What creates the Need for Drug Rehab?

The majority of the population doesn't understand the need for drug rehab because they don't understand the nature of alcoholism or drug addiction. Even with the American Medical Association defining alcoholism and drug addiction as a disease, most people still think it's a lack of will-power. “Why doesn't he just stop?” is still a predominant attitude about someone who needs drug rehab. The problem is, he or she can't just stop.

The need for drug rehab to arrest alcoholism and drug addiction goes much further than will-power, lack of moral fiber, poor character, background, family dynamics, upbringing and environmental influence. While some of these things may initially influence a person's decision to use alcohol or drugs, someone who is addicted is unable to stop using alcohol or drugs. At this point, it ceases to be a choice and becomes a physical and psychological reliance that is nearly impossible to arrest without the help of professionals at a drug rehab center. This is when it can be said that an individual needs drug rehab.

Physical Need for Drug Rehab

When someone is physically addicted to alcohol or drugs, he or she will suffer withdrawal symptoms when the presence of alcohol or drugs in the body falls below certain levels. At this point, an individual will begin to crave more alcohol or drugs and may engage in risky or dangerous behavior to get more. This may include driving while intoxicated or tracking down a drug dealer in a shady part of town. When alcohol and drugs are more important than one's own well-being or that of his or her family, and when physical suffering sets in as a result of withdrawal, he or she is addicted.

Fear of withdrawal is a major incentive to continue drinking or using drugs. A person who suffers withdrawal symptoms has a physical need for drug rehab. Most drug rehabs offer the ability to detox safely, either at their own drug rehab center or at a local hospital or clinic. Dependent the level of one's alcohol and drug usage, medically supervised detox at drug rehab is highly recommended. Withdrawal from alcohol and certain drugs like benzodiazapines can result in severe convulsions and seizures. Always consult with a professional prior to going “cold turkey” and ceasing alcohol or drug use abruptly.

SouthCoast Recovery offers state-licensed medical detox at our residential facility in Dana Point, California. Our detox is medically supervised 24 hours a day. Prescription medication may be used in order to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and ease discomfort. We are also the only drug rehab center on the West Coast to offer NeuroTransmitter Restoration (NTR) therapy, a cutting-edge detoxification technique that bathes the brain in an amino-acid solution, easing discomfort and jump-starting the recovery process.

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Psychological Need for Drug Rehab

While the body detoxes within a few days or weeks and the physical need for drug rehab ceases, the psychological need for drug rehab is more difficult to overcome. Months or even years after the last drink or drug, people in recovery cite a sudden urge or desire for their drink or drug of choice.

A person comes to rely on alcohol or drugs psychologically for comfort. In essence, it becomes a chemical crutch or a cocoon to blanket them from the world. Times of stress, discomfort, emotional pain or crisis heightens the need for a drink or a drug to soothe the distress. By the time a person has developed a psychological need for drug rehab, he or she has likely been dependent upon alcohol or drugs for years. It's believed that the age a person starts drinking or using is the age he or she stays emotionally until they get into recovery. Instead of facing life and working through difficult or painful situations like other people, the alcoholic or drug addict uses chemicals in order to cope. This not only inhibits their ability to handle life on life's terms but also sets up a strong psychological need for the drink or drug simply to handle day to day events.

The psychological need for drug rehab is what the majority of educational modules, workshops and group processing focus on in drug rehab. It takes longer to overcome and is more complicated than the physical need for drug rehab. A clinical evaluation can help determine whether there is an underlying chemical imbalance that may be contributing to the need to drink or drug, such as bi-polar or anxiety disorder. The presence of this psychological imbalance can lead people to drink or use drugs to self-medicate in an attempt to balance out mood swings. A clinical therapist will be able to determine how best to address what may be contributing to a psychological need for drug rehab.

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Spiritual Need for Drug Rehab

The spiritual need for drug rehab is the most intangible to determine and yet nearly every person who has successfully recovered from alcoholism and drug addiction will cite it as the most crucial element to staying sober. When the physical need for drug rehab is addressed, and the psychological need for drug rehab is addressed, what remains is the spiritual need to live life differently. This is primarily addressed in 12-step principles found in Alcoholics Anonymous, the foundation for most drug rehab programs. The basic premise is that a spiritual transformation effecting a personality change is necessary in order to maintain long-term sobriety.

Most drug rehabs will address the spiritual need for drug rehab in their programs through a combination of therapies that address mind, body and spirit. Spirituality is an individual matter and most drug rehab centers will offer guidance but the ultimate decision of whether to embrace or reject the notion of spirituality lies with each individual.

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SouthCoast Recovery's Drug Rehab Center

SouthCoast Recovery offers a comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment program that addresses healing on all three levels of mind, body and spirit. We offer state-licensed, medically safe detox for comfortable withdrawal from drugs and alcohol. Holistic practitioners utilize the healing effects of acupuncture, herbal remedies and detoxification massage to further ease our clients through the mild withdrawal effects during drug rehab. Our clinical therapist has 44 years addressing psychological imbalance and underlying emotional issues associated with alcoholism and drug addiction. We build on a 12-step methodology and introduce innovative workshops in the mind/body/spirit connection to help assist our clients in finding their own spiritual path.

Call us at 1-866-847-4506 – professional assistance is available 24/7.

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