- Is Ambien Rehab Aftercare Necessary?
- The Benefits of Relapse Prevention
- Ambien Abuse is a Chronic Condition
- Continuing Care Options
- Supporting Family and Friends with Ambien Recovery
What is Ambien Rehab Aftercare?Because addiction to drugs such as Ambien (R) (zolpidem) is a chronic disease, behavioral changes and healthy lifestyle modifications will need to continue indefinitely to promote lasting recovery. We need to build on successes achieved in treatment, while removing the barriers which our addiction helped us build to protect us from others, from ourselves, and from life. This is what aftercare is all about.
Is Ambien Rehab Aftercare Necessary?
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If you, or someone you care about, needs help with their Ambien addiction or other type of drug abuse, you can call us at 1-888-993-3112Ad Info & Options for help in finding the right treatment program.
The Benefits of Relapse Prevention
Relapse prevention involves altering behavior so that high-risk situations are avoided, as well as learning how to respond when these situations are unavoidably encountered.
- Address his/her fears of relapse.
- Pay heed to the feedback received from peers.
- Learn the skills that are indispensable for maintaining a happy, drug-free life.
Relapse can happen in the challenging early phase of recovery from addiction. Relapse prevention strategies can use brief lapses in recovery, and instances of returning to drug use as therapeutic tools, thus preventing full relapse to pre-treatment conditions.
Ambien Abuse is a Chronic Condition
Like other chronic diseases--such as diabetes, hypertension, COPD, and some autoimmune conditions--drug addiction is a chronic and long-lasting disease, treatable with continuing care and behavioral change. The rate of relapse for drug addiction (40-60%) in a 2000 study was below that for asthma and hypertension (both at 50-70%).
Like the diabetic who relapses because of a lapse in strict dietary control, the drug addict may have occasional relapses despite efforts to remain abstinent. This is to be expected and can be used to intensify other aftercare components such as counseling. It takes time to find the right treatment protocol for chronic disease, and addiction is no exception. Be patient and--beyond the motivation and open-mindedness essential to recovery--be gentle with yourself.
Continuing Care Options
Most continuing care/aftercare programs consist of weekly or monthly counseling, outpatient support groups, and participation in supportive 12-Step programs such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
Counseling Interventions / Group Therapy
Since the mechanism of action for Ambien is similar to that of benzodiazepines (BZDs), individuals addicted to Ambien will most likely benefit from the counseling interventions used for BZDs.
12-Step Facilitation Treatment
Follow-Up Medical Care
Sober Living / Therapeutic Community
Supporting Family and Friends with Ambien Recovery
No matter how much alienation there is in a family affected by addiction, they are critical to the strength and duration of a client's recovery. Their attitudes, function, and structure have been shown to be the most important variables in an addict's recovery. The friends and family can confront the addict and support him/her, while learning to see how addiction has affected other patterns of family life.
- Family therapy provides a safe place to tackle lifestyle changes needed. It helps the individual struggling with addiction to change through appropriate confrontation and feedback, and it helps the family to find their appropriate and secure place in the family system.
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