Addiction Frequently Asked Questions

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite serious consequence. People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have a strong focus on using a certain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their lifetime. They keep on using alcohol or a drug in spite of the negative health consequences faced. Yet a number of effective therapies are available and people can recover from addiction and lead normal, productive lives.

What are the Stages of Addiction?

There are various stages of addictions. The initial stage is the functioning individual with the addiction. The most common scenario is they have a job and their relationships are intact, but their health is depleting slowly because of their dependence. Here, you don’t have to undergo major losses to have an addiction.

The late stage of dependence is the non-functioning addict. The consequences of addiction get dangerous over time. Addiction is a continuous disease. It’s never simple to quit. But if you’ve already suffered negative consequences and don’t want them to get worse, there’s never a better time to stop that now.

What Should I know before visiting a Helpline?

It’s essential to write down a list of information to provide the admission consultant with. The more relevant information the admission consultant have, the easier it will be for them to supervise you towards the recovery treatments most suitable for you.

The details you will have to prepare is the severity of addiction, type of substance(s) abused, how long you or the user has been abusing substances, Whether you or the individual is pregnant, special community considerations, such as desiring a men-only or women-only rehab and your insurance plan and policy number.

I'm not sure if I aspire to go to an inpatient or outpatient facility. Which one is best?

This depends on your particular condition — the type of substance you use, how long you’ve been abusing it and at what dosage levels. If your addiction involves a physical dependence, inpatient care with on-site detox is often suggested so you can safely remove the substance from your body. It’s essential to have 24-hour medical care during this process.

When you choose inpatient recovery, you are removed from your “regular” life and all the temptations that come with it, and able to put your sole focus on your healing. Generally, those with severe addictions, negative home environments, and dual diagnosis situations benefit most from inpatient care.

If you have a career or family responsibilities that you can’t get away from for a period of time, outpatient care is your best choice. Generally, outpatient rehab is recommended for those with less severe addiction problems.

What are the advantages of traveling away from home for treatment?

Traveling for therapy lets you take a step to overcome the driving forces behind your dependence. Choosing to accept treatment in your local area can make it challenging to focus on the journey of recovery.

Traveling allows you to avoid negative social environments such as friends who abuse drugs or alcohol or strained family relationships. Traveling removes you from a stressful work atmosphere but being away from home allows you to fully focus on your recovery. Putting physical distance between you and familiar environmental and social substance-use triggers,  aids in the rehabilitation process.

What are the advantages of traveling away from home for treatment?

Traveling for therapy lets you take a step to overcome the driving forces behind your dependence. Choosing to accept treatment in your local area can make it challenging to focus on the journey of recovery.

Traveling allows you to avoid negative social environments such as friends who abuse drugs or alcohol or strained family relationships. Traveling removes you from a stressful work atmosphere but being away from home allows you to fully focus on your recovery. Putting physical distance between you and familiar environmental and social substance-use triggers,  aids in the rehabilitation process.

What is Detoxification?

Detoxification is what your body does generally to neutralize, transform or get free of unwanted materials or toxins. It is a major function of the body, constantly working and interacting with all other functions of the body. it is all about improving and optimizing the function of your body’s own detoxification systems. This is done by reducing the number of toxins we put into our bodies while at the same time supporting our body’s detoxification.

What is Aftercare?

An aftercare or discharge plan is a collaborative work between the client and treatment team that assists the client cope with post-treatment challenges. Effective aftercare planning can assist prepare clients for ongoing success in all areas of life. All clients leave treatment with a detailed aftercare plan complete with the contacts and resources needed to continue along the road of recovery—like medical meetings, local therapeutic resources, 12-step support groups, sober or transitional living, or any significant means of continued support. Aftercare also includes follow-up calls between staff, clients, and alumni program.

Can I leave Rehab once Admitted?

You are free to move at any time. No one can force you to admit yourself and they can’t make you stay. No rehab or therapy program is going to work unless you are dedicated to it and willing to see it through to achievement.

What are narcotics and why people get addicted to it?

Narcotic analgesics (painkillers) are drugs that can reduce pain, cause numbness and/ or induce a state of unconsciousness. They have the tendency to cause tolerance and addiction. People usually get addicted to it because it relieves pain, produces a common sense of well being by reducing tension, stress, and aggression.

What sort of Drug and Alcohol Treatment are covered with Insurance?

The insurance coverage will greatly depend on your insurance provider and your coverage plan. Generally speaking, detoxification is the most likely service to be covered by your insurance, particularly since patients face fatal addiction withdrawal signs if their detox process is not monitored by experienced health care professionals.

Outpatient and inpatient rehab coverage vary widely between insurance policies, but most policyholders should expect their insurance provider to at least mitigate these costs with partial coverage for their addiction therapy.

What happens after Addiction Rehab?

Facing the challenges of daily life after rehab is important. Just like diabetes, asthma or high blood pressure, dependence is a chronic disease. Maintaining it after you’re out of rehab requires lifestyle changes, finding sober friends, creating a support network, doing volunteer job and attending 12-step or other addiction rehabilitation support group meetings on a regular basis to avoid relapse.

What is the difference between a drug addiction and drug abuse?

Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, where the individual can not stop using the drug in spite of the negative consequences faced by the drug. Here the individual fails to meet social, personal and work commitments. Drug abuse also called substance abuse, is abusing any substances including alcohol, prescription medicines resulting in distress. Individuals with drug abuse problem still have control over their life.

What is Dual-Diagnosis?

Dual-diagnosis also referred to co-occurring disorder is a state where a person is diagnosed with a mental illness and addiction or substance use disorder. Long-term addiction causes mental illness and the severity of the addiction also increases. In other cases, an individual with a mental illness starts abusing drugs to stay free from stress and depression. Here the exact cause for the addiction is difficult to understand and a Dual-diagnosis is required to treat the individual.

What is a Co-occurring Disorder?

A co-occurring disorder is where an individual is diagnosed with both addiction and mental illness. The symptoms of one disorder may predate the other and both the conditions tend to exacerbate one another. Here Dual-diagnosis is needed to treat the individual with both addiction and mental problems.

What are Withdrawal Symptoms?

Withdrawal symptoms are the unpleasant physical and mental symptoms that occur after ceasing from drug intake. The withdrawal symptoms depend on the type and severity of drug abused. The common symptoms are anxiety, vomiting, mood swings, depression, Insomnia, palpitations, dizziness, sweating, and headaches. Treatment is required to address the symptom and prevent complications.

What is the Treatment after a Detox?

After detoxification, you should undergo addiction treatments including therapies, intervention, family counseling, and 12-step programs to prevent relapsing and achieve complete sobriety. These treatments are done in an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation center. Behavioral therapy and life skill classes are taught to cope with relapsing problems.

Can you leave the rehabilitation center once admitted?

You can leave the rehab any time, no one will compel you to stay at the rehab. However, dedication and continued treatment are required to fight addiction and achieve a sober life.

What things should you take to a Rehab?

While you get admitted in a rehab, you will need to take cash, your insurance card & ID, clothes, your favorite books & magazines, and personal care items. You will be asked to leave at home any items that trigger alcohol or drug abuse.

Does a relapse mean a failure?

A relapse is getting back to the addiction after stopping from a drug or substance use. A relapse doesn’t mean a failure and is very common among the recovering addicts. A relapsing individual needn’t feel disappointed or stop the treatment. You can definitely seek treatment after a relapse and try a different addiction treatment approach.

Can you consume your usual prescription medicines while in a addiction treatment?

You will have to consult your treatment therapist as certain medicines can interfere with your treatment. Your medications will be checked for its relapse potentialities and safety before starting your treatment process. If your medications are suspected to be unsafe, alternative and safe medicines are prescribed by your treating professionals.

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