The intent of this video is to help both the
addict and the loved one who’s concerned about the addict — to have a better understanding
of the general process that’s involved at one of the many drug and alcohol treatment
centers. If you have never been in a residential rehab
program, you may have some misconceptions about what takes place at one of these facilities.
It is important to understand that you are not a prisoner at a residential rehab. There
aren’t locks on the exits. In fact, you are free to leave any time you want. Now if you’ve
been remanded to a treatment program by the legal system, you can still walk out, though
there may be repercussions for doing so at a later time.
Why aren’t there locks? It’s because your success in one of the drug and alcohol treatment
centers is dependent on your wanting to be there and your willingness to get clean. Don’t
waste your time and money if you are simply going through the motions and knowing that
you’ll drink and use again once you leave the program.
So what happens if you’re committed and decide to stay?
Often the step in this journey is Detox: While some drug and alcohol treatment centers
have their own detox program, more often than not, a residential rehab will require you
to finish detoxification before you begin their treatment. Generally, a good rehab facility
will have a working relationship with a quality detox center and can therefor refer you directly
to that program with the understanding that you will be entering the rehab center when
you’re ready. Detox programs will usually have you go through
the drug or alcohol withdrawal at a facility that focuses on this particular issue. Withdrawal
symptoms can be sever and so it’s very important that it be done on a closely supervised inpatient
basis. Detox typically will last 5 to 7 days, but sometimes longer.
Now Let’s talk about the drug and alcohol treatment centers:
There are thousands of residential treatment centers in the U.S., and every one of them
is unique as far as their physical facilities are concerned. They can range from the most
simple camp like settings in an outdoor or wilderness program to a high end program with
5 star chefs and accommodations. Where you go has a lot to do with whether
or not you have insurance or what you can afford. That being said, a program that’s
in the low to middle price range might be just as, or more, effective than a high end
treatment center. What’s more important is the quality of the program in helping you
stay clean, and not the price. One of the main components of all good rehab
programs, is education. Now education will often vary from program
to program, but the ultimate goal is to get you to honestly look at your addiction from
a realistic point of view, and to help you develop new attitudes about your use of drugs
and alcohol. While in early recovery, most addicts and
alcoholics are in a significant state of denial about their disease. You may still hold onto
the belief that you can simply quit at any time and are therefore ambivalent about getting
clean for good. A good treatment program will attempt to help you break this cycle of thinking
and then help you get on board with a commitment to a clean and sober life.
You will also learn about the nature of alcoholism and drug addiction, as well as the effects
continued use will likely have on your physical, mental, and social life.
Let’s cover counseling and group therapy now: While at a drug and alcohol treatment center,
you will likely receive individual counseling with someone who specializes in addictions.
In most cases you will also participate in group sessions several times each week.
The purpose of these therapy sessions is to help you better understand your addiction
while teaching you the skills you’ll need to live in the world without using alcohol
and drugs. You will likely learn about things that can trigger your desire to use and how
to recognize and avoid the situations most likely to cause you to use substances. You
will learn coping skills. Group therapy will teach you the value of
peer support. It is very important to engage with others who are experiencing the same
challenges as you. Many quality programs use the actual 12 steps of recovery as their foundation
and then have staff facilitated sessions as well.
Now we’ll move on to Neurofeedback in addiction treatment
One of the most powerful uses of technology in the area of addiction treatment and relapse
prevention is called Neurofeedback. More and more great treatment programs are now utilizing
Neurofeedback as part of the regular regimen. Neurofeedback or EEG-Biofeedback, is a completely
non-invasive way that the addict can begin to retrain and regulate their brain in order
to better handle their disease. Neurofeedback gives the client a remarkable
edge in relapse prevention and long-term recovery. The latest study ,through UCLA in 2006, resulted
in a 77% recovery rate one year post treatment. This outcome is far superior to the dismal
success rates rehab centers were experiencing before the use of neurfeedback. The question
of whether or not a treatment center uses Neurofeedback should definitely be asked before
committing to a program. Another important element of good programs
are family meetings Successful drug and alcohol treatment centers
will often include family meetings and interactions as part of the recovery process. Research
confirms that including family, and often friends, in your addiction treatment can ultimately
improve the success of your recovery. Members of your family will also learn about
the disease of addiction. They’ll see how they can best help and encourage you in your
recovery. Part of the process also involves the discussions of how they have been affected
by your addiction and how they can address their own hurts and frustrations.
Often a treatment center will have family members attend Al-Anon meetings before they
can visit you at the treatment center. Al-Anon can help them understand how they might have
been contributing to and enabling your addiction because of their actions.
What happens after treatment should be a good quality aftercare program
Commonly a long term drug rehab program will last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. While at
one of the drug and alcohol treatment centers you will be in a structured and clean environment.
When that program is over, what then? It can be a little frightening having to transition
from the safety of a treatment center back into the real world.
A good rehabilitation program will also have a good aftercare program to help you re-integrate
into society while staying clean and sober. There are a variety of aftercare programs
available and your counselor will be able to help you decide what’s the best fit for
you. The aftercare may include a variety of things
such as staying at a sober living facility, attending 12-step meetings, drug testing,
weekly check-ins with your counselor, education, job search, and more. All with goal of helping
you avoid the triggers and situations that may cause a relapse so that you can be successful
in recovery. Now that you are a little better informed
about drug and alcohol treatment, I would like to offer a suggestion:
If you or someone you love is a man between the ages of 18 and 35 and suffering with a
substance abuse problem and addiction. I encourage you to either call
888-391-9772 as soon as possible. OR visit this website www.blueprintsforrecovery.com
Blueprints for recovery is an affordable, quality drug and alcohol treatment center
on a beautiful 7 acre ranch in Northern Arizona. They have a strong program and also utilize
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