Real Life in Rehab
There are different types of rehab centers with some being age or gender specific. Many rehab centers have integrative treatment programs for a dual-diagnosis of addiction with a mental disorder. Drug and alcohol rehab centers are State certified and staffed with professionals who are knowledgeable and experienced in addiction recovery and mental disorders. Rehab centers offer addicts a safe environment to be safely weaned off of substances by a medically supervised detox process. They also provide psychological and behavioral therapies, and alternative therapies. Going into a rehab center for the treatment of addiction offers an addict a safe, effective way to recover. What can an addict expect once he arrives at the rehab center and what will it be like for him as he undergoes treatment? Below are some answers to what you may expect at a rehab center.
There are many different things that will occur in rehab and you may be affected in many ways. The first step will be going through the detox process to be weaned off of the drugs or alcohol. This process usually takes about a week, but you may still have some withdrawal effects afterwards. There are medications available to help ease withdrawal symptoms. Going through the detox process is different for everyone and is usually dependent on how severe the addiction is and what type of drugs were used.
If there is also a co-occurring mental disorder the physician may prescribe medications to keep the symptoms of the mental disorder in check. You may begin to feel a wide range of emotions and physical symptoms at this time, and this can make you feel vulnerable and frightened. The staff at the center knows how to help you with every issue that arises. Having a professional support team to help you safely and comfortably get through detox is a blessing in many ways. Before you enter a rehab center you should ask questions about treatment, available medications for withdrawal symptoms etc. Choose a rehab center that will serve your needs.
While in rehab you may be expected to do chores, clean up after your self, attend support group meetings and more. Ask questions about the schedule you will be on and what will be expected of you. Here are some examples of questions you might want to ask: How much down time will you have? What types of activities can you engage in? Will family visits be allowed? What types of meals are served?
Once you begin psychological and behavioral therapy you will probably have questions or things on your mind. You may start to remember things that were blocked out during your days of active addiction. You may have feelings of shame and guilt, which can leave you feeling sad and angry. If you don’t want to discuss these things openly at the support group meetings, than ask your therapist or counselor if you can speak with them privately. You can expect to go through a wide range of thoughts, feelings and emotions during your time in therapy. Learning that addiction is a brain disease will help you understand that it causes changes in behavior. The person you were during active addiction is not the person you really are. Some of your past behavior may mortify you now, but you may also come to realize that some of your behavior while intoxicated was actually a survival mechanism. If you need help handling these feelings speak up and let the staff know. You do not have to go through it alone; the staff is there to help and assist you.
You will also be treated to prepare you for re-entry back into society. You will be expected to make major life changes in order to maintain sobriety. You will have to give up your former friends that you got high with and begin to make new acquaintances with sober people. Therapy will also equip you with the necessary relapse prevention tools you need to resist temptations, triggers, stress, negative emotions etc. Your focus must always be on staying sober as you begin your new life. Attending support group meetings regularly and meeting with your counselor are vital to keeping you on track. The rehab center will prepare you for all these steps that you will be making in your new life. Going through the rehab center program will make you strong and prepared to face the future.