I am a rehab counselor and interventionist. No too long ago I was helping a retired doctor (anesthesiologist) to find a biophysical drug rehab for her stepson. She was helping me to understand this type of treatment which I had heard about and known about for years. I have even referred families to this type of biophysical rehab in the past but for me, the penny dropped after speaking with her about her son.
She started by explaining that he was using for years many drugs from pain pills to cocaine to benzos and alcohol. He’d go to traditional treatment and then weeks or months later he’d relapse. Very similar to stories you hear about from most families fighting addiction. But she was adamant about finding the best biophysical drug rehab center for him. She knew that he’d not succeed if he did not get this physical component to rehab that was critically lacking in his past attempts.
As a background, biophysical drug rehab programs emphasize that drug and alcohol residue store in the body. They focus on a long term drug rehab and detox protocols that release all of these stored residue so that the person can feel truly well enough to actually respond to their addiction therapy. A widely reported side benefit of biophysical rehabs is that the extreme cravings and urges to use drugs completely disappear after treatment.
Now, I had heard about this for many years but understanding exactly how and why was a bit beyond my training. It was speaking with this doctor regarding her son that really helped me to see how this type of treatment is vital and probably a missing component in most rehab treatment today.
As an anesthesiologist, she said that she learned drugs and toxins can store in the fatty tissues and remain for many years. And that the most common metabolic events that occur daily can release some of those drugs into the blood. Spices in food, exercising, sex, even a jolt of adrenaline from a scary movie can cause such events. And when this occurs it is not enough to get the “high” feeling but it will stir up the most incredible cravings for the drugs or alcohol that the person is used to consuming.
Additionally, her son was not responding to traditional 12 step group therapy treatment and said that most biophysical rehabs are non 12 step drug rehab programs. This means that along with the biophysical rehab treatment he would experience a more one on one cognitive therapy for underlying issues. With non 12 step drug rehab, there would be no one telling him he’s a victim and no one telling him he has a disease.
By the end of the call things that I had known about on the subject of biophysical drug rehabs all hit home and became very clear to me. I could really understand why this style of treatment has become so much in demand in the last 5 -10 years (though it has been around for 40 years). They are longer term; non-drugging; non disease / non 12 step in nature and they use protocols to get ALL the drugs out of the body. What’s not to like about that? The key to me is success. Traditional 28 day rehabs boast an abysmal 10% success rate whereas these biophysical drug rehab programs have 75% success rates.
All in all I believe this is one call that helped me more than I may have helped her but I have put that knowledge to good use in helping others.