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What Does A Treatment Plan Consist Of At A Drug Rehab Center?

Dr. Anna Pickering

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Dr. Anna Pickering

April 3, 2019

A typical treatment plan in a drug rehab center consists of several steps, each of which is designed to treat one aspect of your addiction. And while it won’t be a cake walk, it will bring you one step closer to a drug-free life.

Detoxification Cleans Your Body

When you first check into a drug rehabilitation center, detoxification will begin. This process consists of carefully monitoring your withdrawal symptoms while your body processes and frees itself from any addictive chemical still in your system. Sometimes, replacement medicines will be used to treat severe withdrawal. Sometimes, this process can take up to two weeks to finish.

During detoxification, you are likely to feel a variety of painful withdrawal symptoms. Many of these symptoms were likely what forced you to continue using if you ever tried to quit in the past. However, if you have never experienced withdrawal symptoms, expect to feel:

  • Restless
  • Nauseated
  • The need to vomit
  • Depressed
  • Physically sore

In severe cases, you may even experience seizures or delirium tremens, which may cause hallucinations. However, the rehabilitation experts will work to decrease the severity of these symptoms and help you deal with any pain or suffering. They will also attend to any health problems you may have suffered due to your addiction.

Sometimes, you may also be prescribed an addiction medication to aid in your recovery. These medicines have different purposes: some eliminate physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings while others will make you sick should you return to use.

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Psychological Care Eliminates Underlying Influences

Caring for your physical addiction is just the beginning of the process. The second and perhaps most important, step will be assessing any underlying psychological influences on your addiction. People with psychological problems (also known as co-occurring disorders) often suffer from drug addiction. These mental health concerns often contribute more heavily to addiction than the physical aspect.

As a result, people who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health problems often need to get them addressed in drug rehabilitation. The process of assessing and treating psychological addiction influences requires specific treatment ideas, such as:

Once co-occurring disorders have been diagnosed, you and your therapist will create a treatment plan that will help you deal with these influences. As a result, regular meetings with a therapist and mood-stabilizing medicines are likely.

Behavioral Modification Eliminates Addiction Behaviors

While treating your psychological concerns may help eliminate vital aspects of your addiction, they don’t get rid of the behavioral aspect. People are creatures of habit and many people lapse back into addiction simply because their behavior patterns are stuck.

That’s why many rehabilitation centers offer behavioral modification therapy. These techniques will eliminate those patterns of negative behavior and replace them with positive coping mechanisms.

Common behavioral therapies that help treat addiction include:

After completing behavioral modification, your impulse to use should be broken, helping you to avoid dangerous relapses and potentially beating addiction forever. However, there is one last step before you’re done: aftercare.

Aftercare Is Essential For Life-Long Success

Aftercare is what comes after you finish a typical drug rehabilitation program. It helps keep tabs on your progress and steer you in the right direction. Often, it consists of regular therapy sessions, regular checkups on your progress, drug education classes, employment training, and even spending time in a transitional home.

This last step is designed to help you ease into a drug-free life with little to no friction. It also helps create a structure for you to follow, one which may have been lacking in your life of addiction. For many people who just finished rehabilitation, it seals the deal on their recovery.

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While drug addiction treatment plans will vary, most will follow this basic guideline. If you think this type of therapy sounds right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us at as soon as possible. Our advice and guidance can help you find the treatment center and therapy types that works for your needs.

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