What to Expect From Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs
What To Expect During Addiction Treatment
Making the brave decision to check into a rehab facility is the beginning of addiction recovery. Once in rehab, you will be surrounded by doctors, nurses, experts, and fellow addicts also on their journey to recovery to use as your support system. All of the rules and systems are in place with the goal of helping you become sober.
After you check in, your health and addiction will be evaluated my medical professionals, and then you will move onto a detox program, if necessary, to remove any remaining substances in your body. During your time in the treatment center, you will participate in many types of therapy sessions, support groups, and educational programs as needed.
The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that in 2013, only 7.8% of Americans who were struggling with addiction actually received treatment. There are many reasons people fail to get the help they need, but for some it is because they are unsure what actually goes on in a treatment facility and they are scared of the unknown.
Knowing what to expect in drug or alcohol addiction treatment can remove some of the nervousness and uncertainty about addiction treatment to ensure individuals are ready to begin a new chapter of their lives.
Things to Expect During Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment
While the experience at every treatment center might be different, the following are standard procedures for any rehab facility.
The intake process is very important for establishing the foundation of a person’s time in a rehab facility. Checking in to an addiction treatment center includes a health questionnaire or interview that will assess the nature of someone’s addiction and any previous health concerns or co-occurring diseases. The purpose of this is to be able to personalize an individual’s treatment plan to best suit their needs.
Medically-Assisted Detox/ Withdrawal
This is the most physically intense part of the rehab process, but it is crucial to remove any remaining harmful substances from the body. This is often the first step, because an individual’s system needs to be free from any drugs or alcohol before they can actually begin recovery.
Withdrawal from drugs and alcohol can create uncomfortable and painful symptoms such as:
It is a much safer to undergo detox and withdrawal under the supervision of a medical professional. While in a facility, professionals can manage your withdrawal symptoms and monitor your overall health. For withdrawal from certain substances, like alcohol, there are even medications that can ease the symptoms of withdrawal. After withdrawal, it is time to learn how to overcome the physiological process of addiction.
Many behavioral therapy techniques are used to understand the motivations behind addiction and learn strategies on how to overcome this. By understand what triggers addiction, an individual can work to develop positive coping skills.
Some of the most common behavioral therapies used in treatment centers include:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is very popular in addiction treatment and teaches recovering addicts to utilize connections between their thoughts, feelings and actions in order to help the recovery process.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): DBT is a tool to help recovering addicts learn several skills like mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation to help them stop abusing substances.
Interpersonal Therapy: This therapy focuses on your relationships with others and how to build a support structure to rely on.
Many times the family has a large impact on addiction recovery, maybe without even realizing. Family may include parents, children, spouses, or any other relative. By learning about how they may be contributing to unhealthy behaviors, hopefully they can counteract these responses. Familial support can also be a source of strength for the recovering addict.
There are educational programs to teach addicts about the resources available to them outside of the facility to prepare for the transition back to normal life. To avoid relapse, individuals are encouraged to join support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), learn how to deal with potential triggers, and create a network of people that will help maintain their sobriety.
Knowing what to expect during addiction treatment helps the patient to navigate the process with a sense of comfort. At Desert Rose Recovery, we understand the challenges that come with addiction rehab and we are here to support your during each step of the process.