Addiction rehab starts with medical detox, which is used to break the physical addiction and involves providing medications as needed to alleviate unpleasant or dangerous withdrawal symptoms. The second phase of rehab is treatment, during which a number of traditional and alternative therapies are used to address the underlying psychological issues behind the addiction.
The last phase of rehab is the addiction aftercare plan. Once patients leave rehab and go back to their normal routine, maintaining the motivation required for preventing a lapse, or an incident of using drugs again after rehab, is essential for ensuring long-term recovery. The addiction aftercare plan is highly individualized to meet the specific needs and issues of the patient.
Relapse rates for addiction are unfortunately fairly high, with up to 80 percent of patients relapsing in the first year after treatment. The addiction aftercare plan is designed to improve the chances of successfully beating the addiction for the long-term by providing patients with the support needed to maintain a high level of motivation and personal accountability.
Addiction is a chronic disease, which means it can’t be cured, and using just once after treatment can lead to a relapse of the addiction, which will require another round of detox and treatment therapy.
However, a lapse in sobriety or relapse of the addiction doesn’t mean that treatment was unsuccessful. Some people with a drug or alcohol addiction require more than one stint in rehab to break the cycle of addiction for good, and high relapse rates shouldn’t discourage you or a loved one from getting the help you need to beat an addiction and vastly improve the quality of your life.
Addiction aftercare is an essential component of the rehab process. Many of the programs included in the aftercare plan started in rehab and are continued after treatment.
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