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What to Expect at a Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center

Entering rehab for drug or alcohol addiction is frightening for most people, but it offers hope and a chance to live a healthy, sober life.

Knowing what to expect can lessen your anxiety considerably, so keep reading to learn about what you’ll encounter once you decide to seek professional help for your addiction.

You Decide to Stay or Go

You decide whether to stay for treatment or leave. There are no locks on the doors. Even if you’re under a court order to seek treatment, you can still leave. You may face penalties for doing so later, but you’re always free to go.

Treatment only works when you’re a willing participant, which is why you have the option to leave at any time. If you plan to use drugs or alcohol as soon as you leave rehab, you’re wasting everyone’s time and your money.

Detox

You must go through the detoxification process before beginning rehabilitation. Some rehab centers have an in-house detox program, and some require you to complete detox before entering their facilities.

Detox usually doesn’t take long. Typically, it lasts for about a week, and sometimes it takes even less time. You’ll go through detox in an inpatient setting where trained staff will keep you safe and as comfortable as possible.

Education

Knowledge is power, which is why education is the core component of all drug and alcohol rehab programs.

In the early stages of treatment and recovery, many people are in denial and unsure if they want to quit using. Rehab programs seek to break through this denial and uncertainty. They try to get people to commit to a sober lifestyle, and education helps with this.

When you enter a rehab center for drugs and alcohol, you’ll learn about the nature of addiction, the effects drugs and alcohol have on your body, and what will happen if you continue using. Most people find that this information is interesting and useful.

Once you learn what addiction is, what causes it, and the consequences it brings, your motivation to quit using often increases.

Group Therapy and Counseling

Most rehab centers offer individual counseling and group therapy sessions.
The individual counseling sessions at Bridges of Hope Treatment Center are conducted by a trained addiction counselor who will teach you the skills you’ll need to survive and thrive without drugs and alcohol. You’ll learn how to recognize situations that may lead to drug or alcohol use and how to avoid them. You’ll also learn new coping mechanisms that will help you deal with feelings and emotions in healthy ways.

In group therapy sessions, you’ll learn how to seek support from others in similar situations. Depending on the facility, these sessions may resemble a 12-step program, or they may be led by staff members.

Family Meetings

Research has shown that including family members in the educational process of rehab often improves outcomes. Some programs include family members throughout the program, from the initial assessment to follow-up care. Other programs start including family members after you’ve progressed through the early stages of treatment.

During family meetings, your family members will learn much of what you’re learning. They’ll learn what addiction is and what causes it. They’ll also learn to identify their own strengths and weaknesses that’ll help them encourage you in your recovery, how your addiction has affected them, and how they can begin to heal from any sorrow your addiction may have caused.

Aftercare

A typical rehab program lasts for 28 days. Some programs last longer, but that’s not typical. This means you’ll probably spend 28 days in a structured, supportive environment with no access to drugs or alcohol.

After leaving that healthy, supportive environment, you’ll benefit from follow-up care. The most successful rehab facilities have a strong aftercare program in place, and your counselor will educate you about it.

Some aftercare plans include rigorous outpatient treatment, weekly check-ins with your counselor, participating in a 12-step program, or residence in a half-way house. It all depends on your personal needs. People are different. What works for you probably won’t work for someone else. Listen to your counselor, and follow her advice.

Takeaway

Drug and alcohol treatment is your best option for getting sober. When you decide you’re ready, seek help. You’ll gain access to licensed counselors who will help you begin to heal.

If you’re thinking about quitting, reach out. Don’t wait. The time is perfect to begin your journey to healing and health.

 

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