Understanding How Rehab Works
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation is for individuals looking to conquer substance abuse. Ideally, rehabilitation programs provide treatment in phases. At the earliest stage: medical detox, a person must rid their body of any harmful substances. This is no easy task. When a person has been abusing drugs and alcohol extensively, they become physically and psychologically dependent on the drug to function normally. Without it, withdrawal symptoms ranging from mild to severe can occur.
Following inpatient detox, individuals are encouraged to enroll into an inpatient rehabilitation program.
Usually, the reason for use revolves around internal struggles: from past traumas, unresolved grief, financial hardships or other struggles, inpatient programs utilize counseling, community support, treatment planning, mental health services, medication assistance and spiritual recentering to guide people through addiction recovery.
Outpatient treatment differs greatly from inpatient ones; they provide recovery services for those living at home. Depending on the intensity, the hourly commitment of outpatient programs can range from 3-20 hours per week with the ability to modify your schedule based on need. Outpatient programs can offer a variety of services from 12-step, counseling, social services and medication assistance.
Rehab Ready Mindset
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation requires tremendous dedication and sacrifice and so the question at the forefront of you mind should be–am I ready?
It should first be noted that not all rehab programs are right for everyone. For both financial reasons and treatment needs it may be necessary to. Regardless, a person with a recovery mindset should be able to demonstrate:
- A willingness to change
- An ability to have faith in the process.
- A willingness to work with others
- An ability to be honest with yourself
- Resiliency in the face of hardship
Taking Care of Family, Work, And Financial Obligations
Attending an inpatient program means being able to dedicate the time for personal growth. The reality is of course that preparing in advance for a 1–3-month absence is a tall order. The good news is that you can relieve a lot of stress by planning months in advance, creating a to-do list and taking things one step at a time. Here is what should be on your checklist as you prepare to enter rehab.
Informing Your Employer: People may have reservations about telling their job that they need addiction treatment. Most employers, however, recognize that healthy employees are happier and more productive. Notifying your work also opens the door for paid leave which can help with expenses and make sure that income is still steadily flowing in.
Notifying Insurance: Part of the financial planning of addiction treatment is figuring out what insurance will cover. Standard insurance policies in the US are required to cover certain mental health expenses like outpatient treatment while premium plans may cover inpatient rehabilitation and detox as well.
Budgeting: The cost of addiction treatment can be intimidating, but it isn’t the only major expense. If you are providing for a family, make sure you factor in extra expenses like rent, food, transportation, and childcare.
Make Sure You Have the Essentials – And Only the Essentials
Going to a new environment, meeting new people can be intimidating and so it is only natural to fill your suitcase with items of comfort. Many programs, however, have a strict list of acceptable items. Here is what should and should and should not be in your go-bag.
- Bring week’s Worth of Clothes – Most rehab centers have on-site laundry facilities so bringing in too many clothes will only weigh your bag down.
- Attire for Lounging and Relaxation – While rehab can be a time of growth and connectivity, withdrawal symptoms are abound so make sure to bring clothes that are warm and comfortable.
- Plan to have Fun – Far from being boring places– inpatient rehabs have amenities to help you unwind after a stressful day so make sure you bring running shoes, jogging pants and swim trunks.
- Ditch your Phone and Laptop; Bring your iPod and Walkman – Devices that can connect to the internet are usually not allowed. Thankfully, many old-school MP3 players don’t.
Maintain a Journal
Addiction recovery is an immersive and transformative experience. Journaling provides a way to zero-in and reflect on the most important events during your time in treatment.
Journaling is also something that is actively encouraged in recovery programs and are often assigned as part of treatment.
There are also various kinds of recovery journaling such as:
- Reflection Journaling
- Goal-Oriented Journaling
- Gratitude Journaling
The People You Meet Will Be a Second Support System
The average inpatient program lasts 30 days, but the bonds you build in rehab can last a lifetime.
While friends and family can play an important role in a person’s recovery, they may not all be ready or able to accept all aspects of the persons journey. When healthy support systems are made in rehab, they have many advantages including:
- Relationships with those who have similar experiences
- They are accepting and supportive
- They encourage personal growth and foster self-esteem
- They are supportive of healthy behaviors
- They keep you accountable for your actions and behaviors
- They give individuals the opportunity to mentor and be mentored by others
Recovery networks generally include counselors, sponsors, people from your 12-step group or any others in your program.
Be Positive and Celebrate Success
Before starting inpatient rehab, clients often have expectations of how their treatment will go. Since everyone’s recovery experience is different it’s important to be patient, stay positive and be content to move at your own pace.
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