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People With Addictions Do Well With Specialized Help
Before any recovery can be made with addiction, including drug or alcohol abuse, the patient must first detox. Detoxification is a rigorous ordeal that is very difficult, if impossible, to accomplish alone. Even if the addict has a strong family support system, dealing with the very real physical effects of detox is painful and can even be dangerous.
Addicts often become violent during detox and can hurt those around them even if they love them very much. Drug and alcohol rehab in a residential rehab facility provides a safe, secure environment where the addict is comfortable, and also surrounded by professional health care givers who can tend to their needs. Residential rehab also gives the addict the benefit of physicians in attendance who can prescribe medication to ease the severe discomfort of physical withdrawal.
The benefits of residential rehab continue beyond detox which illustrates why it is such an important step in breaking addiction. Being in residence takes the addict out of everyday life. Any stress or triggers that would normally cause the addict to turn to drugs or alcohol are removed, making it easier to concentrate on the task of at hand.
Rehab in an in-patient residence is only the beginning. Too often addicts see it as the be-all, end-all of their treatment and expect to jump back into their regular lives immediately after their sessions are over. The resulting shock of immersion into the stresses of everyday life can be too much for the patient, resulting in a relapse. That is why a complete recovery program after rehab, that includes a halfway program, is so important. It allows the patient to gently and slowly re-assimilate back into society. All this is then followed by a strong and supportive outpatient therapy program.
A halfway program allows the recovering addict to begin to pick up their lives while remaining in a secure and safe environment where they know they can retreat and get help when needed. It provides a safety net that, while they don't always want to admit it, patients know they need. The goal of a halfway house is to slowly, but eventually wean the addict off of their need for constant support, and help them adjust to life outside of a treatment system. Outpatient support lets the patient take that final leap without ever feeling alone.