detoxification or detox is the most important part of any treatment for alcohol or drug addiction.

This detox process is intended to remove traces of alcohol or drugs from the body and is intended to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with drugs such as heroin or prescription medication.

The intensity of the detox will depend on the following factors:

 

  • Metabolism and body composition of the individual.
  • The duration – the number of months or years – for which the drug was taken.
  • The type of drug taken and the dosage.
  • Whether there are other co-occurring addictions.

A detox performed under strict medical supervision is the safest way to withdraw from a substance. Sometimes the withdrawal symptoms during this stage can be severe.

Detoxification should be done only in a rehab center or clinic where there are trained medical specialists – not by yourself at home.

 

Withdrawal

When someone consumes alcohol regularly, or takes drugs for years, the body gets used to the substance. When the substance is taken out, the body starts showing withdrawal symptoms. They can appear within a couple of hours or within the first 24 hours following the last drug use.

The withdrawal symptoms depend on the type of drug used but can include the following:

  • Extreme depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart attack
  • Diarrhoea
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Headaches
  • Seizures

Medications Used During Detox

There are numerous medications that can be prescribed during the detox stage of treatment. A doctor will assess each case to determine whether medications are required for a safe withdrawal.

If pharmacological support is needed, it will be based on the type of addiction being treated and the results of medical assessments.

Behavioral addictions do not require a detox. Addictions to some illicit drugs, prescription drugs and alcohol will require a comprehensive detoxification. Some of the most common forms of medication used to ease the withdrawal from substance abuse include:

Detoxification meds in plastic container

Methadone

Methadone is used while detoxing from opiate prescription drugs or heroin. It relieves some of the withdrawal symptoms and makes it easier to stop using drugs. The methadone dosage is gradually lowered over time in order to reduce and completely eliminate drug dependence in the long run.

Many recovering addicts take methadone for months or even years, some even for a lifetime. Methadone can become addictive if taken long term so care has to be taken when recommending this drug to patients.

 

Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are anti-anxiety drugs used while detoxifying from alcohol use. This drug minimizes the chances of seizures, reduces withdrawal symptoms and helps relieve conditions such as anxiety and depression associated with the detoxification process.

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Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is an effective drug that treats heroin addiction and addictions to opioid prescription medications. Buprenorphine has become a replacement for methadone over the years as it is not as addictive and does not give the same sort of “high” – this help to ensure that it does not get abused by the recovering addict.

The goal is to reduce the intake of this drug over the years. Many patients take it for months or sometimes even years after starting the treatment.

 

Barbiturates

Barbiturates are mild sedatives that are effective at relieving some of the anxiety, discomfort and irritability associated with detoxification. They are similar to benzodiazepines and lower the risk of suffering from seizures, which is often seen during alcohol withdrawal.

Rehab

Once the initial detox from alcohol and drugs is complete, the process of changing behaviors continues. Rehab addresses the root causes of the addiction so that the patient can recover and return to a life without drugs or alcohol again. Rehab can consist of the following treatments:

 

Individual Therapy

During individual behavioral therapy, patients identify the causes of the addiction to a substance or a behavioral disorder. You will learn several different strategies on how to combat the temptation if it was to arise and focus on new interests or hobbies.

You will learn valuable skills so you can can make better use of your time and focus energy away from destructive behaviors. Learn to identify specific triggers and how to avoid situations that can cause a relapse.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps you make significant changes to your behavior. It is intended to give you the tools to lead a healthier and sober life and reform yourself from within. CBT will work to develop an action plan to avoid a relapse at all costs.

Group Therapy

Group therapy sessions involve interaction with others who are in the same position as you. It is very effective at helping you recover from drug or alcohol addiction. Drug or alcohol addicts often believe that their situation is unique and that they are all alone in the world. This is not true, a lot of people go through the same problems.

Group therapy sessions bring people from various walks of life that share a common addiction together. Everyone within the group can share their stories and form a comprehensive recovery plan. The community support that you get during this phase is considered to be a very important part of the recovery process.

Friends comfort each other during addiction counseling

Family Therapy

Many rehab centers offer family therapy as a part an inpatient treatment program. Addiction to drugs and alcohol affects a lot of people, not just the individual themselves, but also their family and friends. That’s why family members are invited to participate in their loved one’s recovery process.

Your family should be seen as a vital component of your recovery and should be asked to join family therapy sessions. These sessions will have free and frank discussions on how the addiction has affected everyone in the family and how they can assist with recovery from the addiction.

Family therapy can also help resolve pernicious issues and acts as a bedrock of support during a harsh time and helps the patient get better faster.

Recovery

The addiction recovery process does not end once the rehab is complete. In fact, rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol is a lifelong process that requires a lot of hard work over a lifetime.

The path to a complete and comprehensive recovery is not easy; there is always a temptation somewhere that can lead to a relapse! That’s why any support you receive should be over an extended time, and should not end the moment you step out of the rehab facility.

Before leaving the rehab program, you will meet with counselors who will formulate a plan for the post-rehab phase or the aftercare.

Most rehab centers now offer follow-up programs. The goal is to help patients get back to a normal life. Such plans may consist of weekend visits to the rehab facility or remote support. An increasing number of treatment programs also offer online support and group therapies via video applications.

You can also choose to spend time at a sober living facility for a few months after leaving the rehab center. A sober house lets you meet other recovering addicts, do something productive (such as voluntary work) and take part in group therapy sessions.

Sober house counseling room

Group therapy is a great way of building an excellent local support system. Two popular self-help groups that offer excellent post-rehab aftercare to recovering addicts are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). They make use of the 12-steps program to aid in recovery and provide support for years to come.

Some of the other groups that work in the same manner as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are:

  • Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
  • Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
  • Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
  • Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)
  • Emotions Anonymous (EA)
  • Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)

If you are a recovering addict, you should choose a 12-step group that is most suitable for your condition. Try to find a local service where you can get all the assistance you need, and which offers more help than just a general support group.

To get the most out of support groups, you should contribute as much as possible yourself and try to help others around you – the more you give, the more you will receive.

You should interact with other members of your group and fully understand their experiences. Once you are able to fully recover from your addiction and regain your sobriety you can choose to mentor other newly recovering addicts that need your help.

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Helping You Find the Right Treatment

If you or someone you know have questions about the treatment process for addictions, contact us or request a call back for more information. The team at Rehabs Asia can help you find the best treatment for your unique circumstances. Our service is free and confidential at all times.

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