What You Need to Know about Drug RehabThe nation’s opioid crisis continues to destroy and claim lives as ever-increasing numbers abuse prescription painkillers and other highly addictive substances. Alcohol abuse is widespread, with the rate of Alcohol Use Disorder increasing among certain demographics. Benzodiazepines are commonly abused in what many medical professionals are referring to as a hidden epidemic. All of these substances present serious health risks to users, including the possibility of overdose, the physical decay wrought by heroin, the cognitive decline of alcoholism, or the severe withdrawal symptoms of benzodiazepine dependence. Today, it is not just an opioid crisis we have on our hands; it’s an addiction crisis. While many try to quit on their own and live a life of sobriety, few make it. The only proven effective defense is drug rehab. If you or a loved one has a drug addiction, this is what you should know about drug rehab.
Why People Need Drug RehabApart from the obvious health hazards of using such drugs, there are numerous threats posed by addiction. Addiction is a full-fledged disease that compels one to keep using a given substance, no matter the cost to one’s physical, emotional, mental, social, or spiritual health. Addiction may arise due to desperation to control chronic pain, a primary cause of the nation’s opioid epidemic. It may come out of an attempt to soothe some unacknowledged emotional pain, trauma, or anxiety. Regardless of the form it takes, addiction has profound consequences for every aspect of one’s life, worsening problems rather than addressing them.
Choosing the Right Drug RehabDue to the variety of experiences and situations addicts face, there are numerous considerations to take into account when searching for the right care. How do you know what kind of rehab to go to? How long should it be? Should you have follow-up care? How long does that last? The questions about finding the right rehab for your addiction can be overwhelming. In order to get yourself started on the right track to finding a drug rehabilitation program that meets your needs, here are some characteristics to think about:
- Inpatient drug rehab or outpatient program (IOP)?
- 30 day, 60 day, or 90 day drug rehab?
- 12-step program, clinical treatment, or both?
- Holistic or experiential programs?
- Medical detox on-site or referred?
- Co-occurring disorder treatment?
- Gender-specific or gender-separate treatment?
- Drug rehab environment?
The Need for Medical DetoxDetoxification is often the first step that addicts face when deciding to confront an addiction. Addiction often comes with serious physical and mental withdrawal symptoms when clients cease using certain drugs. There are a number of variables that determine whether a person should participate in medically-monitored detox from drugs. They are:
- Substance type (alcohol, meth, heroin, etc)
- Time elapsed since last use
- Amount of substance used
- Presence of co-occurring disorder (dual-diagnosis)
- Other medications used
Inpatient Drug Rehab (Residential Care)A major consideration when searching for drug rehab care is determining what type of treatment you should have: inpatient or outpatient. Inpatient drug rehab or residential treatment centers provide 24-hour care for clients with drug or alcohol addictions. Inpatient rehab typically involves staying at a residential facility where clients participate in:
- focused recovery programs
- skill-building sessions
- group and individual therapy
- community-based exercises
- clinical psychotherapy
- exercise/holistic therapy
- 12-Step curricula (if offered)
Outpatient Drug RehabWith outpatient care, clients usually live at home, at an extended care facility, or in a sober living home and attend therapy and other forms of care at a separate outpatient facility. Outpatient care is often appropriate for clients who need continued structure and guidance following primary care at an inpatient facility. As with inpatient rehab, outpatient programming varies greatly from facility to facility, but often have the following features:
- Group therapy
- 12-Step workshops/meetings (if applicable)
- Case management
- Holistic classes (yoga, meditation, etc)
- Skill-building workshops
- Career/education resources
- Access to psychotherapy
Inpatient Drug Rehab vs. Outpatient Drug RehabInpatient and outpatient care are both possible options, but determining which is best for a particular individual depends on their personal needs. If one has a supportive environment conducive to recovery at home, outpatient rehab care may be effective. However, if one’s usual environment provides opportunities to access addictive substances or leaves one susceptible to dangerous peer pressure, inpatient care is most often the right call. The severity of one’s condition plays a critical a role in this decision, with more intensive inpatient approaches suitable for moderate to severe cases of substance abuse. Granite Recovery Centers’ team of professionals works across disciplines to develop the right recovery plan for each individual. They also provide guidance for those who complete primary residential rehab treatment and need to find the next step in their journey towards recovery. Whether you opt for inpatient or outpatient care, no matter what your history and struggles with substance abuse are, we will help you set solid, achievable recovery goals and develop a detailed plan to achieve them. Our team will take you or your loved one’s unique challenges before and during recovery into account, and help find the best fit for you, whether it’s residential inpatient treatment, extended care, sober living, outpatient counseling.
Aftercare: Stepping Down to Extended Care & Sober LivingAftercare in the form of extended care and sober living, is all about transitioning back into independent living, and giving individuals continued resources, direction, and purpose as they continue on their recovery journey. It’s also about offering strategies and techniques when temptation or difficult circumstances inevitably arise.
Extended Care Program FeaturesGranite Recovery Centers has options for extended care rehab in four New Hampshire locations for those who desire the continued structure and support of post-primary care. Our Extended Care Programs feature the following:
- Daily/weekly meetings and workshops
- Daily/weekly psychotherapeutic sessions offsite at a designated IOP
- Daily/weekly goal-setting and check-ins
- A 12-Step environment, daily/weekly progress evaluations of step work
- Gender-separate facilities
- 12-step coursework continuation
- Skill-building (life skills: financial management, finding employment, etc)
- Individual and Group Psychotherapy at off-site IOP
- Case Management
- 12-Step Study
- Goal Setting
Sober Living Options at GRCSober living homes can house clients who need a structured environment to continue getting well. Sober living houses offer:
- Staff that help keep residents on the path to independent living
- Rules about conduct and cleanliness
- An abstinent environment
- 12-Step meetings
- Steel-on-Steel peer groups
- Access to Big Book workshops at Pritts Recovery Center
- Regular and random drug testing
- Residents must obtain a sponsor within their first week of residence
- Residents must secure at least one service position within their first week of residence
- Participation in chores and house cleaning
Co-Occurring Disorders in Drug RehabAnother consideration for choosing the right drug rehab for your addiction is whether or not they treat co-occurring disorders (formerly known as dual-diagnosis). A co-occurring disorder is when a client struggles with both a drug or alcohol addiction in conjunction with a psychological disorder, such as:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
12-Step Approach to Drug RehabilitationGranite Recovery Centers uses a unique approach to recovery. While many drug rehab facilities incorporate 12-step work into their treatment in some form, few treat it as foundational from Day 1, combining it with clinically-backed, evidence-based psychotherapy. At Granite Recovery Centers, step work provides the structure that therapy and other clinical modalities inform and reinforce. These two components of our approach are tightly intertwined and inseparable, and each is key to how we plan and structure recovery for our patients. The 12 steps provide an outline and road map for recovery, while therapy provides patients the renewed perspective and emotional tools necessary to get there.
Exercise and Holistic Therapy as a Part of TreatmentExercise and holistic therapies, such as yoga and meditation, has proven helpful and therapeutic along the road to sobriety in drug rehab. While some addiction specialists argue that body-centered therapies are necessary for successful rehabilitation from addiction, not all drug rehab centers offer it as part of treatment. We believe that since addiction often encourages, and is accompanied by, a dangerously unhealthy lifestyle that leads to physical and emotional decay; that holistic therapies should be included in care. That’s why we place particular focus on our patients’ physical and mental well-being, encouraging a number of holistic approaches to treatment in conjunction with step work and therapy. These include:
- regular exercise
- training in stress-reducing
- mindfulness skills such as meditation, spiritual care and development
- practices like therapeutic writing