Rehabilitation is restoring someone’s dependence on certain things back to how they were.
Rehabilitation programs help individuals be independent in their daily activities without using substances or coping mechanisms.
Rehabilitation has physical and psychological effects to help a person operate better.
Signs you may need rehabilitation
- Physical and mental health problems
When the patient is dependent on a substance, in this case, drugs, their mental and physical well-being is affected negatively since the patient cannot function without the substance. The patient may suffer from depression and weight loss. And even major illnesses such as cancer.
In most cases, when the patient is addicted, they have to take large amounts of the substance to feel satisfied, while in the past, they had to take just small amounts of it.
The more the patient takes the substances in high quantities, the more they suffer from the risk of overdose.
- Strong cravings
The early signs of substance addiction are a strong desire to use the substance, and when not used, the patient experiences withdrawal symptoms.
The patient has tried to quit many times, but it has been unsuccessful. That is a major sign that rehab is the only option for you to stop using the substance.
- Substance use is causing problems
These problems may include constant disagreements with family and friends, financial problems, work problems, and health problems, among others.
When substance use results in the above problems, it’s clear that rehabilitation is needed.
Advantages of rehabilitation
Below are advantages of rehabilitation where you can see for yourself that rehabilitation programs work effectively.
- 24/7 check-up
Especially for the inpatient rehabilitation program, the patient gets attention from the medical practitioners around the clock.
This makes sure the patient’s recovery is smooth and easy. When at home, the patient may suffer dues to the withdrawal symptoms that may get out of hand. The patient may end up relapsing.
- Get a community
When you join a rehabilitation program, you meet other people on the same journey as you. You get to help each other and overcome your addiction and maybe, in the process, make friends. Having a sense of community helps the patient in recovery.
- Lack of distractions
Especially in an inpatient program, the patient’s environment is controlled, and there are no distractions to consume the substance and thus no relapsing.
The rehabilitation centers offer aftercare. Even after you are out of the facility, they get to follow up with your recovery journey. This helps the patient be consistent and avoid relapsing.
- Medical care
While entering the rehabilitation program, the medical practitioners screen you to know what substances were used and to what extent
In the process, the patient might be found with other undetectable problems that will be treated in the process. Screening also helps with recovery, whereby the patient can track their progress.
In the process of getting better and recovering from substance use, it’s essential for the patient to feel safe, especially due to the other side effects of addiction, such as depression.
Addicts need to seek medical care when they start going through the adverse effects of addiction.