The Role of Rehabilitation

Edited by Paul Alexander

Last updated November 22, 2018

Addiction is a complex combination of physiological and psychological changes in the user who abuses a controlled substance to the point where their daily life and health are sacrificed. Many times, the substance a person is addicted to has a chemical dependency associated with it, which occurs when the body of the user has adapted to the presence of the substance to the point where the user can become physically ill or, in extreme cases, die without it. The use of the substance also alters the person’s normal behavior and ability to socialize, enjoy experiences, or hold a job as well as other aspects of life that non-addicts usually have less trouble with.

Individual Treatment

Our drug rehab Newport Beach center tailors treatment to address the specific nature of a patient’s addiction. The person admitted will initially be questioned and assessed as to the nature and severity of their condition during the intake process. This process typically is the shortest but can be the most difficult since a lot of social pressure put upon people makes them feel guilty for not being able to handle their own use. Adding to this is the patient’s own actions to protect their substance use behaviors.

Alcohol and Drug Detox

The next step is detox which determines the nature of the chemical dependencies and takes the necessary actions to limit and eventually eliminate the use of the substance in the safest manner possible. It’s not always the best approach to go so-called ‘cold turkey’ as this can actually cause physical harm to some patients with severe dependencies.

The goal, whether it’s achieved quickly or decidedly more procedural, is to free the patient from the physical side of addiction in terms of direct use. This does not mean they are free of addiction, however, as there will be a state of depression and hopelessness, especially if they’ve relied on the substance for a specific mental state resulting from its use.

Rehab in Newport Beach

The actual rehabilitation actually begins at this point. The patient is given a safe environment where they are able to personally face their struggles with shedding their prior habits and emotional stress that comes with separation from the substance use. Some recovering addicts can even become suicidal if they were relying on drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism for depression. Rehabilitation in an addiction help center like Northbound ensures the patient gets the proper treatment for recovery from the drug use as well as any necessary therapy underlying the use.

addiction treatment servicesOngoing recovery, sometimes considered ‘outpatient treatment’ requires, at first, involved monitoring and reporting but as the patient is readjusted into their life sans drugs or alcohol abuse, and learns how to manage the signs and triggers which can lead to relapse, less intervention is necessary. With persistence and support from the addiction center as well as friends and family, the person can lead a very active and rewarding life. It is important to remember that because addiction has already required professional treatment that the patient is always to remain alert and practice self assessment to ensure lasting freedom from falling back into addiction.

Northbound has three centers staffed with experts, professionals and addiction specialists who help addicts recover to become stable and sober and regain the control over their life that they lose when their addiction takes it away. Please call (866) 311-0003 to speak with a counselor or schedule a meeting if you’re looking for drug rehab in Newport Beach.

Article Reviewed by Paul Alexander

Paul AlexanderPaul Alexander is the founder and CEO of Northbound Treatment. He received his Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist training at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and was awarded Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2002. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society, Summa Cum Laude, from University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He believes wholeheartedly in transformational leadership, organizational health and effective, fully integrated substance use disorder treatment.