Recovery programs are intended to help patients suffering from a drug addiction to begin living a sober life. They provide the structure, psychological therapy, and medical care that addicts need to heal from substance abuse.
If you or a loved one are interested in receiving information on recovery programs, contact Alcohol Treatment Centers Babylon at (516) 283-5664.
Each drug that a person becomes addicted to is unique and because of this, some of the signs and symptoms of drug abuse are different for each substance.
An addicted person may become withdrawn from family and friends, skip or avoid social or recreational events and activities that they were once interested or invested in, and may begin to exhibit problems at work or school.
Additionally, people surrounding the addict will likely note significant changes in their physical appearance. They may neglect to bathe, look disheveled, and have ceased personal grooming activities.
Other common signs and symptoms of substance abuse are drowsiness, confusion, lethargy, changes in pupil size, and changes to heart rate and breathing (either extremely fast or extremely slow).
When a person abuses sedatives such as Xanax, for example, their breathing slows and their heart rate can slow to dangerous levels, speech may be slurred, and they may have trouble focusing or concentrating.
On stimulants, a person may exhibit erratic behavior, fast heart rates, increased blood pressure, rapid speech, and paranoia.
Generally, any sudden, significant health or behavioral changes can indicate a substance abuse problem.
CBT works to do away with behaviors and thinking that lead to damaging consequences. By focusing on the behaviors that lead to these destructive tendencies, with particular ways to react and behave to become constructive, the goal is to reinforce the constructive behaviors so they continue.
Motivational interviewing concentrates on setting goals for the individual and then developing behaviors to meet those end goals. Any conflicting feelings are examined so they can be resolved into wholesome behaviors. Counselors shape specific actions with the individual to address the specific situation.
First, the individual’s conduct needing modification is identified. Then, a specified plan to give rewards is implemented as the desired conduct is displayed. As more desirable behaviors are performed, rewards are increased as positive reinforcement for these behaviors and feelings to continue.
Other behavioral therapies used in recovery programs and known to be effective include:
Group meetings: Individuals with substance abuse issues meet on a regular basis to discuss their problems and challenges. This lessens feelings of isolation and shame in the individual, as they can physically be with people who are in the same situation they are in, who face the same struggles. This peer support is effective in treating substance abuse.
Art therapy: The goal of art therapy is to use a hands-on approach. The individual has the experience of using their hands to express their feelings and emotions. Since trauma, physical abuse and mental abuse are common among substance abusers, the need to express these feelings is paramount. Expressing these issues, with the accompanying emotions of shame and pain, make it difficult to do verbally. Art therapy is an outlet for those painful feelings and emotions without having to verbalize them.
Each individual is unique and responses to treatment are also unique. Some individuals respond to treatment more quickly or positively than others. Physical make-up, brain chemical changes, environmental and severity of abuse are just several factors that make an individual’s response to treatment unique. The importance of a comprehensive plan, that is flexible and uses many approaches, increase the success of an individual becoming and staying substance-free.
Learn more about recovery programs by contacting Alcohol Treatment Centers Babylon at (516) 283-5664.