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Treatment for Drug + Alcohol Abuse
Addiction can be a complicated condition that is manifested by using substances despite harmful consequences. People who have an addiction have a focus on using certain substances, such as drugs or alcohol, and it can get to the point where it takes over their life. Addicts will keep using, even though they know it is causing problems. Addiction doesn’t only just affect the individual, but also the family members and loved ones who surround the individual. Those who suffer from addiction may be aware they have a problem, but may not be able to stop it even if they tried. Those with an addiction or substance abuse disorder have changes in the brain wiring that cause the intense cravings for their substance of choice and make it hard to stop. Imaging studies show that these changes are in areas of the brain that are related to decision-making, behavioral control, memory, and learning. The substances that are taken do even more harmful damage to the brain function. These changes can last long after the immediate effects of the alcohol or drug have worn off.
Symptoms of addiction can be grouped into four categories. These categories are impaired control, social problems, risky use, and drug effects. Impaired control symptoms include a strong urge to use a substance, but there are failed attempts to control it. Social problems can include failure at work, home, or school. Those who are looking to get their next fix may participate in risky behaviors in order to get it. There is also a tolerance built up to the drug over time and addicts will need larger amounts of the drug in order to achieve the same high they are used to.
There are treatment options available. If the addiction is serious and requires more treatment, an inpatient drug rehab program may be the best choice. However, the first step in the treatment process is the recognition of the problem. The treatment may never be successful if the person denies having a problem. Oftentimes, an intervention is the first step that prompts treatment. Since addiction affects so many different aspects of a person’s life, there are multiple types of treatment that are usually required. A health professional first conducts a thorough assessment of symptoms to see what treatment options can work. Usually, a combination of medications and therapy is used and is the most effective. Medications can help control the drug cravings and relieve symptoms of withdrawal. Therapy helps addicts understand motivations and behavior and develop strategies to help with stress and other mental health problems. Individualized treatment is preferred so that there can be treatment for any co-occurring psychiatric conditions that can help improve recovery chances.
What is Inpatient Treatment for Addiction?
An inpatient drug rehab is an intensive residential treatment program that is designed to treat addictions that are serious. Inpatient drug rehab patients will live at the treatment center for various lengths that will depend on the program. The average stay is 30 days, but some facilities will offer longer programs. The length of treatment can depend on how severe the addiction is and if there are any other co-occurring mental health conditions. Studies have shown that the longer a person remains in a patient treatment center, the more likely they are to remain abstinent and have a better outcome.
Many rehabs will also offer family programs since addiction affects everyone. These programs include family activities and counseling. This allows family members to mend trust and help identify any dynamics or relationships that may trigger a relapse. Each drug rehab center will have its own unique accommodations. Some are more basic with a shared room and have more group recreational activities. Some are more luxurious and have a lot of amenities, such as a gym or pool. Many inpatient treatment centers are designed to feel more like a home environment, in order to help ease some of the anxieties that come along with being away from home and loved ones.
Detox is often an important first step for substance abuse treatment during rehab. The goal of detox is to let the body heal after long-term addiction. The process is ridding the body of the drug and then stabilizing the patient, in order to transition to treatment. Detox can be a dangerous process, so it helps if there is medical supervision to make sure the patient is s safe during the process. While some can detox at home before going into treatment, it’s not always the best choice because it may not work as intended and it may not be safe. Going through detox with an addiction treatment program is more beneficial and can lead to safer and long-term recovery. The initial stage can be intense and can include physical symptoms, such as sweating, anxiety, and muscle aches. How bad the detox process will be will depend on the length of addiction, the drugs that are used, and the dose of the drug when the patient is entering detox. The half-life of the drug can also play a role.
What to Expect at Our Inpatient Drug Rehab
At The Ajna Center, our drug rehab in San Diego the residential program is there to guide you through the struggles and is geared toward success. Therapy that is included in the program includes weekly individual sessions, group therapy sessions, recreational therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and life skills development. There is also relapse prevention and referrals for continued treatment after the inpatient program is over. One of the important things to note is that addiction is very individual and a patient needs treatment that will focus on their needs. Choosing a smaller rehab program, such as The Ajna Center allows patients to get the individual care they need from beginning to end. Our location in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, just outside San Diego also helps provide a setting that will encourage patients to focus on their recovery, instead of the hassles of everyday life.
How Our San Diego Rehab Center Can Help You Recover
The Ajna Center offers the latest in substance abuse treatment at our residential setting in San Deigo that offers you individualized treatment options. Call us today to begin your journey of healing at a treatment center that truly cares about the outcome.