Drug abuse or alcoholism is a crutch that affects your quality of life. It permeates every aspect of your being — your health, personality, and relationships, and how you handle daily matters. Even if you want to stop using drugs or alcohol, it may be challenging or medically dangerous to quit on your own. If you or a loved one is suffering from substance use disorders, consider seeking professional help right away.
According to several studies, there are various ways to manage addictions to drugs and alcohol. Studies also indicate that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating these conditions. A person’s life circumstances, type and degree of addiction, and response to treatment are all factors that may determine if programs will work. Substance use disorder is a complex condition that has external and internal factors that influence people in many different ways.
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Why the 30-Day Program?
Research indicates that addiction affects brain functioning, so addiction is classified as a mental illness. Substance use disorders are included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) a reference book that discusses mental health issues. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) also notes that there is a connection between addiction and mental health, stating that therapy is essential for increased chances of recovery.
Treatment duration for addiction is on a case-to-case basis that depends on the results of a person’s initial evaluation. Usual timelines include 30-, 60-, or 90-day rehab programs. For some people, the intensive 60-day or 90-day program may be needed to address issues regarding substance abuse and other possible comorbidities.
A comorbidity occurs when a person has more than one condition. The phenomenon is also known as a co-occurring disorder or a dual diagnosis. Someone with a comorbidity may have a drug addiction and a mental illness such as depression, for example.
The 30-day program may be ideal for people who want to receive inpatient care through an intensive program. A 30-day program is one of the shortest inpatient programs available and may be a good fit for clients who are dedicated and focused on their recovery. It may be good for people who:
- Want to resume working as soon as possible
- Need to fulfill family responsibilities
- Have commitments that require them to return to their regular schedules quickly
30-, 60-, and 90-day programs often include assessment, detox (detoxification), treatment, and aftercare procedures. Extended post-treatment stays in sober living facilities or halfway houses are not counted as part of 30-day programs.
Benefits of a 30-Day Inpatient Rehab Program
A 30-day inpatient rehab program requires a client to stay within a rehab facility for the full 30 days of the program. People who receive inpatient care may still see their loved ones when they visit but are recommended to stay within the confines of their centers to avoid exposure to drugs and alcohol.
Inpatient care has several benefits:
- Around-the-clock monitoring and mentoring: Self-treatment sometimes fails because people do not have to answer to anyone else — there is a lack of accountability and supervision. Additionally, the effects of withdrawal may require medical assistance, so it is beneficial to have health care professionals and staff available at all times.
- Commitment: The hustle and bustle of daily life may distract people who desire recovery from addictions. When you are enrolled in an inpatient program, you will experience an increased sense of focus and commitment as you remove yourself temporarily from life’s distractions.
- Support: Being in an inpatient program provides you with opportunities to socialize with others who are experiencing similar struggles. You may find support, empathy, and a sense of community as you share and listen to other people’s stories.
- Facilities: Clients enjoy the privacy, comfort, and security that inpatient rehab program facilities offer. The facilities may offer medical equipment, recreational activities, luxurious lodging, nutritious meals, and other amenities that may make the recovery process safer and more comfortable.
The 30-day program provides essential care for people who may not be able to commit to 60-day and 90-day programs. Intensive and focused, treatment options offered in 30-day programs include the following:
- Detox (detoxification) and medication-assisted therapy (MAT)
- 12-step treatment programs
- Non 12-step treatment programs
- Holistic therapies
- One-to-one counseling
- Group counseling
- Family therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
The treatment options may be combined or used in different ways to provide a custom program for each client.
Signs that Indicate you Need Professional Help
You may be tempted to self-medicate or go cold turkey in order to overcome the habit. Taking part in an evidence-based program is the best bet for people trying to recover from addiction. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5 provides details of all known mental conditions which includes substance abuse and alcohol addiction.
The criteria for determining substance abuse addition is summarized in 11 main points:
The DSM-5 provides a guideline for professionals at treatment facilities to determine the severity of your addiction. The number of symptoms a patient has can tell clinicians how severe the addiction is. A patient is said to have mild substance abuse disorder if they exhibit up to three symptoms, the moderate disorder is when the patient has four or five of the above symptoms, while severe patients are those with more than six symptoms.
Tolerance, Dependence, and Addiction
Tolerance, dependence, and addiction are terms that people sometimes mistakenly interchange with each other. If you are someone who wants to know more about substance use disorders, it is important to understand the differences among these terms. They may be viewed as levels or severity of substance use.
- Tolerance: Tolerance occurs when the body experiences reduced responses to substance use. Continuous substance use over an extended period of time may produce this condition. Constant use of illicit substances may cause chemical changes in the brain. As a result, the body may require larger doses to achieve the same effects it previously achieved with smaller doses.
- Dependence: Substance dependence may occur after tolerance. As people consume more drugs or alcohol, they may have trouble stopping such consumption. They may experience withdrawal symptoms, a sign that they may be dependent on substances. Symptoms related to dependence and withdrawal may include fatigue, nausea, flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, anxiety, insomnia, and other physical and psychological changes.
- Addiction: At the point of addiction, substance use may be considered an illness. Avoiding drugs and alcohol becomes incredibly difficult for people who have addictions. They often require medical and therapeutic intervention to ensure that they stop using drugs safely and find lasting recovery.
Drug and alcohol assessment may help people determine the stages of substance use and abuse. Understanding if you have substance tolerance, dependence, or addiction may help you determine the course of treatment.
There are substances that may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms if people stop using them abruptly. Substance addiction, dependence, and tolerance may require medical detox (detoxification) to manage the effects of withdrawal safely and comfortably.
Some substances that may require medical assistance upon withdrawal include:
- Alcohol: People who suffer from alcoholism may experience withdrawal symptoms that may be mild, moderate, or severe. The symptoms depend on how long and how much the people have used alcohol, if they have other health conditions, and other factors. Those who are diagnosed with binge drinking disorder may face withdrawal symptoms such as nausea and hallucinations. They may also experience delirium tremens (DT), a serious condition that may cause seizures and death. Given the severity of such withdrawal symptoms, people withdrawing from alcohol should seek medical assistance.
- Benzodiazepines: Otherwise known as benzos, benzodiazepines treat anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, alcohol withdrawal, and other conditions. People who are dependent or addicted to benzodiazepine drugs may experience extreme withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms may include heart palpitations, stiffness, nausea, and panic attacks. When people use benzos with alcohol, they may face potentially life-threatening symptoms when they withdraw from the substances, so they may require medical assistance for safe management.
- Methadone: Methadone is a long-lasting substance that may circulate within the body for up to six weeks after a person uses it. This makes it a challenge to address symptoms of the drug, symptoms that may include tremors, headaches, muscle pain, and suicide ideation (thoughts of suicide).
- Barbiturates: These depressant drugs are not used as often as they once were and have been replaced by other types of medications. But, people using them may face dangers. People who use barbiturates must be wary of withdrawal symptoms such as delirium, cardiovascular problems, tremors, and seizures.
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What to Expect from a 30-Day Rehab Program
If you are considering entering a 30-day rehab program, it is understandable to have apprehensions. You may not know what to expect, if you will be able to commit, or if you will achieve positive effects from treatment. At Mountain Springs Recovery, we want to acquaint you with the rehabilitation process.
Here are steps you may undergo in a 30-day rehab program:
Before staying as an inpatient in a rehabilitation center, you may complete questionnaires and undergo physical and psychological assessments to help staff members create a customized treatment plan for you. At this point, they may encourage you to stay for 30 days within the facility.
Although inpatient care is recommended, it is entirely up to you if you decide to commit or not. Completing a 30-day stay or other program may help you achieve positive treatment results.
Medical detox (detoxification) is another step that is common in many rehab programs. At this stage, people attempt to manage their withdrawal symptoms safely by taking prescription medications, undergoing bed rest, and removing toxins from their bodies. If complications occur, medical staff members are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to monitor clients.
Addictions are also habits that are formed over time. By undergoing behavioral therapies, people may unlearn unhealthy coping skills and form new thought patterns to help them adjust to life circumstances in healthier ways. Behavioral therapies also address other mental health conditions that may occur with substance use. Some well-known examples of evidence-based therapy include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Family therapy
- Group and individual counseling
- Life skills training and education
Assistance after Rehab
After the inpatient treatment process, a rehabilitation center may refer you to an intensive outpatient program (IOP) that may help prevent the chances of relapse. Such assistance programs could include participation in support groups, one-on-one counseling, and lifestyle changes that may help you stay sober.
Paying for Rehab
Many people worry about the cost of rehabilitation. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) requires insurance companies to cover substance abuse treatment. This may help lower the costs of receiving inpatient rehab assistance. At Mountain Springs Recovery, we accept many major insurance companies and will work with you to provide the best care under your plan or other payment options.
There are other ways to cover rehabilitation treatment programs without using insurance. You may secure a personal loan, seek help from family and friends, or save your income. Consider viewing rehab as an investment for your health and your future. The earlier you undergo a treatment program, the better chance you may have at achieving a lasting recovery.
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If you want to change your life, you may begin by taking the first step. Reach out to us to see how we may help you. Addictions may appear to be impossible to overcome, but everything is achievable with the right mindset and the commitment to participate in an intensive program. Get your life back by starting your recovery journey today.
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