Drug and alcohol rehabilitation process are long and tedious, and thus many try to avoid it. Many people also relapse, but that is a subject for another post. Every individual that enters the rehabilitation is a somewhat unique case, and thus their health and wellbeing won’t improve if we just use methods that we use on everyone else. To be more precise, there aren’t any methods that apply to every client because that wouldn’t work.
Approaching every patient with care and proper analysis is the only correct way to find out how to heal them. Some patients require detox due to extensive use of drugs or alcohol while others can move on without that. SO, rehab starts with choices and decisions from both the client and our professionals.
The underlying principles of a rehabilitation process
Principles exist to guide professionals and allow them to address every addict in a unique and correct way. Every individual is unique, and thus circumstances surrounding their addiction are probably unique as well. These principles are here to create a basis for a successful rehab, and thus they are somewhat universal and can be applied to the majority (if not for all) of patients.
No matter the cause, addiction is easiest to deal with as it is at its early stage. Drug and alcohol addictions have a tremendous impact on the psychological health, and thus early intervention increases the chance to heal it completely. `
Evaluation of both physical and mental health of a client is mandatory because it gives us an idea about the customer and how to deal with them. Withdrawal is a part of the rehabilitation, and it can be hard to the client. Physical evaluation will tell us whether the addiction led to hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV and other diseases. You might not realize it, but the connection between bad habits and a disease like that is quite common.
Addiction rehab aspects you might not now
Rehabilitation is a long process, and it doesn’t end once you leave the facility. Physical detox has to be done in the building where the patient doesn’t have contact with the outside world, and this may include family and friends. The real healing starts once the detox is over or in the second stage of the same.
Behavioral therapy is a part of the process that many patients have to go through. Behavioral therapy helps the patient to get into the touch with people because they forget about it while they are under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Family support and group sessions are one way to help a client to go through the withdrawal and to continue living without the addictive.
Some people don’t have issues with socializing, and thus group therapy isn’t something that can help them. People like that will go through individual therapy where they can talk with a therapist without anyone else being there. It does sound strange, but some people find that useful and we are always happy to find a way to help our patients.