Phases of the substance abuse rehab process

We all know that it usually starts as a benign bad habit, with no intentions of getting way too deep and tangled up in it. However, what started as a benign, relatively soon take the control over your life and integrates into every aspect of it. Affecting your behavior, physical condition, relationships, social abilities and working capacity in a fatal manner, drugs or alcohol tend to demolish people’s lives till the point of barely possible turning back to straight. It was the phase when everyone hooked up on any substance should call for professional help. However, most addicts spend an extended period of denial, and the help is usually called when the things get extremely bad. It is why recognizing the problem in an early stage is essential, as well as making a strong decision to get better as soon as possible. Once the initial trigger for healing process occurs inside the addicted person, it will take a lot of patience, consistency, strength, and support for following steps of the rehab. Going through all of these within some specialized, high-quality rehab center is the best option.

Intake and assessment phase

post1aAt the beginning of the treatment, the assigned doctor will complete detailed history of patient’s addiction, including all the taken drugs and substances, side effects, health issues, doses and periods of abuse, as well as the psychological aspects of personality, social troubles, and damages caused by patient’s addiction. Full profiling of the patient will be conducted so that the following therapy phases could be personalized and adjusted to the threats of a given patient.

Phase of detoxifying

The stage of detox is essential in a rehab, but it is also the critical point when a lot of health issue might emerge due to withdrawal effect and symptoms. A specialized team of doctors monitors this process, and the patient has to introduce precisely with the upcoming events. During this phase, all the taken substances will be eliminated from the body in the controlled conditions and with expert’s managing the symptoms. It will take some time for the body to adjust its functioning without every day’s dose of a given substance and this turbulent period might cause pain, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, fever, hallucinations, sleeping troubles, blood pressure and heart beating fluctuations and many more troubling symptoms.

post1cPsychotherapy for fundamental changes

Most quality rehab centers provide various types of psychotherapy and direct every patient into adequate session according to his or her character issues and emotional traits. This phase is essential for long – term success of the rehab because many patients end up struggling with vices due to failing to overcome various emotional issues. post1bDuring this phase, specialized shrinks and psychologists work with patients and help them achieve inner balance and strength for new, clean and healthy life.

Additional aspects of a rehab process

Aside two main phases when the patient is treated physically and psychologically, rehab should include creative workshops, training of social skills and interactions, working therapy and various other activities that will help the soon-to-become-ex addict to re-integrate into society. This phase should also include prevention of relapses, family therapy, and assistance while searching for a new job or home for the patient.