A person inflicted with the disease of drug or alcohol addiction in Illinois can fight drug addiction in a controlled environment by going to a drug rehab center. There are plenty of centers offering services for those who wish to fight addiction and start a sober life. Drug rehab centers offer a variety of addiction treatment programs which are either state-funded or private, and many accept health insurance plans.
Procedures and methods vary depending on the program. Usually the first step of treatment is to temporarily move the patient into a center away from the environment and situation that enables their addiction. Then a period of detoxification will take place as the influence of drug use will lose effect over the patient's body and mind. Some centers advocate going "cold turkey," where an addict simply stops using drugs and goes through withdrawal. Others provide substitute drugs, such as methadone, to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and make the addict's transition easier. There are pros and cons to both methods, and as with addiction in general, there isn't an easy answer.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an addict's brain is altered by long-term drug use and a symptom of that alteration is an inability to exert control over their cravings. NIH research shows that active participation in treatment is critical to prevent a relapse. Rehab centers use individualized plans in order to get the most successful treatments for their patients.
After detoxifying, a patient is provided with counseling (either in group or individual sessions) by qualified professionals. Counselors and therapists help the recovering addict better understand why he or she became an addict in the first place. Psychological and social factors that led to the dependency are also tackled. This often includes stress, peer pressure, and traumatic events. A former drug dependent patient is also counseled on how to lead a drug-free life, learning the right skills to function properly in society again. Sometimes family counseling is needed to supplement an addict's recovery because the problems within a family can be triggers for addiction, so these factors must be addressed if need be.
Finally, the patient is allowed to leave the center on a limited basis, depending on his/her overall progress. This helps prepare the recovering addict for a life outside the center that is drug-free. Eventually the patient is discharged altogether if all goes well. Once released, the former addict still has to undergo outpatient counseling sessions and therapies. This final step will allow the recovering addict to remain drug free on a long-term basis. Making the decision to enter into a drug rehab center or program isn't easy, and there is a lot of fear involved. Much of that is a fear of the unknown and misconceptions about drug rehab centers. Many addicts also believe they could never live a drug-free life and still be happy. Beating this addiction is the most difficult thing that they may do in their entire lives, but they should also realize that quitting cold turkey by themselves is usually a setup for failure. We have caring therapists and counselors who can help them make a successful recovery and allow them to rejoin their families and lives. Be sure to call or email us for more information.
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