A Typical Day in Drug Rehab
When the day comes for you to consent to drug rehab, you might be wondering what you should expect. While there are many forms of treatment for drug abuse, most rehabs follow a similar framework. There may be variations, but following a proven curriculum increases the chance of success.
Rehabs are essentially a form of residential inpatient treatment centers and they are carefully structured and highly organized. The structure is specifically designed so that recovering addicts aren’t wallowing in their rooms, but instead are occupied with therapy sessions and activities.
This structure reduces stress and uncertainty among residents, and also allows residents to focus on treatment, therapy and recovery. Depending on the location and the type of facility, your daily activities might vary.
It’s critical to note that rehabs serve only to provide detox treatment and upon conclusion of your stay at a drug rehab, you’ll need to continue your treatment at an I.O.P. (Intensive Outpatient) or Outpatient treatment center or at a sober living home.
The Detox Procedure
Your drug rehab treatment will begin with the intake process where you are checked in and your personal effects such as your phone, keys and wallet/purse are locked up. Your case manager will show you to your room and you’ll be monitored closely during the next several days as the toxins are removed from your body.
There are several determining factors for the length of detox you will need. One of these factors is the type of drug you have been using. While some drugs can be cleared from you system more rapidly, drugs like Heroin can take a week or more to be purged from your system.
If you chose a “a rapid detox” program, you may be able to stay for as little as three days. During rapid detox, you are put under anesthesia and receive treatment to remove the heroin from your body. When wake up, you will no longer be physically addicted to the drug. Rapid detox is not available for every type of drug.
Usually, you will not want to leave the detox program until you feel that you are physically well and are coherent enough to move around without assistance.
It is critical to remember that detox does NOT mean that you’ve conquered addiction. Detox is only the first step. It must be followed by rehab and further recovery treatment available through IOP, OP or sober living housing until a full recovery is made. If you skip any of these steps, your chances for beating addiction drop dramatically.
Rehab after detox
After you’ve gone through the detox procedure, whether at another facility or at your chose rehab facility, here’s an example of what a typical day in drug rehab might look like:
Mornings: Starts with a healthy breakfast and meeting
If you’re expecting a hotel setting with breakfast in bed, you’re set for a disappointment. Sleeping in is not part of any drug rehab program. Expect to get up fairly early in the morning, but your reward is a healthy breakfast.
After that, you’ll usually have a chance to shower or groom before attending your first class or activity. Activities might range from Yoga to meditation, but the general idea is to get you moving and fully coherent. A drug rehab program won’t expect you to jump out of bed and start with calisthenics, so don’t be scared.
The goal is to break the cycle of associating your mornings with recovering from last night’s binge and to replace that behavior with a positive outlook toward the new day. It’s about re-training your brain.
Part of your treatment and any properly formatted recovery process will include helping you to develop healthy, new habits that become second nature after your discharge.
I resisted every part of the morning routines when I first went through drug rehab. I just felt that sleep alone would do the trick. After awhile, I got bored. I finally embraced the plan, slowly at first. I feel that if I had just stopped being stubborn, I could’ve cut my time at rehab in half.
After breakfast, you might be asked to attend a group session which is typically led by a counselor or therapist. These group sessions focus on topics that are related to your treatment plan and this might include familiarization with the 12-step program.
A fair amount of time during your treatment will be spent on helping you to achieve a greater understanding about the stresses, the people and conditions in your life that compelled you to turned to substance abuse.
These daily meetings, in the safety of a controlled therapeutic environment, will help you to begin to recognize patterns of behavior you can change or certain triggers to avoid post-treatment.
Afternoons: Therapy Sessions
The middle of the day typically focuses exclusively on more intensive forms of treatment. After your lunch break, you’ll jump right into any number of different types of a therapeutic sessions.
Depending on the facility, these might include:
Individual behavioral therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a favorite among treatment centers, as it is ne of the most effective methods. CBT hones in on your behavioral responses to specific triggers. Once these triggers are identified, your therapist will show you new ways to manage those triggers. Remember- beating addiction requires re-training your brain. It’s not easy so you must be patient. Your addiction didn’t happen overnight, nor will your recovery. These one-on-one sessions will provide you with a safe environment for you to open up and share your fears and concerns. If you’re candid about how certain things make you feel, your therapist can help provide you with the tools and training to provide better responses to these daily anxieties. It’s not uncommon for co-occurring disorders to emerge during these sessions. These might range from anger management issues to mild bipolar symptoms, but it’s important that these are identified so that treatment can take place. No addict can fully recover unless all of the issues that led to his addiction are addressed and treated.
Group sessions are a time to learn and a time to share – you can pick which. Everyone in these sessions has gone through similar experiences, so group sessions are great ways to see how others are progressing and dealing with their issues. Emotional healing can be especially powerful in a group setting because of the unconditional love and support you’ll find among most of your co-residents. There’s no judgments here, only support and encouragement, so this can be invigorating and motivational. Draw from the strength of others, learn from their experiences and share your successes with new residents.
The best part of group therapy is the bond that forms between some residents. It’s not uncommon for life-long friendships to be formed in group therapy.
Some treatment centers provide specialized therapy sessions that are catered to an individual’s specific needs. These could focus on anger management issues, abuse counseling, family counseling or any number of things to help address co-occurring disorders or underlying trauma. Remember that you’re not being judged – we’re all human – but you must show your true self if you want help.
It’s very rare to see an addict that doesn’t have long-unresolved family issues. Family counseling is vital to drug rehab success. Family counseling provides the opportunity for family members to learn about addiction and shift blame to the power of addiction and not to the addict. Likewise, it can be educational to the family when they realize that their actions (or inaction) played at least some role in the addiction.
- Addiction affects everyone in the family. It can lead to destructive codependency, which inevitably leads to enabling behaviors. After that, there’s not much left but anger and resentment. Family counseling sessions provide the opportunity to deal with these feelings. Family participation can be very powerful in the long-term success rates of any drug rehab program.
Ultimately, rehab is about detox and laying the groundwork for continued treatment. It cannot be overstated that it is imperative that treatment continues beyond rehab. A few weeks or months in rehab cannot effectively erase the years or decades of underlying problems that led to addiction. The brain needs time in a structured environment to be re-trained. In fact, studies have shown that the highest rate of success comes from 9 months or more of continuing treatment. Short cuts dramatically lessen the chances of success and this is why so many people become “rehab addicts,” jumping from one rehab to another after relapsing time and time again.
If you’re serious about getting clean for good, let’s talk. The discussion is totally confidential and without obligation. In most cases, treatment is covered by insurance.
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