If you’ve been fighting addiction on your own or as an outpatient but are in need of more support, an extended residential care program can be a much more effective choice. However, the idea of a long stay in rehab can be concerning. What do you do in a 90-day rehab? Any form of rehab starts with a detox.
The time you spend in detox will be a part of your total time in rehab and can take up to a week. During this time, you’ll get medical monitoring, medication support as necessary to help manage your symptoms, hydration and food as you can tolerate it.
Emotional Support, Physical Care
As toxins leave your system, you may be invited to private therapy and to group sessions. Both of these forms of care will offer coping mechanisms and ideas for building better, healthier living habits. Understanding how you got where you were is critical to building a better path forward.
The three months of rehab will also be a time to rebuild your physical health. In addition to physical monitoring, you’ll receive treatment for any illnesses you may have developed in the time you were using, dental care as necessary, and healing for your gut, digestive tract and pulmonary system as needed.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be extremely beneficial during these 90 days of treatment. Patterns of behavior in your past that have limited your ability to grow emotionally may rise up and damage your ability to move forward. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help you to break the connections that cemented these patterns in place and free up your perspective. You may also be suffering from underlying mental health issues.
Cycling anxious thoughts, depressive episodes, and even hallucinations may have been part of what you were managing when you started using drugs or alcohol. A long-term rehab program can not only provide you with the proper medications to manage these conditions, but you will learn to sense when these symptoms begin to creep in and cause damage. Motivational enhancement is a very positive method of support for folks in long term rehab that helps you set goals.
Whether your intention is to finish school, move to a new city, rebuild a relationship, or become a better partner and parent, motivational therapy gives you a target and a goal to reach toward. All other therapies will be easier to dig into when your goal is well-defined. You may also want to stay in your current community of friends. Your partner may be a casual user of legal drugs. Contingency management intervention training can help you build habits and practices that make “no” a simple, healthy choice to hold to yourself.
Therapy that helps you build coping skills can also be extremely useful if you entered rehab because of legal problems. Time in the court system can be incredibly frustrating; the ability to stay cool and focused will help you manage emotional cravings. If you entered detox and rehab in part to rebuild a family relationship, family therapy can be incredibly helpful to make your clan aware of what you’ve been through and what your goals are. You may find that a family history of addiction caused a lot of shame that kept you from entering rehab as soon as you needed it.
You may end up healing a great deal of family shame. Of course, some family members may not be ready to address the damage that addiction may have done to them in the past. Individual therapy is helpful to focus on your needs and your goals, rather than getting drawn back into generational family damage.
Humans need community, but not all community is supportive. Individual therapy can help you see patterns of destruction in your past. Group therapy can help you learn how to build a community that isn’t fueled by destructive choices. When you’re ready for the work of detox and rehab, we can help. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Call us at 833-497-3812.