How Do 90 Day Rehab Programs Work?

Entering detox and transitioning to rehab can be an amazingly stressful experience. If you’re able to do a longer in-patient treatment, you will have more time to recover from detox and to build more skills for thriving away from the rehab center. How do 90 day rehab programs work?

A 90 day rehab program will start with an assessment. The drugs you have used in the past, longevity and frequency of use, and any mental health challenges you face will be considered and incorporated into your treatment plan. From your assessment, you will move into detox.

Detox Vs. Rehab: What to Expect

Detox is all about stopping the addition of any drugs to your system. This is why the assessment interview is so critical: Detox is generally uncomfortable, but it can be quite dangerous if your care team doesn’t know what to expect. An opioid detox is vastly different from an alcohol detox; stimulants present different challenges.

Your care team’s goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible as you detox. This may mean giving you IV fluids and nutrition, helping you manage physical pain or addressing symptoms of nausea and muscle cramps. In most 90 day rehab programs, you will receive 24 hour care during the detox process.

This monitoring can include some cares that seem intrusive. For example, you may need help managing dizziness or agitation, so you will need someone to assist you in using the bathroom or taking a shower. While this may be uncomfortable, it is necessary to keep you safe. If you are feeling even remotely unsteady or wobbly, standing in a hot shower can lead to a fall. Accept all offered help so you can move around the facility safely.

Moving Into Rehab

As you move from the physical stress of detox, you will gain more autonomy during the rehab process. For example, if you had IV fluids during detox, you will more than likely be able to take fluids by mouth in rehab. While the food you were offered in detox were probably formulated to lower your nausea risk while providing you a high level of nutrition, the food choices in detox will be closer to what you ordinarily eat.

The work of rehab is all about rebuilding your brain pathways away from the psychological need for the drug. For example, you may believe that you could never talk to strangers without at least some alcohol under your belt. Rehab group sessions are about learning to communicate openly without drugs and alcohol.

As your rehab progresses, you may be able to help others in the early stages of rehab, such as folks right out of detox. There is a tremendous altruistic rush that happens when we are well enough to focus on the needs of others. This is what a 90 day rehab process can do.

Mental and Physical Health

As drugs and alcohol leave your system during detox, there are some conditions that may flare up. You may struggle with nerve pain if your addiction was tied to opioid pain medications. You may suffer from insomnia or anxiety if you abused alcohol.

When toxins leave the body, it is not uncommon to suffer from pain, tingling, excessive perspiration or muscle spasms. During the rehab process, you will learn healthy ways to manage both mental and physical symptoms. For example, you may be encouraged to walk or swim to warm up your muscles and clear your mind of unhelpful anxious thoughts.

You may be encouraged to do Tai Chi or yoga to focus your thoughts and rebuild your balance. You may also be put on a special diet to help you rebuild your overall health if your nutritional needs were not met when you were using. You will also likely undergo cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and group therapies.

Finally, most 90 day programs include a step-down process at the end of rehab. This can be set up in an aftercare facility or as an outpatient treatment. Once you leave the rehab facility, you will still undergo monitoring to help you build a safer, more supportive community in the world. Ready to get started? Call us today at 844-639-8371.

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