If you’re considering going to a drug rehab center for addiction treatment, you may be wondering what it entails. Sometimes, not knowing what to expect is enough to keep you from deciding to go. We’re here to explain how it works and what rehab may be like for you.
Alcohol and drug use can have a major negative effect on your emotional and physical health. This is why a detox period is often needed before you can move forward with your treatment. Detox and withdrawal is something that you shouldn’t do alone, but instead should do under the watchful eye of a professional – otherwise, it can be detrimental to your health.
After being admitted to an inpatient rehabilitation program, you’ll begin a 24-hour period of medically-supervised detoxification. The detoxification period may be longer, depending on your specific drug addiction circumstances.
In order to properly assess and evaluate you, your health and your rehabilitation needs, you’ll meet with a clinician. Together, you’ll both go over your emotional, mental and physical health; the type of substances you used and how frequently you used them; your family history; and any other variables that may be contributing to your drug addiction. In order to create the best rehab program possible for you, it’s integral that we understand your current state and your needs. You may also want to discuss if an outpatient drug rehab is a better option for you.
The drug rehab center has its own community of clients and professionals, and it also has its own, unique culture. In order to feel as comfortable as possible from the beginning, you’ll be introduced to certain treatment concepts and goals. Some of the things you’ll learn include:
• The drug addiction disease model
• The principles of the Twelve Step recovery system
• How substance use can impact you emotionally, physically and socially
• Recovery management post-rehab
Additionally, your orientation will go over your rights as a patient, your responsibilities, and current confidentiality guidelines.
While your specific treatment program will be catered to you, practically every client undergoes a program that’s evidence-based and abstinence-based, and that involves the Twelve Step system. Residential rehabilitation programs often include personal, one-on-one therapy; educational lectures; focus groups for things like coping with grief or developing healthy relationships; and group therapy. You’ll learn more about your personalized treatment strategy during the assessment and evaluation process.
The length of time you’ll be in addiction treatment varies by person. Throughout your treatment, you’ll work closely with a counselor who will help you clarify your goals and stay on track to meet them. The length of time you’ll need to stay in treatment and how quickly you move through the process is based on everything from your individual situation to certain milestones you’ll have to hit.
For people who are dealing with more intense or complex addiction and recovery issues, you may need more time to complete the program. It’s possible that extra time will help you address a specific issue, complications with your mental health, preventing relapse, or learning how to live a sober life on your own. The process is challenging, but you’ll have the professional attention and support you need in order to get through it successfully.
As you go through addiction treatment, you’ll realize that you’ll have to learn to live with a new type of normal. You’re going to feel uncomfortable for a while, but know that everyone who goes through treatment goes through this stage. The more you learn about how addiction has impacted you, the more comfortable you’ll get with the new sensations and feelings you’re experiencing. Eventually, your life before treatment may actually start to feel foreign.
As you learn to cope with your new life, you’ll learn about the feelings you’re experiencing and how to handle them; how to change your negative thought patterns; and how to reduce stress. These new skills and tools will give you a lot of relief. You may even find that you begin to think about life differently than before.
It’s important, though, to know that you may continue to be uncomfortable. For some people, getting comfortable with a brand new lifestyle and way of living is extremely difficult, and settling into it doesn’t come quickly or naturally. You may experience bad moods, anxiety or stress, or a feeling of helplessness for a long time. Rehab centers are here to assess your mental and physical health throughout the program and to give you any resources you need to help you along the way.
Once you’ve completed the inpatient drug rehab program, you won’t be entirely on your own. Even though you’ll move on from the facility and learn to live a sober life on your own, your treatment and support will continue. You’ll have the resources you need to survive and thrive post-rehab. Remember, you’re still in recovery, and we’re not going to abandon you the minute you leave the center. You’ll have access to things like support groups, addiction meetings, and recovery coaching.
It’s very common to relapse even after going through a complete treatment program. If this happens, don’t give up. It may take several treatment programs in order to stay sober for the rest of your life.
Understand that, just like addiction, rehabilitation and treatment is a process, one that will not happen overnight. Your rehabilitation center won’t just be there during your first bout of treatment, but also to provide support as needed afterward, even if that means having to go through rehab again. The main goal of rehabilitation is to give you the best environment and opportunity possible to heal, learn and change.
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