The Path to Rehabilitation from Substance Abuse

When someone has been suffering from addiction and has reached the point where they accept they need to enter a drug abuse treatment center, there are many options available to them. The nature of addiction is such that it takes control of an individual’s behavior to the extent that they abuse alcohol or drugs without really wanting to.

With any substance, regular use can create a tolerance to the effects they create. This means that the more someone uses substances cocaine or alcohol, the less they will feel the effects as their bodies get used to the sensations. The major problem with developing tolerance is that progressively more of the substance is craved by the body until eventually, severe withdrawal symptoms start to emerge every time the person stops.

The Process of Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation

Elevate believes that as addiction is an illness that develops over time, full rehabilitation is likely to take time also. This is why we offer a 90-day drug abuse rehabilitation program that covers three stages of healing:

  • Detoxification
  • Physical rejuvenation
  • Emotional healing


Depending on the substance abused and how long the individual has been using it, withdrawal symptoms experienced during detox can vary considerably. Some people may not need to have medical supervision to rid themselves of the toxins of substance abuse and may be able to successfully complete outpatient detox. On the other hand, many people, particularly those using substances as potent as heroin or cocaine are likely to need around-the-clock supervision in residential detox treatment.

Elevate uses a combination of medical and holistic approaches to detox, with as little reliance on chemical medications as possible. Natural therapies are particularly beneficial for people who have become addicted to alcohol and drugs as their bodies need to take a break from chemical intervention. Elevate’s 30-day detox program is the first component in drug rehab and allows people enough time to find natural healing for long-term recovery.

Physical Rejuvenation

The body is significantly affected by substance abuse and needs to heal as much as the individual’s mental and emotional health. Holistic therapies and treatments used at Elevate are intended to treat individuals as a whole in relation to their mind, body, and spirit and physical rejuvenation is an important component of this stage of a drug abuse rehab center program.

People with addiction illness are generally in a poor physical state of health by the time they enter rehab. Physical rejuvenation seeks to restore fitness levels so that patients are better motivated to combat addiction issues. Introducing an exercise and diet regime while in rehab restores physical health while other therapies focus on emotional and mental healing.

Patients in recovery are encouraged to incorporate fitness training into their daily routines. Even a brisk walk taken regularly every day can have a significant impact on a person’s wellbeing. As physical fitness improves, people are driven to continue as they see the changes brought about by their personal achievement and hard work.

Aftercare as Part of Drug Abuse Rehabilitation

When a person has finished a drug abuse rehab program, they may feel daunted by the prospect of returning home. An Elevate rehabilitation program lasts for 90-days, which is a long time to be away from families, friends, and coworkers.  Because of the difficulties some patients have in transitioning from drug abuse rehab to recovery, Elevate offers an outpatient aftercare program.

The benefits of an aftercare program are that they allow patients to continue with some of the treatments they have received in drug abuse rehab but in sessions arranged at their convenience. This can provide a vital lifeline to recovering patients as they step back into the world they left behind as an addict. Removing painful or enabling associations with the home or workplace is easier to achieve when the individual has open access to a counselor.

Aftercare also helps to ensure patients continue to progress in recovery and acts as solid relapse prevention. Research shows that people are more likely to thrive in recovery if they feel supported in their sobriety. Aftercare provides that support and it is available for as long as the individual feels in need of extra assistance to keep them sober.

Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation for Dual Diagnosis Patients

Some people suffer from substance use disorder and an underlying mental health condition at the same time. These patients are known as dual diagnosis both conditions are generally treated separately, while at the same time. Dual diagnosis cases are not uncommon, largely because of the strong correlation between addiction and other mental health conditions.

In some cases, people started using substances in attempts to reduce the symptoms of mental illness and in others; substance abuse has resulted in them developing symptoms of mental health conditions. In both cases, specialist dual diagnosis treatment is available at many drug abuse rehab centers including Elevate. Treatment for dual diagnosis has been shown to be highly effective, particularly as two concurrent mental health conditions can often interplay and perpetuate substance abuse in an individual.