Living with an addiction or a mental health disorder can be a constant struggle. On the road to recovery, the first step for any patient is to admit that they have a problem that requires help to overcome. This is where rehab enters the equation. The best help is available in rehabilitation facilities, which are staffed by medical specialists and counselling professionals who have dedicated their lives to making sure those suffering from addiction or mental health disorders do not have to be alone while they go through the process.
REHAB IS BENEFICIAL FOR MOST ADDICTIONS
There are many people who suffer from severe addictions and don't believe that they can receive care from a rehabilitation centre. Instead they choose to live with their addiction and the crippling effect it may have on their life and, just as important, the lives of their family members. There is a pre-conceived notion that only the most well known addictions, like drugs, alcohol or gambling, are the ones that are damaging and can be cared for through rehab. The truth is that addiction can take many forms and each one can have a devastating effect if not treated, from the internet to gaming or pornography, no addiction is too small to receive help for.
HOW DOES REHAB HELP?
Rehabilitation is the process of helping your body adapt to the lack of a substance or stimulant that it requires to function by slowly eliminating the body's access to the substance or stimulant it is dependant on. This process should be done by qualified medical practitioners with years of experience in the field of rehab, as this will minimize any potential damage to the body throughout the process. This is especially true with mental health disorders that cannot be treated the same way that addiction is. PTSD, Bulimia, Anxiety, Depression and Bipolar Disorder are all examples of severe mental health disorders that will require rehabilitation to cope with and allow the sufferer to function to their fullest.
THE PROCESSES OF REHABILITATION
There are five key processes of rehabilitation that are covered on the site. These are primary care, secondary care - extended, tertiary care - halfway house, detox and aftercare. Every patient is a unique case and not all people seeking rehab are required, or even recommended, to complete or undergo treatment in each of the rehabilitation processes. The style of rehabilitation will differ depending on the purpose for the rehab and the level of addiction or severity of the disorder. Some patients will be required to stick with rehab through every step of the process in order to learn to cope with their addiction, while others may only need to complete detox or be set up at a halfway house to learn how to function on their own. There is more detailed information on the processes of rehabilitation throughout the site.