No one is safe from drug and alcohol abuse. It affects families from all walks of life. According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 22.5 million people (that’s nearly 9 percent of the total U.S. population) sought treatment for a drug or alcohol use problem in 2014. With the rise of opioid addictions in recent years, the problem is only worsening. This leaves many addiction victims struggling to understand drug treatment.
Drug Addiction Can Be Treated
It can feel hopeless when you or a loved one is in the throes of a drug addiction. But there is hope – and there is help. It can be difficult, but drug addiction is treatable. The key is to find a rehabilitation facility that understands that drug treatment should help the patient:
- Stop using drugs
- Stay Drug Free
- Become a productive member of society, their family and workplace
The Goals of Drug Treatment
One of the things that make getting help so difficult for many is the fact that proper drug treatment involves several steps. There is no quick fix. Breaking free of drug addiction takes time, diligence and a willingness to take the steps necessary for recovery, which include:
- Behavioral counseling
- Evaluation and treatment for co-occurring mental health and health related issues such as depression, anxiety, chemical imbalances; malnutrition, and more.
- long-term follow-up to prevent relapse
- Learning strategies to manage withdrawal symptoms, prevent relapse, and treat co-occurring conditions.
- Behavioral therapies to help patients:
- modify their attitudes and behaviors related to drug use
- increase healthy life skills
The Path to Sobriety Can Take Many Paths
There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to treating drug abuse. Everyone’s journey through addiction is different, so it makes sense that their treatment should focus on their individual needs. At Elevate Addiction Services, a strong emphasis is placed on a patient’s individual treatment plan. Understanding that what works for one patient may not work for another, the services here are geared toward finding the right mix of complimentary treatments options for each individual client.
Taking an untraditional approach to healing, Elevate is a non-12-step treatment program that focuses on the whole body, working to heal the physical addiction; understand any mental issues which may have led to the addiction; and calm a chaotic spirit. This is done by utilizing a combination approach to drug treatment which often includes a 4 step program:
Step One: Detox
Before a patient can begin the healing process, they must first free their body of the substances they have been come dependent on. Often considered a terrifying experience at other rehab facilities, the compassionate staff at Elevate has been trained to guide the patient through the entire process as easily as possible. Detox specialists know how to recognize and alleviate the hardest withdrawal symptoms without using medications, and give the patient the support and guidance they need to get through the first step of their healing journey.
Step Two: Physical and Mental Healing
Substance abuse takes a real toll on the physical body. It can leave its victim suffering with all kinds of medical problems including obesity, malnutrition, and victim deficiency, to name a few. Before tackling the issues which led to the addiction, patients first must strengthen their bodies and minds. This involves rebalancing the body by:
- Instituting a vitamin, mineral and amino acid regiment to help restore lost nutrients so the body can begin to heal itself internally.
- Increasing exercise
- Stabilizing glucose levels, blood pressure, hormones, etc.
- Learning to take care of the physical self with a healthy diet, exercise, proper sleep and stress relief.
As the body is strengthened, the mind and emotions are also dealt with, using a variety of holistic techniques. Mindfulness helps quiet the mind and separate the client from their racing thoughts. This allows the patient to look at themselves and their addictive behaviors with fresh eyes; preparing the way for the healing journey ahead.
Step Three: Building Life Skills & Learning Tools
During this stage of treatment, clients learn how to become more introspective in order to live a more balanced life and learn how to set and meet goals. By learning to assess life, and apply such tools as analysis and positive communication, clients can practice dealing with difficulties in ways that lead to a much better result.
The people in their life are also evaluated at this point and the clients recognize who they may need to stay away from, and (more importantly) who they must keep in close connection with for the support they will need to remain drug free.
Step Four: Addressing and Overcoming Core Negative Issues That May Have Left to the Addiction
Having made it through the first three steps of the recovery process, the fourth and final step involves facing the root cause of the addiction. This includes looking at what’s missing in the client’s life (that they used the drugs to try and fill), and what to do about it. During this phase, the clinical treatment is ramped up, getting the patient ready for life beyond rehab.
During the inpatient treatment at Elevate, clinically the client will participate in:
- Daily educational group sessions that designed to be lively, empowering and enlightening.
- One-on-one counseling sessions that aren’t intended to discover what’s wrong with the client, but instead help lead him or her on a path to self-realization.
- Family counseling sessions where the client and his or her family work through upsetting past situations. This is also where we start developing a post-treatment plan for the client.
- Discharge and aftercare planning that is thoughtful and careful.
Also during this time, our therapists utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which helps clients solve current problems and change their patterns of thinking and behavior. BY addressing the entire patient’s needs (not just their drug behavior); the Elevate plan is able to provide a comprehensive plan to prepare patents for normal life that is drug free.
While most drug addiction treatment plans last for about 30 days, there is no time limit placed on patients at Elevate. Everyone heals at their own pace and should be given the time necessary to face their drug addiction is find their own distinctive way of healing. This helps to limit occurrences of relapse, and if they do happen, Elevate is ready to guide the patient back to sobriety.