Rehabilitation can have a profound impact on a person. In fact, it may have a tremendous effect on a person’s life in more ways than just one. This is especially the case when a facility makes sure each person is treated like an individual and the treatment plan is customized to meet his or her needs.
First and foremost, a rehabilitation program gives the patient someone to discuss his or her problems to, even if the problems go deeper than the drug abuse or mental health problem. The patient may not have had someone, especially who is reliable, to discuss his or her problem with. In some cases, the patient may have been too embarrassed to speak freely with a friend or family remember about abusing a substance and what led to the problem. A neutral party who is trained to assist is more likely a person who the drug abuser is confident with and will open up to.
Secondly, rehabilitation gives a person a place to detox in comfort. The environment is safe and designed for this purpose. The staff is highly trained; therefore, a person’s chance of dying from detoxing is very slim. This is especially the case because the patient is being carefully monitored all hours of the day and night. Additionally, the patient is given treatments to ease symptoms. Generally, these are given to patients who are going through opiate or alcohol withdrawal. This is because going through withdrawal from these substances is very unpleasant. Patients experience a wide range of symptoms when getting all the substances out of their bodies including nausea, cramping, diarrhea and vomiting. The symptoms of withdrawal are described as flu-like.
Thirdly, a person learns why he or she began abusing. This allows a medical professional to discover the route of the problem and give the patient ways to cope. He or she will be presented with tactics to assist when a patient is being confronted with triggers that would usually cause him or her to use. The psychotherapy analyzes a person’s behaviors and thoughts to discover the best course of action to help with the initial rehabilitation portion of the treatment and to assist further down the line to prevent a relapse.
The person is also given medications that can assist with the detoxification part of the rehab. It can also be given to as part of a regular regimen to prevent a person from going through withdrawal. Ultimately, this is to prevent the person from wanting to use when the thoughts or symptoms of withdrawal occur. Some of the medications may be sleep aids to get the person to sleep. Other may be used to help the person relax because of how intense the anxiety is when detoxing.
A person who undergoes rehabilitation will learn to keep active and busy. He or she will learn how to keep his or her mind off of drugs. Ultimately, these skills aren’t just used to keep a person’s mind off of drugs. This portion of the rehabilitation program can lead to a person leading a more fulfilling lifestyle. He or she may find fun in life once again without the use of drugs that are actually causing more heartache and pain than they are good. The activities may lead to a person feeling better about him or herself. Regaining a feeling of self-confidence and self-worth isn’t just good for getting sober; it’s a way a person can live a better life in general.
A person who undergoes rehabilitation may be able to mend relationships that may have been damaged as a result of the drug abuse. For instance, the drug abuser may have stolen money from family and friends in order to obtain the drug. In a rehabilitation program, the user is taught to confront these individuals and apologize. He or she is taught to explain the person’s problem and then apologize without any guarantee that the person will forgive. This may lead to a person regaining connections with others and ultimately living a happier life.
One the person is off of the drugs or alcohol, he or she may be able to go back out into the workforce by using the time management skills he or she acquired from a rehabilitation program. Additionally, now that the person doesn’t center his or her life around drugs or alcohol, he or she can obtain employment and maintain the job without the issues of absences to use or to come down from the substances. Being able to work again can help a person to feel better about him or herself, which can lead to the person not abusing the substance in the future. Plus, he or she can make up for some of the money that was spent on drugs or alcohol.
These are just some of the ways that a rehabilitation program can assist a patient. It’s obvious that rehab is more than just a person getting off of the drugs or alcohol. It’s about the patient becoming a better person overall.