Specialized Detox Methods
Detoxification is almost always the first step in drug rehab. Patients must endure painful withdrawal symptoms for one to two weeks as they are deprived of addictive substances and weaned of their immediate physical dependencies on drugs.
However, heroin patients face particularly dangerous medical complications during withdrawal. These often include breathing troubles, heart palpitations, seizures, and even cardiac arrest. To mitigate these risks, doctors will often use specialized medications to induce rapid detox. This is still a painful process, but heroin addicts can make it through withdrawal in a matter of hours. They can then safely move on to therapies designed to produce lasting sobriety.
Inpatient Drug Rehab for Lasting Results
Most rehab facilities offer three types of treatment plans, but almost all heroin addicts begin with inpatient programs. To make fast but long-lasting changes to their lifestyles and mental states, they live full-time at their clinics for thirty to ninety days. During this time, they undergo at least fifty hours of counseling, biofeedback, group discussions, and other therapies per week.
Individual counseling is the most effective and widely-used treatment for all drug addictions. With the help of experienced counselors, patients make the personal breakthroughs necessary for lasting sobriety. They begin by discussing their mental, physical, and emotional reasons for beginning to use drugs. These reasons are highly individual and may include work-related stress, family troubles, chronic pain, and financial difficulties.
During this initial stage of treatment, counselors may also find that their patients suffer from co-occurring mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety. Discovering and treating these conditions can mean the difference between full recoveries and quick relapses.
Once addicts understand the aspects of their lives which contribute to their drug habits, they can develop personalized strategies for dealing with their cravings. Most importantly, they learn how to avoid their triggers – the people, environments, and even thought patterns which drive them to use drugs.
Controlling Cravings with the Mind
Avoiding addiction triggers is important, but it isn’t always possible. To help addicts suppress cravings when they do occur, rehab specialists employ cognitive-behavioral therapies. These therapies are designed to teach patients to control their emotions through rational thought. By calming their anger, frustration, and sadness during difficult situations, addicts can mitigate stress-induced cravings and avoid relapse. They can also gain confidence by remaining in control of feelings which once consumed their lives.
Drug addiction can make life seem hopeless, but even the most desperate addicts can make incredible recoveries. If you are struggling with heroin or other drugs, please call us now. We can get you started on an effective drug rehab program and help you rebuild your life, but we can’t do anything if you don’t call. It’s free and completely confidential, so you’ve got nothing to lose – and your whole life to regain. Call us now for help.