The Elements of Treatment

The suffering caused by drug and alcohol addiction can be so enormous that you just want to cease existing. It feels like drowning. You are crying for help, but your mouth is shut. Your body and senses want you to take another shot, but your mind is already demanding to stop. It is at this point that you should start becoming the master of your own body and gain the power to stop addiction’s whims.

“One small crack does not mean that you are broken. It means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.” Linda Poindexter

Is Drug Addiction Treatable?

Admittedly, addiction is a tough battle to win. But with determination and desire to get treated, it gets much easier; especially these days, drug treatment centers are now well equipped with the knowledge and facilities to help people get clean.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese proverb

Addiction, be it to drugs, smoking, or alcohol, is considered a chronic disease that needs to be attended by health professionals. You can’t just stop addiction overnight. It needs time to be completely eradicated in your system, to recover, and to avoid relapse. Though curing addiction cannot happen in a few days, you can start the journey right at this moment – you just need to decide. Decide to ask for help and decide to cooperate with the programs that will be laid out for you.

Included in these treatment programs we offer are categorized into three elements – Assessment, Therapeutic, and Experiential Therapies.

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Assessment

This is considered the initial step towards getting our clients clean of any toxicity from drugs and alcohol; it’s important because the medical team can get to the root cause of why the patient resorted to abusing addictive drugs. Without this initial step, you could be barking up the wrong tree. Addiction assessment explores the following information:

  • Your current condition
  • Your treatment history
  • The exact substance you are addicted to
  • Your pattern of behavior
  • Your health history
  • Your symptoms of addiction
  • And the treatment program that will best suit your needs

Your history with drug abuse is clear evidence that somewhere along the line in your past years, something wrong happened. You were hurt, you suffered. Pre-intake assessments will give medical professionals a lead as to what method will cater to your current difficult situation. Assessment includes the following tests:

  • Medical Evaluation
  • Psychological Testing
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Brain Wellness
  • Cognitive Testing
  • Cognitive Retaining
  • Pharmacogenetics Testing
  • Toxicology Testing

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein

During the assessment, you can expect the following policies to be requested:

  • Take a lot of consultation sessions. The initial consultation can be the most exhaustive as the drug misuser is expected to be reluctant in giving information to doctors. However, drug-misusing patient’s cooperation to answer questions is exceedingly required.
  • Produce a written document discussing the patient’s goals and objectives in undergoing a rehab.
  • Agree to a particular treatment program under the guidance of health professionals.
  • Ask relatives and friends to be involved in the program when necessary.

Therapeutic Drug Treatment

This form of treatment uses behavioral techniques to curb, if not eliminate the pains of drug abuse in the patients’ system. This may involve modifying the patients’ attitude and behavior towards drugs as well as educating the patients on how to deal with stressors properly without resorting to drugs. Below are several behavioral therapies that we offer:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Brief Strategic Family Therapy
  • EMDR Therapy
  • Psychoeducational Groups
  • Mindfulness

Behavioral therapies provide a solid support network on the patient’s journey to recovery. It is expected that the patient will find a difficult time adhering to the program when choosing not to stay inside a rehab center. But with our program and under the guidance of a medical team, it is easy to give patients the encouragement to stay away from the demands of drugs.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar

Experiential Therapeutic Programs

This form of therapy requires the patient to be physically active—to get in tune with nature, with himself, and to divert attention away from addiction to other topics. It lies in the principle that whatever you do with your body affects your subconscious. Experiential therapies that we offer include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Equine Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Outdoor Therapy
  • Yoga & Meditation
  • Neuro-feedback
  • Group Therapy

The success of every drug treatment program lies between the cooperation of both the medical experts and the patient. Without using both oars, the boat will never reach its destination. Rather, it will only go in circles. A task is easier to complete if there are other people helping you reach your goal. Open your mouth and speak out. Get help today.

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Assessment:

Medical Evaluation

Each addiction treatment program may not be applicable to all drug-misusers. In order to perform the right approach to a particular person, clinicians require patients to undergo medical evaluation so as to learn the current drug and alcohol one is addicted to. Allow us to uncover these elements that are stealing your life.

Psychological Testing

The psychological aspect of a person is greatly involved in all addiction cases. It may also be a culprit to one’s decision to abuse drugs and alcohol. With psychological testing, we will be able to know the patient’s history and current mental health condition as well as other aspects that are presenting symptoms.

Psychiatric Evaluation

Not only do doctors evaluate the patients’ mental health, but we will also know how well the patients’ are with other people during their rehabilitation stage. We will pay attention to your behavior, ability to decide and express yourself, reasoning, and mood when you’re alone or with others. This gives us more promising results with the treatment programs.

Brain Wellness

Allow us to see through the problems that are causing you to resort to drug use. Let us heal your anxiety, fear, depression, schizophrenia, and other mental problems. Hand-in-hand, we will bring back the natural state and function of your brain.

Cognitive Testing

The ability to think rationally can be reduced when your body is contaminated with toxic chemicals from drugs and alcohol. Attention and memory are also affected by the addiction. With cognitive testing, we will be able to know how much of your cognition has been affected.

Cognitive Retaining

Once a person has been addicted to any forms of illegal drugs, one cannot think and function normally. After finding the results of the patient’s cognitive testing, we will be able to know what types of programs will help you regain the brain’s natural health through cognitive retraining.

Pharmacogenetics Testing

There are times when the present drug treatment programs are not at all efficient to the drug misuser. This could be because of the patient’s genetics. The genetics of a person have a huge influence on his response to drugs and drug treatment programs. With pharmacogenetics testing, we will be able to formulate a method that will fit his condition.

Toxicology Testing

This is a well-defined drug test that needs well-defined results in order to know the amount of drugs present in the patient’s body as well as the type of drug one is currently using. Toxicology testing examines the patient’s blood, urine, sweat, saliva, hair, and stomach.

Therapeutic:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Unhealthy thought patterns can be the reason for becoming addicted to a particular object—be it drugs, cigarette, alcohol, sex and pornography, or gambling. With cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), negative and passive thinking can be corrected. Let us become the medium to help you develop positive thought patterns.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

As the name implies, SFBT is an approach that encourages patients to think of solutions when faced with challenges, rather than engage in problem-solving. There is a thin line between solution-building and problem-solving. The former refers to exploring the current resources and finding solutions, while the latter focuses on the past and present problems.

Mindfulness

Being mindful has a positive effect toward a person’s view of life, future, and his present situation. The mind is a powerful element within us that subtly dictates what you should do and should not do. Most of the time, we do not define whether the mind’s commands are right or wrong. Mindfulness is a process wherein you can tame and control your mind.

Psychoeducational Groups

Psychoeducational Groups are an age-old drug addiction treatment wherein doctors educate patients all about drugs and its deadly consequences. Classes are structured in group-specific lessons, which are done with the use of videotapes, audio, and in-person lectures. With this, patients will gain knowledge as to how one can properly cope with phobia, stress, and depression.

EMDR Therapy

This is becoming an in-demand form of therapy that is commonly used in dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EDMR) is a form of therapy wherein the psychiatrist narrates a disturbing event while moving his fingers in front of the patient’s eyes. This experiment aims to examine the person’s emotions while recalling events.

Brief Strategic Family Therapy

The relationship between the patient and his family members is a major consideration as to how a person acts toward drugs and alcohol. With Basic Strategic Family Therapy, clinicians will provide effective programs that will successfully strengthen relationship and encourage troubled people to find sanctuary in the comfort of his home come tough times.

Experiential Therapies:

Group Therapy

Group therapy has been widely practiced worldwide. Not only is it beneficial for patients to see that there are others who are also suffering from the same condition as they are but it also helps provide them with a hope that they can make it through the healing process just as others did.

Neuro-feedback

Neuro Feedback is one of the best treatments for ADHD diagnosed patients. It is a very high-tech procedure which includes the careful observation of the brain’s activity. The therapy aims to correct undesired brain activity and re-enforce desirable feedback. It has received the highest rating from the American Academy of Pediatrics as a leading treatment for ADHD patients.

Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and Meditation are distinct and yet they are, in essence, the same. It is a journey of self-discovery—a lifestyle that promotes freedom and real happiness. Yoga promotes harmony from within which gradually extends outwards. Meditation gives knowledge and liberation that are beyond material considerations.

Outdoor Therapy

Nature has one of the most fascinating healing properties that is yet to be explained. For most of us who are caught in the daily hustle and bustle of modern life, getting out and experiencing the beauty of nature is one of the most rewarding things we could do. Rejuvenate, refresh and live the life outdoors.

Family Therapy

Family Therapy is a process of healing and rekindling our family ties. It is a psychological process wherein we take the time to re-establish our relationship with our loved ones. Benefits derived from such a therapy include, but is not limited to, better communication between family members and the resolution of conflicts.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an effective method of treating negative thought patterns such as anxiety, stress, depression, sleep and eating problems, as well as the ability to decide correctly and sanely. Our goal is to help our patients manage their behavior and outlook in life by improving their cognition.


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