What Happens During Treatment?

There is a question that is asked of many addicts, even today- the question of why? Why did you, or someone you love, start using drugs? Why can’t I, or your loved one, stay clean and sober? Unfortunately, while it’s a question often asked, there isn’t one specific answer. Addiction, as it is now known, is a disease. The cycle can be difficult, if not almost impossible, to break. This is true for all addicts, but it is especially true when you try to quit your addiction on your own. It’s not an easy task to take on, so professional help should be the next step when you know it’s time to get the help you need.

One of the biggest questions, however, is this- what happens during treatment? Understandably, you want to know what to expect before heading into a program, and we are here to answer as many questions as we can before you sign on the dotted line.

1. Detox

If you are hesitant to go to rehab because you are still using or are worried about withdrawals, it’s okay- the first step for any program is always detox. During detox in rehab, you will be given supervised medical care that will allow you to withdraw from whatever substance you are on. You’ll have the supervision of a team of doctors and nurses available to help you make it through the worst of the withdrawal symptoms.

2. Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Many patients suffer from more than just addiction. If you have a mental health disorder that is causing disorder in your life, you’ll get treatment for it during rehab as well. This is known as a dual diagnosis. This includes help for issues such as depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, and much more. This type of help will come as a one-on-one meeting with a therapist or psychiatrist. A mental health disorder often causes or enhances addiction, so getting to the root of the problem will be a huge part of treatment.

3. Group Therapy

Group therapy sessions are another important aspect of rehab, whether through an inpatient facility or through outpatient services. Talking to others who are dealing with the same type of problems as you will help you put your own into perspective. Most facilities offer group therapy at least once per day, if not two to three times per day. You’ll be encouraged to open up and talk about your experiences while you are with your peers as this helps see things from a new perspective. Don’t worry- most facilities will not push you to open up in the very beginning.

4. Learning New Life Skills

Learning new and improved life skills is likely one of the most important parts of rehab. Often referred to as “early abstinence”, this is the time you will learn new coping skills that will help keep you clean and sober. You’ll learn the following during rehab:

• Understanding what drugs and alcohol do to your body

• Understanding what happens during withdrawal

• Learning new or improved strategies for fighting the triggers and cravings

• Understanding how behavioral and health problems go hand-in-hand with substance abuse

• Identifying your personal high-risk triggers

• Understanding why support groups are so helpful during recovery and after

During rehab, you’ll start to slowly learn how to live without alcohol or drugs in the future. You’ll be taught how to use support groups to your advantage once you are out of the program, such as NA or AA.

5. Additional Life Skills

You likely have a lot of changes to make to your life, and it can be tough to do it on your own. This is why rehab can make such a huge difference. You’ll learn how to rebuild relationships with family and friends, how to deal with enablers, and how to spot the worst triggers. You’ll also re-learn parenting skills if necessary and how to reconnect with your children. Once you have gone through the program and you believe you can make it on your own, your therapist will help you find aftercare programs in your area that will help you on your journey.

Whether it’s an addiction to drugs, alcohol, or both-we can help. Call today at 833-497-3812 to get the ball rolling.