Drug rehab centers (or, rehabilitation centers) offer a variety of therapies, medical care, and other resources to addicts in recovery. Sobriety is a long-term responsibility and requires dedication from addiction specialists and the addicted patients themselves. Rehab treatment can provide the mental and physical therapy that addicted patients need to overcome their substance dependence.
For more information on how to enter treatment or how to support an addict you love, call Boston Drug Rehab Treatment Centers at 617-517-6448.
Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction
Drug addiction is a complex and progressive disease. Despite the availability of treatment, the stigma of being a drug or alcohol addict prevents many substance abusers from seeking help. It is important to know when your substance abuse has become an addiction, or to recognize when a friend or family member needs treatment.
Some signs that indicate that a person may have a drug addiction include:
- Lying about whereabouts or daily activities
- Increases in spending, even when debt or bills begin piling up
- Hiding drug or alcohol use
- Using drugs or alcohol at inappropriate times (i.e., while driving, at work, etc.)
- Ignoring responsibilities at work, home, or school to use drugs or alcohol
- Damaging friend and family relationships
- Being unable to find gainful employment or stay in school
Some physical symptoms that can indicate drug addiction include:
- Rapid mood swings
- Sleeplessness or sleeping all day
- Rapid weight loss or weight gain
- Dilated or "pinned" (small) pupils
- Redness or yellow-tint in the eyes or face
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Fevers or sweating
- Muscle spasms or body tremors
If you have noticed any of these behaviors or symptoms, you should contact an addiction specialist for help.
What to Expect at a Drug Rehab
Once you have identified that you or a loved one have a substance abuse problem, it is necessary to seek professional treatment. Although some people attempt to detox and treat themselves at home, it is worth noting that these efforts are rarely successful. Home detox can put a person who is in withdrawal in danger by preventing them from getting the medical care they need. Being at home also has the disadvantage of giving the addicted person access to the substances they are struggling with.
Professional drug rehab treatment is the most effective way to deal with a drug addiction. When you or a loved one enters treatment, the following can be expected:
- Medical Detox: Medical detox is the process of letting a person's body gradually filter out whatever addictive substances remain in their system. This can be done over time using a combination of abstinence from drugs and alcohol and medication. Medication is often limited to treating withdrawal symptoms, which can include high or low blood pressure, irregular sleeping and eating patterns, and digestive trouble. This is intended to treat the physical aspects of addiction.
- Residential/Inpatient Treatment: Following detox, addicts should be enrolled in a fulltime residential treatment program. These programs are held in treatment facilities where the addict can stay from 30 to 90 days. During their stay, residential patients will be in a completely drug and alcohol-free environment. They will attend therapy sessions by themselves and with other patients to treat the mental aspects of their addiction.
- Outpatient/Aftercare Treatment: Outpatient treatment is comprised of continued psychotherapy, medication for mental or health illnesses, and testing to make sure that the patient is maintaining their sobriety. Aftercare describes any support groups or resources that are made available to patients who wish to maintain their sobriety. Support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous meet frequently and give recovering patients a chance to vent their frustrations and make connections with other sober people. Continued therapy can help addicts learn helpful coping mechanisms and treat mental disorders.
For more information on drug treatment centers and recovery programs, contact Boston Drug Rehab Treatment Centers at 617-517-6448.