Overview of Addiction
Many people are reluctant to check into opioid addiction treatment centers because they are unsure what to expect. Here is an idea of what rehab entails.
Detox is typically the first phase in rehab. During this time, the patient will experience withdrawal symptoms that make them want to go back to using. Fortunately, a medical professional will be by their side the entire time to keep them as comfortable as possible and ensure relapse doesn’t occur.
After detox is completed, patients move on to a therapy program. They will be analyzed to determine the treatment that’s right for them.
Although treatment may vary, a dual diagnosis approach is often integrated. This works on the theory that most people with substance abuse disorders develop them due to another underlying condition.
It’s difficult for people with mental disorders to reach out for help. They may be afraid of what people will think of them, they may not feel like their problem is that bad, or they may not want to spend the time and money on therapy.
Instead of getting the treatment they need, they self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. While the drugs may provide temporary relief, they will ultimately take them on a downward spiral.
When a patient is treated with dual diagnosis therapy, both disorders are addressed. Therapists feel this is the best way to achieve long-term healing.
Dual diagnosis may incorporate a variety of therapies like:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) aims to change negative thought patterns to promote more positive behaviors.
- Medication can restore chemical balance in the brain, reducing disorder symptoms and the urge to use. Some medications reduce addictive tendencies and minimize withdrawal symptoms.
- Group Therapy lets the patient know they are not alone. It provides them with a support group that can help with the healing process.
- Family Therapy helps the family better understand their loved one’s condition and how to deal with it.
- Psychotherapy teaches the patient about their condition so they can self-manage it.
Aftercare is the final stage of rehab. It occurs when the patient goes back into the ‘real world.’
During this time, the patient may be dealing with stressors that will make them want to go back to using. They may see the old crowd they used to hang with when they were doing drugs, and they may be tempted to go back to their own ways.
The medical staff at an opioid abuse treatment center knows what the individual is going through. They provide ongoing support, ensuring they make a healthy adjustment to sober living.