A Elements Behavioral Health Guide to Drug Rehab
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Now that we’ve countered some of the prevailing myths about drug rehab, you might be wondering what actually goes on when you enter into treatment. What should you expect when you walk through the doors of the treatment facility? Here’s a quick overview.

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Drug rehab success is not something to be taken lightly, and it’s definitely not something that’s achieved overnight. You might compare recovery from drugs to bodybuilding. Just like you’re not going to get that strong, chiseled body overnight, you’re not going to overcome a drug addiction after just a day or two of treatment. It would certainly be great if it worked that day – but then, if it was that easy, rehab programs wouldn’t be necessary in the first place!

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It’s hard to go through tough times alone. Having a trustworthy friend or relative to lean on, confide in, and understand your needs speeds healing and raises hope for your future. This is why in order for a person to completely heal from a drug or alcohol addiction, their whole family needs to be involved in the process.

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Very few human beings can use illicit drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine or opioids, for a prolonged period of time without becoming addicted to the substance. Once addiction occurs, the individual typically needs to enter drug rehab in order to safely withdraw from using the drug. Unless the patient is independently wealthy or is covered by a comprehensive health insurance policy, there never seems to be enough slots in affordable and effective residential drug rehab programs to keep up with the demand. Sadly, as the number of Americans addicted to illicit drugs continues to rise, the need for affordable drug rehab rises as well.

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When presented with a patient who has a potential drug problem, a medical professional must screen, assess, and diagnose before a treatment plan can be put in place. The amount of time and effort needed for each of these tasks will vary depending on the patient and level of addiction.

An abuse screening instrument is used to pinpoint patients who have an increased likelihood of drug addiction; it is also used to determine whether a more formal diagnostic instrument is needed. Many addiction professionals use the CAGE questionnaire. It contains four questions and has a very high rate of validity. Others may use the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI). Both of these screening tools are short and easy to administer, providing a quick answer as to whether additional investigation is needed.

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Convincing an addict to enter drug rehab is never an easy task. When the addict also happens to be a lawyer, the process can be even more intimidating. Before you start this difficult conversation, learn about the most common excuses impaired lawyers make when asked to enter drug rehab – and the arguments you can use to overcome them.

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We Understand Your Confusion

What type of drug rehab is right for me? Will my loved one stay in treatment long enough to get the benefits of rehab? Will my insurance cover drug rehab?

You have questions. We have answers.

Take some time to review DrugRehab.us and learn about your treatment options. If at any time you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or confused, please pick up the phone. Our expert advisers are here to help.

Whether you decide on an outpatient drug treatment program or an inpatient residential drug rehab, you are making a choice to move forward with your life. You are choosing to reclaim your life from drugs and alcohol.