Drug Rehabilitation

Effectiveness of Short Term Drug Rehabilitation

Short term drug rehabilitation is effective in many cases of drug abuse. It may not be the answer for those with years of drug use, but many people can find the life style change they need by committing fully to short term rehab.

Short term drug rehab programs last one to two months with follow up afterward to keep the client on the right path. Usually these programs let the client live at home, and keep working or taking care of their family. Daily attendance is a must, and some programs require weekend live-in sessions to focus on specific problems.

How to tell if someone needs short term rehab? Clients all have some aspect of their life they cannot control on a regular basis. It turns out there are other things besides drug or alcohol use that can send a client to rehab services. These include eating disorders, gambling, shopping addiction, and even video game or sports addiction.

Other signs that there is a personal problem include:

  • driving a car or other vehicle under the influence
  • Your family or friends ask if you should enter therapy
  • you have lost a job or friends over your behavior
  • You don’t feel in control of your life
  • Your freedom has been threatened because of your behavior
  • You experience withdraw symptoms

A visit to a professional is the best way to see what treatment you might require. It makes sense to check things out, rather than allow them to get worse. Often abusive bahaviors occur because of other problems in a person’s life. Major changes such as the end of a relationship, being laid off from a job, having difficulties with family members, or a severe financial setback often go along with abusive behaviors.

Other Considerations About Rehab

Unfortunately, the tendency toward abusive behaviors can be copied from parents or from those who are supposed to care for us. Those persons who have relatives with any kind of abuse problem are more likely to resort to this behavior during times of crisis. Worse, these friends or relatives may introduce them into this life on purpose.

Millions of people receive treatment every year. Yet, it is known that most people who could benefit from treatment don’t receive it. Often, people are forced by a court to go to rehab services. Clearly, rehab is less effective when a client is forded to do it against their will.

Going to rehab is a big, brave step. It means that you realize you can’t control parts of your life, and you want/need to do just that. It involves giving up control of your life to a therapist and building a trust relationship, all of which is hard. This is one reason why treatment is not completed by clients.

Often, there is a certain benefit or happiness obtain by abusive behavior that the abuser dose not want to lose. He or she become afraid that nothing else in their life with replace this benefit. Instead, the abuser does not see how locked into a single part of life they are. Often, the best parts of life are passing right by them.

What is Treatment Like?

Treatment is a lot like going to a new school. You must do it alone, and interact with people that you don’t know. Since you don’t know them, you don’t know what to expect or who to approach, which classes to take or who might be someone to go to for help. It will have some rough moments. If you succeed, however, your personal esteem will greatly increase, and you will have more confidence with new situations on the future.

The longer you wait to treat abusive behavior, the longer it takes to correct it. Ir makes sense to repair your relationships and behavior to others as soon as possible. When you put off treatment that you know you need, it is yourself and your family that bear the extra harm caused by delay.

One thing that most persons new to treatment discover is how ordinary the other people in treatment seem. There is no one economic level that is immune from abusive problems. As people, we are not so different.