Rehab: What is it all About?

Inpatient treatment for addiction is most often referred to simply as “rehab”. Although the term has broad meanings in other contexts, most people know roughly what it means in the sense of addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, but few people really know what it entails.

Because there is no standard definition of rehab, people often conflate residential treatment with less comprehensive treatment regimens like outpatient meetings and detox alone. We think of rehab as necessarily involving a period of residential, inpatient addiction treatment to promote recovery. Here is what rehab usually involves and why it’s important for addicts to be treated in a residential environment.

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What Is Rehab?

Rehab programs can include many phases and services. Here is a rundown of what the average inpatient rehab programs provide:

  • Medical Detox: When a person who is addicted to a given substance enters rehab, they undergo a medically supervised period of withdrawal (what occurs when a person with a dependence weans off of the given substance).
  • Residential Treatment: A stay in a dedicated addiction treatment facility for a variable period of time. Residential treatment may include therapies, and group meetings as well as other services.
  • Outpatient Treatment: Many residential rehab programs also use scaled down processes of partial and total outpatient treatment to benefit addicts. This stage may include group meetings and integration with 12-step programs.

How and Why Do People Become Addicts?

It’s important to note that the ideas that addicts are morally sick or weak-willed is outdated and erroneous. The addiction treatment community now sees addiction for what it is; a disease, like heart disease or diabetes, that can be treated by not cured.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), addiction is often linked to drug or alcohol abuse at an early age. Often childhood trauma is responsible for a person’s exposure to drugs and alcohol.

In other cases, addiction can be genetic, meaning someone’s genetic traits may make them more prone to become addicted to substances if exposed to certain triggers. Diseases like PTSD from war or other traumatic circumstances, mental illnesses, and being prescribed pills for pain, anxiety or other conditions may be a factor in starting a cycle of substance abuse and addiction.

What Drugs Do People go to Rehab For?

Here are some highly addictive substances that people frequently need treatment for:

  • Addiction to legal prescription substances is one of the most common cases, ranging from opioids (Oxycodone, Hydrocodone) to benzodiazapines like Valium and Xanax and barbiturates.
  • Alcohol is one of the most common addictive substances, due in part to the fact that it is legal and minimally regulated.
  • Opiates like heroin and Fentanyl are highly addictive and dangerous to users.
  • Stimulants such as different forms of cocaine and PCP are commonly treated in rehab facilities.

Why is Residential Treatment Important?

There’s a this persisting thought process that society has, where people ask, how can we help an addict recover as quickly as possible? Though well-intentioned, this way of thinking is often counterproductive to helping a person who is dealing with addiction.

Studies have found that there is a strong correlation between longer stays in an inpatient rehab environment and efficacy of treatment programs, meaning that those treated for their addiction over a longer period of time lasted longer before a relapse than those treated in a short-term program. These results are even more distinct when comparing residential rehab programs with outpatient and detox-only facilities.

What Does an Effective Rehab Program Include?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse compiled and released guidance literature on effective addiction treatment based on an aggregation of empirical research. Here are some of the highlights:

No Single Treatment is Appropriate for All Addicts

More and more, the best rehab facilities are turning to evidence-based treatment strategies to help an addict recover. Although we know that time spent in a dedicated rehab facility is better than receiving outpatient treatment, we’re learning that no two addicts are the same, and customizing treatment plans to a specific patient’s circumstances.

Treatment Needs to Focus on the Addict, Not Just Their Addiction

Some rehab programs have the tendency to attempt to condition patients to stop using drugs, without treating the underlying causes of their abuse. If addicts are not aware of their triggers, and the choices that put them in this situation, they are likely to relapse more quickly.

Rehabs Need to Take into Account Other Circumstances

Many addicts have mental health issues, past trauma or other circumstances that may make them a unique case to treat in a traditional rehab setting. Assuming that all addicts have extenuating circumstances that contribute to their condition, staff at treatment facilities must take into account the individual needs and self-discovery processes of patients in a customized treatment environment.

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At Lumiere Detox Center, we realize our responsibilities to offer an exceptional rehab experience for our clients. That’s why we build a treatment plan after we meet and learn about you — the causes of your addiction and the way it affects your life.

To learn more about our customized treatment plans, call Lumiere Detox Center today and we’ll show you how you can get on the road to recovery in no time. 855-535-8501