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Drug Treatment Process

The addiction recovery counsellors here at UK-Rehab field many questions about the drug treatment process. People want to know what is involved in conquering drug abuse and addiction. We are happy to answer those questions because we want to help people get their lives back on track. Having said that, answers to questions about the drug treatment process depend on each person’s individual circumstances.

As we see it, it is far more effective to work with service providers who devise individual treatment plans for each client. We’ve seen far too many people with drug problems fail because the people they expected to help them used the same standard treatment plan they use for everyone else. That ’one-size-fits-all’ philosophy simply does not work on any scale.

The clinics we work with create bespoke treatment plans within the framework of a basic, four-step process:

  • detox
  • rehab therapy
  • reintegration
  • aftercare.

Let’s go through each of these steps in order to help you understand them more thoroughly. You need to be aware that the most effective treatments take full advantage of all four steps.

Step 1 - Detoxification

Anyone with a drug problem serious enough to need professional treatment will have to go through detoxification of some sort. Those with less severe addictions might be suitable for an outpatient or home detox, while the most severe addictions will usually require inpatient detox lasting from seven to 10 days.

Why is detox necessary? Because the addict’s body has developed both a tolerance for, and a dependence on, his or her drugs of choice. The body needs to be able to cleanse itself from the chemical compounds if the tolerance and dependence issues will ever be conquered. Foregoing detox makes it impossible to achieve complete recovery.

With that said, using substitute drugs over a long period does not constitute a successful detox. We will use the common practice of substituting methadone for heroin as an example.

The ineffectiveness of some NHS drug treatments has led to many a heroin addict using methadone for years on end. Yet this is not successful recovery. It is simply transferring a heroin addiction to a new methadone addiction. Successful detox results in the recovering addict being completely free of all substances.

Step 2 - Rehab Therapy

The second step in the process is known as rehab therapy. It consists of a collection of psychotherapeutic treatments designed to get at the deep-rooted psychological and emotional issues linked to drug addiction. Rehab therapy is to psychological dependence what detox is to physical dependence.

Private rehab clinics have a number of different psychotherapeutic choices to work with. Some of the most commonly used treatments include:

  • individual and group counselling
  • physical education and exercise
  • mental and physical challenges
  • cognitive behavioural therapy.

Therapists will pick and choose from their list of options in order to devise a plan that works best for each resident. Throughout the course of treatment, the goal is always to help the individual come to terms with his or her thought processes, emotions, and choices. In so doing, the recovering addict can learn what triggers addictive behaviour and how to avoid it.

Step 4 - Reintegration

Once a residential programme has concluded, the addict must return home to his or her family and community. However, that might be easier said than done. In order to make that transition back to normal life as problem-free as possible, the recovering addict will participate in a number of reintegration therapies.

As an example, a therapist might choose a programme that teaches residents how to find and maintain employment. They do so with the knowledge that gainful employment will help re-establish a sense of personal responsibility and achievement in the lives of the recovering addicts.

Along with these therapies, private clinics typically offer reintegration services that introduce the recovering addict to prospective employers and the community at large. Reintegration works best when family members are on board to provide additional support.

Step 5 - Aftercare

No matter how successful a residential treatment programme is, every recovering addict will face pressures and temptations upon returning home. In order to deal with those pressures and temptations, clinics will provide aftercare services that will pick up where they left off. Aftercare includes things like group support, 12-step programmes, individual counselling, and continued life skills building.

That is the drug treatment process in a nutshell. Of course, the various treatment options within each step are left to the medical professionals and therapists handling the individual case. There are also vast differences between therapies offered by private clinics and those accessible through the NHS and community-based organisations. If you want more details, just call our helpline.

You Can Recover Fully

We would be remiss if we explained the drug treatment process without also explaining that you can recover fully from any drug problem. As long as you are alive and breathing, it is never too late. A full recovery only requires a willingness in you to do whatever it takes to get well.

The first step is for you to admit you have a problem that requires treatment. No one can help you until you make such an admission. If you have already done so, the next step is for you to call our addiction recovery helpline. Our counsellor will provide you with:

  • an assessment of your current drug problem
  • a list of treatment options locally and regionally
  • information regarding the costs of treatment
  • answers to any questions you might have
  • the option to choose and enrol in a treatment programme right away.

At UK-Rehab, our number one priority is to help you get well. We are not in this to make money with no regard to your future; we do what we do because we genuinely care. That’s why you’ll find all of our services are offered free to anyone who calls. That means you have nothing to lose. Why not contact us right away so we can help you get the drug treatment process started immediately. There’s no better time than right now.

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