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What started in a little town in Iowa has grown and spread across the country because of our desire to help those with drug and alcohol addiction. We have seen addictions destroy lives in every way, but we have made it our mission to help people to regain control

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Explanation of Drug Addictions

Drug addiction (which includes alcoholism) is a condition where a person uses substances to alter their mental or emotional state in a compulsive manner. This means that they are not able to stop the substance abuse even if they desire to do so.

The use of the drugs usually begins voluntarily. The person learns, even if by accident, that the drugs help them escape their problems, and continues to use. However, the brain and body begin to develop cravings for the drugs or alcohol as a continual maladaptive response to stress. What started as an easy way to escape problems turns into a whole new problem. Now the person’s physiology craves the drugs or alcohol and is unable to stop using them, even though they may want to.

Many people who get addicted try to quit but suffer relapses. A relapse is when someone successfully stops performing a certain action, like using drugs, but suddenly goes back to them again. This is often caused by a trigger situation like problems and work/school, issues within the family or with close friends, or stress from romantic relationships.

Addiction affects the entire body, including the brain. The brain, obviously, is a physical organ within the body. But, it is one of the most affected organs by the drug use. This is one of the main reasons people use drugs to begin with. They use the drugs in order to affect the brain and consequently affect their mental and emotional state. Once the person becomes addicted to the drugs/alcohol, it becomes a struggle with their own brain to break free. The chemical dependence within their brain causes them to desire drugs and makes them willing to do more and more drastic things to get them. Stopping drug use will cause great mental anxiety. The degree of emotional distress experienced depends on the severity of the addiction. Another way of saying it is that it depends on how dependent on drugs the brain has become.

In addition to the brain, the rest of the body is affected as well. Stopping drug use can cause fever, shakes, convulsions, vomiting, and a variety of other symptoms. These are caused by the body struggling to function without the drugs present in the person’s system.

As you can see, drug addiction and drug rehabilitation is a very serious matter. The best thing to do is to never start using drugs to begin with. The more addicted a person becomes, the harder it is to quit.

Treatment

There are a variety of different treatments for drug or alcohol addiction. The more comprehensive methods have the most success long term. It is not a matter of just getting someone to stop using drugs and they are cured. If someone stops using drugs without any follow up or training on how to live a life without drugs, they are very likely to start using drugs again.

The reason for this is that simply getting someone to stop using drugs temporarily without addressing the reason why they do drugs in the first place is doomed to fail. Without addressing the underlying reason for taking drugs, addiction will manifest itself again. This will happen either with the same drugs as before, or it could take on a new form as a different type of addiction.

While there is no one size that fits all with drug rehab, there are many principles that should serve as guidelines for any treatment.

Treatment Time

For one, it is important to receive treatment for an adequate amount of time. The patient needs time to detox, stabilize and learn to live life without substance abuse. Depending on the person, this could take weeks or months. Changing how you relate to other people and deal with problems is no small task, so it is worth spending time getting to know yourself and how you deal with issues without drugs.

Enough time has to pass so that the regular annoyances of daily life can pop up. If the rehab is more like a vacation that lasts a week and then go back to “real life” then the patient is going to go right back to their old habits once they are back in their old environment. For this reason, length of stay is incredibly important and must suit the patients’ needs.

A related topic to treatment time is treatment location.

Drug Rehab Locations – Inpatient or Home

Another consideration for rehabilitation is whether someone should do an inpatient treatment, or a stay-at-home treatment. Inpatient rehab is when the patient goes to live at the rehab facility. Stay-at-home, as the name conveys, is when the patient goes and receives treatment at the facility, but does not live there.

There are pros and cons for each.

Inpatient

Inpatient rehabs tend to have a better track record for success. Reasons for this are they allow the patient to be in a completely new environment and allows him or her to completely disrupt old habits and routines. This disruption is incredibly useful in implementing new habits, the types that are necessary to stay clean long-term. The con of inpatient programs is that they are much more expensive. Another potential con is that the patient can learn to deal with life without drugs in the safe, controlled environment of the rehab facility, but are unable to adjust to life on the outside. This, however, can easily be mitigated by follow-up, which will be discussed in more detail below.

Home/Outpatient

Home treatment has to benefit of being much cheaper. So, it is much more accessible to more people. It also has the advantage that the patient can start using what they learn in their rehab program right away. They can go home and immediately implement the techniques they learn in treatment. This immediate application can be very helpful. The feedback happens right away and so the patient can learn more quickly about what works and what doesn’t. They can try things and see the consequences. This is something unavailable with the inpatient option.

There is a cost, though. Although they can get immediate feedback, they are also exposing themselves to the environment where they developed the problems to begin with. It is highly likely that they will be faced with the same toxic relationships that contributed to the drug abuse in the first place. They may even be ridiculed by friends or family for seeking treatment and are now treated even worse than before. So, while applying what you learn is great, you have to consider how toxic your home environment is, and if you are ready to face it again. Of course, you’ll eventually need to return home. But, it is often a better idea to create some distance first, clear your head, and then go back, armed and prepared for the challenges to come.

This is why a combination approach is the most effective.

Combination

For many suffering from drug addiction, what works best is to go to an inpatient drug rehabilitation program and then follow it up with outpatient treatment. The initial detoxing and being in a new environment with an inpatient program tends to work well because it allows for the patient to be under around the clock, medically supervised care for the initial stages of rehab.

As rehab continues, they can return home and begin implementing their new habits there, too. It is best, though, for them to continue to return to rehab several times per week for counseling, and to make sure to address any issues that arise that were unexpected.

The visits to rehab can taper off as the patient progresses and reintegrates fully back into their home lives, hopefully with better skills and habits that will help them stay drug free.

Another important component of successful drug rehabs is that they utilize habit replacement, rather than just getting the patient to only stop using drugs.

Replacing One Habit For Another

Drug addiction is merely to result of a non-functioning world paradigm and the framework of beliefs and actions that go along with that paradigm. So, without addressing that paradigm, the addiction will continue or turn up somewhere else. It is very common for people to stop using one drug and start using another, or become addicted to something else.

What can be beneficial, though, is to replace drug habits with healthful ones. For example, when getting stressed out, instead of resorting to drugs or alcohol, a patient could exercise. This will seem unnatural at first, but after a while they will start to naturally turn to exercise when they are feeling stressed. The same could be said of deep breathing, reciting a helpful mantra, or anything else that combats stress that isn’t ultimately harmful.

You can see that in doing this we are replacing one habit with another. The difference is that we are replacing a bad habit with a good one. Both serve the same purpose of helping someone deal with stress. The drugs take the edge off, but leads to health, emotional, and financial problems. The other habits are healthy, keep the person’s life on track, and don’t cost anything.

 

Disclaimer: None of the information presented on this website is intended to replace professional help for any type of addiction treatment and are merely observations. The owners are not liable for any harm or damages caused by using or attempting to use information on this website.

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