What Steps are Taken During Sub Acute Treatment?October 25, 2016 - Sub Acute - 0 Comments
Sub-acute rehab programs are designed to treat medical conditions that can arise during the course of a patient’s recovery. Although they are not severe enough to warrant being admitted to a hospital, the symptoms are bad enough that medical supervision is needed, over and above what a regular rehab facility can provide. People enter rehab at varying levels of dependency. When a person is so dependent that removing the drug from their system is going to cause a healing crisis, medical intervention is needed. This can come in many forms including detoxification diets, medications and other treatment forms that make it easier for the body to move past the physical dependency.
What Defines Sub Acute Rehab?
Sub-acute rehab involves taking medical measures to help a person who is battling addiction release the toxic substances from their body without causing further health issues. When a person has been using a particular drug or substance for several years, their level of addiction is not just a simple problem. It is a full blown health condition that can cause major problems if the body is forced to detoxify without a weaning off process. Sub-acute rehabilitation involves gradually reducing the level of drugs in a person’s system so that the body does not suffer from any adverse reactions, without requiring full hospitalization.
What are the Steps Taken During Sub Acute Rehabilitation?
When a person is brought into a rehabilitation facility, their level of addiction is immediately taken into consideration. The symptoms they experience on a regular basis are evaluated, along with how long it has been since they were last medicated. The medical team will immediately begin to take the necessary steps to help prepare the patient for what will take place over the next several days. The first few days will be difficult due to the body having to manage effectively without the drug being readily available.
- Assess the factors requiring acute care
- Determine what other health conditions are involved
- Evaluate the patient’s mental state to determine whether or not they understand the degree of their dependency
- Formulate an effective treatment plan that takes into consideration the above-mentioned factors
- Implement the treatment plan and address any acute medical conditions that arise from the introduction of treatment
- Monitor the patient to determine whether or not additional steps need to be taken
- As withdrawal and other signs of dependency begin to fade, re-evaluate the treatment plan and include any other measures that will assist the patient in regaining their health
Once the initial reactions have started to subside, the medical team can begin to put into place a more lenient rehabilitation program that will allow the detoxification to take place at a faster rate.
Beginning the Path to Recovery
After the healing crisis has been resolved and the detoxification process has started, the patient will require much less supervision and will be allowed to start caring for themselves. As they start on their path to recovery, they will begin to experience renewed health on all levels. While some patients may still suffer from an occasional healing crisis, their overall general health will be much better and they will no longer require the constant medical attention when they were in the acute stages of recovery.
Sub-acute treatment and rehabilitation programs are necessary when the patient can no longer recover on their own. Their body and mind have been affected to the point where their judgment is skewed. By combining sub-acute treatment options with counseling and constant medical supervision, the patient can get back on the road to good health and live a healthier, more productive life.
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