The Medical Issues In Recovery

When a patient enters the rehab, the first stop is a medical assessment by a qualified professional.
For many decades, the medical wisdom was to treat a patient’s physical issues first, and then take care of the addiction problem.

This has led to people recovering an element of their health; but at the same time, feeling that their addiction issues were unrelated to their physical well-being.  The scientific research into genetics and medical bases for addiction have revealed, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that there is an established link between the psychological profile of the addict, the physical body and the mental state of the person suffering. It’s not just a factor of addiction. Most medical professionals now recognize this common wisdom, that a person who is comfortable and happy can have exponentially higher levels of physical health.

When a patient enters the rehab, the first stop is a medical assessment by a qualified professional. This person will have plenty of experience treating addicts and will work with the patient to get a clear idea of their physical state. Once the patient’s fitness for the rehab center is assessed and documented, they will be admitted to a program carefully designed to help them put drugs and alcohol behind them for good. During this first phase of recovery, which many find uncomfortable, there is an opportunity for the patient to use cognitive skills to release the hold of the drug or alcohol problem. The right treatment methods, professional assistance and philosophical modalities are available to significantly mitigate some of the discomfort for the patient.

The medical professionals do not disappear as the patient progresses through recovery. Each candidate for recovery should have significant access to the medical staff.  Some great centers even offer weekly meetings to maintain and monitor their patients’ ongoing health concerns and considerations. During the individual psychological and group therapies that are ongoing during treatment, the doctors and nurses should be working closely with the mental health professionals to maintain an appropriate program for the specific addict in question.

What some call experiential therapy is part of a time-honored tradition that extends back hundreds of years and is now just making a comeback. There is a group of people who seem to learn better when they are able to touch and explore the lesson, and experiential therapy should be woven into the treatment program to help those who learn by doing. Part of this concept lies in an emphasis on physical activity and exercise that is currently available in a lot of choice recovery and treatment programs.

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