Burks Falls, ON Canada (PressExposure) January 05, 2012 -- Drug rehabilitation (often drug rehab or just rehab) is a term for the processes of medical or psychotherapeutic treatment, for dependency on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and so-called street drugs such as cocaine, heroin or amphetamines. The general intent is to enable the patient to cease substance abuse, in order to avoid the psychological, legal, financial, social, and physical consequences that can be caused, especially by extreme abuse.
Scientific research since 1970 shows that effective treatment attends multiple needs of the addict person and not just his or her drug abuse. In addition, medically assisted detoxification is only the first stage of treatment and it does not help much to change long-term drug abuse. Professionals from the many Drug abuse associations across Canada recommend medical detox and then behavioral therapy, as important elements of a therapeutic process. Pickerel Lake Recovery Center's concept begins with the start of detoxification, follows with treatment and doesn't set aside relapse prevention, since this is essential to maintain the positive effects of therapy. John Haines, Pickerel Lake Recovery Center's Founder and Director says, "every kind of treatment should address all aspects of a patient's life: medical and mental health services; as well as follow-up options, such as community of family based recovery support systems". Pickerel Lake Recovery Center provides medical detox, guidance and the right environment needed, with doctors and staff qualified to provide help and support to patients and assist them with their addictions, and patients are expected to also desire to break free from these addictions, since after rehabilitation they will reincorporate into society. At Pickerel Lake Recovery, the alcohol and drug treatment administered to a patient will depend on the level and intensity of addiction. Haines says, "if the patient is strongly addicted to the substance, many centers will fall short by just providing short term abstinence", and further states "most other centers may only aim to a more general addiction and work only with some counseling while failing to blend other strategies".
For individuals addicted to prescription drugs, treatments tend to be similar to those who are addicted to drugs affecting the same brain systems. Hence, medication like buprenorphine and behavioral therapies for stimulant and Central Nervous System depressant addiction are often used at Pickerel Lake. Among behavioral therapies used at Pickerel Lake Recovery Center, there are: Cognitive-behavioral therapy: a method that helps patients to recognize, avoid and cope with situations in which they are most likely to relapse. Multidimensional family therapy: designed to improve family functioning as well as the member who has drug abuse problems. Motivational interviewing: emphasizes on the willingness of patients to change their behavior and enter treatment. Motivational incentives: This method takes advantage of positive reinforcement to encourage abstinence from the addictive substance.
Traditional addiction treatment is based primarily on counseling. However, recent discoveries have shown those suffering from addiction often have chemical imbalances that make the recovery process more difficult and this is why Pickerel Lake Recovery Center focuses intensely on Bio-chemical Restoration. "With Bio-Chemical Restoration we can focus more on the underlying and mental issues an alcoholic or addict may also be suffering from" says Haines.
Counselors at Pickerel Lake Recovery help individuals by identifying behaviors and problems related to their addiction. It can be done on an individual basis, while it is more common to find it in a group setting, at Pickerel Lake more focus is also placed on individual one on one counseling where it can better include crisis counseling, weekly or daily counseling, and drop-in counseling support. Counselors at Pickerel Lake are trained to develop recovery programs that help to reestablish healthy behaviors and provide coping strategies whenever a situation of risk happens. It's very common to see them work also with family members who are affected by the addictions of the individual, or in the community in order to prevent addiction and educate the public. "We find that our Counselors are able to recognize how addiction affects the whole person and those around him or her, thats what sets our professionals apart from others in the field of addiction" says Haines.
Pickerel Lake Recovery Center may also carry out an "Intervention"; a process in which the addict's family requests help from a professional in order to get this person into drug treatment. This process begins with one of the Pickerel Lake Recovery professionals' first goals: breaking down denial of the person with the addiction. Denial implies lack of willingness from the patients or fear to confront the true nature of the addiction and to take any action to improve their lives, rather than continuing the destructive behavior. Once this has been achieved, the Pickerel Lake Recovery professional coordinates with the addict's family to support them on getting this family member to Pickerel Lake Recovery immediately, with concern and care for this person. John Haines says "the other option for the individual is he or she will be asked to leave and expect no support of any kind until going into recovery". An intervention can also be conducted in the workplace environment with colleagues instead of family.
Recovery at Pickerel Lake Recovery Center has a unique resort like setting that offers the perfect setting for their services. With over 100 acres of complete serenity in picturesque Muskoka the center includes trails, fishing, canoeing, lounges, private rooms, meeting halls, gym facilities, indoor pool, hot tub and much more. Pickerel Lake Recovery believes that a healthy mind, body and soul are the keys to long term success. That is why Pickerel Lake Recovery focuses on clean living, in one of the most serene places in Canada. There is no other center like it!
Privacy, security and serenity are the key elements that make Pickerel Lake Recovery an ideal facility for those who are serious about getting better.
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