What Is Drug Rehab Like?
The decision to go into treatment for drug abuse or addiction is a big step – both for the individual who wants and needs the treatment as well as his or her family. Many people who suffer from a dependence on drugs or alcohol say they want to get better, but they never go forward to even investigate treatment, fearing that drug rehab is some awful, scary process involving a lot of pain, intense emotions, and no real guarantee of success.
Let’s remove some of the mystery right now by answering the question: What is drug rehab like?
Drug Rehab is Safe
If you’ve thoroughly checked out the licensing of the drug rehab centers and facilities and the credentials of the staff and satisfied yourself through personal inspection, asking questions, and checking independent reviews, you don’t need to be worried about the safety of you or your loved one.
In fact, drug rehab in licensed facilities with fully-credentialed staff specializing in the particular drug abuse or behavior disorder you need, is the only evidence-based way to give yourself the best chance of overcoming your addition. From detoxification with 24-hour medical monitoring to individual and group counseling, medical interventions as necessary (prescriptions to ease withdrawal symptoms, for example), to the physical amenities and recreational or therapeutic activities – you can be assured that everything has been checked and evaluated to meet the highest professional standards.
Drug Rehab is Tailored to Your Needs
Every person’s needs are different. Therefore, a personalized treatment plan will be created that meets your specific needs. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment program. Many individuals have more than one drug abuse or dependence. They may have problems with alcohol abuse and prescription drugs, or alcohol and illicit drugs. They may have a substance abuse and mental health disorder (known as co-occurring disorder). Effective treatment involves using an integrated and coordinated approach so that each condition is treated, during the active treatment phase (after detoxification, if necessary), simultaneously for maximum effectiveness.
Length of Drug Rehab Varies
Depending on the type of addiction, how long you’ve been addicted, whether or not you have multiple addictions or co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorder, the length of your time in drug rehab will vary. The length of time may also be determined by how much your insurance will cover or other financial arrangements you may be able to make with the drug rehab facility. Some drug treatment programs are 30 to 60 days, while for some addictions it may take 6 months to a year of continuing treatment (possibly transitioning to a sober living facility, halfway house, or treatment on an outpatient basis).
Many Drug Rehab Choices
Depending on your budget and insurance coverage, there are many drug rehab treatment choices available. These include residential treatment centers that range from modest to luxurious, hospital inpatient or outpatient facility, and intensive outpatient retreats. To get an idea what types of drug treatment facilities are available in your area, check the Treatment Facility Locator offered through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (http://dasis3.samhsa.gov/). You can also call their 24-hour toll-free treatment facility referral helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.
Drug Rehab Requires a Commitment
The most luxurious drug rehab facility won’t be able to deliver positive results without a genuine commitment on the part of the individual to becoming clean and sober. While it’s true that you don’t have to voluntarily enter treatment for it to be effective (as in the case of court-ordered drug treatment), the only way a person can overcome addiction is to put him or herself wholeheartedly into the program.
Drug rehab isn’t easy. It’s not something you can do on a week-end and be done with it. Once you enter treatment, there are things that you learn about your disease of addiction, how to avoid triggers, overcome cravings and urges, and change your behavior to a healthier lifestyle. But treatment is only the first step into recovery. You will be in recovery for the rest of your life. And recovery is where you want to be – able, finally, to live your life to the fullest, free of alcohol and drugs.
What is drug rehab like? It’s the first step to the rest of your life.