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Drug Rehabilitation - No easy options

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The addict has to be the person who decides to have treatment. If
relatives put their loved one in a rehab center without the addict's
cooperation he or she will go back to drugs within weeks of coming out.
It is an expensive option, but really the only one. The money is going to
be wasted though, unless the addict is a willing patient.

addiction, drug rehab, drug rehabilitation, drug addiction

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Drug Rehabilitation centers provide the essential support that addicts
need, if they are to kick their drug habit.

Drug rehabilitation is best handled in a residential setting, where the
clients have no access with the outside world. Mobile phones, Internet
access and phone calls are not allowed. This is to prevent clients
arranging illicit supplies and undoing all the good work being done.

They are not rest homes and many addicts find the regime unpleasant, but
that is only to be expected with any system that deprives them of their
daily drug needs.

Before sending an addict for treatment you should visit the center and
assess for yourself the level of care and treatment provided. Having made
a careful decision you will have to harden yourself against your
relative’s complaints.

Drug addiction is physical as well as a   mental dependence on drugs. A
drug addict’s body has adjusted to cope   and expect the daily dose of
whatever substance the addict is using.   The body shows unpleasant
withdrawal symptoms that the addict has   to go through.

A rehab center will have medical, nursing and care staff to cope with the
needs of the addicts. This should reassure addicts’ relatives, who will
have no contact at all for the first month or so, and only limited
contact after that.

The cost of drug rehabilitation is high, but worthwhile to the addict’s
parents. The high cost is inevitable with residential treatment and the
cost of nursing and medical staff wages. The treatment will only be
permanent however, if the addict has made the decision to come off drugs
him or her self.

Permanent rehabilitation means that the client will need support after
leaving the rehabilitation center. He or she will need a job and some
positive leisure activity that will ensure total removal from the
circumstances leading to the previous addiction.

Addicts and relatives need to be aware that one dose of the drug that
caused the addiction is enough to undo all the hard work and send the
addict back to square one. Drug addiction, like alcoholism is permanent,
there is no cure, only help to get through the withdrawal symptoms.