Addiction | 6 min read
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What is de-addiction? While this term may refer to a process that you’re familiar with, you may not be familiar with this exact term.
As more is learned about substance use disorder through medical and scientific research, there are more treatment options available for you or a loved one. De-addiction is a form of drug treatment often used alongside traditional means, such as inpatient detoxification and support groups. Similar to rehab, it focuses on helping individuals recover from dependence and recover with professional support.
A popular term in India for several decades, de-addiction approaches recovery by incorporating holistic, psychiatry, medical, and mental health treatment into your or your loved one’s treatment plan. This approach focuses on overcoming a substance use disorder, regardless of the substance, and getting rid of your dependence on the substance in everyday life. A deaddiction center pairs the individual with a counselor to work with one-on-one. This provider will be dedicated to focusing on their individual treatment needs.
Although similar to one another with the ultimate goal of helping you or your loved one integrate into daily life without substance dependence, de-addiction and rehab have several differences.
Traditionally, substance use rehab uses structured treatment programs, such as inpatient or outpatient. The programs are tailored to the individual’s needs and combine detoxification, group and one-on-one therapy, relapse education, and aftercare.
As an alternative to traditional rehab, de-addiction aims to solve a problem and its underlying forces rather than approaching use disorders as a choice. De-addiction centers on mental health and holistic recovery, including multiple modes of counseling.
These programs may include cognitive behavior therapy, life coaching and skills, group therapy, and family therapy. The holistic approach often compliments traditional rehab and frames additional therapy through activities such as:
Recovery from substances is a challenging undertaking but one that could, quite literally, save your life. Here are common circumstances where a de-addiction center can help.
One in five adults between the ages of 20 to 49 died due to excessive alcohol consumption, according to a four-year study in the United States. Its prevalence in everyday life, from social gatherings to media advertisements, can almost downplay alcohol abuse and its effects on you and your loved ones.
Like many substances that can cause use disorders, alcohol physically changes your brain chemistry. The changes are responsible for the compulsive actions related to misuse. Alcohol dependence occurs for several reasons, including environmental and social factors and genetics.
Your frequency — how often — and quantity — how much — of alcohol consumption affects the intensity and severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms (AWS). Mild AWS may begin within six hours of the last drink and progress to more serious and severe depending on your alcohol dependency.
No matter how long you or a loved one have had alcohol dependence, it causes numerous chronic diseases and potentially life-threatening medical conditions, including:
Opiates, and opioids, are common prescription drugs used for anesthesia, cough and/or diarrhea suppression, and pain relief. Yet, they’re highly addictive, with some people developing a dependence within four to eight weeks. Signs of opiate use disorder include:
Opiate withdrawal isn’t life-threatening, but the symptoms can create a strong desire to continue using to avoid them. The symptoms generally appear when you or your loved one suddenly stops taking opiates and include:
These effects may happen to anyone who uses or uses opiates but are generally more common with long-term use and in higher doses. You or your loved one may experience the following:
Benzodiazepines are often prescribed to help people with anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, insomnia, muscle spasms, seizures, and many other medical conditions. Users feel a sedative effect and are effective when taken for a short time period. However, physical and psychological dependence happens when benzos are taken against medical advice and/or in increasing amounts or doses. Risk factors for a benzodiazepine use disorder include:
Most benzo withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant but don’t cause serious medical conditions. If you or a loved one stopped taking short-acting benzodiazepines, symptoms generally begin within a few days, while long-acting forms start within a week. Symptoms can last weeks to months, depending on dosage, length of use, and other factors, and include:
Like so many other substance use disorders, long-term benzo use presents many mental and physical side effects, such as:
While the treatment process is far from one-size-fits-all, the holistic approach behind a deaddiction center is about finding and maintaining a balance in every part of your or your loved one’s life. Because setbacks during the recovery process affect individuals differently, having a better understanding of root causes and tools to help in reactions is key to relapse and, sometimes, suicide prevention. De-addiction treatment is frequently incorporated into traditional programs, such as inpatient, outpatient, family therapy, and support groups.
The first phase toward recovery, detoxification, should be completed under medical supervision. Many withdrawal symptoms are, at best, highly unpleasant but can be medically dangerous without proper support and treatment. Yet, your experience during inpatient medical detox may vary based on the type of substance, how much, and how long it was used.
The treatment you or your loved one receive during inpatient medical detox is customized and often introduces individual counseling and other therapeutic means during this time.
Outpatient therapy is an option for individuals who have the motivation to discontinue their substance use disorder but also have everyday responsibilities like family care and work responsibilities. This type of therapy provides treatment sessions along with support groups at varying times during the week. You or your loved one will find outpatient programs vary in format, intensity levels, and additional recovery-focused services.
This form of therapy lets all family members and loved ones be present during counseling. It can be one-on-one, usually before all family members join the session, to allow the therapist to hear individual insights. Family therapy allows loved ones to share experiences and resulting emotions. As it’s usually held during recovery, family therapy helps relatives understand if they’ve been helpful or otherwise in your or your loved one’s substance use disorder.
You or your loved one may participate in support groups during inpatient or outpatient treatment. These groups let individuals share their experience with substance use disorder and offer emotional guidance throughout recovery. Many people who participate learn skills to assuage cravings, have accountability with others in similar situations and have support during difficult times or situations. Support groups also provide another facet of help for individuals with coinciding mental health issues.
If you or a loved one are ready to overcome a substance use disorder and resolve the core reasons, de-addiction treatment may be a good fit. At Ascendant New York, we blend a holistic approach into many of our treatment programs to help the mind, body, and spirit. To learn more about our programs, contact us today.
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