Drug Rehab, Treatment & Aftercare
Drug addiction is a recognized medical condition categorized by a person’s dependency on or the abuse of a substance. While there are many different treatment options available to people with drug addictions, many remain untested and can even be dangerous.
Many celebrities and regular people have struggled with drug addictions. Drug addiction is one of the hardest challenges a human can face during the course of their life. It can be very hard to stop habits you have but addictions are vicious.
There is no shame in admitting you need support, and it is imperative you get the right help. At ADT Healthcare we can help you put an end to your drug addiction and assist you in rebuilding a new life for yourself.
Rehab is one of the treatment options that has been tested and proven to be a successful way to treat drug addiction. No matter what treatment a person pursues, it is important they do so under the advisement of a doctor or addiction specialist.
Rehab Programme Overview at ADT Healthcare
Most rehab programs are divided into several uniformed steps. Most programs will start with an assessment where a doctor or therapist will gain a general understanding of your addiction and come up with a personalized treatment plan.
Next, you will go to the centre and complete detox. This is the time period where you will go through withdrawal as all traces of the drug leaves your body and your brain/body readjust to functioning without it.
After detox, you will spend your time in rehab going to various kinds of therapy sessions to work through any issues you have and learn valuable coping skills. Finally, before you leave the rehab centre should help you figure out an aftercare plan.
Ready to get help?
At ADT, we offer high-quality rehabilitation & detoxification services tailored to your individual needs.
To discover your road to recovery, call us today on 0800 138 0722.
Do I Need to Go to Rehab?
Many young people experiment with all sorts of drugs, however, for some people it does not stop at experimenting. If you are someone who uses drugs regularly and feels there is no way out, you should have a conversation with your loved ones about which treatment options would suit you.
It can be hard to be objective about your own sobriety and admit you have a problem. For this reason, you may want to seek the advice of a doctor or addiction specialist. Addiction is a disease and most people who suffer from addiction do not have the ability to get sober and avoid relapse without any help.
For this reason, if you have an addiction, it is vital to your own health and life that you consider going to rehab. Many people believe if they have not hit rock bottom that it is unnecessary for them to go to rehab, but that is a myth. Do not wait to hit rock bottom to seek help.
Many people feel ashamed if they admit to their drug abuse, and there is a certain belief that caving into an addiction shows weakness. At ADT Healthcare we believe this is nothing further from the truth. Addiction is an illness, just like depression and anxiety. There is no shame in admitting to the fact you need drug rehab.
Types of Treatment for Drug Addiction
There are generally three types of drug treatment options that you can choose from. Each option has its benefits, and the one you choose should reflect your own priorities and needs. If you would like someone to talk through your options with you, do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 138 0722.
The types of treatments available are:
Inpatient treatment is when a person goes and stays at a treatment centre all day, every day. Inpatient treatment includes full-time care by a team of doctors, nurses, therapists, and other professionals. This team helps an addict stay safe and provides them with the tools needed to stay sober once they leave.
Outpatient treatment/rehab is when a person continues living their life at home and may continue to partake in regular life activities such as work, school, or social events. During this time they will go to various appointments/sessions to aid with sobriety. Generally, outpatient treatment is only recommended for people who have already gone through an inpatient program or for very minor cases.
3. Day Programmes
Day programs are more intensive than most outpatient treatment, but not full time like inpatient treatment. For a day program, a person will spend their entire day at a treatment centre but continue to sleep at their own home. It is still generally recommended that a person complete detox in a full inpatient program, even if they are going to move to a day program after.
How to Choose the Rehab Programme
There are lots of rehab program options, so it can be tricky knowing which one to pick. Before you start your search consider things like how long you want/need to be in the program, what kind of therapy/treatment options are you looking for, do you want to use a substitution medicine during detox, and what other features (such as nutritional components) do you want?
No one can answer these questions but you as what works for one person does not always work for another.
Inpatient treatment is generally the type of rehab recommended by most professionals. It offers the best chance at success and is safer for the person than the other options, especially during the detox phase.
Beyond detox, inpatient therapy gives a person the time they need to focus solely on their recovery. They can let go of outside temptations, expectations, and responsibilities.
What Does Drug Rehab Include?
At ADT Healthcare, we have decades of experience in treating substance addictions. The staff at our inpatient facilities are highly trained in treating and understanding all types of addictions.
Through our own successes, we have narrowed down the three main stages to any addiction recovery. These include:
1. Drug Detox
The first step to getting sober is going through detox. Detox is the process of allowing all traces of the drug to leave your system and giving your body/brain time to adjust to operating without the substance.
This is generally when the most intense withdrawal symptoms occur, though some symptoms may continue as a part of post-acute-withdrawal syndrome. During detox, a patient will be monitored very closely to ensure that they are safe. A doctor may prescribe medications to minimize withdrawal symptoms for safety and/or comfort.
Therapy is an essential part of rehab and staying sober. During this time a person will adjust to life while sober and learn the skills needed to stay sober once they leave. There are different kinds of therapy that a person may go to while in rehab, including individual, group, and special therapies such as art therapy, animal therapy, music therapy, and acupuncture.
Aftercare is the care a person receives after they leave rehab. It has been proven that a person is most likely to relapse during their first six months sober, and aftercare is the best way to avoid that.
Aftercare includes any therapy or support group sessions a person continues to go to. During these sessions, a person will continue to learn coping skills for dealing with life while remaining sober and receive support and encouragement.
Therapies for Drug Addiction
At each of our inpatient facilities, there is a team of psychologists and counselling experts who are there to help you address any issues associated with your alcohol addiction, and to help you get to the root of your addictive behaviour.
Some therapies which are known to encourage patients towards recovery include:
CBT is a type of talking therapy. CBT's main goal is to help you understand your own thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors and then change any that impact you negatively.
Group therapy is led by a therapist or counselor and gives patients the time to work together and give each other support and encouragement. Group therapy gives a patient a support system of people who they can relate to.
Individual therapy is any private session between a single patient and a therapist. This gives the therapist time to help the patient figure out more about their individual circumstances and recovery.
These are therapies that focus on a person's mental, physical, and spiritual health. They may utilize acupuncture, massage therapy, aromatherapy, and other homeopathic remedies.
These are therapies that focus on a person's health/issues beyond their addiction but still aid in the recovery process.
EMDR stands for eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing. It is a new treatment that has been proven to help patients with PTSD and to help people process suppressed memories and emotions.
Trauma therapy is a therapy designed to help a person process and cope with psychological trauma. Trauma can be any event that your body/brain perceived as a threat to your life, health, or sanity.
Grief therapy is therapy that helps a person process loss in their life. People with addictions usually process and deal with grief by using a substance, so it is important during recovery that they learn to deal with grief while staying sober.
Family counselling incorporates the family and friends of the person who is struggling with addiction. It helps the addict rebuild damaged relationships and gain the needed support system.
How Long Are Drug Rehab Programmes?
Most drug rehab programs are either thirty, sixty, or ninety days. Most people will need more than thirty days to complete the detox process and have all the time that they need to recover and attend initial therapy.
However, some people may opt to start with a thirty-day inpatient program and then move to a day program or outpatient program. There are also sober living facilities and halfway houses for anyone who needs extended/long-term care.
How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?
There are a variety of factors that go into how much drug rehab costs. Location, length of stay, and the various amenities that they offer all play a part. Most rehab centres should offer things like medicine, access to doctors, and therapy, but some rehab centres have a long list of amenities and recreational activities such as swimming, riding horses, etc.
Before entering a rehab program, consider what you are willing to spend and what you expect to be provided.
Which Drug Addictions Can You Go to Rehab For?
We offer a variety of different treatments for a variety of drug and substance addictions. Each of our programmes will be tailored to your individual needs and will depend on the type of substance you are addicted to, how long you have been using it, and the amount you have consumed.
The drug addictions we offer treatment for include:
Opioids are prescribed medically as a pain killer, but the brain can quickly become dependant on and addicted to the drug, making it hard to stop. Often rehab centers will slowly ease a person off of opioids, rather than going cold turkey, as the withdrawal can be intense.
Common opioids are codeine, methadone, fentanyl, hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone.
Heroin is a type of opioid, but it is illegal for medical and recreational purposes due to the risks associated with it. It is a highly addictive drug and is also extremely dangerous.
Depressants slow down brain activity, which causes a user to feel extremely relaxed. It is used by people to achieve a euphoric feeling, and some are used as date-rape drugs. Common depressants are barbiturate, benzodiazepines, GHB, and sedative-hypnotics.
Stimulants are the opposite of a depressant. They make people attentive, alert, and energetic. As a prescribed drug, a stimulant may be used to treat conditions like ADHD and narcolepsy, but it is easy to abuse stimulants. Stimulants that are commonly abused include cocaine, amphetamines, and methamphetamine.
Hallucinogens can be both natural and synthetic. They are any drug that causes people to experience hallucinations as the main symptom. There is not a lot of research about hallucinogen addiction, but common types are LSD, MDMA (ecstasy), ketamine, psilocybin (mushrooms), and peyote. Hallucinogens are most common in younger crowds.
Cannabis is a sedative though it is also known to cause hallucinations. People who use illicit drugs often start with cannabis, and it is often therefore known as the 'gateway drug.'
While it is more common, and therefore often considered less dangerous by users, it can lead to addiction and interfere with a person's life in significant ways.
Cannabis abuse often leads to issues with memory, cognitive ability, energy levels, and chemical processes in the brain.
How is Medication Used to Treat Addiction?
There are two main ways that medication is used to treat addiction. First, it is used as a tool to treat withdrawal symptoms and minimize cravings. This increases the comfort of the patient (as well as safety) and increases their chances of staying sober.
Second, there are some medications designed to help a person stay away from the substance they are addicted to. These medications can change the way the body reacts/processes certain substances so that using them is no longer pleasurable.
Get Help Today
For more information on the types of drug rehab we can offer you, or the nature of our drug treatment programmes, call us today on 0800 138 0722.
Being Aware of Withdrawal Symptoms During Drug Rehab
Withdrawal symptoms are the symptoms that a person experiences as a substance leaves their body completely and has to readjust to operating without it. Acute withdrawal (which is the withdrawal a person feels during detox) is the most intense and can last from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the substance and intensity of addiction.
After a person finishes detox and acute withdrawal, they may experience what is known as PAWS (post-acute withdrawal syndrome), which is withdrawal symptoms (many psychological ones) that come and go long-term.
Here is a list of the most common withdrawal symptoms:
- Clammy skin
- Mood swings
- Insomnia/sleep problems
- Digestive issues
- Changes in appetite
- Weight loss
Signs a Loved One Needs to Go to Rehab
You can break the signs of drug addiction down into two main categories: behavioural signs and physical signs. You may notice behavioural signs first as a lot of physical signs can be hidden.
1. Behavioural signs:
- Fluctuating energy levels
- Severe mood swings
- Distancing themselves from family and friends
- Surrounding themselves with new and questionable people
- Worsening chronic health issues
- Inability to quit, even if they express a desire to do so
- Lack of inhibitions
2. Physical signs:
- Eye twitching
- Elevated blood pressure
- Problems breathing
- Red eyes
- Dilated pupils
- Lack of awareness
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Memory problems
How to Help a Loved One Go to Rehab
Someone with a substance addiction often experiences pretty serious denial. The best chance you have at breaking through to a loved one and convincing them to go to rehab is with an intervention.
Often when everyone that an addict cares about sits down and explains how the person’s choices are negatively impacting them, they finally see the problem and agree to go to rehab. If you are not sure how to hold an intervention, it is a good idea to hire a professional interventionist.
They will be able to walk you through the process, help you decide who to invite, help everyone figure out what to say, and will know how to diffuse the situation if it starts to get to tense.
What Happens After Drug Rehab?
After drug rehab, it is important that a person continues going to therapy, going to support groups, and continues to receive some type of treatment. Studies have shown that the first six months of sobriety is when a person is most likely to relapse, but having these support systems in place helps a person avoid it.
At ADT Healthcare, we ensure that you are not alone once you leave one of our drug rehabilitation facilities. As part of your treatment programme, we offer up to a year of free aftercare which includes access to the therapies listed above.
This also includes a detailed aftercare plan, which will be produced post-rehab with the assistance of our in-house psychologists, psychiatrists, and physicians. Our main priority is keeping you safe and on track to a drug-free life.
Start Your Journey Today
At ADT, we offer high-quality rehabilitation & detoxification services tailored to your individual needs.
To discover your road future free from substance abuse, call us today on 0800 138 0722.