Rehab centres are often a last resort for people who have hit rock bottom due to their drug or alcohol addictions. Triggers that may cause this decision to be made by an addict could include:
• Being left by a spouse – People living with an addict can find the behaviours of that person emotionally, physically and mentally draining. The constant need to question a loved one’s reasons and actions can only go on for so long before many people need to leave for their own best interests.
• Getting into trouble with the law – Funding an addiction can be hard. For some people, their need to get the substances they need can force them to break the law. This can happen to literally anyone. The most respected people in a community can become addicted to drugs or alcohol and find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
• Near-death experience – If the substance abuse is severe, there is a high risk of overdosing. This can lead to hospitalisation or death. For many people (but not all), almost dying is the wakeup call they need to spur them into a rehab program.
• Becoming homeless – The road of addiction can strip away all the meaningfulness of life piece by piece. Relationships, family, jobs and even homes can be lost through the constant struggle to get that ‘fix’.
What to expect in rehab
Many people may have a pre-conceived idea of what rehab entails due to what they have read in the press or seen on TV.
The reality is that rehabilitation centres use a number of methods that are designed to:
• Cleanse the body of all harmful substances
• Provide the patient with tools to live healthily outside of the rehab clinic
• Discover the root of the addiction and deal with the problem in therapy
• Offer a supportive community of professionals and people who are going through the same process.
There are a variety of ways to attend rehab and all depend on the length of services that need to be undergone. Inpatients or residents of a rehab clinic will have round-the-clock care for extended periods of time, anywhere from a month upwards.
Outpatients may go for certain treatments or medication as and when required.
Partial hospitalisation sees patients attend all the courses and treatments through the day before returning to their own home at night.
The difference of treatment length and service depends on the patient themselves and how far along the road to rehabilitation they are. More severe cases will need to be admitted on an inpatient basis, whereas those who are doing well with their rehab may only be required to attend sessions as a way to check in and remind themselves of the lessons learnt.
There are many things that people will need to learn during their stay in a drug rehab centre and one of the most important of these will be how to deal with relapse triggers. These are the obstacles in the path of early recovery that the individual is likely to have to deal with. It is of real important that people in Nairnshire who are trying to break away from addiction are aware of these relapse triggers so that they can be completely avoided. One of the best places to pick up this knowledge will be in a drug and alcohol rehab.