Recognizing that you have a substance use disorder can be jarring. You might have long thought that you were merely a recreational user or that you could stop whenever you wanted. However, once you realize that you have a serious addiction to drugs, it can shake you to your very core.
At the same time, when you have such enlightenment, it gives you the opportunity to get help. You will be able to find treatment to overcome your drug addiction so that you can lead a healthier, more fulfilling life while clean and sober. You might worry about how or whether you can get through drug treatment.
Finding the Right Rehab Facility
The first step to getting through drug rehab is to find the right facility to undergo treatment. Depending on your personal situation, you might have a dual diagnosis. This means that you not only have your substance use disorder but also have a co-occurring mental health condition. Some treatment centers are equipped to handle both situations.
During the intake process, you will have a medical examination and other assessments to determine whether you have a co-occurring, dual diagnosis. You are further assessed for your drug use history, including the type of drug, the amount of drugs you have abused and how long you used. Your family history is also explored to see whether there’s a genetic link with your substance use disorder.
Overall, when you find the right rehab facility, you will get a personalized treatment plan that’s meant to work specifically for you. No two people are the same regardless of their substance use disorder. What works for one person may not necessarily work for you when you have rehab.
Going Through the Detox Process
Detox is an important part of your drug treatment. It’s necessary so that the substance you abused can be completely eliminated from your body. You are supervised by highly trained staff while undergoing the detoxification process.
While you will experience symptoms of withdrawal, the length of time it happens and the severity of your symptoms depends on the drug you have abused, how much of it you’ve consumed and the length of your addiction. Short-term, milder addictions result in milder withdrawal effects while longer, more serious addictions to drugs find people experiencing more severe withdrawal.
If your addiction is more serious and long-term or if you have an opioid addiction, you will have medication to help with your detox. You may be given medication to help ease your symptoms of withdrawal as the drug is being removed from your system. You will be supervised by trained staff who are there on a 24/7 basis to help you if you need medical intervention. You will be administered the right medication to help manage your withdrawal symptoms.
What are the Keys to a Successful Drug Treatment?
After you have experienced detox and had all traces of drugs removed from your body, you will have to go through rehab itself. You can choose from inpatient, outpatient or partial hospitalization facilities to undergo the next steps of your treatment. If you need a bit more help in getting to sobriety and had a long-term addiction, inpatient is far more extensive than outpatient treatment.
Partial hospitalization gives you the opportunity to have treatment in a hospital setting, which allows you to receive care from medical professionals when you need it. With outpatient treatment, you have rehab during the day when you have free time and are still able to work, go to school and care for family while returning home each night. Inpatient treatment is just that; you stay at the facility on a 24/7 basis to complete your rehab treatment.
Therapy is a huge component of drug addiction treatment. It can help you come to the realization of why you started abusing drugs in the first place and help you identify triggers that led to your problem. Individual, behavioral, group and family therapy are your options. Many people continue having therapy years after they have successfully completed their rehab treatment. It’s a good part of your aftercare plan that can help keep you in check. It’s important to remember that drug addiction is not merely a choice.
It’s a serious, chronic disease that requires years of work and commitment to overcome. While you are never actually cured, you can receive treatment and continuous care and go on to enjoy a drug-free, productive life. Ready to begin your journey toward sobriety? We can help. Call us immediately at 844-639-8371 and talk with one of our skilled representatives to get started.