Rehab Programs for Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Many people find the idea of entering rehab for a drug or alcohol addiction scary. It’s normal to be intimidated by the unknown. Yet, there is truly nothing to fear! This is an exciting time. You have taken the first step in adopting a sober lifestyle – choosing to enter rehab to address substance use disease (SUD).
What should I expect?
First and foremost, you are not on lock-down. No one who goes to rehab with the intention of using drugs or alcohol again. Therefore, patients are free to leave at any time. Why? Patients admitted to a residential rehab program have committed to working towards recovery. Everyone in rehab has their own story, their own struggles and their own reasons why they turned to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism. All patients in a residential rehab program are working towards the same goal – living a fulfilling life free from the restrictions of substance abuse.
What does drug and alcohol rehab entail?
There are numerous programs offered when entering a drug and alcohol treatment facility. While each treatment facility programs vary, there are some specific rehab programs that most accredited treatment centers offer.
• Medical Detox:
This is the first, and the most intensive, level of care. Medical detox is the process of removing all drugs, alcohol and toxins from the body. This is the time when patients experience the strongest withdrawal symptoms. For this reason, patients are under 24-hour medical supervision for their safety. The medical team will closely monitor patients during this level of rehab care. Comfort medications are provided to help alleviate any temporary discomfort a patient may experience.
• Residential Treatment
Residential level of care is the next step in the rehab process. Treatment facilities range from basic living settings to luxury living settings. A typical patient will choose a residential treatment facility based on what they can afford, what their insurance covers and the specific amenities offered at the facility.
• Counseling and Group Therapy
While attending rehab, patients receive individual and group therapy sessions, in addition to counseling. These sessions aim to help individuals acclimate back into society. Patients identify people and situations that have fueled their addictions, and learn new, healthier coping tools.
Education is a core component of any addiction treatment program. Those in early stages of recovery find the skills taught to them in residential treatment programs invaluable. Patients learn how drugs and alcohol affect their bodies both physically and emotionally. Relapse prevention education is a key component to any rehab educational program.
Those familiar with the addiction treatment industry know all too well that addiction does not only affect the addict – it affects the addict’s entire family. Family meetings are strongly encouraged so members of the family understand that treating addiction cannot be accomplished alone. Research indicates that including family and close friends into any treatment program significantly improves rehab outcomes for the individual being treated (Gans, 2019).
Residential drug and alcohol treatment programs typically last between 21 to 28 days in duration. This ensures that the patient remains in a structured environment, free of drugs and alcohol. Aftercare plans may include residence at a halfway house, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs), regular attendance at 12-Step meetings and routine check-ins with your sponsor.
Ready to enter rehab?
Are you tired of drugs and alcohol controlling your life? Are you ready to reclaim control? We’re available 24/7 at 1-877-566-3869. Your free, 100% confidential call is the best decision you can make. You’ll be connected with one of our friendly, and relatable, admissions coordinators. Your admissions coordinator will answer any questions you may have, assist in determining the best level of care for you and make arrangements for admission to our state-of-the-art rehab center!
Gans, S. (2019, October 15) Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs for Beginners. Retrieved from https://www.verywellmind.com/what-can-i-expect-at-a-drug-and-alcohol-rehab-program-67865