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Drug Rehab

What Is Drug Rehabilitation?

Drug rehabilitation, like the one offered at Elevations Health Austin Drug Rehab, is a process that begins with detoxification from substances and continues through with long-term treatment, therapies, and eventual aftercare. Our Austin Drug Rehab program focuses on patient’s spiritual, physical, and emotional needs, and helps them to overcome their substance abuse issues and learn to live a happy and useful life in recovery.

When you first start a treatment program, like the one at Elevations Health Austin Drug Rehab, you will receive a medical and psychological evaluation. This is similar to the process you may have received at an initial doctor’s visit, but it goes more in depth, looking to identify any coexisting conditions so that if necessary, a dual-diagnosis program can be implemented.

This is an integral part of the treatment process because many times a person, who suffers from substance abuse, also suffers from some undiagnosed mental health condition that may have exacerbated their addiction. Since this condition went undiagnosed for an extended period of time, their substance abuse issues were never able to be properly treated. This may mean that any previous attempts to get clean and sober were not successful, because of their depression, bipolar, etc., was still present and drawing the person back to a drink or a drug.  

So at Elevations Health Austin Drug Rehab, we aim to get down to causes and conditions and treat the entirety of the person, their mental health, physical health, and spiritual health, so that we can give you the best possible chance at recovering from your addiction.

What Is a Drug Rehabilitation Center?

There are essentially two different categories of drug rehabilitation centers: inpatient facilities and outpatient facilities. Within these two categories, there are a number of specific treatment options that look to serve a particular group of addicts. It is important to note that not all addiction treatment centers can help every type of addict, so it is important to contact the facility ahead of time with your information, in order to find out if they offer the services that you may need.

For instance, there could be specialized facilities that focus on:

  •   Cocaine addiction rehab
  •   Alcohol addiction rehab
  •   Christian rehab
  •   Women’s rehab
  •   Men’s rehab

Each of the above-listed type of rehabs serves a specific type of addict. A cocaine addiction rehab serves those who suffer from cocaine addiction, while a women’s rehab focuses specifically on women addicts.

By contacting the facility ahead of time, you can make sure the staff is prepared to take you on as a patient. If not, then they should give you the information on a clinic or hospital that can help near you.

What Is The Difference between Inpatient and Outpatient?

Not all drug rehab centers are the same and even within a drug rehab center, the services that they offer may differ. Some rehabs only offer inpatient while other are specifically outpatient. And still, others offer both levels of care.

With inpatient services, the facility is open 24 hours a day, every day of the week in to provide patients with a safe place to stay and receive the treatments they need. At an inpatient facility, the patient stays at the facility for the duration of their treatment and they are under the care of professionals throughout their stay. Some inpatient facilities allow their patients to go home for a visit, but for the most part, the patient lives at the facility until their treatment comes to an end.  

Outpatient facilities are not open at all times and may only serve patients during typical business hours. Outpatient facilities provide care when open, but patients do not stay overnight at the facility and will not be housed there. Outpatient facilities allow their patients the freedom to continue on with their daily lives, like going to work or keeping up with family responsibilities, all while offering the support necessary for someone to stay sober. People who attend outpatient programs sleep at their own homes each night and they can even drive themselves to treatment each day.

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How Long Are Programs At Drug Rehab Centers?

Drug rehab facilities have programs that vary in length. Short-term programs can be as short as 30 days, but most drug rehabilitation programs are not shorter than 30 days.

Detox-only programs may be a week or less depending on the substance that was being abused and any underlying medical conditions that the patient may be experiencing.

Long-term treatment programs can be between 30 days and a year in length. Some people decide to extend their rehab stay even longer because they are not yet ready to assimilate back into outside life, and by doing so they offer themselves the best possible chance at recovery.

What Kinds of Treatment Are Available?

While there are a plethora of treatment options available to someone who is attempting to get clean and sober, most treatment programs fall into one of four categories:

  1. Dual diagnosis treatment
  2. Holistic treatment
  3. Alternative treatment
  4. Medical treatment

Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

Dual-diagnosis treatments help patients who struggle with addiction alongside a mental-health condition. Patients may have, bipolar disorder or depression, both of which require specialty treatments working in conjunction with the addiction treatments being received.

Holistic Treatment

Holistic treatments include treatments such as yoga, massage therapy, or acupuncture. These treatments look at the person as a whole, not simply as symptoms to be treated. By treating the body, mind, and spirit, it’s believed that a person can recover quicker and also have the personal growth that they are looking for.

Besides this, from a medical standpoint, certain holistic treatments also carry great health benefits. For instance, massage therapy can reduce tension and stress, yoga can increase flexibility and circulation, and acupuncture can release tension, increase circulation, and neutralize nerve pain in some areas of the body.

Alternative Treatment

Alternative treatments include things like equine therapy and animal-assisted therapy (AAT). It’s believed that by working with animals, patients can learn to care for another living thing outside of themselves and learn about empathy and relationship building skills that would be difficult to learn otherwise.

Animal-assisted therapy, many of which employ the use of dogs or horses, can also be used in an aftercare setting and some of these animals may even be able to continue living with the patient after they are discharged.

Medical Treatment

Many patients simply seek medical treatment for their drug addiction. For example, if a patient is withdrawing from a drug and is in pain, the patient may want to be treated with pain medications. The same could be true if seizures are likely during withdrawal; a medical team needs to be there to provide the medications required.

Medical treatments continue to be used throughout the rehabilitation process when necessary; some patients may need to take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, for instance, to help them calm their anxiety or depression. Others may simply need non-addictive pain management medications. Still, others may need to be treated with buprenorphine, which is an opiate-based treatment that helps patients eliminate opiates from the body over time.

Seeking The Right Drug Rehab For You

If you think that you have a problem with drugs and you believe that you need a drug rehabilitation program then call the professionals at Elevations Health Austin today, at 1-866-200-3224. Our trained staff is standing by to help you through the rehab process and to give you the tools you need in order to discover and maintain a life of recovery.