Sub Acute Rehab
Individuals with addictions need to experience high quality care but maintain the ability to exercise personal freedoms.
Sub-acute detox facilities are recommended because they specialize in the treatment of less severe addictions that will not result in life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. These facilities give those attempting to recover a structured treatment in a secure environment, where they are still able to exercise their freedoms. Each individual learns to become responsible for their actions, and is receptive to the actions of others in the environment.
Supportive Care in Sub-Acute Detox
Care in sub-acute facilities is targeted at helping individuals successfully recover from their addiction, thus, these facilities continuous monitoring, supportive care, and aid in the management of withdrawal symptoms. In these facilities there is minimal pharmacological or psychological interventions, leaving the freedom of the individual to choose. One area where trained sub-acute specialists will intervene is nutrition. Nutrition is vital to the recovery process, but may not be desirable to recovering addicts because of diminished appetite.
Sub-acute detoxification aims to remove the abused substance from the body. Medications may be administered to individuals, in order to reduce the effects of the withdrawal symptoms, making the symptoms more tolerable. This is known as symptomatic management, providing medical relief for symptoms. Some examples are administering antiemetics or GIT regulators to help individuals experiencing nausea and vomiting. Other frequent conditions that can be addressed by symptomatic management are anxiety, restlessness, high blood pressure, and rapid heartbeat. The treatments minimize the symptoms and allow individuals to focus on their recovery and drug rehabilitation.
Sub-acute detoxification also utilize psychosocial support, in terms of helping the individual find the motivation to complete their detoxification. In cases where the addiction is diagnosed mild to moderate, psychotherapies and cognitive behavioral therapies (cbt) can be performed in conjunction with the detox treatment. Psychosocial support mechanisms have proven to be highly beneficial at aiding individuals in the successfully completion of the detoxification process.
Psychotherapists and cognitive behavioral specialists help individuals analyze and understand their reasons for becoming addicted to substances. This understanding is very crucial, as it sets the course of treatment. Treatment will focus on dealing with offering different options for dealing with the reasons for becoming addicted. In recognizing the roots of addictions, cognitive behavior therapy can aid in the management of triggers inside and out of the treatment facilities.
Nutritional support is quite important in sub-acute detox, because the body is trying to repair and heal itself. Thus, the correct nutrients needs to be consumed. One main component of substance addiction is that it changes the functions and the brain, reprioritized the needs of the individual. Usually, hunger is a basic need that supersede most others. Unfortunately, drug addiction moves this necessity down the totem pole, and prioritizes drugs and their pleasure above hunger, suppressing the individual’s appetite. Without a hunger drive, individuals skip meals, and neglect to introduce essential nutrients into their bodies.
The key to nutritional support is make the food enticing, to help counteract the suppressed appetite. Drug rehab dietitians are very beneficial at creating nutritious diet plans, and enticing an appetite. Their goal is to replenish all of the vitamins and minerals lost, and to protect the individual’s organs from further being damaged. Individuals will also be advised on what foods to avoid, in order to aid the recovery process as well. Many fried foods and products with hydrogenated fat are readily available and easy to consumer, but will impede the recovery process, and counteract the recovery process. These foods usually lack the nutrients and vitamins the body needs, and are packed with useless calories and carbohydrates.
In severe cases of addiction where an individual is unable to eat due to an extreme suppression of appetite, medicine can be administered in attempt to stimulate appetite, or nutrition can be administered intravenously. Because lack of nutrients causes a plethora of issues, many of which will exist in the digestive tract, it’s imperative to get individuals on a healthy eating diet.
If you have an addiction, it is best to seek assistance before it requires intensive medical attention. Sprout Health Group’s sub-acute treatment centers offer you a comprehensive rehabilitation program that can put you on the path to recovery, before your addiction become too severe.