Frequently Asked Questions
Do i need rehabilitation treatment for my addiction?
All the people suffering from addiction do not require admission to a Rehab Centre; few cases can be dealt in the OPD. If the patient understands his problem and is motivated to work on them sincerely there is a chance he may improve by seeing his therapist on a regular basis, the support groups like AA and NA are also helpful in motivating the patient to give up his addiction.
WHY ADDICTION IS CALLED A DISEASE?
Addiction takes a form of disease because it is beyond the control of the patient. It is like any other viral fever which has relapses and treatment is required to overcome it. There is no element of self control or will power which can control it. It is only when the patient comes out of denial and is motivated to bring a change in himself with the help of family, psychiatrist and psychologist and support groups that he is able to beat it.
IS THE REHABILITATION PROGRAM SAME FOR EVERY ONE?
No, the program is different for different people. It is generally determined by severity of the disease and understanding and motivation of the client. Program is customized depending upon age, sex, religion, cultural beliefs and mental status of the patient.
DO THE MEDICINES WHICH ARE USED FOR TREATMENT HAVE AN ADDICTIVE POTENTIAL?
No, medicines are used keeping in mind that these people are predisposed to abusing even the prescription drugs. The medicines used for withdrawals are gradually tapered and patient is only maintained on medicines that are essential for his physical and mental well being.
WHAT IS THE OPTIMUM DURATION OF TREATMENT?
That is again dependent on the severity of the disease, insight about the disease and willingness to work on the problems. A good treatment is for 12 weeks but can be shortened or lengthened according to the individuals needs. But anything short of 6 weeks is not recommended.
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF RELAPSE?
There is 60% to 70 % chance that your patient will remain clean after the first treatment. Relapse does not indicate that the treatment has failed it simply implies that the patient requires another intervention and change in approach in dealing with addiction. Family and therapist should not give up on the patient
DOES THIS TREATMENT CATER TO THE MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS OF MY PATIENTS?
Yes, we are a qualified team of doctors and nurses and paramedical staff. We can take care of co –existing medical conditions like diabetes, hypertension…. visiting specialist like gastroenterologists and neurologists are also available if required. If the blood test examination indicates medical complications like varices (bleeding from mouth), jaundice, pancreatitis or any life threatening complication family is advised to shift patient to a multi specialty hospital. .
DOES THIS PROGRAM CATER TO THE MENTAL PROBLEMS OF MY PATIENT?
Yes, we are a experienced team of psychiatrist with special training in co occurring psychiatric ailments like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression …. Medicines are started for these patients after evaluating their mental status and program is devised to take care of addiction and mental illness.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE FAMILY?
Family has the most important role in the treatment, they can steer the treatment in a positive direction by being honest, committed and sincere. The disease of addiction is a very manipulative; patient knowingly or unknowingly can blackmail their families, so the family should be mentally prepared and discuss the treatment openly and honestly with their therapists.