When looking into treatment options, it’s easy to start paring things down early. If your other obligations like family, friends, and a career, are in the front-seat of your life, opting out of detox or rehab so you can resume your regular routine is more appealing than getting the comprehensive treatment you need. Doing that, however, can lead to relapse and other serious health risks early or later down the path to sobriety.
Detox and rehab provide patients with different levels of care. Patients first seeking treatment will enter a detox program first and then, once that’s completely, will transition fully into rehabilitation.
Patients who detox are eliminating routine substance abuse from their body by stopping drug use completely. Though some might consider quitting without seeking medical help, doing so could cause serious physical harm. When you suddenly stop using addictive substances, your body starts going through withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can range in severity depending on the substance abused but can include:
Those who enter a medical detox program are monitored by trained medical professionals. They will prescribe medication as needed to curb the withdrawal symptoms and ease the pain the patient goes through.
Once detox is over, patients move into rehab. Through rehab, patients learn why they started using, how to cope with outside triggers, and behaviors that will help them maintain their sobriety after they’ve left the treatment center. Typically, patients enter many programs throughout rehabilitation so they can heal physically, mentally, and spiritually.
How long treatment lasts depends on the person involved and what substance they were addicted to. At it’s shortest, effective detox and rehab lasts no less than 90 days. It is recommended that patients stay in treatment longer though, so their lessons can be cemented and they can enter the world confident that they’re making the right choices.
Even after treatment is over, the struggle with addiction may not be. There are aftercare programs that patients can enter to help keep them on track. Some treatment centers even offer alumni programs for their patients who want to come back to see the same professionals that helped them before.
At Lakeview Health, we’ve worked for years to provide the best detox and rehab programs to our patients. We strive to make the lives of each of our patients better no matter what problems they’re facing. Call us at 866.704.7692 to see how we can help you.
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