How Alcohol and Drug Rehab Works

Knowing a bit about how addiction treatment or rehab works can immensely help someone who is about to start the process. It’s not an easy experience. But knowing what it entails might help a person mentally prepare for it. On the whole, it’s a positive. Although there may be challenging moments, if you know that you’re changing your life for the better, you may feel alright even during those difficult times.

Rehab is short for rehabilitation. And rehabilitation is the act of restoring something to its original state. So, addiction rehab is an opportunity to rehabilitate your mind, body, and spirit. It’s an opportunity to return to who you were before the addiction. And if before the addiction wasn’t a good time for you either, at the very least, addiction rehab can help you get to a better state. It can help remove the substances from your body. It can help restore healthy thinking patterns. It can also help you develop better coping tools so that you can manage the stresses in your life without the use of drugs and alcohol.

Alcohol and drug rehab will often start out with an assessment to get a clear picture about your physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. The assessment might ask plenty of questions about your life, your medical history, and any psychological illnesses. Try not to take it personally. The purpose of the assessment is to find out the areas in your life that may need support. For instance, if you’ve had or currently have a mental illness that may affect addiction treatment and the range of services you receive. The more information you provide, the better the treatment will be able to support you.

Depending upon the type of rehab experience you’ve chosen, you might reside at a facility for a few weeks or months. There, you may receive services like:

  • Medical detox.
  • Drug counseling.
  • Behavioral therapy.
  • 12-step meetings.
  • Family therapy.
  • Nutritional counseling.
  • Classes on relaxation, such as meditation and/or yoga.
  • Healthy and nutritious meals.

This is a list of services you might receive at alcohol and drug rehab, depending upon the facility you’re working with. Once you’re done with this form of treatment, you may decide to reside at a sober living home. This is a transitional home that helps ease the transition between addiction treatment and returning home. It’s often hard for people to return to the same family, friends, and environments in which they used and stay sober. However, a sober living home can more greatly facilitate long-term sober living. It can help provide a smooth transition into living in the community again substance free.

And even after you return home (either from addiction treatment or from a sober living home), you might find that you still need support to stay sober. Many men and women in recovery do. For instance, you might hire a sober mentor, boost your attendance to 12-step meetings, and see a therapist on a regular basis.

This article provided an overall explanation of the process of getting sober. Millions of people around the world have gotten sober in this way – and you can too!


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