What Is Rehab?

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Rehab is comprised of different stages of intensive treatment for drug or alcohol addiction with the goal of long-term sobriety. Typically, the process takes 90 days, but may take longer depending on the individual. The steps are the same, but each person’s journey through rehab is unique.

The first part of the process is the detox phase. During this time, you will experience drug withdrawal, which involves uncomfortable and sometimes painful side effects. It takes up to a week to fully eliminate all drugs from your system. We highly recommend that you seek treatment from a rehab facility rather than face the endeavor on your own. Dealing with this in addition to addiction cravings can be too much for one person to bear. It may seem overwhelming or discouraging, but you can overcome addiction. You can achieve sobriety. It just takes time.

Seeking professional rehabilitative care will help you to avoid relapse. A rehab facility also provides important medical attention as your body goes through this intense transition. Your care team will also ensure you are as comfortable as possible. This may include administering medication that will help with the severity of withdrawal side effects. While detox is a positive process, your body still has to become used to the change. This may result in unexpected side effects which could further compromise your health.

Once detox is complete, inpatient care is next. Inpatient care is where you begin to learn about your addiction on a deeper level. When did it all begin? What triggers you now? How can you cope with any setbacks in the future? These are the kinds of questions that commonly come up in rehab. By understanding the ins and outs of your own addiction, it can help you uncover solutions to deep-rooted problems.

Inpatient care is also the part of the process where you’ll continue to receive medical attention, but also supportive care through counseling and group therapy. You’ll also receive information about addiction, learn coping skills, and find new ways to spend time that align with a sober lifestyle. These are all designed to work together and help you envision a life without being dependent on drugs. Outpatient care may follow this stage or may be chosen as an alternative. The right option for you is based on what will best support your sobriety journey through its entirety.

Rehab is a progression. It’s necessary to follow the stages in order to allow the program to work. Take it day by day. With every new step, you are getting one step closer to a healthier future.

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Benefits of Rehabilitation from Drug Addiction

You may wonder, what happens after rehab? How will life be without my addiction? Am I strong enough to become sober? What will I be able to look forward to in life? These are the kinds of questions that are answered as you progress through treatment. Life without addiction may seem unusual and overwhelming. Rehab helps you to develop new, healthy habits and routines. Routines help to create a sense of stability as you begin to heal.

Rehab will help you uncover the triggers to avoid in the future and ways to cope with temptations. For example, if addiction is what you turned to in times of stress, rehab helps you find more positive ways to cope. If drugs helped to alleviate pain for you, rehab helps to identify where the pain stems from, in order to produce an alternative plan for care.

It will also guide you through learning more about how to deal with addiction beyond the treatment walls. Although you’ve decided to receive treatment, it doesn’t necessarily mean everyone from your old life has decided the same. Rehab helps to prepare you for the transition back to the “real world.” Healing can be more difficult without the right type of environment. Rehab provides you the secure, safe place necessary to free yourself from distractions and recharge your life. Remove yourself from the chaos and enter an environment of calm.

A program typically lasts for 90 days, although this may be extended or altered. It’s dependent on the level of your care and where you are at in your recovery. There are milestones that you will achieve along the way that will help to mark your progress. It is a time commitment, which means dedication is key. Every day builds on the day before as you work toward your ultimate goal of sobriety. No two addiction stories are entirely the same, which means the rehab process won’t be either, despite the routine.

The Transition to Sober Living

The progress you make in rehab remains necessary and valuable after you leave. Rehab provides the guidelines and tools necessary to continue a sober lifestyle beyond treatment. From counseling to education and activities to self-reflection, every part of rehab is meant to make you healthier, stronger, and more prepared for your new lifestyle.

During the last phase of rehab, you will start to prepare for entry into sober living. Addiction may have cost you a job, relationship, or living situation. If you are starting from scratch, rehab helps you through the basics of what you may need to begin rebuilding. The transition can be challenging for some, which is why it’s important to stay connected to what you learn in rehab. Reach out for support from a sponsor, by attending AA or NA meetings, and surrounding yourself with people who support your sober lifestyle.

Unfortunately, temptations and bad influences don’t automatically disappear after you experience rehab. However, once you’ve completed the process, you’ll be better equipped to face these challenges. There will be several instances post-rehab when you’ll need to remember and apply what you’ve learned. Achieving sobriety is a remarkable accomplishment. The work to sustain it is ongoing.

Are You Ready for Rehab?

When do you know it’s the right time for rehab? There is no answer that’s set in stone or that will apply to everyone. Has addiction compromised your health? Has it put you in at risk in your relationships, at work, or with the law? Have you tried to quit using drugs on your own without success? If the answer is “yes,” to any of these questions, rehab is likely the solution for you.

Going through the withdrawal process alone is typically not as successful as receiving help from a rehab facility. Turn to those who are well-versed in what it takes to achieve sobriety. Addiction is more powerful than you think. While you may feel like it’s as easy as mind over matter, that’s not always the case. Addiction changes you. To start the road of rehabilitation, it requires treatment from all areas – physical, mental, and psychological.

Learn more about your options. Ask questions about what concerns you. There is help available around-the-clock that will provide what you need to make a positive decision for your health. Rehab will help you through one of the biggest challenges you’ll ever face. You will receive the resources, tools, and support you need in a safe and secure space.

It’s normal to feel uncertain about your next steps. We are here to help put your mind at ease. Your health is important and your sobriety is our mission. Whether you are starting to research rehab options or are ready to choose a place, we want to support you in any way we can. Start your journey today.

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