Saturday, August 10, 2013

Rehab


By Julie Rahm

            Drug rehab is the processes of medical or psychotherapeutic treatment for dependency on psychoactive substances like alcohol, prescription drugs, and street drugs such as cocaine, heroin or amphetamines. The intent is to enable the patient to cease substance abuse in order to avoid the psychological, legal, financial, social and physical consequences that will be caused by abuse. Some examples of rehab programs are: residential treatment, out-patient, local support groups, extended care centers, recovery or sober houses, addiction counseling, mental health, orthomolecular medicine and medical care. For individuals addicted to prescription drugs, treatments tend to be similar to those who are addicted to drugs affecting the same brain systems. Medication like methadone and buprenorphine can be used to treat addiction to prescription opiates. Also, behavioral therapies can help addiction to prescription stimulants, benzodiazepines, and other drugs. The four basic types of behavioral therapy include: 1. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, which seeks to help patients to recognize, avoid and cope with situations in which they are most likely to relapse. 2. Multidimensional family therapy, which is designed to support recovery of the patient by improving family functioning. 3. Motivational interviewing, which is designed to increase patient motivation to change behavior and enter treatment. 4. Motivational incentives, which uses positive reinforcement to encourage abstinence from the addictive substance. Got all that? Also, any discussion of rehab needs to include a Lindsey Lohan mention. So, in keeping with social convention, here it is.
On August 23, 2007, Lohan pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine use and driving under the influence. She was sentenced to one-day imprisonment and 10 days community service. She was also ordered to pay fines and complete an alcohol education program. She was given three years probation. Lohan released a statement in which she said, "It is clear to me that my life has become completely unmanageable because I am addicted to alcohol and drugs." On November 15, 2007, Lohan served 84 minutes in jail. A sheriff spokesman cited overcrowding and the nonviolent nature of the crime as reasons for the reduced sentence. Please do not expect the same 84-minute sentence at our Pamlico County facility! Anyway, as the consciousness stream flows, my husband John and I are rehabbing our kitchen.
We’re replacing the bathroom-like tile and the 1960’s Formica. An unintended consequence of the rehab is the temporary loss of water (and sink) for the kitchen. However, this minor inconvenience is very tolerable thanks to a nearby laundry tub. John, however, is not enthused about washing dinner dishes in the laundry tub where we wash our dog! Regardless, I believe we’ll survive the kitchen rehab without contracting any diseases! In the end, the small changes in color and texture are transforming the kitchen from dreary to delightful.
So (finally), my leap to your life this week is, before you discard a relationship, consider some rehab. Some minor adjustments in color and texture, namely voice tone and attitude can provide you with a fresh perspective on each other. Questions? Contact me online at www.AmericasMindsetMechanic.com.

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