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What Is Rehab Like?

Especially if you have never attended a rehab program before, it can be difficult to imagine what it will be like, how you will function in the facility, and what you should expect from the program. If you are still looking for a safe, reliable rehab center where you can recover from addiction in the best way for your current situation, call 800-654-0987 now.

Choosing a Program and Getting Admitted

This can be a rather long process, especially if you are still trying to decide what type of rehab program is better for your needs. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Treatment approaches and individual programs continue to evolve and diversify,” but there are two main types of rehab programs that you should be aware of when choosing an option and attempting to understand what rehab is like.

  • Inpatient centers offer 24-hour care to patients as well as a controlled environment where they can recover from substance abuse. This prevents patients from using while in treatment, and these facilities often provide additional treatment options to those who need it. Essentially, individuals with more severe addictions or serious issues should consider inpatient care.
  • Outpatient centers offer treatment to patients who visit the facility daily or several times a week to receive medications and attend therapy sessions. This is the best option for individuals who have jobs and support from friends and family members.

Being prepared for treatment is part of the process of understanding what it will be like. Once you choose a type of program and a specific facility, you will go through the process of being admitted into treatment.

  • You can often visit the facility before you begin your treatment, which can give you even more insight into what rehab will be like. This is especially important if you are choosing to attend inpatient care because you will be at the facility all the time. Make sure you feel comfortable there so that you will be more likely to stay for the full length of treatment (NIDA).
  • Your doctor will want to perform an examination in order to find out what issues you are suffering from and how best to proceed with treatment. It will also be important for them to screen you for any comorbid mental disorders.

What Happens in Rehab?

In inpatient rehab, you will be very scheduled. You will wake up every day at the same time, take your medication, and go to classes or therapy sessions. Often, you will have free time at certain points in the day, and visiting hours will be restricted to certain days and times. You will have plenty of interaction with your doctors, nurses, and counselors who can help you work through your treatment and discuss your progress with you. When you and your caregivers decide that you are ready to end your treatment program, you can often create an aftercare program with them to ensure that you are able to keep practicing the skills that will help you stay sober.

In outpatient rehab, you will visit the facility either daily or several times a week (especially at first). Many outpatient centers provide more than just medication, and educational services, behavioral therapy, support groups, and other options may also be part of your treatment program. You will discuss your progress with your doctor, and you will be able to continue living your day-to-day life while attending treatment.

What Should I Expect?

Rehab is a form of healthcare; therefore, the most important aspect of this program is helping you get healthy and recover from the issues caused by substance abuse. When you enter rehab, you should expect professional caregivers to help you recover from addiction using the methods that are most effective for your particular situation. It can be a long process, and sometimes, it can be difficult, but it is worth it in order to create the safest recovery possible for you.

You can start to make a change in your life by attending the right rehab program for your needs. Let us help you find the best, most effective option for your recovery by calling 800-654-0987 now.

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