Scottsdale, AZ Rehab for Holistic Treatment of Drugs & Alcohol
We at Springboard Recovery, a Scottsdale rehab (for drug and alcohol addiction) center, fully understand that rehabilitation is not a quick and easy process. The more a patient is addicted, the more difficult and extensive it is for them to recover. The effectiveness and length of the rehabilitation process depend on each individual and thus we believe that each case deserves special treatment.
The steps that should be taken in a rehabilitation program vary from person to person and the type of addiction. However, recovering from any addiction always includes these four general elements:
- Admittance and Intake
Admittance and Intake
This deals with determining the proper rehabilitation center or institute the patient should be admitted in. Take note that not all rehabilitation centers admit everyone. Some have fields of specialization while others provide general care.
Before a patient is admitted, he or she will undergo a screening process. The program in which the patient will be recommended to undergo will be decided and if necessary, the patient will be evaluated for dual diagnosis treatment if depression or anxiety is playing a major role. Programs can be categorized into two varieties: outpatient and inpatient.
The screening process often includes getting key pieces of information — like drug use, family history, and even financial history — from the patient. Primarily, the biggest factors that influence the type of treatment that will be provided are the severity and type of addiction.
Almost all kinds of addiction require detoxification. It is usually the first phase of curing drug and alcohol dependency. The concept is simple: The patient must remove all traces of the substance from the body.
During detoxification, the patient might be given maintenance medicine to combat and minimize the effect of withdrawal symptoms. On the other hand, the intensity of the detoxification may depend on the following factors:
- The patient’s physiology
- The severity of the addiction
- The amount of time the patient has been addicted or dependent on the substance or drug
- And other addiction/s the patient may have
It is worth noting that detoxification is one of the biggest hurdles in the rehabilitation process. Its effects on the patient can range from being merely annoying to alarmingly fatal. It the addiction is severe, it is not advisable to detoxify alone or at home. Supervision of an expert or specialist in a rehab center is a must to counter any dangerous effect of substance withdrawal.
After detoxification, the next step is to address and fix the root of the problem: the patient’s reason for addiction. The reason of addiction varies from individual to individual. The goal here is to completely remove that reason to stop the patient from experiencing a relapse.
Rehabilitation is often done as therapy. Rehab therapy may be done in the following manners:
- Individual Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
As its name suggests, individual therapy is provided as a one-on-one session with a therapist or letting an individual recover on his own with a bit of guidance.
Here are a few steps that usually get involved in individual therapy:
- Patients are left to analyze and identify the root of their addiction.
- Patients are given recommendations on how to address the reasons for addiction.
- Patients are suggested to focus their time on rehab and divert their attention with new or existing interests and hobbies.
- Patients are assisted with time management to pull them further away from addiction or thinking about abusive substances.
- Patients are aided in finding and understanding triggers for drug use and know how these triggers can be handled and managed.
Group therapy is the most common type provided to patients, especially if the addiction case is minor. The power of community support and social interactions play a huge role in rehabilitation. Also, group therapy sessions can help patients with socially related substance abuse problems.
Usually, group therapy often encourages patients to share their stories with others. This makes them feel that they are not alone in their struggles and create supportive bonds, thus encouraging and motivating them to achieve recovery.
Basically, family therapy can be defined as an individual or group therapy with family members or friends involved. Family is believed to create more impact on rehabilitation compared to a random stranger providing expert advice. Not all rehabilitation centers do this, though.
In family therapy, family members can join group or individual therapy sessions to provide input and support in the rehabilitation process. Of course, family therapy is not always applicable in all addiction cases, especially if the family itself is the reason for the substance abuse.
Once a patient is done with the rehabilitation program, the next step is complete recovery. This part can be a bit confusing since recovery is something more of a goal than a process, right?
Once a person becomes addicted, the possibility of relapse will always remain. It basically means that a patient has a higher susceptibility to re-addiction. In short, recovery is a lifetime process.
However, this fact should not discourage one and be viewed as something negative. If the rehabilitation process was effective and went well, the recovery part will become a natural part of the patient’s life.
On the other hand, for those with severe cases, it is often recommended for them to live in a sober living facility for some time until they become confident that they will able to continue the recovery process outside the facility without major difficulties and lower chances of relapse.
Also, joining recovery groups is included in the recovery process. At Springboard Recovery, we have groups similar to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Patients are free to join anytime, whether they are enrolled in an inpatient or outpatient program.
In most cases, we recommend scheduling post-rehab therapy sessions, as they can be effective in assisting recovering patients and help them ease into their life after rehab. We also extend our help by encouraging patients to undergo regularly scheduled drug tests for further monitoring.