Posted on November 25, 2019
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.
Posted on November 23, 2019
Drug rehab centers have helped thousands of people around the world to recover from their addiction from harmful substances. It helps in giving a new lease of life to the patients by rejuvenating their body, mind and spirit. They make the addicted person stop using drugs for their normal existence. They teach the addicts about the psychological, legal, financial, social, physical and other harmful effects of these drugs on them. They normally face problems like declining health, ruined relationships, financial loss, legal complications and many a times it leads to death of the drug abuser also. Substance abuse not only affects the addicted person and his family but also creates problems for the society as a whole.
If you notice that anyone in your friend circle and family member is facing issues with drug addiction, then you should intervene to end the chaos and help the person to get the treatment required. It will help him to regain control of his life again and start living a normal and healthy life once again. Learned and highly skilled professionals help the addicts to fight with their addiction and recover from it. Selecting a right drug rehab center is very important because if you select a wrong such a service providing center then along with the wastage of money and time, the life of the patient will also be in jeopardy.
While choosing a drug rehab center you should gather proper information on its drug rehab programs, staff expertise, credentials, cost and the effectiveness of its treatment. Nowadays most of these service providers have websites of their own. You can visit these websites and gain all the important information’s from them. You can read reviews and a testimonial of people who got treated there and then opt for the one which you think is suitable for your needs and budget. If you manage to select the right drug treatment service provider for yourself then it will be quite beneficial for you. Professional and competent service centers always develop individualized treatment plans for their patients. Most of them offer a combination of inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. You can choose one of them according to your convenience.
There are various steps of treatment in these service centers and the first step is detoxification. In this step, the residues of harmful substances which the patient used to take are eliminated. During this process, the patient faces withdrawal symptoms. Doctors give proper care and treatment to the patients so that they can be able to deal with their withdrawal. Detox treatment basically includes exercising, sauna treatments and consumption of vitamins and supplements.
The next step after this is counseling. It involves one to one counseling with a doctor who is an expert in curing people suffering from addiction problems. The counselor holds a detailed discussion with the patient and helps them to discover the root causes of their addiction. They make the patient realize the beauty of life and help them to get out of their addiction. Addiction is a big problem, but an efficient drug rehab treatment can help the patient to go back into their normal life.
Posted on November 21, 2019
Addressing addiction is the most difficult part of treatment of those who are seeking treatment in drug addiction for the family members of the addicts. Many a times these addictions lead to a building up a destructive cycle to a point where the family members actually end up helping up the patient. Most of the time the family members do not know how to bring up the problem because they feel that bringing the issue up will push their loved ones away due to a confrontation or an argument. Although the family members should understand that a gentle approach to the loved ones is needed to get them back on track and understand the problem of substance abuse treatment.
Every family is unique and the way to approach every family should be different. The level of involvement of the addiction is different. The counselor in the area where you live will be trained to work with drug abuse and is essential in intervention for the treatment of these patients. The family may opt for a private and honest talk with the concerned family member to pursue the member to give up the substance and seek for help. Whichever method that the family explores it plays an important part in the dynamics of the treatment of the loved one. Addressing an imbalance which is unhealthy is the first step in leading your loved one towards treatment. A positive family involvement can help restore the family on its way of recovery and discovery.
After the confrontation the best thing that can happen is that the patient enters the drug addiction treatment program. The patient may choose the inpatient or the outpatient program. According to the patient’s needs and requirements these minor elements can be arranged to benefit everyone. An outpatient treatment provides the patient an opportunity to be with their families during the treatment process. They end up finding facilities close to their homes and the patient continues the treatment. The inpatient program involves a program where the patient travels to a facility where they have to undergo a month of detoxification and recovery. They are put in a process where they are not allowed to leave the campus but the family treatment part is not ruled out and they encourage frequent family interaction.
As mentioned, patient’s have various needs but the inpatient treatment has known to give better results and have an obvious advantage over the other method as there is no distraction in the environment now. This advantage is also shared by the family as they get time to introspect and add a new dimension to the nature of the patient. They develop a new outlook. Family involvement is something that needs to be continued for over a large period of time and prevent the repetition of the same.
There is no clear cut end where you can say that the patient has been completely cured and that the patient will not suffer from the addiction and this is the place where the family can bolster the patient’s determination to overcome this addiction.