What Should You Expect in Drug and Alcohol Treatment?
Attending a drug and alcohol treatment program can be overwhelming and even scary; knowing what to expect while undergoing this phase of your life from a trusted professional interventionist can help make the process easier. Though individual experiences may vary, people who attend a rehab program can expect to progress through the following steps and stages:
Usually, treatment starts with an intervention. This includes a few hours spent in a family member’s living room, where an interventionist explains to you how they are going to save your life, with your family deeply involved in the process. While the intervention process is never fun for anyone, it is usually the kick-start most people need to sobriety. After agreeing to treatment and arriving to the treatment center safely, the interventionist will turn you over to the staff for intake. The intake process typically includes a medical examination, a psychological assessment, and a psychosocial assessment. From there, you will likely proceed to detox, which safely removes the substance you have been abusing from the body. Detox typically involves a multi-night stay in a separate center from the general population and often includes additional medicine for anxiety or comfort.
After successful detox completion, the rehabilitation phase comes in. You will proceed to meet others that are also struggling with addiction and attending the same facility. When you meet your peers, you will find that most are very happy, while a few are still having a tough time. Most people who are in treatment are there because their family insisted on it. Family tends to see certain things that someone suffering from addiction can’t see in themselves. Most family members enable the addict by giving them too many chances. We find that usually after a few days someone becomes assimilated with the day to day life in treatment and joins the rest of the group by welcoming newfound serenity.
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Therapy is an integral part of the treatment process. Most treatment centers provide multiple therapies multiple times per day, including group therapy. Each group session has a different treatment related subject. People feel that group therapy is beneficial because they get a chance to communicate with others in a safe environment as each session has a counselor facilitating the sessions. The group setting allows those recovering from addiction to interact with others who are in similar situations. Group therapy is where most people get the chance to admit their addiction problems for the first time. It is important for recovering individuals to know that they are not alone, and this sense of community support is integral to the recovery process.
Private or one-on-one sessions with an assigned counselor are also available and typically take place once or twice a week. The purpose of the private meetings is to be able to focus exclusively on your own issues. Usually, the patient has the same counselor for the duration of the stay in treatment. Many feel that their most effective time spent at the center is in these sessions. In individual therapy, you will: do self-analysis on why you started abusing drugs or alcohol, receive strategies on how to identify triggers, and learn time management skills.
Another important aspect of treatment is the introduction of support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Both AA and NA host meetings throughout the country that many individuals recovering from addiction attend on a regular basis. These meetings then become the backbone of sobriety throughout life post-rehab. When in treatment, the center will transport the group to local meetings every week. The center also plays host to meetings as AA/NA members volunteer to bring the meeting to the center. Many of these members are open to providing their phone numbers to patients to stay in touch with for the future.
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With just 30 days at a rehab center, you can get clean and sober, start therapy, join a support group, and learn ways to manage your cravings.
Many of our clients have told us that the most amazing part of treatment is the friendship established with their peers, better known as fellowship. Many people come to treatment in the midst of crisis, major life changes, divorce, and severe feelings of unmanageability. The people you meet in rehab provide you with a non-judgmental and supportive friend to lean on for help and experience. The true miracle of drug treatment is the evolution of the personality type from practicing addiction to recovering addiction. This comes faster when surrounded with others with the same problem.
Before leaving treatment, an aftercare plan is set in place. This plan is developed by your counselor and based around what you are expected to be dealing with when you leave. Many people choose to do aftercare or stay in a sober living home, continuing their recovery. Whatever the plan is, it is centered around relapse prevention. A typical aftercare plan for relapse prevention would include going to 90 meetings in 90 days, AA/NA. The aftercare plan may include avoiding certain people or places. Upon leaving treatment, most centers immediately follow up with the patient.
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Don’t wait for change to happen on its own; bring in a professional addiction interventionist to help your family in their struggle with addiction. Interventionists not only help the family member suffering from addiction get into a rehabilitation program, but they also stage the intervention and provide valuable information on what to do after that member leaves for rehab. If you’re ready to be proactive and bring about a positive change, contact a dedicated treatment provider to learn about your options today.