How Drug or Alcohol Rehab Works

How Drug or Alcohol Rehab Works

If you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol and you’re ready for help, then you might be investigating various types of treatment. Although being caught in an addiction is difficult, you might have reached the point of change. You might be ready to attend rehab to get sober and start a new life.

If this is true, you might not know what to expect. You might be wondering about the process of admission, your stay, and what leads to the next step of your treatment. It’s likely that you’ll participate in various forms of drug treatment as well as undergo an initial assessment in order to determine your unique needs to get sober.

Yet, it’s important to know that one of the primary benefits of treatment is that you’ll be away from the regular triggers you’re used to. You’ll take a break from your home environment in order to see life (and yourself) in a new way. Essentially, you’ll be away from the daily triggers and stressors that might have started your addiction in the first place.

Many rehab centers are intensive, which often makes them effective. In other words, you are immersed in the treatment, education, and environment of sobriety. You are surrounded by mental health professionals whose goal is to support your sobriety. While you’re in treatment, you’re likely to experience the following:

Initial Assessment: An assessment is often a self-report measurement of the nature and severity of addiction symptoms. Based on your answers and when compared to a scale, an early diagnosis might be formulated. Along with your family mental health history, and other essential information gathered by the psychologist, psychologist, or therapist, an assessment can be a crucial tool in diagnosing and treating alcohol or drug addiction and abuse.

Medical Detox: This is a period of time in which an individual with an addiction undergoes a detoxification from the substance he or she was addicted to.

Support Groups: Support groups can include those that discuss healthy eating, decision making, job hunting, or any other topic that may facilitate creating a new life after addiction.

Chemical Dependency Education: This is an opportunity to learn about the nature of addiction and its dangerous cycle. Staying informed about alcohol abuse, addiction, and treatment can facilitate your path towards sobriety.

Psychotherapy: Individual therapy typically involves sitting across from a compassionate mental health professional, who is listening and responding to you. This part of treatment allows you to explore on your own terms what may be contributing to the addiction. It’s an opportunity to learn new coping tools and to learn how to regulate your emotions without drugs or alcohol.

Drug and alcohol rehab is often an essential form of treatment so that a person can finally say good-bye to their addiction once and for all.


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