At Genesis Recovery, the mission is to help recovering addicts find their way back to a life of normalcy and purpose. Whether the addiction is alcohol or drugs, there is a treatment plan that can be tailor-made to fit each individual. Addictions are just as unique as the individuals who suffer from them. No two individuals arrived at their present dilemma in the same way, and no two individuals will overcome their addiction in quite the same way.
Making the Decision to Seek Clinical Help
Herein lies the first miracle an addicted individual will experience—the desire to seek help. What proceeds this is a deep, heartfelt understanding that life has taken a turn for the worse. Once a patient decides to seek rehab, an intake and assessment process is conducted by the treatment center. Skilled and helpful intake specialists will gather pertinent information about the patient’s history of substance abuse along with that of any family members.
The patient may also be asked to fill out a questionnaire. In addition, the center may also request medical records. The reason for such thoroughness is to ensure that each patient receives the best clinical help available. An intake specialist will also work with a patient to help determine their best method of payment, and to assist with alternative payment methods if applicable.
Patients are placed in an inpatient or outpatient program and instructed as to what they can, or cannot, bring. The goal is to place patients in a focused, safe, and protected environment where they can concentrate on their program. Detox can be challenging for many. This is the first and often most crucial stage of rehab. Harmful chemicals are removed from the patient’s body, and medications are administered while they are monitored around the clock. Detox can last several days, or several weeks or more, depending on the client’s level of addiction, their length of addiction, and their general health. It can be a challenging experience. In no way should anyone dry to detox alone. It can be physically dangerous, and even deadly.
Once the client’s body and mind are relatively stable, they can more easily transition into rehab where medications can be adjusted. They also attend counseling sessions and are introduced to therapeutic and cognitive therapies. Genesis Recovery knows that individuals recover best when the “whole” person is assisted and treated. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an extremely effective, and tried and proven method that nets exceptional results for patients. CBT is a common type of talk therapy (psychotherapy) where patients work with mental health counselors to help the patient become more aware of how their thinking has impacted, negatively or positively, their life’s outcomes. It allows them to view challenging situations in a more positive manner so they can tailor their response.
Components of an effective drug treatment program will include the following:
- Comprehensive medical detox
- Individual, group, or family counseling
- Safe, clinical management of the patient’s medications
- Education about addiction and its causes
- Building of coping skills
- Comprehensive follow-up and care
Residential treatment is generally thought of as the best solution for long-term addiction recovery. Thus, a patient is wise to spend considerable time in assessing what programs will work best and offer the most comprehensive treatments. Not every treatment center is created equal, though many offer solid support.
One of the best ways to gain a better understanding of a treatment center’s services is to call and arrange a free tour. Observe the facility and how patients are treated. Ask the rehab center if they can show proof (preferably from an outside source) of their success rate in treating patients. It is also helpful if a rehab facility of interest offers a robust website presence for easy public access.
Finding Purpose Through Rehab
An effective drug treatment outfit will also work hard to help patients regain a purpose in life. Quite often, an addiction can literally strip a person of any purpose—save finding their next fix and relishing their next high. Addiction is a vicious cycle where the body constantly makes an adjustment to build up resistance to harmful toxins. Thus, the patient ends up taking more drugs, or taking them more frequently. There is no solution other than professional rehab.
If suffering from a personal addiction, or suffering with a loved one with an addiction, it is best to seek immediate help. Most people are not positioned in life to deal with someone else’s addiction for long. Rehab works—and a life is a terrible thing to waste.