What’s the Drug Addiction Treatment Process?
The drug treatment process normally involves intake, medical or social detox, therapy and drug treatment, education, and maintenance or aftercare. Each of these steps is important, although several of them will overlap.
The rehabilitation process will typically follow this pattern:
The first step of attending drug rehab is an intake assessment, where you will discuss condition, current drug use, current condition, physical and mental health, and willingness or motivation to recover. This information is sometimes combined with drug and other blood tests and will include several interviews and questionnaires. This information is used to determine drug treatment that will work for you, to set up medical or social detox, and to ensure that you get the treatment you need.
Detox or detoxification is the process of controlling the drug withdrawal process so that you can get off the substance safely, but the process and duration will depend on the drug. In some cases, this involves tapering doses of drugs like Lorazepam to prevent dangerous symptoms. At Lighthouse Treatment Center, we offer a completely customized drug detox, which typically lasts for 3-10 days. In most cases, drug detox is social (without medication to reduce cravings). However, our full medical staff are available to offer you the complete support and medical care to move you safely through the detox process.
In most cases, detox will begin within a few hours of your last dose of the drug and will progressively worsen over the first four to seven days. In some cases, symptoms begin later and last up to two weeks. Your progress during detox is monitored by both medical doctors and physicians, which is used to determine the next best steps as you leave detox.
Drug addiction is multifaceted and often a symptom of underlying problems, resulting in a disorder of the brain. Inpatient addiction treatment is an important part of recovery and if you have the time and means to take it, it is greatly beneficial to your ability to stay clean. Counseling and behavioral therapy will help you to analyze and recognize your mental and emotional behavior and make positive changes, which will work to prevent a relapse. You will also receive counseling and group counseling as well as complementary therapies such as exercise and meditation to improve physical and mental help.
Education is a big part of recovery at Lighthouse Treatment Center in Orange County. Our clients attend lectures, learn together in groups, and work to learn more about substance use, relapse, and staying clean.
Maintenance or Aftercare
When your stay in a rehab center comes to an end, a quality drug treatment program will help you in moving back into your everyday life. This may involve direction to supportive services, help integrating into a halfway or sober house, or other assistance depending on your needs. The best rehab centers offer an extensive aftercare program for this purpose, and provide help for you to move into sober living, offer ongoing therapy and support, and work with you to ensure that you integrate back into your life without returning to drug use.