Drug Rehab is the process of psychotherapeutic or medical treatment for a dependence on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, street drugs and prescription drugs. The main purpose of this process is to help the patient to cease the use of these substances so as to prevent the social, financial, legal, physical and psychological consequences of using these substances.
For drug rehab to happen, psychological dependency has to be addressed first. This involves teaching the patient how to live in an environment that is drug free. Here is where treatment begins. There are many types of treatment ranging from residential treatment, support groups, sober houses, addiction counselling, extended care centers, medical care and mental health.
In order for the detoxification process to be successful, medication has to be used. Some addictions may not need a detox process and they can proceed with rehabilitation therapy. However, others such as opiates, heroin and alcohol, will often require taking some medication to ease how severe the withdrawal process is during detox. Some of these drugs include the likes of methadone, Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates and Buprenorphine.
After the patients have successfully gone through detox and their withdrawal symptoms been treated fully, they move on to the rehab stage. Here the individuals can now get into the purposes behind their addictions and any issues that they may have that are related to their addictions. After they have addresses these issues they can move on with their lives effectively.
After rehab, then comes recovery. Even when patients have completed their rehabilitation, they have not fully recovered. In fact, recovery is a process that lasts a lifetime for most individuals. At times the path to recovery might be easy while at some points, it will be downright difficult. The best way to recover is to join a support group.