Alabama


Drug detox programs are a multi faceted approach toward cures for drug addiction and dependence. Most addicts have the mindset that they can quite on their own, but this proves often to be impossible. This is why self-detox has a very low rate of success, and lacks teachings in the proper tools that the addict needs in overcoming adversity. A professional intervention and support program for those recovering from addiction is what ensures the most success in drug rehab. Alabama contains treatment centers for alcohol, opiate, heroin and oxycontin addiction, and the ultimate goal of these programs is to promote and allow the addict to remain abstinent from their drug of choice.

The first step in detox programs is to help the addict cope with withdrawal. Withdrawal occurs when an addictive substance is no longer supplied. The addict will show mental, emotional and behavioral changes that reflect the alterations in the brain’s chemistry.

Detoxification can at first be frightening for the recovering addict, but quality treatment centers in Alabama offer counseling services during this crucial time, both in relieving the feelings of fear and by getting to the underlying problems that caused the addiction in the first place. Addressing the underlying problems help to decrease the addict’s likelihood and need to go back to a drug-using lifestyle. In Alabama, there are four types of treatments: low intensity outpatient, high intensity outpatient, inpatient and medical. The latter requires a physician to supervise, and sometimes to administer an alternate drug that will replace the more harmful one.

Because drug addicts can come from any demographic, programs exist in Alabama to help minorities and other special groups recover. 23% of drug rehab programs in Alabama were geared toward adult women, 23% more were for adolescents both male and female, 17% were adult males and 9% were for HIV or AIDs victims. All these statistics were gathered by Alabama’s National Survey of Drug Rehabilitation Treatment Centers. According to its 2005 data, those addicts who are impaired have more programs tailored for their needs, with 38% of these for the hearing-impaired. Not only do these rehabilitation programs help an addict to recover, they also help them in gettin their life back together by finding housing, social services and employment counseling.

70% of patients are able to be cured in inpatient detox programs according to surveys, and although alternate medicine therapy has its place, programs that rely on other methods are better for the addict’s health in the long term. Although this evidence shows effectiveness in residential programs, almost 90% of addicts in Alabama opt to go into outpatient programs, which offer their followup services and support after discharge.

Detoxification is an arduous process. Because of this, most centers have nurses and staff on call at all times of the day and night. This is essential to ensure recovery. To add to understanding of the methods of rehabilitation, more research is beneficial. Loved ones of addicts will be able to have peace of mind knowing they are on a competent detox program.

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