Whether we want to accept it or not, addiction to alcohol and other drugs is not a problem that affects the addict alone; it affects the addict’s families, friends, neighbors, classmates, housemates and co-workers. It is a multi-layered problem that can completely alter the way people live their lives, how they think and perceive ideas and even affects their memory.
Addiction to alcohol and other dangerous drugs is the primary cause of many long term diseases such as liver cirrhosis, hypertension and a number of cancers. If not treated, it can even cause death. Addiction is also known to greatly affect the stability of families and many other relationships in the addict’s life. Addiction is a dangerous state on so many levels and in the long run it is much more expensive to maintain it than to end it. The best places to get help are residential treatment centers.
These can be defined as part-time homes for people requiring wide-ranging forms of intervention for their addiction problems.
Before seeking treatment, it is advisable that addicts talk to a good addiction specialist to examine their situation and propose the form of treatment that is most likely to be most successful in bringing about recovery. There is no one-system-works-for-all treatment for addiction because each addict, even addicts hooked on the same drug, has different reasons for engaging in the abuse.
The length of time for which one should be treated during residential addiction treatment differs greatly from person to person, firstly because of the differences in their addictions and secondly because of the gravity of the individual situation.
Treatment can last from 30 days to one year. However, it has been estimated that the standard time to spend in rehab for such treatment should be about ninety days to ensure that all the necessary treatment is received in adequate measure and that the patient has had the opportunity to recover gradually. This will help in avoiding any danger of reversion to the addiction once treatment is over.
Residential treatment takes place in several phases. It begins with the patient being confined to the facility at the beginning, without seeing any members of his or her family or friends. This stage is intended to help the patient adjust to a medical environment where treatment will begin. It will also focus the patient on the gravity of the situation.
Each subsequent stage has been designed to give the recovering addicts an opportunity to meet with their family and friends again bit by bit, up to a point where they are able leave with them overnight as the treatment progresses.
Residential treatment covers all the aspects of the addiction. Starting with an assessment to find out the basis of the addiction, dealing with the effects brought about by it and finally giving patients training on how to stay free of drugs and to cope with everyday life once they are out of the clinic.
Aside from helping patients learn to live sober lives, residential treatment provides several training sessions that focus on life skills, building careers, management of money and time, as well as the best ways of managing anger and stress.