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Drug Rehabilitation

Drug Rehabilitation

In the past three decades, drug rehabilitation programs have grown dramatically. Today, drug abuse has become a major affliction in the society. This epidemic touches all aspects of life.

The most obvious byproducts are crime and violence, but amorality, aborted careers, ruined relationships, ruined lives, and endangered families are no less serious and just as widespread. People who abuse drugs are treated in specialized rehabilitation facilities and mental health clinics. There are various drug rehabilitation programs that have a wide range of financial variables, levels of care, and philosophical differences.


Educating the drug user to the facts about chemical dependency and the changes that are needed to live a drug free lifestyle is the goal of all drug rehabilitation programs. Any drug rehabilitation center can have different types of therapies. Some of the types of therapy that most drug rehabilitation centers provide include:


  • Counseling
  • Discussion groups
  • Lectures
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Other types of services to people with drug use disorders


Based on the severity and nature of the individual’s drug addiction, there are different types of drug rehabilitation programs. But in all cases, the initial step towards recovery is detoxification. Detoxification alone does little to change long-term drug use. The acute physical symptoms of withdrawal that are associated with discontinuing the use of drugs can be managed safely by detoxification. In some people, detoxification is a strongly indicated precursor to effective drug addiction treatment, despite the fact that detoxification alone is only rarely sufficient to help addicts achieve long-term abstinence.


Prolonged abstinence can be achieved and maintained with the help of behavioral drug rehab programs. Cognitive behavioral and relapse prevention is one of the frequently used drug rehab treatments. Drug rehabilitation programs teach patients new ways of acting and thinking that will help them stay off drugs. For instance, patients are urged to practice drug refusal skills and to avoid situations that lead to drug abuse. Patients are also taught to think of a relapse as a “slip” rather than a failure.


In drug rehabilitation, cognitive behavioral and relapse prevention has proven to be a useful and lasting therapy. Specific approaches of drug rehabilitation are associated with the particular drug rehab setting. Measuring the success rate of a drug rehab is quite difficult. It seems that an individual’s success will be determined primarily by their willingness to incorporate new concepts and ideas into their lives, according to outcome studies.


A person’s problems and needs will determine the appropriate duration in drug rehabilitation treatment. Research indicates that after three months of treatment is when the threshold of significant improvement is reached by most patients. Further progress toward recovery can be produced by additional drug addiction treatment, after this threshold is reached. Drug addiction and alcoholism don’t have any quick fixes because it takes time to integrate the skills a person learns during intensive drug addiction treatment into his/her everyday life.


Prepared By: Dr. Mehyar Al-khashroum
Edited By: Miss Araz Kahvedjian

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