There is a right and a wrong way to do anything in life. The Genesis Program advises anyone searching for compatible alcohol or drug rehab to conduct diligent research before making a commitment. Learning as much as you can will help make the transition into drug rehab much easier. Will it be a location where family members and friends can easily visit? Or, is privacy and distance between the patients and the world most desirable? Will the patient look for an all-male, or an all-female treatment facility? Does holistic treatment sound desirable? Will the patient be satisfied with the staff’s qualifications? There are a ton of questions to ask. One of the best means of observing an establishment up close and personal is to request a tour of the drug rehab facility. This allows the future patient to meet staff members, view the operation, and even talk to inhabitants if allowed.
What Can the Client Expect of Admissions?
Admissions is the process where the drug rehab center learns everything they can about the patient’s condition. What is their drug of choice or substance of addiction? How long have they been addicted? Does family history indicate a propensity toward addiction? Can past medical records be accessed? How will the treatment be paid for? All of these questions are answered and followed up by trained and caring intake specialists who can help speed along the process. Once these things have ironed out, detox can begin, if necessary.
What Will Detox Offer?
Detox is the process that removes harmful toxins from the body in a safe environment. Patients are given a thorough physical and psychological examination to address the addiction and to discover any co-occurring mental disorders like bipolar disorder, anxiety, or depression. The type and length of detox will depend on the addict’s drug or substance of choice, their health, and how long they have used their drug. Medications are administered and adjusted accordingly until the patient’s body and mind stabilize. Detox can last several days, weeks, or months. Generally, the longer someone remains in rehab, the better their chances of a successful rehab. Their treatment will either be inpatient or outpatient. This of course depends on what the facility doctors recommend for the patient.
What Will Rehab Provide?
Moving into a second phase of rehab, the patient is ready for extensive counseling and cognitive therapies that can help them make the connection between their thoughts and actions. This phase of drug rehab can be anywhere from 30 days to 1 year and more depending on the length of addiction. Here, Patients learn a great deal about themselves and the world around them. Specifically, they should learn about why they became addicted, how it has affected others, and ways in which they can manage in society without the need for drugs and alcohol. They especially learn coping mechanisms that will help them remain sober throughout their life. Counseling can be one-on-one, for family members, or as group therapy. Family members benefit from counseling because it helps them to more fully understand their loved one’s addiction. Patients may also be privy to holistic modalities that stress being close to nature and utilizing natural remedies–healthy diets, exercise, forming positive relationships, walking, meditating, and other things that may not rely as much on medication solutions. The “whole” person is treated. In many ways, this can be the most beneficial because it stresses that an addiction can be the result of many things. What patients learn can be leverage for life.
At Genesis, we strongly urge a minimum of 90 days for those who have severe addiction. While this is does not mean that people do not recover in shorter terms of treatment, and sometimes no treatment at all, but our experience has been, in order to treat the whole person and family, 90 days is a minimum. You can see more about how our program offers on our About Us page.
Addiction can sever relationships, destroy careers, and endanger one’s health. The entire process of drug addiction treatment is meant to help individuals get back on the right track to a life of purpose and meaningful living so choosing carefully the program so that the patient, family and treatment center are all in agreement and working toward the same goals. Without everyone having the same goals for treatment the experience will not be as effective as it could be.
Are Aftercare Programs Offered?
Any facility that does not offer an aftercare program should not be on the list for consideration. Aftercare is treatment that can continue for the duration of a lifetime. Patients will continue to have access for medication prescriptions, counseling, and cognitive therapies. Additional psychiatric care can be provided as well.
One of the best things a patient can do for their self is to find a true purpose in life. It happens to be a fact that purpose generally creates a healthier lifestyle in every way. People are more energetic, more friendly, and more determined. An addiction can strip purpose from the addicted person’s existence, and all that is left is a blind, driven urge to revel in their next high—which becomes less and less as their bodies develop more and more tolerance.
If you or a loved one has an addiction or substance abuse problem, drug rehab may be the only viable solution. For those who have gone beyond all hope, there is no other method, other than a clinical drug rehab that is proven to yield positive results in helping individuals to maintain a life of permanent sobriety