If you have never been through addiction treatment in the past, you might be a little apprehensive about the process. We hope apprehension is not the thing that is stopping you from getting the treatment you need. In order to keep that from happening, we thought it would be prudent to address some common concerns people have about rehab.
The first thing you need to concern yourself with is getting yourself mentally prepared to commit to the treatment process. You have to enter rehab with an absolute commitment to the treatment process.
The next thing you need to do is locate a quality rehab facility that offers what you need. What you need is going to depend on factors like:
- How long you have been battling your addiction
- The type of substance or substances you have been abusing
- How frequently you have been abusing your substance or substances of choice
- The dose of drugs you take each time
- The behaviors you exhibit while under the influence
- The potential existence of mental health issues that may be playing a part in your addictive behavior
Using the answers to these questions as your guideline, you will get a better idea of what kind of treatment options you will need.
What we can let you know right up front is you will most likely have to go through a detox program before starting therapy. It’s never a good idea to start working with a therapist until you have a clear mind and body.
In the sections below, the focus is going to shift towards the detox process. We want you to read this section carefully with the hope it will clear up any concerns you might have about the sudden cessation of taking drugs.
About the Detox Process
The whole idea behind detox programs is maintaining client safety. When clients first decide to stop taking drugs and start seeking help, the addiction sufferer immediately subjects themselves to the possibility of some challenging withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the factors we listed above, a person’s withdrawal symptoms could create permanent health issues. That’s why addiction treatment professionals will typically advocate for clients to go through a medically monitored detox program.
Moving forward, we want to address some specific questions you might have about detox programs.
What Can I expect as I go through Withdrawal?
When you decide to deprive your body of the drug or drugs it craves, your body is going to revolt. It’s the body’s way of saying it is not happy about the decision you have made.
As a point of reference, here are some of the most troubling withdrawal symptoms someone with a heroin addiction might experience:
- Difficulty breathing
- A troubling increase in blood pressure and heart rate
- Severe muscle cramping
- Hallucinations and nightmares to interfere with sleep
- Body tremors and convulsions
While your withdrawal symptoms might vary based on the criteria we listed above, it should be clear that detox programs exist to keep clients safe while they go through withdrawal.
Are There Medications to Treat Insomnia During the Detox Process?
If you have a history of sleep problems or have difficulty sleeping while you go through withdrawal, there is a good chance a medical professional will be standing by to prescribe any relief medications you might require.
Yes, it sounds strange that a rehab facility would make drugs available to drug addiction sufferers. You need not worry because the rehab facility’s medical staff will do everything possible to prescribe medications that solve the problem at hand without aggravating the addiction.
How Long Should I Expect to Be Going Through Withdrawal?
Assuming your addiction falls short of being severe, you can expect the detox process to take 5 to 7 days. If you have a severe addiction to alcohol or opioids, you might need to go through a tapering program that could take up to 3 weeks for a total detox.
At this point, we want you to focus on yourself. If you have been battling an addiction to drugs, you need to think seriously about getting help. Over the long haul, drugs/alcohol will destroy your life. If you would like more information about our facility or addiction treatment services, you should give us a call. You can speak to one of our representatives by calling us at 844-639-8371.