With the ongoing opioid epidemic, many people that live in the United States are at a much higher risk of addiction than previous years. Affecting millions of people worldwide, drug abuse and drug abuse treatment cost the United States alone roughly $740 billion a year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. With the opioid epidemic comes higher numbers of people addicted, and thus higher numbers of overdoses and deaths. As a matter of fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that up to 115 Americans die each day from opioid overdose alone.
Because it is so potentially dangerous and sometimes fatal, addiction poses a massive threat to those who suffer from addiction as well as any of that person’s friends and family. In order to combat addiction,
it is essential that a victim seeks professional help immediately. The longer one waits, the more damaging the drug can be for them, so early detection and quick response to it is key.
What Is Drug Rehabilitation?
Drug rehabilitation is when someone suffering from a substance use disorder engages in medical and psychological therapy to combat and treat their disorder. Substance use disorder is a diagnosable condition recognized in the medical community as a chronic, long-lasting disease. Although it is a disease, there is no single “cure” for addiction but, fortunately, substance use disorders are treatable conditions that prolonged drug rehab can help.
These drug rehabilitation centers generally feature a large variety of different therapy and treatment methods, which are intended to determine the root of addiction and to prevent further abuse. Depending on the severity of the addiction, an addict may participate in inpatient/residential (living at the facility) or outpatient treatment programs (living off-site). When it comes to battling addiction, choosing the right drug rehab center is essential in ensuring the comfort and overall success of rehab.
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Drug Rehabilitation Process
While every addiction is a separate case and should be treated as such, the process of treating addiction generally follows the same overall structure, rarely changing with the type of substance. The different levels of care available to a patient provide unique levels of treatment to patients, and the wide variety of treatment methods offered can make treatment not only effective but also easy.
While in a drug rehab program, patients begin under intensive surveillance and care. Though, as time passes, a patient will be granted more freedom and medical supervision will ease up a little bit. By encouraging clients to work their way towards these freedoms and privileges, treatment centers can teach the clients responsibility and how to handle not relapsing under stress.
As the first step in drug rehab, medical detoxification (detox) is one of the most important steps in treating addiction. Because chronic drug abuse and addiction can lead to physical dependency and changes in the body, detox removes all residue and leftover toxins from previous substance abuse. By slowly tapering off of a substance and substituting the abused substance with a properly-administered medication, a doctor can nullify the substance dependence in a patient.
With the removal of all substance and substance residue, the brain of the patient will become chemically unbalanced. As a result, the patient may become physically and mentally ill due to the side effects associated with substance cessation and detox. Not only are these withdrawal symptoms uncomfortable, but they can sometimes prove fatal. Medical detox is designed to help ease the withdrawal symptoms and ensure the client’s comfort. By providing an exceptional professional team and the necessary medications, professional treatment facilities can ensure the safety of detox.
At Maryland House Detox, our staff is made up of physicians, nurses, and doctors, all of whom offer 24-7 medical supervision and service to the patient. Upon arrival, the patient is evaluated and diagnosed by
our team members to decide which steps to take in treatment. This includes the formulation of a specialized detox plan that will best avoid withdrawal symptoms while also being the most effective in long-term relapse prevention.
After successfully completing a medical detox, the next step for someone going through recovery may either be an inpatient program or an outpatient program. Inpatient care encompasses both intensive inpatient programs as well as residential treatment programs. While they are inpatients, clients are required to live on-site at a treatment facility for both short-term and/or long-term treatment.
By living on-site, the patient is provided an environment in which they can focus primarily on recovery and disregards outside distractions and temptations that may cause relapse or anything else detrimental to recovery. To ensure successful inpatient treatment, all focus must be directed toward making the patient feel as comfortable and confident as possible.
While someone is in an intensive inpatient treatment setting, they will have a full-time schedule set out for them. Seeing as drug addiction can be difficult to treat, many centers have a carefully thought-out curriculum to maximize rehab effectiveness. Patients and therapists will work together in hands-on methods of therapy and treatment to understand the roots of the patient’s addiction. By educating themselves to their roots of addiction, an addict can think of a long-term plan to prevent relapse and ensure that treatment is a success.
While in inpatient treatment programs, patients not only interact with doctors and case managers, but they will also co-exist with other clients going through similar addictions. While the overall process may vary depending on the drug rehab center, the most integral aspects of treatment remain steady throughout most treatment centers, and social interaction is among the main reasons why inpatient treatment can be healthier than outpatient.
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DON’T GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF RECOVERY ALONE.
GET IN TOUCH WITH SOMEONE WHO CAN HELP.
While inpatient treatment is more suited towards those with a severe addiction problem, outpatient is tailored to those that require less-intensive attention and have a stable living environment at home. Outpatient is a term used to describe any type of treatment that requires a patient to participate in therapy and treatment at a center, but for that patient to not live on-site while in recovery. The different levels of outpatient care are known as partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and routine outpatient (OP).
Partial hospitalization is the first level of outpatient. In order to be classified as PHP, the client must undergo therapy for at least five days a week on a nearly full-time schedule. What makes PHP classify as outpatient and not inpatient is very simple; the client does not live on-site. After a day of treatment, a client will return to housing non-affiliated with the treatment center. This off-site housing gives the clients more freedom to interact with their community without jeopardizing the success of treatment.
IOP is the next step in treatment. To be classified as intensive outpatient treatment, the client must attend between nine hours and 20 hours of treatment per week depending on the severity of the addiction. The therapeutic approach of intensive inpatient programs operates on a part-time schedule, allowing the patient to maintain multiple personal responsibilities such as school and work while still going through drug rehab.
The final level of outpatient treatment is called routine outpatient, or OP, which will usually last longer than PHP or IOP, around six months. However, routine outpatient programs generally only require about an hour a week for therapy. Because the patient should now be in a
relatively stable state in their lives as well as recovery, the level of clinical intervention is minimal. OP is merely a means to provide additional support when a patient is transitioning from drug rehab back to everyday life.
While your addiction treatment may seem over after you finish treatment, and while it is true that the hardest part is over, it is important to stay vigilant in being certain you do not fall victim to relapse and consequently addiction again. To solidify your sobriety, we suggest you partake in aftercare programs to help you ease back into society after drug rehab.
A common method used in drug rehab as aftercare is actually through use of outpatient programs. While it may sound bizarre at first, outpatient programs are a perfect solution to aftercare once a patient finishes inpatient or residential treatment. Laid back and less intensive than previous treatment, the use of outpatient programs as aftercare has been proven time and time again to be effective.
Start Your Journey to Recovery Today
If you or someone you know suffers from drug addiction, it is necessary that you seek help immediately. Addiction is no laughing matter, and hundreds of people die each day from overdoses and drug abuse. Combining its deadliness with the ongoing opioid epidemic, drug addiction is truly a dangerous disease, and the longer you wait before seeking help, the higher chance you have of relapse and possible overdose.
Here at Maryland House Detox, we make it our mission to ensure that drug rehab is as painless and comfortable as can be. Our team of cordial, warm-hearted professionals will provide you any resource you may need in the drug addiction treatment process to make sure that success is the only option. Call us at (888) 263-0631 or contact us online and start getting help for your alcohol or drug addiction today! Our staff is on standby and eager to help, all you have to do is make the first move.
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