Recovering From Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Recovering from drug & alcohol addiction is a challenging endeavor, but receiving treatment for substance abuse and addiction is the first step in stopping the cycle of addiction. Substance abuse in the U.S. is an epidemic, and deaths related to overdoses continue to climb at an alarming rate every year.

Combating the disease of addiction is urgent, and Recovery Centers of America is here to help individuals addicted to alcohol, heroin, opioids, cocaine and prescription drugs receive the professional treatment they need to stop using and get sober.

Recovery from addiction doesn’t happen overnight, nor does it look the same for everyone. Receiving treatment for substance abuse and addiction requires the proper care from highly credentialed professionals, the unyielding support of family and friends, and a true commitment and determination to get better.

Recovery Centers of America is available to guide you or your loved one through every step of receiving treatment—from detoxification and medication management to individualized therapy plans and essential outpatient follow-through and support.

Medically supervised rehab

Recovery Centers of America offers affordable drug rehab in a safe, secure, and medically supervised environment.

A medically supervised setting includes 24/7 care under the guidance of expertly trained and highly credentialed healthcare professionals who know exactly how to handle and facilitate care for patients in addiction treatment. Recovery Centers of America’s team consists of masters-level clinicians, primary therapists, doctors, psychiatrists, and nurses who create personalized treatment plans for each patient’s physical and psychological needs. Our buildings feature internal corridors and around-the-clock security.

Medical supervision during the detoxification and rehabilitation period is extremely important to a patient’s safety and overall wellbeing. When attempted without oversight from medical professionals, detoxification from alcohol and drugs can be deadly. Medically supervised detoxification at Recovery Centers of America follows strict and effective protocols that are specifically designed to safely and comfortably help patients rid their minds and bodies of the harmful substances they have been abusing.

Throughout a patient’s inpatient rehabilitation, which typically lasts 30 days, patients will undergo comprehensive individual therapy, group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectal behavioral therapy (DBT) with a credentialed clinical team. These sessions will help patients (and their families) better understand the disease of addiction and will prepare them for the transition to outpatient care.

Detoxification

Detoxification—or detox— is the process of removing harmful substances from the mind and body of an addicted individual.

Before undergoing detoxification at one of the Recovery Centers of America detox facilities, patients meet with our highly trained medical staff, who will assess a patient’s mental, physical, and emotional needs before developing a personalized treatment plan.

Depending on the severity of the addiction and its impact on the patient, how long detoxification takes will vary from person to person. The full detox process typically takes anywhere from 4-7 days to complete, but it could be longer or shorter.

During this time, the patient will be placed under 24/7 medical supervision. This is to ensure that the patient is detoxing in a safe and secure environment. Doctors and nurses are available at any time to help patients through some of the symptoms of withdrawal, which can include mental and/or physical pain, such as anxiety, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, and tremors.

Detoxification is an essential first step in getting an addicted individual on the path towards full rehabilitation and recovery. While it can take an extraordinary feat of mental and physical fortitude, Recovery Centers of America is fully committed to safely helping with patients detox from drugs and alcohol.

Addiction Medications

There are a variety of addiction medications that can help patients receiving treatment for substance abuse and addiction during detox and rehabilitation. While it may seem counterintuitive to give an addict different drugs, these addiction medications are useful in aiding the overall comfort and stability of a patient’s recovery.

These are some commonly used addiction medications that have proven to be effective in treating addictions to opioids and alcohol addiction in adults:

  • Buprenorphine: For opioid addicts, Buprenophine reduces or eliminates withdrawal symptoms, including cravings. The drug does not produce the high that makes substances like opioids or heroin so addictive. The National Institute of Drug Abuse explains that Buprenophine activates and blocks opioid receptors in the brain. It is administered to adult patients under the tongue in pill form (called Subutex®) or it is administered with naloxone in a film medication called Suboxone®.
  • Methadone: Perhaps the most well-known addiction medication, methadone also prevents unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and reduces cravings in those addicted to opioids. Methadone can be administered to patients in a tablet, liquid, or powder form.
  • Naltrexone: Used as a method of preventing relapse after detoxification from opioids or alcohol, naltrexone (which is administered as a pill or via injection from a doctor) blocks some of the brain’s receptors, so that people no longer experience the high they used to get from opioids and/or alcohol.
  • Benzodiazepines: Though this category of drugs can often be abused, when properly administered for short-term use of licensed and professional clinicians, certain benzodiazepines can be helpful in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal. Chlordiazepoxide (Librium) or Phenobarbital can help those suffering from alcohol dependence by removing toxins from a patient’s system and reducing the risk of severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
  • Acamprosate: A tablet that is taken up to three times daily, this pill normalizes the brain systems that have been disrupted by heavy drinking over long periods of time. Disulfiram: This medication takes a more drastic approach to keeping alcohol out of the system of alcoholics. If a person on disulfiram consumes alcohol, the medication will cause an unpleasant reaction to occur in the body including, headache, nausea, sweating, weakness, confusion, chest pain, blurred vision, and difficulty breathing.

Addiction medications are administered under the supervision of Recovery Centers of America’s expert clinical staff, who are specially licensed and trained to ensure the drugs are properly administered and to monitor any potential adverse reactions patient’s may have while receiving treatment for substance abuse and addiction. Addiction medications should only be taken under the supervision or guidance of healthcare professionals.

Addiction Therapy

An imperative part of the recovery process while receiving substance abuse and addiction treatment is working closely with Recovery Centers of America’s therapists, doctors, nurses, and psychiatrists.

Our experienced and licensed mental health professionals help patients get a clearer understanding of their diseases and what made them susceptible to their addictions. Therapy is also used during treatment to help patients heal from their prior traumas in order to move forward while in recovery.

Recovery Centers of America provides one-on-one and group therapy sessions for patients and their families—all of which work to educate, enlighten, and restore the overall health and confidence of an addict on the road to sobriety.

Since no individual treatment for substance abuse and addiction is the ever same, our on-site, primary therapists and psychiatrists evaluate patients individually to get a full picture of what treatments are best suited to their psychological needs. Individual, one-on-one therapy sessions help monitor and track a patient’s daily progress while in treatment and also provide patients with the tools needed to succeed during outpatient treatment and recovery.

In addition to individual therapy sessions, group therapy sessions are part of treatment at Recovery Centers of America. Group therapy is a way for addicts to channel their struggles in a welcoming environment in which everyone is working towards the common goal of recovery. Lead by respected and expertly trained mental health professionals, group therapy activities and sessions promote openness and compassion.

These evidence-based, proven therapies encourage patients to get in tune with their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs in order to make peace with past transgressions and shift focus to a future of long-term recovery.

Family Therapy

Drugs and alcohol don’t just affect the addicted individual—these substances also negatively impact family members and friends.

Family members often endure mental, emotional, physical, and financial burdens while caring for someone battling drug and/or alcohol addiction. Family members may also inadvertently be enabling someone to use drugs and alcohol. Because of this, family therapy and family involvement is a key element to rehabilitation and the recovery process.

At Recovery Centers of America patients and their family members are strongly encouraged to participate in family therapy sessions and meetings lead by certified mental health professionals. These therapists educate families on critical issues, such as signs of drug addiction, setting boundaries, and what the entire recovery process entails, from detoxification to the goal of lifelong sobriety.

These family therapy sessions not only allow loved ones to heal from their own traumas, but they help family members regain a sense of trust and hope.

While it can be difficult to open up about the pain that addiction has caused you and your family, Recovery Centers of America’s therapists use evidence-based techniques that encourage direct communication and empathy for all those involved.

Long-Term Sobriety

The path towards long-term sobriety is not an easy one. In fact, according to National Institute of Drug Abuse, the chronic nature of the disease means that relapse for patients who previously received treatment for substance abuse and addiction is a very real possibility.

Whether someone is entering rehab for the first time, or has relapsed and needs help getting back on track, the inpatient and outpatient treatment programs at Recovery Centers of America provide both immediate care and help establish long-term coping and management skills and strategy.

Long-term sobriety doesn’t just depend on individual efforts (such as attending 12-step programming and continuing individual therapy sessions), it also requires support from friends and family and ongoing treatment from medical and mental health professionals who know how to properly treat substance abuse and addiction.

Everyone who walks through the doors at a Recovery Centers of America treatment center deserves to have the chance at a healthy, substance-free life. Through our medically supervised processes, our evidence-based treatment protocols, and the unparalleled expertise of our masters-level staff, Recovery Centers of America provides the foundation for long-term success.

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