Drug rehabilitation is a process of understanding drug addiction and to find ways to help patients face it. The primary objective of drug rehabilitation is to help individuals become drug-free and make the choice to live a healthy lifestyle.
Addiction is a compulsive, uncontrollable behavior that affects nearly every brain function. When the body becomes dependent on the substance, the body needs more of the substance to feel good or even normal. An individual’s physical and mental health can be seriously damaged by drug abuse; there are many side effects and withdrawal symptoms associated with substance abuse. Drug rehabilitation is the process of teaching or training a person that has an addiction to abstain from drugs.
The first step in drug rehabilitation is detoxification, which involves safely removing the addictive substance from the body. The detoxification period can be very uncomfortable, even painful, but it is a necessary part of the recovery process. During this time, withdrawal symptoms are managed by health care providers who may also prescribe medications for pain management.
It’s easy to assume that an addict should always be in rehab; however, some addicts are actually best treated in outpatient treatment centers. Outpatient treatment may be recommended for individuals who have successfully completed rehab or those who have significant support at home through family or friends.
Outpatient programs allow individuals to live at home while attending therapy sessions on a regular basis. In most cases, patients are able to maintain full-time jobs while still receiving treatment at an outpatient facility. However, professionals may differ on whether outpatient treatment or inpatient treatment is best for your situation; your doctor will help you decide which option is right for you.
Detoxification (detox) treatment helps people stop using drugs by tapering off drugs under medical supervision and providing support during the process. Detoxification does not involve treating any underlying psychiatric conditions that may have led to substance abuse; rather it focuses on addressing withdrawal symptoms in a safe and comfortable setting.
Detox usually takes place in an inpatient facility where patients live full time during this process and are closely monitored 24 hours a day by staff members who can assist them with their withdrawal symptoms or deal with any possible complications arising from their detoxification process such as seizures or delirium tremens (DTs). In some cases, patients receive medication assistance in order to make their withdrawal symptoms more tolerable; these medications may include methadone or clonidine.
The second phase of drug rehabilitation involves ongoing treatment for any psychological issues led to drug use such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Addiction tends to worsen these conditions and vice versa so addressing both issues simultaneously is crucial in order for recovery to take place fully and lasting change to occur.