If your drinking or substance use has become a problem, seeking professional treatment is the best option to target these issues and help you regain control over your life.
Considering rehab and treatment for your addiction can be a daunting process.
Each individual case is different and therefore will require a tailored treatment approach.
The Executive Rehab Guide works to connect individuals to the rehabs and treatment programs that are best suited to them.
What does addiction rehab include?
All rehab treatment for drug or alcohol abuse begins with a detox.
This process aims to clear all traces of alcohol or drugs from your body so that you are in a physically stable enough position to begin the next steps of your residential rehab programme.
Depending on the severity of your addiction, and the substances used, detox can take anything between 3 and 14 days.
Is medication used to treat addiction?
Medication is used to help partially ease the severity of withdrawal symptoms during detoxification.
Patients receive medication to help with cravings and to re-establish normal brain activity.
Here is a list of medications used during addiction rehab:
- Disulfiram (Antabuse)
- Acomprosate (Campral)
Therapy options in addiction rehab
After you have completed your detox, a number of complementary therapies will be available to you to aid your recovery.
The following therapies are proven ways to aid recovery from drug or alcohol dependency:
1. Experiential Therapy
Experiential therapy includes any ‘hands-on’ therapy that uses activities to aid expression and the processing of past experiences.
Types of experiential therapy include:
2. Holistic and Relaxation Therapy
Rehab seeks to enhance not only physical health but mental and spiritual health.
Holistic therapies allow recovering patients to reconnect with themselves.
Holistic and relaxation therapies available are:
- Massage – Thai/Indian head massage
- Mindfulness meditation
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Overcoming addiction isn’t just important for the individual, but their family too.
Family therapy helps to rebuild relationships that might have fractured, as well as allow a safe environment to speak up about feelings of shame, hurt and anger.
This form of therapy also educates the family about the disease of addiction and gives them the tools they need to cope as a family and help the addict maintain a sober life after rehab.
4. Individual and group therapy
Rehab will consist of a variety of individual and group therapies, which allow a safe and non-judgmental environment for patients to open up and share their experiences.
5. Women-only therapy
Women-only therapy allows women to talk about emotional pain and trauma in a comfortable setting.
Women’s group therapy helps address social stigmas about women, motherhood, familiar pressure, marital problems, sexual abuse as well as any other reasons that have contributed to their addiction.
6. Bereavement Therapy
Some patients have suffered grief, which has progressed or worsened their addiction.
In these therapy sessions, the five stages of grief are taught and addressed:
7. Trauma therapy
Treating trauma requires a combination of various therapies, in order to help patients face the reality of the past and reclaim control of their lives.
Trauma therapies available:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
8. Specialised therapy
Therapy programmes are tailored to individual needs.
A focal therapist is assigned to each patient who creates a personalised individual psychotherapy programme.
- Eating disorders
- Cessation of smoking
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Last Updated on February 22, 2022 by Alison