You may have heard of it, or of a friend who’s been there.
People may even have told you that you need to go to one, but what exactly is a drug or alcohol rehab? What do they do and how do they do it?
Drug or alcohol rehab is a global name given to the processes used to aid in the treatment of dependency on psychoactive substances including alcohol, prescription drugs, and “street”or illicit drugs such as cocaine, heroin or amphetamines.
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“A rehabilitation clinic or ‘rehab’ is a center specifically designed for the purpose of assisting people with the difficult task of putting an end to behaviors they find are negatively impacting their lives.”
Because drugs and alcohol change a person’s mental capacity and therefore their personality, albeit temporarily, these two substances can very easily be the reason behind persons negative behavioral changes and therefore the use of them must be stopped before any real behavioral changes can be made.
* If a drug user or alcoholic wants to stop, a drug or alcohol rehab center would offer him/her the support, guidance and knowledge to help him/her along the way to a better and more fulfilling lifestyle. *
Drug and alcohol centers are different in many ways, including approach to patient, activities and structure of day, but most often even the two most unlike rehab centers will most likely incorporate the following elements into their treatment program:
* Detoxification – this is the name given to the period where the patient has stopped using drugs and is now ridding his/her system of them. Some rehab centers offer medical assistance for this process and some advocate the use of exercise.
* Behavioral modification – this is a process whereby therapeutic sessions with probing analysis of the patients behavior are coupled with techniques proven to help change or curb impulse behavior.
* Group sessions – where users and addicts share stories and discuss scenarios are used to discover the underlying emotional and/or psychological reasons or triggers behind the self-destructive behavior.
Specific to the case (but not uncommon) is the practice of bringing close friends and family of the patient into the center for moral and emotional support as well as to act as a barometer of the level of success of the patients’ journey into recovery.
“In synopsis, alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers are institutions with the sole purpose of aiding and guiding an individual away from alcohol and/or drugs and towards a more productive and enjoyable lifestyle.”