If you or someone in your family or circle of friends is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you may not be sure what to do or where to turn. Addiction can tear apart family units, destroy friendships and relationships, and cause serious financial and emotional ruin. The best chance for success is for an addict to check themselves into a reliable, reputable rehab facility to get professional help day and night.
Is this your first time accepting help from a rehab facility? Are you wondering what to expect from treatment? We have all of your answers covered and more. Let’s take a closer look at the day-to-day life of a patient in a rehab center.
Detox is always the first step
Some addicts shy away from rehab because they mistakenly believe they have to be at least somewhat sober to begin. However, some patients have used drugs or alcohol up to the hour they stepped into the treatment center. You will immediately start the process of detox once you come in for treatment, so never let your current physical and emotional state deter you from the choice.
Detox services will differ depending on the treatment center you choose. For more severe addictions, experts agree that a stay in an inpatient facility will be for the best. You’ll be placed in a hospital-like setting and medically monitored throughout the first couple of days. Once you are through the worst of the withdrawal symptoms, you may be moved to a residential facility or allowed to take part in outpatient services.
Remember, the goal of detox in a treatment center is your ultimate comfort. You may or may not be given medication to help you with the withdrawal symptoms you are faced with. If so, the medical staff will carefully monitor you during this time to make sure your body is doing well.
Therapy sessions are a huge part of treatment
While detox is very important, learning the reasons why you began using drugs in the first place and how to correct them in the future is a crucial stepping stone in rehab. You’ll accomplish this goal through a variety of therapy options, such as behavioral therapy and group sessions.
When you come into the facility for the first time, you will speak with an intake specialist to determine the right treatment plan for your level of addiction. It is at this time that you will want to make the facility aware of any mental health conditions you may be dealing with alongside your addiction. They may include depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, PTSD, or OCD, to name just a few.
During private therapy sessions, you will talk with a therapist about your dual diagnosis, if you have one. This will also be the time where cognitive behavioral therapy will take place. This is a form of intervention that focuses on improving mental health and the development of different coping strategies. You’ll learn how to target the triggers in your life and how to avoid or deal with them in the future.
Group therapy sessions are another big part of treatment. During group therapy, you will have the chance to listen to others who are going through the same issues. Group therapy allows you to develop important socialization and communication skills while teaching you how to express your issues in a reasonable way. Listening to similar stories from others will also help you develop the self-awareness you will need in your sober future.
Holistic treatments are often a part of treatment
You may take part in different holistic treatments during your stay in rehab, depending on the facility you choose. They could include the following:
• Nature Therapy
• Equine Therapy
Holistic treatments refer to the “whole person” approach to sober living. Many rehab facilities use holistic therapies for patients who would like to attend to both their physical and psychological needs during their time in the program.
Expect some hard work
It’s important to go into rehab with an open mind. You’ll be expected to show up, work hard, and give it your all. You’ll also want to plan for the future while you are in the program. Make sure you have a support system in place for when you are out. Talk to your counselor about aftercare services that will help you stay on the path to sobriety. When you are ready to make the commitment to rehab, call us today to learn more at 844-639-8371.