Benefits Of Long-Term Inpatient Rehab
When it comes to the number of different treatment options available for the dependence on alcohol or drugs, it is enough to make a person's head spin. However, there is one particular type of program that is recommended constantly and has the statistical evidence to support that reoccurring recommendation. A residential inpatient drug rehab program has benefits on all levels, emotional, psychological and physical. Enrolling in this type of facility allows the patient both the time and focus needed to complete the healing process successfully. Those two factors can be the difference between a patient relapsing or living a sober lifestyle.
It is important to recognize that when we are referring to emotional benefits, it does not merely include spiritual recovery. Countless programs that are available are non-denominational and do not require someone who enrolls in the program to believe in a certain deity or engage in any religious activity. While the physical dependency on alcohol or drugs may be the most important factor for many programs, the emotional healing that occurs when someone receives the right form of treatment should not go unmentioned.
Imagine an environment where there are no sick or screaming children, no stress from work, no tension over past events, no arguments with significant others, no bills to worry about. It automatically creates a buffer between the patient and the rest of the world. With that buffer in place, without needing to do anything about that yourself, it means you can give the recovery process your undivided attention.
Addiction can affect anyone, it does not care about someone's sex, weight, height, background – it simply takes hold and does not let go. Even though dependence may be a problem that many people share and their goal is often the same, (to live a life free of dependence) how they arrived at that junction is vastly different. There is a wide range of psychological therapies available at inpatient treatment facilities. These are in place to determine why a person started to use in the first place that gradually moved them into their current state. Slowly but surely this will move towards the patient's future in recovery and abstinence. Every program is going to offer different options, so it is important to seek out the type of service that you feel fits your particular situation.
Most people struggling with addiction do so for months, possibly even years. It is rare to see someone who has only had a problem with drugs or alcohol for a few weeks walk through the door. During this treatment, the patient learns how they are going to be able to live a life without addiction once they leave. This means that they have to identify triggers that may cause them to relapse, it means learning how to make smarter decisions in the future and it means learning to deal with problems in a healthy way. These steps take time; there is no quick fix for these struggles. In an inpatient facility, patients have a chance to focus solely on recovery and it allows a much more intense form of treatment.
If a patient is physically dependent on illicit substances, they will experience withdrawal symptoms the moment they stop using their drug of choice. Because these can start to develop mere hours after the patient last used, these problems are the initial focus point during inpatient drug rehab. Some people assume that this is the same as sitting at home, being uncomfortable and hoping for the moment to subside; of course, there is more to it than that. Not only does professional treatment provide a better chance of recovery due to someone being there for you, it also may even help against unforeseen complications. There will be medical professionals on hand throughout the experience that make sure that everything is proceeding according to plan. Even though the withdrawal process is never a pleasant one, they will be sure to make it as comfortable and quick as possible.
During this process, the body undergoes a number of changes. The body has been accustomed to the presence of the drug in question and the fact that it is no longer present may lead to some drastic changes. Depending on the type of illicit substance the patient was dependent on, the body may react in a number of different ways. While every substance and every patient may be different, these are some of the more common reactions:
- Depression – Many narcotics affect the pleasure centers of the brain. When the narcotic no longer provides these pleasurable sensations, the brain may not be able to produce those pleasurable sensations on its own anymore. This can lead to a number of negative symptoms, including depression.
- Weight loss – Oftentimes, the desire for the illicit substance that is now missing is far greater than physical hunger. This means that many people undergoing detoxification will lose weight because they are more concerned with other matters than eating.
- Sleeplessness – A number of opiate drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin and heroin tend to help people who take it to be able to sleep. For those that are going through withdrawal find it difficult to sleep without these substances.
- Paranoia – This is more prevalent in some drugs than others. When the brain misfires during the recovery process, paranoia may be a temporary symptom.
- Anxiety – When a person realizes that they may not be able to nourish their growing desire for a 'fix,' it may lead to significant amounts of anxiety.
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There is no such thing as 'second place' or 'A'- for effort' when it comes to recovery. Someone either recovers or continues to live a life dealing with addiction. If you are serious about making a change for yourself or someone close to you, don't waste your time with lesser options that may seem a little cheaper or a bit more convenient. Instead, go for the treatment with the highest success rate.
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