Drug Rehabilitation Centre: Things You Have to Know

When an addict suffers the consequences of his substance abuse, it is only natural that he will need professional help, along with the support of his family and friends to enable him to start over and stay clean. Rehabilitation is a vital step towards attaining this goal, which is why a specialized facility is required. Drug rehabilitation centers are specialized facilities catering to the needs of those who are in need of professional help in addictions, which include drug and alcohol dependence.

This facility ensures that patients undergoing rehabilitation are well supervised by trained medical professionals, making sure that they undergo a safe period of rehabilitation and treatment. Rehabilitation varies from one individual to another which is why drug rehabilitation centers caters to a variety of patients needing individualized form of intervention. Clients may vary from troubled teen agers to adults, as well as convicted criminals who have committed drug related crimes. While the management for these clients varies, one goal remains the same: To help patients heal inside out and enable them to get the most out of life.

Drug rehabilitation can also be outside a drug facility center. Patients undergoing treatment outside the facility can undergo treatments by regularly attending counseling. During these sessions, the patients can openly discuss how they cope with their problems and their issues regarding drug and alcohol abuse. They can also learn from other patients through interactive communication, sharing experiences and empathy. The treatment is usually lifelong and never ending and sessions are always open for those who need it be it those who are going through rehabilitation once or for those who have undergone relapses.

Family members and friends are also encouraged to join the counseling since drug addiction and alcohol abuse affects personal relationships. Counseling the patient’s significant others will enable healthy coping mechanisms and mutual support vital to recovery. These therapy sessions for family members also varies since families are unique from one another.

The interventions that drug facilities can give to patients are very important. A well-maintained facility can serve as a second home to many troubled individuals who have decided to seek help. Many who have complied and have successfully completed treatment have claimed that rehabilitation helped them become productive which is why they are proud of what they have accomplished. Once treatment is completed, patients are set free into society well equipped with the knowledge and self – confidence to start over a new life.

What Do the Best Drug Rehab Centers Have in Common?

Drug addiction can be a scary and damaging disease that does not just affect the person with the disease but their entire family. Some people are able to conquer the disease on their own. Other addicts require professional help in order to kick their particular addiction. There are many drug rehabilitation centers around available to those that are looking to help end their fight with drug addiction.

There are different kinds of rehab centers designed for different kinds of fight with the disease. While many rehab centers are different in their methods, there is one thing that every person needs to look for when trying to find the right center for their family member and that is quality. Here are 5 things that all quality rehab centers are found to have in common.

1. Accreditation –

This seems like a pretty basic tenant for those that are looking for a drug rehab center. Some people may be surprised to find the number of treatment facilities that are using programs that are not accredited or licensed in their particular state. Accreditation and licensure are the first aspects that should be investigated during the search for the right drug rehab centers. Using a rehab center that is not accredited can be a risk.

2. Results –

Relapse is commonly known to be a part of the recovery process. While that is true, great drug rehabilitation facilities will often get better results than their less skilled counterparts. Those on the hunt for the right facility may want to interview someone that has gone through their program to see how effective it is. It is also a good idea to try to get some statistics on the center to ascertain how effective it is. It is as simple. Great drug rehab centers get results. Look for those centers that have a lower rate of relapse and a high rate of recovery.

3. Aftercare –

Great drug rehab centers know that the recovery of drug and alcohol addiction is a lifelong process. A great drug treatment facility understands that the rehabilitation process does not stop when their patients leave the facility on the last day of the program. When searching for a great drug rehabilitation center, it is important to investigate their aftercare program to see if they are dedicated to their patients after they have left the facility. Recovering from drug addiction is a lifelong fight and great treatment facilities understand that.

4. Options –

Different patients require different types of care when they are in rehabilitation. This is why great centers provide their patients with options when it comes to their care. Some may require a short or long term inpatient treatment program and some may be more suited for an outpatient care program. A great rehab center will be able to diagnose what the best program is for their patients to ensure that they get the best results possible when it comes to their recovery from addiction. It is important to get opinions from multiple different facilities to ensure that the patient is placed in a program that is best suited for their needs when it comes to their recovery.

5. Lots of one on one therapy and family inclusion –

Group therapy is a valuable part of any recovery process. At the same time it is important that the patient get a lot of one on one time with a drug counselor to get the best results. It is also a good sign if the treatment center includes the family in the program as well. Family inclusion is important because the family may be the only support system that an addict has during recovery. They are the people that are most likely to help the person stay of drugs in their life. It also shows the family that you have nothing to hide when it comes to the process of treatment.

These are 5 indicators that a rehabilitation center is quality and will be effective when it comes to treating someone with drug or alcohol addiction. An accredited program with a great aftercare program that involves the family is always an ideal situation for an addict. Starting with these guidelines is the ideal way to find a drug treatment facility that is both quality and has a program that is designed to help a recovering addict in the most effective way possible.

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Bargain For Your Life

Not so much anymore, but from time to time I get a request to work with a client who is dealing with addiction. And I while I am a firm believer that everyone should be afforded treatment regardless of their financial means, if they have the resources, they should have skin in the game.

For years I worked with a very high-end company dealing with people coming from a place of privilege. Extremely well off, they would try and negotiate the fee for service. After multiple attempts, their insurance would no longer pay for addiction services, or they would pay for a 10 day inpatient facility. Just enough time to medically stabilize them, but zero time to really begin the recovery process. For that reason, we would be contacted for a high level hands on service. From professional athletes, CEO’s to celebrities, many just didn’t want to come out of pocket. What I found interesting is that those who were willing, often enjoyed greater results. That having skin in the game placed a value on their effort.

This really became apparent when I would work with young adults and the family was covering the bill. In many of these cases, there was little respect for the process. Yet, when I would go into the prison system and work as a chaplain, I would routinely meet men and women being discharged who were willing to do anything to get help. I would get them plugged into a meeting or home group and they would make the coffee, set up chairs, work the hotline or give someone a ride to and from. That was the only currency they had. They gladly paid and I would gladly help them. Those who did not bargain for their life and had skin in the game, almost always did better in their recovery.

I once was working with a business owner with multiple relapses. They were very well off {7 figures a year well off.} They could have very easily afforded any treatment facility in the world. They opted for minimal services, and a decade later are still in active addiction. The conversation every time we would re-engage was about money. In reality it’s not about money at all. But respect for the process and commitment.

I have had clients who have had a drinking problem with a 20.00 dollar a day bar tab. When the question of money came up, they quickly realized that by not drinking, they suddenly had 600.00 a month to apply towards treatment. The person who didn’t hesitate often excelled. Likewise, the same for the person who made every meeting without being court ordered.

Money should not be an excuse when to comes to treatment. Why bargain with your life? Those who have skin in the game {monetarily or not}, almost always achieve better results. You have to give something to get something. I have heard many of my clients say “If it didn’t hurt, I didn’t respect it.” When it comes to treatment. I hope it hurts. Hurts your pockets or hurts your pride. It just needs to hurt. We have to fight through the worst days to get to our best. And it is next to impossible to do that if you don’t have skin in the game, and you do not respect the process.

Fear: A Friend Or A Foe For An Addict?

I remember that there were moral value classes in my school and it was decided that we would be taught Bhagwad Geeta to instill certain ethics in us, which would be beneficial in the long run. I would like to share the same here before we come to the main point. So there was a time when Lord Krishna told Arjun, who was supposed to fight for his territory, that he would be killed by his fears before he would even start fighting the war! So he was asked to gather all his strength and fight with full might- first with his fear and then with the opponent army.

The reason I have brought this point here is that fear indeed is the biggest enemy of human beings and most of the times we lose our life’s battles because of that. Now you must be thinking, how is it related to addiction?

Let us start connecting it with a few examples related to an addict’s life.

1. Sam is a weed addict, who has planned a trip to Goa. He plans to be there for 3 days and collects his substance according a week before he leaves. He scores 3 grams more than what he generally scores. Why?

2. Mike is a heroin addict. He is left with money just enough to reach college. He knows that he would not be given his pocket money before the new month starts. There are still 2 days left for that. He chases all his left stuff in one go, due to anxiety. Why?

3. There is an order from the court- No more cigarettes to be sold. Matt collects 100 boxes from different shops. Why?

Answer to all the questions remains the same and that is FEAR. Sam is scared, what if his weed gets over before his trip ends. Mike is scared, how would he sustain those two days and what if he does not get the money to buy more? Matt is scared, what if he won’t get his next stick of cigarette?

There are various fears that an addict holds. It is not just related to his substance, but various situations that he encounters in his life. And these fears might even display paradoxes like existence of fear of change and fear of constancy or no change! Fear of others and before that fear of oneself! Fear of non conformity in peer group and fear of relapse at the same time! So we can say that fear indeed is a powerful motivator. It can make any human do anything, rather it brings people in a Do Or Die situation.

Power to Make Your Fears Come True Can Be Used As The Power To Make Positive Assertions Come True Too

I have often heard this from people “Whatever you fear, it would definitely come true. But if you think of something positive, it might not come to pass.” It is a myth. It is all in your mind. If you have the energy to get your fears manifested into reality, then you can utilize the same amount of energy in getting positive things created.

Connecting it with addicts, they always have this fear that their trepidations are going to strike them hard in reality. They want to escape them.

We all work as per our convenience. So when an addict wants to take his substance, he would think of various alibis. He would speak about his bad experiences in life. But what about the ‘Bad Trips’ of drugs that he had? Would he ever say that I don’t want to do drugs anymore because I vomited and lost my senses after I took it? But yes, he would definitely say that I don’t want to feel happy without drugs, because if I do, I will lose my reason of happiness!

School of thought of Humanistic Existentialism says that we all have a purpose to live. There is nothing that humans do without a reason. Addicts consider all the negative reasons to live. They choose to keep themselves scared of happiness and joy without drugs.

What Needs To Be Actually Done Instead Of Fearing Situations

Recognition of Thoughts- reckon what exactly your thoughts and feelings are.

Gain Control Over Them- after you know accept your thoughts and feelings, you control them. It is your mind, so do not let it control you, but you control it.

Reason Them Out- since there would be various thoughts at a time, so you need to reason out with your understanding what their implication on your life could be or has been.

Look at the Practicality of Solutions Your Mind Gives- once you have seen what repercussions you have faced because of your actions, you must introspect with consequential thinking and give your thoughts a reality check to see the possibility of putting them down into practice.

In case of a Positive Response from the Mind, Get it into Reality- finally, if you think that there is something positive that you can practice, you must just do it.

We know that it is not that easy to change that fearful streak. But you have perfected your fear through constant practice, you can perfect confidence and taking the right decisions through practice too. You or your loved ones need rehabilitation if you think that there are too many fears bothering your or their mind and you or they are unable to quit using any psychoactive substance.

Try it at least. And see how well it works. You know, there is always light at the tunnel end.