Drug Addiction Treatment Services
The type of drug rehabilitation a recovering addict needs is often influenced by the type of drug they are taking, their psychological and physical condition and the severity of the addiction.
When Does an Addict Need Drug Rehabilitation?
Anyone who is dependent on taking a drug will benefit from a medically supervised detox, followed by personalised rehabilitation in the form of group and individual therapy. If you exhibit the following signs and behaviours, you may be in need of detox and drug rehab:
- Using drugs every day
- Negative health problems due to drug use
- Normal functioning without drugs seems near impossible
- Previous attempts to stop drug use have been unsuccessful
- Withdrawal symptoms appear if drug use is temporarily stopped
- Lying about drug use to family or friends
Drug Detox Programs
The first method of treatment is a drug detox program. This is where the body is cleared of all traces of the addictive substance. Prescription medication may be used during the treatment to reduce withdrawal symptoms and make the process as easy as possible for the addict. Some drugs, however, such as cocaine, do not have medical substitutes.
Self-detoxification can put an addict at high risk and, in some cases, lead to critical withdrawal symptoms. Our patients are monitored 24/7 throughout treatment to ensure complete safety and the most pleasant experience possible.
Drug Rehabilitation after Detox
Once the body is clean of the addictive substance, the psychological, social and behavioural issues that triggered the addiction then need to be addressed. Therapy after detoxification can take many forms and will depend on the recovering addicts’ needs and preferences. As an addict will not be in constant care or rehabilitation for their whole life, it is essential that they have the strength and knowledge to recover and avoid relapse outside of therapy.
Group therapy sessions are recommended during treatment, as sharing with others who have similar problems can aid recovery, while also allowing them to build potentially lifelong friendships. Ultimately, group sessions help patients understand that they are not alone with their addiction.
Family therapy can also help addicts achieve recovery, as it is important for family to understand the troubles their loved one is facing and how best to help. Having a family member suffering with a drug addiction can put tremendous strains on relationships and lead to arguments and lack of communication. Family members may get frustrated with an addict’s behaviours or withdrawal symptoms, and even try to help in a way that may cause more damage. By having a recovering addict talk about their situation and pains, family members can develop an understanding about the addiction, the triggers which may lead to relapse, and, most importantly, how to help, not hinder, progress.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of talking therapy proven to aid drug rehabilitation. CBT aims to give a person control over their addiction and be able to cope with their urges to relapse. CBT involves examining an addict’s thought processes around their addiction — in this case, taking drugs — with the intention of challenging and transforming problematic thoughts or behaviours.
All therapeutic work is carried out by trained counsellors, practitioners and psychotherapists in either one-to-one sessions or groups. Our team is highly qualified and uses a wide selection of different approaches, depending on what we think is best for the individual. These treatments may include CBT, ACT (action and commitment therapy), MI (motivational interviewing), 12-step approaches and person-centred therapy.
The amount of time spent in rehabilitation will depend on the severity and history of the addiction, although, it’s important to realise that the road to recovery is ongoing — long after a recovering addict has left rehabilitation.