When it comes to treating drug addiction, there is a tremendous amount of variation in terms of treatment options and therapies that are available. Drug rehab, therefore, is a very general term that can refer to many different styles and approaches. For example, the techniques, medications, and therapies used to treat cocaine addiction will be much different than those designed to address opioid dependence. Or, a cognitive behavioral therapy approach can differ vastly from a 12-step program. Altus Treatment Center works with each patient on an individual basis, as well as in group therapy, to help them overcome their drug addictions.

Despite these variations, however, there are certain commonalities present in all types of substance abuse. As a result, all of the treatment methods share some basic underlying concepts as well. The following will give you a broad outline of these similarities, so you can then begin moving forward in addressing a specific addictive substance.

Drug Abuse Symptoms

Regardless of the addictive substance, certain symptoms of addiction remain constant:

  • Feeling that you must have the drug regularly—either daily or multiple times per day
  • Intense cravings to use
  • Building a tolerance and requiring greater use to achieve the same effect
  • Constantly maintaining a supply of the drug
  • Buying the drug even when it is beyond your financial means
  • Failure to meet work responsibilities and obligations
  • Reducing social or recreational activities due to drug use
  • Engaging in acts that are out of character in order to obtain the drug
  • Engaging in high-risk behavior when under the influence
  • Increasingly focusing one’s efforts and energy on acquiring the drug
  • Repeatedly trying to quit using, but being unable
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when unable to use, or trying to quit

All of these signs may not be present in an addicted person. For this reason, it is critical to be aware of the presence of any of them when considering the possibility of addiction. Our highly trained staff and medical professionals and prepared to assess new patients to determine the level of drug addiction they suffer from. Our treatment facilities in and throughout Aliso Viejo provide patients with a well-rounded approach to drug addiction.

Also, be aware that a particular drug will also have its unique set of symptoms and indicators. Two examples of this might be needle scars due to intravenous drug use, or the tooth decay associated with methamphetamine addiction (meth mouth).

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Basics of Drug Treatment

The following 4 components are found in all approaches to drug rehab:

1. Assessment: The patient is first evaluated by medical personnel and addiction specialists. Several specialists take part in this process, because drug treatment involves so many different fields of study and each requires a certain level of expertise. In the assessment phase, a treatment strategy is developed, and the general course of the recovery is set forth.

2. Detoxification: This refers to abstinence from the addictive substance while the patient clears it from his or her system. This process generally lasts 3-6 days but can take as long as 10 days in some cases. It is always recommended that detox is performed under medical supervision, as there can sometimes be serious side effects associated with withdrawal.

3. Rehabilitation: Following detoxification, the process of addressing the addiction itself gets underway. Although the methods may vary, the general goal is to develop skills and strategies to remain sober while facing the stresses of daily life.

4. Aftercare: Overcoming substance abuse requires ongoing care since the danger of relapse can never be completely removed just by rehab alone. Aftercare treatment is in place to make sure that the recovery skills patients have acquired during rehab translate over to their real lives.

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Options for Drug Treatment

In general, two major types of treatment programs are used in addressing substance abuse: Inpatient and Outpatient

Inpatient: Patients will live at the facility during the course of treatment. A typical stay for inpatient rehab is 30-days, although it is becoming much more commonplace for programs to last 90-days or longer. The degree of addiction, the substance involved, as well as the mental and physical well-being of the patient, will all play a part in determining the length of residency.

Outpatient: In outpatient rehab, the patient remains at home, rather than entering a drug rehabilitation center, such as Altus Treatment Center. This allows recovering persons to continue with the critical functions of their normal lives. Included in the regimen are counseling sessions at the facility, as well as drug tests. However, this does not include overnight stays on the part of the patient.

Intensive Outpatient Programs: Often simply called IOP, this drug rehab option can be seen as something of a mixture of inpatient and regular outpatient. While it does not involve overnight stays, it does call for a greater number of therapeutic obligations, similar to what one would experience during inpatient treatment. Patient requirements such as group sessions can be as frequent as 3-5 nights per week. One-on-one meeting with therapists are also involved and generally occur about once per week.

Partial Hospitalization: This is sometimes an in-between step when moving from residential treatment to IOP. It allows the addicted person to transition back into life gradually, and become accustomed to facing the challenges to their sobriety at a more moderate pace. Through time away from the treatment center, the patient can hone their abilities for maintaining sobriety by facing real-world hurdles, yet still having the support and structure provided by the facility. Altus Treatment Center offers rehabilitations therapy 5 days a week, for 5 hours a day with lunch provided. Group and individual therapy sessions are offered and patients have access to the full time staff as they need additional help or it is advised by the medical professionals. Getting access to certified drug abuse counsellors can help make all the difference in the life of a drug addict. Having a place to go to talk about their issues can help them make great progress overtime.

Identifying the drug rehabilitation center that works best for you can be one of the most important factors in a successful recovery. We make every effort to investigate all of the options for each patient suffering from drug addiction, as this can pay huge dividends in the long run. Don’t be shy about asking questions either. At Altus Treatment Center, we invite you to remember, this is your opportunity to start a new life, so make the most of it.

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