Addiction to alcohol and drugs brings with it a whole plethora of problems. For many, substance abuse becomes an evil taskmaster taking over the mind, body and life of the addict. There are physical and psychological ramifications when abusing alcohol and drugs, but it also takes a toll on every other aspect of an addict’s life. Problems that stem from substance abuse will eventually affect marital relationships and family dynamics. Financial and occupational stability will also be shaken, causing many addicts to become homeless. The demands of the addiction will increasingly bring the life of the addict to ruin.
Many times alcoholics and drug addicts will try to stop their addiction by going cold turkey or trying to reduce their intake. Most often this plan does not succeed because withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings will start to kick-in. Withdrawal symptoms will vary in degree according to what substance was used and how much was taken. Many substances can cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms and put the life of the addict in jeopardy. To prevent any further problems from happening to the addict, a safe and effective rehabilitation plan should be implemented. Rehab facilities are staffed by professional medical and psychological personnel who are experienced and knowledgeable in alcohol and drug addiction and recovery.
Treatment and Recovery
In-patient rehab facilities offer various types of treatment programs designed to meet the specific needs of the patient. The new patient will be physically and psychologically assessed and a treatment program will be developed for that individual patient. After the patient has been evaluated and a treatment program planned, the patient will begin the detox process. During the detox process, the patient will slowly be weaned off of the alcohol or drugs that they were taking, giving the body ample time to readjust to the change. It is during this time that withdrawal symptoms will arise in response to the lack of alcohol or drugs. Withdrawal symptoms will vary among patients and are dependant upon various factors. To ease or eliminate withdrawal symptoms and bring some stability to the body and mind of the patient, the detox process may be medically assisted. Rehab facilities are experienced and equipped to bring the patient through the detox process as quickly and safely as possible. They are designed to meet any challenges that may arise along the way. Patients will be kept safe and stable during the detox and withdrawal phase.
After the detox is completed, the patient will begin psychological counseling and other therapies. Cognitive behavior therapy will dig deep to find the reasons why the patient began abusing alcohol or drugs, and they will learn how to cope with the triggers that lead to substance abuse. It is a time of discovery and learning, which helps the patient understand what has happened to them and how they can avoid relapse in the future. Patients are also assessed and treated for co-occurring mental disorders that greatly affect addiction. Some of the mental disorders include: Bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), chronic depression, anxiety disorder etc.
Individual and group counseling is an on-going process that will re-socialize the patient and help them stay on course. Family counseling will mend relationships and help family members understand addiction so that they can become a strong support group for their loved one. There are many holistic therapies that are also offered at rehab facilities. The patient may wish to explore yoga, nutrition, music therapy, sports, nature walks, rest and relaxation techniques and much more. Practicing one’s faith will also bring hope, peace and strength to the patient, as they learn to lean on their God in moments of weakness, and trust that God will lead and guide them throughout their life.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.