Being addicted to drugs is a very hard habit to overcome. If you are struggling with overcoming your addiction, then going into rehab is an ideal option. Rehab centers are not all fun and games; however, they do offer the ability to detox safely and resources to help prevent relapses. There are millions of people who suffer daily from drug addiction and only a couple million will receive care annually, because they are unsure of what to expect in rehab.

Being addicted to drugs is a very hard habit to overcome. If you are struggling with overcoming your addiction, then going into rehab is an ideal option. Rehab centers are not all fun and games; however, they do offer the ability to detox safely and resources to help prevent relapses. There are millions of people who suffer daily from drug addiction and only a couple million will receive care annually, because they are unsure of what to expect in rehab.

All drug rehab programs offer the same initial set up from the moment you walk in the door to the end of the twenty-one to thirty plus days of treatment.

  • Intake Exam
  • Detox Center
  • Treatment
  • Family Therapy
  • One on One Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Healing Environment

Besides not knowing what to expect in rehab, the other reason people often give for not going to receive help is that they are afraid they will lose their job. Many addicts do not seek help because they currently have a job and do not want their employer to know about their addiction. However, The Family Medical Leave Act offers employees the ability to get help without losing their job. If an employee needs help, a health care provider can recommend a rehab center and the job will be protected. This is also true of relapses; however, employers can limit the number of relapses they will allow.

So, what can you expect in rehab when you walk in the doors of the treatment center and begin the intake exam?

During the initial exam, you will be expected to talk to a counselor so they can get an idea of where you are at in your addiction. They are able then to assess a treatment program, safe detox, and how long you will need to stay for the best chance at recovery. In the intake exam, your history, background, and medical conditions are recorded. They will need to know what you are addicted to in order to find the best treatment plan and to be sure you have no complications during your detox.

Detox

Once they know what drugs you are addicted to, they can work to detox your body. Detoxification will last roughly 24 hours, sometimes longer depending on your drug of choice. Various medications may be used to ease the pain of detoxing, and prevent symptoms of withdrawal. One of the most common medications offered to addicts is Suboxone. Suboxone should be only taken under direct supervision of a physician as it has serious side effects. Physicians at the rehab center will make sure you are taking it correctly and wean you off in a safe manner.
While you may have completely detoxified from the drug after three days, you may feel the effects of the drug for weeks or months. This is why it is important to remain in the treatment center until they feel you are recovered.

Treatment

Once you have been detoxed, your active treatment plan will begin. You will attend group meetings, individual therapy, and meditation practices. At the group meetings, the 12-step process will begin. Counselors understand that the 12-step program does not work in itself, so they offer many other types of resources to remain clean.

Individual therapy, or counseling, help addicts deal with the reason they became addicted in the first place. If this is not addressed, when released from the treatment center, you will still not be able to handle the stresses life throws your way. Most addicts will immediately begin to have cravings when emotions are triggered, and relapse will occur.Meditation is available for addicts through yoga, journaling, and prayer. Counselors want to make sure that you are aware of your emotions and your feelings. When you are aware of how you feel, you can better handle how you react to those emotions. Starting with journalng can be very difficult and is usually filled with hatred and frustration. Over time, the journaling is filled with both things that bring joy, as we well as items that bring frustration.

Finally, during the treatment process, counselors may use cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, somatic therapy, art therapy, and animal therapy to help with emotions. They will also monitor your diet and nutrition to make sure you are getting the nutrients necessary since addictions can leave you deprived of many vitamins and minerals.

Family Therapy

Families will need to be prepared for the recovering addicts to come home. There also needs to be communication between the family and the recovering addict. Many times the addict has become addicted to the drugs because of home life situations. With family therapy, support will be offered to help bring families back together. It is important when family therapy starts that everyone be willing to communicate and realize that it is a safe place to talk about emotions.

Healing Environment

The only way an addict will recover is if the environment is conducive for it. Family therapy will help patients see that they have a safe place to go to after they have stabilized. With the resources, they are given during treatment, and the advice given in counseling, they can put their life back together without the drugs. Therapy will need to be ongoing, and many times treatment lasts much longer than thirty days, but it is possible to create a healthy and healing environment for all involved. It is important to remember that the families of the addicts are also hurt by the addiction so for the optimum chance of recovery without relapses, every person must work together.
Drug rehab is something that requires desire, luckily that desire is often there. However, addicts are more scared of living without the drug because they do not know what to expect in rehab. Insurance companies and the Family Medical Leave Act make it easier for a person to get into treatment and get help. Once the drug is cleared from the system, tools and resources can be provided to bring peace back into what was once a troubling life.