Drug and alcohol addiction, clinically classified as diseases, are epidemics that plague people from every stratum of society in countries all over the world. Affected are the poor, who resort to stealing and even committing bodily harm to others to get the money they need to finance their habit, to the rich and affluent, who can afford any type of drug in any quantity. Age, gender, race, religion, or income level- none of that matters, as addiction plays no favorites. The one thing all addicts have in common is that they have a serious condition that if left untreated can, and very often does, result in very dire and tragic circumstances. Appropriate and immediate treatment, such as programs in drug rehab centers in Pam Beach, Florida, can quite possibly save the life of the addict, helping them to get on the road to recovery that can help them restore their lives to the healthy, productive ones they had before their addiction took over.
There have been extensive studies done recently addressing addiction and the brain. Researchers have focused on how the addiction ‘hijacks’ the brain’s reward pathways, with conclusions drawn that the parts of the brain in the addict that involves reward anticipation are weakened unless the behavior somehow relates to substance gratification. The addiction serves to polarize gratification, with stronger reward anticipation experienced when the substance is involved, and much weaker reward anticipation for everything else in life. This physiological element is taken very seriously into consideration by doctors and therapists at drug rehab centers, and measures are taken to incorporate therapy into detoxification and treatment to address this specific issue.
There are varying degrees of addiction that affect people, from the addict who uses their drug on a regular basis but is still functional in their normal daily activities, up to those whose bodies need the drug in their system so badly that great physical repercussions by way of severe withdrawals can immediately occur, with strokes, heart attacks, seizures, and even death very tragic circumstances that can result if not treated immediately. For anyone at any level of addiction at all, addressing this issue with licensed, accredited, and compassionate professionals at a highly reputable drug rehab center with a long history of successful treatment of patients, such as what Elevation Health provides, could very well save the addict’s life.
The first step the addict will take with drug rehab counselors is to take a medical and psychological evaluation, a consultation that can help determine if a dual diagnosis is present and whether the addict can indeed handle a detoxification program in their current state of health. This important phase will help the staff formulate a specific treatment plan for the patient, whether it be a straightforward approach or a combination of different treatments.
Drug rehabilitation helps patients address their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, with the ultimate goal of helping the addict get away from their substance of choice and get back to a happier, healthier, and more productive life without drug or alcohol use.
As there are different levels of addiction, there are correspondingly different levels of treatment to help patients. Inpatient services are facilities open 24 hours a day, every day of the week. They are staffed at all times by certified medical personnel and therapists, right there if needed at any hour of the day. This can be especially important for patients first going through the detoxification phase of their recovery, the most physically dangerous time for the patient as the body fights to go forward without that drug in the system. Inpatient services can be for as short as 30 days and can last longer depending on the progress the patient is making. As this is the most critical time in the patient’s recovery process, they must remain on the property at all times during the duration of inpatient care.
Patients that are successful in the Inpatient program, and those patients with less severe addictions, can attend Outpatient program services at the rehab center. In this program, patients live at home and participate in their normal daily activities. They will then attend therapy sessions they’ve set up with counselors, with times, the frequency of visits, and duration of the program to be determined and agreed upon by patients and the rehab center staff. And once the patient completes their Outpatient program, and is recovering nicely, they can set up Aftercare consultations, just to keep their “mind in the game” while reporting on the remarkable progress they’re now making in their life living addiction-free.