The decision to go into detox and rehab may be made more challenging by your life commitments. If you have a family to care for, a job to do or a business to run, entering an inpatient rehab center may not be feasible. That being said, you need to be able to focus to get the full benefit of the detox and rehab process. How long will treatment last?
Your treatment timeline may be dependent on the drugs in your system. Opiates tend to require a longer detox, while meth is surprisingly short. Of course, the shortness of a timeline doesn’t mean that it will be easy or simple. Detox can be extremely uncomfortable and may be dangerous if you try to do it on your own.
Consider a Combination
If your use of drugs has gone on for years, the detox process will likely be more difficult. If you have used different drugs over a number of years, detoxing may require more support as the toxins leave your system. Whatever detox takes, you will need to complete it before you can move into rehab. You may have an easier time entering rehab if you can attend an inpatient treatment program for the first few weeks at least. During the first few weeks of rehab, you will also need to undergo monitoring for rebounding symptoms of mental illness and pain.
You may also need to undergo nutritional support to rebuild your physical health. Your personal community situation will also have an impact on your ability to succeed at outpatient rehab. If you are heading back to an unsupportive family or to a household that includes drug and alcohol users, you may be heading back into a situation that will put your recovery at risk. If you have safe, supportive family and friends who can help you hold to your goals in outpatient rehab, the process will be much safer and easier. Before you make your decision on which type of rehab will give you the best chance of success, you may need to communicate openly with a few members of the outside community.
For example, you may need to discuss the situation with your boss or with your business partner. Being away for a month to undergo detox and rehab may be possible, but those waiting on the outside for you will need to give you a break from the life stress that you have been facing. For those with children, the situation can be an even bigger problem. If you are a single parent in need of detox and rehab, you may need to invite in a trusted family member to care for your children during this time.
While very young children may struggle to understand your absence, older children may need to be involved with
- household chores
- caring for younger children
- family therapy in rehab
Take the time to prepare your children for family therapy. Addiction is a disease that can have a huge impact on every member of the household, no matter how careful you are to protect your children from the pressure you’re facing. Those with spouses may be able to enter inpatient therapy without having to bring in childcare from outside the household.
However, it is important that you and your spouse openly communicate about the burden that the remaining partner will face while you work through inpatient rehab. Once you have gotten through detox, you can expect a 28 day rehab process if you enter inpatient treatment. Those who enter outpatient rehab can expect 6 intense weeks of treatment. Do be aware that, depending on the severity of your addiction and the number of years you have been using, you may struggle to find an outpatient treatment facility that can support your needs.
If you have been directed toward treatment due to legal problems, you may need to fulfill testing requirements, particularly while in outpatient therapy. All of these requirements will support you in your rehab process. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Call 833-610-1174 to start the process of detox and rehab.