The goal of any alcohol or drug rehabilitation is to help the addict to stop using and abusing the addictive substance, to educate them about the causes and triggers of alcohol and drug abuse and also to teach them about the effects of alcohol and drug abuse both on the addict and the friends and family members of the addicts and to then provide the counseling, support and treatment that is necessary for them to learn how to cope with the effects of the addiction and to learn how to deal with any temptations or cravings to use the addictive substance again.

There are many forms of alcohol and drug rehabilitation. Depending on the substance, alcohol and drug rehabilitation will start with medical support to help the addict stop using and detox from the addictive substance. Detoxing is a difficult part of the rehabilitation process. Oftentimes medical supervision is necessary to help protect the life of their addict as their body begins to adjust to surviving without the substance. Many times supportive therapy in the form of prescription medication to help wean the addict from the physical need for the substance is necessary. Examples of this include the prescription of methadone for opiate addicts as they are weaned from dependence and various medications that are prescribed to detoxing alcoholics to reduce convulsions and other severe and life threatening effects of withdrawal. Even with monitored medication, detoxing from alcohol and drugs can be very dangerous and painful for the addict. Many addicts experience horrible side effects from the withdrawal of the substance during the detox phase of alcohol and drug rehabilitation.

For alcoholics, withdrawal symptoms that occur during detox include delirium and visual hallucinations or even delirium tremens and convulsions, which may result in death. Milder withdrawal symptoms for alcohol detox during alcohol and drug rehabilitation include sleep disturbances, anxiety, psychosis, sweating, tachycardia or rapid heartbeat, migraines, and many other unpleasant side effects. Withdrawal symptoms experienced by drug addicts vary depending on the specific addictive substance and can be equally serious, life threatening severe and unpleasant just like symptoms of alcohol detox.

When choosing a center for alcohol and drug rehabilitation it is important to learn if the facility is fully equipped to handle the effects of addiction withdrawal or if the alcohol and drug rehabilitation requires that detox occur elsewhere before enrolling in treatment for alcohol and drug rehabilitation. Taking the time to learn this important fact can be crucial to the actual survival and wellbeing of the addict that is seeking alcohol and drug rehabilitation and detox and abstinence from the addictive substance is almost always the very beginning of almost every successful addiction treatment plan.

Even though detoxing and abstinence are the first necessary, painful steps in alcohol and drug rehabilitation, as the alcoholic or addict begins to reclaim their life and heal from the effects of the addiction on their mind, body and spirit and learn to live addiction free, almost all addicts come to realize that this painful, difficult phase is temporary and that alcohol and drug rehabilitation and the chance to win over addiction and lead a sober, clean life is worth this temporary cost.

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