Rehab Gives Alcohol or Drug Addiction Sufferers Hope

By The Fix staff 01/21/15

Rehab Gives Alcohol or Drug Addiction Sufferers Hope


When alcohol or drug use results in problems extending into work, social, or family settings, the time for a change in lifestyle is at hand, and a rehab center can be a life-saving alternative to uncontrolled substance abuse. As defined by the Mayo Clinic, addiction, or substance use disorder, is a chemical dependency on drugs or alcohol in order to function in daily life. However, the effects of each respective substance cause problems in life.

Rehab gives those suffering from addiction the chance to overcome the constraints of substance use and live a healthy, drug-free life. Rehab comes in many forms, which may be classified as either inpatient or outpatient. Before you begin thinking about which rehab center would best benefit you or a loved one with a substance use disorder, you need a basic understanding of alcohol use disorder and substance use disorder.

Alcohol Use Disorder

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition widened the scope of alcoholism into alcohol use disorder, which accounted for issues when diagnosing people who engaged in binge or heavy drinking. In the past, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders set criteria necessary for diagnosing a problem with alcohol under the specific term alcoholism.

Binge Drinking - For males, binge drinking occurs when five or more drinks are consumed in a single setting. For females, binge drinking occurs when four or more drinks are consumed in a single setting.

Heavy Drinking - For males, heavy drinking involves consuming more than 15 drinks in 1-week. For females, this involves drinking seven or more drinks in 1-week.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common symptoms of alcoholism include the following key criteria:

  • Inability to control the amount of alcohol consume
  • Cravings for alcohol
  • Developing a tolerance for alcohol
  • Drinking in secret
  • Experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms when not drinking
  • Lost memory
  • Development of a pattern of drinking
  • Irritability when not drinking during patterns
  • Keeping alcohol in unusual places
  • Legal problems
  • Loss of interest in once pleasurable activities, such as sex or sports

When any two of these symptoms have occurred within the past year, you or your loved one needs rehab. Under no circumstances, should someone with a severe alcohol use disorder attempt to detox or withdraw from alcohol on his or her own.

Substance Use Disorder

A substance use disorder occurs when illicit substances, which include the controversial synthetic drug compounds, cause problems in a person's life. The symptoms and signs of a substance abuse disorder closely mirror those in an alcohol use disorder. However, a person may experience unexplained weight loss, frequent periods of sickness, and even additional infections as a result of intravenous (IV) drug use, such as HIV, Hepatitis, or other blood-borne diseases.

Alcohol Rehab

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the FDA has approved three medications for the treatment of alcohol use disorder. These medications function by allowing the brain to receive a small amount of a medication capable of binding to the same receptors responsible for the effects of alcohol use. This lessens the side effects of detoxification. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to obtain psychotherapy, medication management of other physical health conditions, and treat any other mental health disorders as well.

Drug Rehab

In 2013, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that approximately 24.6 million Americans above the age of 12 engaged in illegal drug use in the previous month. The statistic includes drug use involving marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, and prescription medications. The overwhelming majority--2.4 million--of those people failed to receive treatment for their addiction, or substance use disorder. The negative effects of drug use begin destroying the body almost immediately following its use, and this is where drug rehab comes into play.

Drug rehab provides a safe care setting to go through the detoxification process of removing drugs from the body. Although the addiction of most drugs cannot be exclusively treated by medication approved by the FDA according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, benzodiazapine and opioid abuse can be treated effectively with prescription benzodiazepines and methadone. Methadone and buprenorphine are the most commonly used medications to treat opioid withdrawal; however, another medication, naltrexone, can be used for opioid addiction treatment only if the detoxification process is complete.

Executive Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Executive drug and alcohol rehabs differ from the typical drug rehab in several important ways. Executive rehab centers focus on providing treatment to the executives of businesses or other organizations. Each center offers extensive benefits to help a person maintain work responsibilities while receiving treatment. However, in cases of severe alcohol withdrawal, it will be difficult to cope with the withdrawal symptoms during the first week and work in an efficient manner.

Some of the common benefits found in executive drug and alcohol rehab centers include dedicated workstations, access to the internet, use of fax machines or copiers, and even filing cabinets and shelving for keeping business matters organized and functioning.

Luxury Drug and Alcohol Rehab

When you consider the above mentioned requirements and care settings of most rehab centers, you can infer how luxury drug and alcohol rehab centers can help alleviate the problems of drug and alcohol use. Luxury drug and alcohol rehab centers are designed to promote a safe environment without sacrificing many of the pleasures of life, such as swimming, spa packages, on-demand movies and cable options. In some facilities, you may be able to keep your electronic devices with you; however, you should check with the planned facility before attempting to bring in any devices or personal belongings.

During your stay in a luxury drug and alcohol rehab center, you will receive treatment of addiction and withdrawal symptoms with medication, psychotherapy, and continued treatment following discharge.

Residential Treatment Rehab

In some cases, a brief stay in an inpatient rehab facility for drug or alcohol use may not be sufficient for a full recovery. In these instances, a residential rehab center can help by providing a therapeutic community according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. A therapeutic community is a controlled environment to closely monitor the progress of recovery from alcohol or drug abuse. This treatment approach allows you or your loved one to be surrounded by other people suffering from similar addiction problems and usually last anywhere from 6- to 12-months.

During residential treatment, you may be limited on the number of visitors allowed as well as the amount of personal belongings you may have. This is to prevent you from gaining access to drugs or alcohol and relapsing. Furthermore, you will continue having group or one-on-one therapy sessions to continue the development of healthy coping skills and learn how to change negative thought processes, which are partially responsible for your unique drug or alcohol use disorder.

Dealing with drug or alcohol use disorders remains a difficult process for the person with the substance abuse problem, his or her family, friends, or even coworkers. Although the situation may feel and seem hopeless, rehab gives you or your loved one a chance to overcome alcohol or drug abuse. Whether you need to begin the recovery process for a loved one with an intervention or you need to find out more information for yourself, you can get assistance in locating a rehab facility at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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