The goal of treatment for drug addiction or abuse is total abstinence. The chances greatly improve when addict is in otherwise good health and has good social and family support.
For individuals with long term abuse of drug, it becomes even more difficult to end their abusive behaviour. Drugs would have been an integral part of their lives for so long, that they are just not able to imagine a life without it.
For such addicts Residential Drug rehabilitation is the best available option. It allows them to move into a clean and sober environment. Being away from the destructive atmosphere and supported almost 24/7 by peers, counsellors and other trained staff, greatly helps the individuals in undergoing the recovery process.
Treatment for Drug Addiction
The first step to recovery is when the addict accepts that he has a problem and agrees to seek help. Residential Treatment is a recommended treatment for drug abusers, as it allows them to move into a clean and sober environment. Being away from the destructive atmosphere and supported almost 24/7 by peers, counselors and other trained staff, greatly helps the individuals in undergoing the recovery process. The treatment has 3 stages:
- Detoxification (detox): Long time drug abuse results in the residues of these substances to remain in the body, resulting in cravings for these substances. This hinders the recovery process. Detox is the first step of the recovery process intended to remove the additive substances from the body.
The addict undergoes withdrawal symptoms. This process is done under the supervision of the trained staff comprising of physicians and physiatrist. The individual undergoing detox is monitored for the physical and psychological symptoms.
- Rehabilitation: The Recovery or the Rehabilitation process at Trucare uses the structured 12-Step process in treating addictive and dysfunctional behaviors. The 12 step process was first used by Alcoholic Anonymous as a clearly defined protocol to be followed to recover from alcohol dependency. However this is not merely a process to stop drinking or to stop abusing drugs. It becomes the foundation to starting a new way of life.
The recovery process lasts for anywhere between 3 to 6 months. Though the focus is on recovering from addiction, the program works towards re-establishing the addicts as responsible and productive individuals. The program enables them to make life style changes and manage their feelings that will help them to abstain from alcohol abuse. The program also helps the individual to improve their health, self esteem and regain their confidence to be able to live a fulfilling life.
- Maintenance of Sobriety: The success of rehabilitation depends on maintaining the sobriety. Although self motivation plays a major role, support is also a key factor. Along with family and social support it is important to have regular Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meetings. For relapse prevention. Preventing relapse is crucial for maintaining the effects of any Drug Rehabilitation program.