Substance abuse can quickly go from fun and games to psychological dependence. Addiction can become so central to an addict’s life that acknowledging the need to stop can be hard; taking steps to actually end addiction can be even harder. A number of questions swirl through the mind – will life without drugs or alcohol the bearable, will the rehab process be painful, will life after rehab be worth living and many others. Knowing the answers to these questions can greatly help a person addicted make up their mind to take the steps needed. Sweetwater alcohol and drug rehab centers by White Sands Treatment offers programs that are not only scientifically designed, but that are compassionate and caring, as well. If you would like to know more, all you need to do is to call 877.855.3470.
How does addiction rehab really help patients?
Addiction is a complex mental disorder, and drug and alcohol treatment centers help by applying established medical, psychiatric and psychological treatment. Treatment of this kind requires three fundamental steps.
Intake assessment: A multidisciplinary team consisting of addiction specialists, doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists assess the patient’s condition, and work together to form a unique treatment plan for that patient that includes four approaches: detox, medical, psychiatric and psychological treatments.
Medical detox: The addict is a gradually taken off drugs and alcohol, and withdrawal symptoms are allowed to set in. These symptoms are an artifact of the brain’s chemical readjustment. They can be both painful and life-threatening. In medical detox, experts observe the nature of the health challenges faced by the patient and administer medications to help protect the patient and keep the process pain-free. At the Sweetwater inpatient drug and alcohol treatment centers by White Sands Treatment, experts recommend inpatient care for the greatest possible level of care.
Relapse prevention therapy: When detox concludes in 90 days, the patient is free of withdrawal symptoms; the cravings, however, can persist. To ensure that the cravings do not threaten the patient’s newfound sobriety, rehabs offer in-depth therapeutic treatment to every patient. Rehab that does not include intensive relapse prevention therapy places patients at risk of relapse, a condition where overwhelming cravings return.
Lifelong engagement is an important lesson to learn
Addiction is a mental disorder that can only be treated and managed, not cured. At White Sands Treatment’s close-to-home Sweetwater alcohol drug and rehab centers, one of the stated goals of treatment programs provided is to help patients gain insight into their condition well enough to engage with the lifestyle adjustment needed to stay sober for life. Sobriety requires a massive change of lifestyle – a different approach to friends and family, a different approach to work and so on. It is only such complete change that enables patients to stay sober. Sobriety is a lifelong work.
Not every rehab offers such scientifically valid treatment
Staying with a patient over months or years of therapy is hard work, and most rehabs do not adequately engage in it. One of the most important parts of finding quality rehab involves finding out about policies in this area. It can take a patient search that goes beyond asking Google for drug and “alcohol treatment programs near me.” It’s important to ensure that there is quality treatment actually provided.
At White Sands Treatment’s Sweetwater alcohol and drug rehab centers, staying with the patient as long as necessary is top priority. If you would like to know how, you only need to do call 877.855.3470.
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.