Treatment rehabilitation is the term for the process of medical or psychotherapeutic treatment for dependency on drugs, alcohol or other bizarre tendencies like what the TLC reality television program Strange Addictions shows.
Types of Treatment Rehabs
There are many types of treatment rehabilitation for all types of addictions. While one can be addicted to anything, the methods and strategies for helping one recover from addiction and more away from dependency can often be very similar where the use of drugs and alcohol are concerned.
Also, there are various types of programs available to help ones treatment rehabilitation:
- In-patient residential treatment: wherein one voluntarily enters into a safe, secure place for a minimum amount of days. Daily activities include alcohol and drug treatment programs.
- Outpatient treatment: this is not a break from ones daily activities (like work and attending to one’s family) but there are still daily programs for the person seeking rehabilitation.
- Local support groups: is exactly what it sounds like. People in your community come together to help each other and provide support.
- Extended care centers: for those who need more help to recover from their addiction, this type of treatment rehabilitation is excellent for the long-term help provided.
- Recovery/Sober houses: these are homes where one may stay and be provided help from the experienced individuals living there. There may be tighter rules than outpatient treatment, but a little more independence and freedom than with inpatient treatment.
- Addiction counseling: with the help of a therapist, one can overcome their addiction with logic, reasoning and reinforced mental fortitude. Treatment rehabilitation for mental health is a strong aspect of getting past ones addiction.
- Orthomolecular medicine: this refers to the field of medicine wherein the use or vitamins and minerals is greatly adhered to. There is much criticism against this field, so be careful and do an adequate amount of research.
Medical methods that are used for treatment rehabilitation include prescribing methadone or buprenorphine to help treat addictions to prescription and street drugs. Methadone is a synthetic opioid that is also used as an analgesic (painkiller) and can be useful for bad withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine is a semi-synthetic (from natural as well as human-made sources) opioid that can also be used for withdrawal symptoms. It can also be used to treat non-opioid-tolerant people and to help control moderate chronic pain.
Treatment rehabilitation may also include behavioral therapies. When a heavy cigarette smoker attempts quitting, they will notice that they want something to hold in their fingers or mouth. Some opt for pens, straws, toothpicks or chewing gum to help deal with those learned and ingrained motions. This is a form of behavioral therapy. These behaviors may work in conjunction with mental processes, and if they are, this will be noticed by ones therapist.
Some types of behavioral therapy include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps individuals realize what habits are influencing their addiction and helps them avoid and cope with situations that trigger the habit.
- Multidimensional family therapy works to build a stronger support network through the individuals family functioning.
- Motivational interviewing is a counseling approach designed to increase patient motivation to change behavior and enter treatment.
- Motivational incentives use positive reinforcement to encourage the individual’s pursuit of abstinence from their addiction.
Along with the agencies, programs and therapies available, there are a host of pharmaceuticals that are used to help a variety of people with their specific addictions and severity of their addictions. However, treatment rehabilitation starts when the individual recognizes that it is time to change. There is no making an individual person change by force or coercion; the only person that can stop an addiction is the person who is addicted.
A quick Google search would show how much help is available to an addicted person. Where treatment rehabilitation is concerned, it is best to find professional help. Look for documentation that proves a person’s training in rehabilitation and if none is found, look for a different professional. Another outlet for help are the multitude of blogs and help sites and forums that call the Internet home. If a friend, family member, or even you realizes that it is time to give up the addiction, the Internet is a good place to start.
This article was written by Andy Parsell, who works at a rehab centre and knows plenty about treatment rehabilitation.