Rehab offers an opportunity to detoxify from drugs or alcohol and learn the tools needed to avoid relapse. Most rehabilitation programs are overseen by medical professionals. They allow a person to remove themselves from temptation and spend time in an environment full- or part-time that is exclusively focused on recovery.
How does someone know that he or she needs to go to rehab?
Many people turn to drugs or alcohol to escape their challenges and this leads to a new challenge developing – addiction. It tends to cloud a person’s view of their problems, including that addiction. Figuring out when rehab is necessary is challenging for many people. Often, knowing when to seek professional help requires input from friends or family.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not quite ready to admit you’re struggling with addiction or loved ones have suggested rehab yet. There are a few telltale ways to know if rehab is the next logical step in recovery.
Signs you or a loved one needs to go to rehab:
Knowing when it’s time to seek addiction treatment is one of the greatest challenges of recovery. Chances are if you’ve considered seeking treatment, then it’s time. Spending too much agonizing over whether or not it’s time for treatment is time spent not recovering and living your life to the fullest.
Determining when to go to rehab is confusing and there is no simple answer. The right time for rehab varies from person to person.
Rehab doesn’t come with a list of required obligations before attending. Programs don’t require people to have had an addiction for a set number of weeks or months or years. There’s no need to “hit rock bottom” before you’ll be accepted into rehab.
Certain programs have criteria that must be met to be eligible for care, but in general, there is no single thing that automatically qualifies or eliminates you from treatment. This isn’t to say someone without a heroin addiction could receive methadone treatment. A medical detox would not be provided to someone without an addiction to alcohol, drugs, and non-substances. However, anyone who believes he or she has an addiction can seek treatment. What that treatment entails is determined by an intake evaluation.
Several options exist for alcohol rehab and drug rehab. For example:
Counseling and behavior therapy is effective in treating substance abuse. It also provides someone with life skills and support that promote long-term abstinence. There are many different therapeutic approaches including:
These programs provide an environment that supports recovery and long-term abstinence. Program options include:
These programs bring together people struggling with similar issues. They provide education, information, and a community environment. Some of the most popular examples of self-help and 12-step programs include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
Prescription pharmaceuticals are effective tools during rehab and recovery. Medication is also effective in treating co-occurring disorders. Medication varies based on the substance in question, but some of the most popular medications used in rehab include:
MAT for Alcohol
Common medications used to help treat alcoholism (alcohol use disorder):
MAT for Opioids
Common medications used to help treat drug addiction (opioid use disorder):
Detoxification is normally the first step in addiction treatment. It describes the process of clearing a substance from the body and limiting withdrawal reactions. Most detox regimens require hours or days, but there might be lingering effects after a week or more.
Yes. However, you’ll need to seek subsidized support for treatment. This is usually available through your state’s Medicaid program. Depending on your circumstances and location there might be other financial support available as well.
It’s impossible to know for sure whether an intervention is a good idea without knowing the specific details of a situation. If a loved one is struggling with substance use, an intervention could be an effective tool for helping that person. However, interventions are difficult for everyone involved and everyone must agree that intervening is the right thing to do for the person before moving forward.
There are many ways for family and friends to play an important role in helping a loved one overcome addiction. Being informed about addiction, recovery, and related medical issues are all important things that will help your loved one. If you care about someone addicted to drugs or alcohol, learn about addiction, co-occurring conditions, and the various treatment options available.
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