One reason why some addicts do not want to go into a rehab program is that they are worried about what will happen when they are there. This is especially true when you are considering going into a long-term rehab facility for an addiction to alcohol or drugs. If this is your first time going into a program for your problem, then you may be worried about what to expect while you are a patient.
What does a treatment timeline look like in long-term rehabs? Let’s read on to find out what you can expect to happen from start to finish.
While every rehab program operates in its own way, you can generally expect the same type of timeline from each one:
• Intake, or Admission
• Aftercare Services
Let’s examine each of these steps a little bit closer.
The Admissions Process
The first step to a rehab program is the admissions process, often called intake or arrival. A doctor of the facility will first examine you to find out whether you will be a candidate for a long-term rehab stay. You’ll want to be as open and forthright about your drug or alcohol use during admission as this helps the doctors put together a personalized program. This is also the time to tell the doctors and staff about any mental disorders you may have, such as depression, PTSD, or anxiety. If you have a mental disorder, the doctors will likely refer you to a dual diagnosis program within the facility. Admissions will also be the time where you will provide your personal information, such as emergency contacts and family members. You may also take care of any insurance or financial needs during this time if they have yet to be set up.
The Detox Process
Once you have gone through the admissions process and have been assigned a room, you will undergo the detox phase of the program. Depending on the amount of drugs or alcohol you have taken and the length of your addiction, the process can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. You will be medically monitored during this time by the doctors and nurses of the rehab. If you are suffering from withdrawal symptoms, you may be given drugs that will make the process bearable. These will be given to you on a day-by-day basis by a doctor or nurse until you do not need them anymore. Remember, it is important to be honest about your drug use and your symptoms so that you receive the treatment your body needs. Don’t worry if you used the same day you checked into rehab- the staff understands and will act accordingly.
The Therapy Process
Once you are well enough to partake in therapy, you will be set up with a private counselor. If you have been given a dual diagnosis, your therapist will include your mental problems in your therapy sessions. For example, you may wish to discuss your post-traumatic stress disorder that stemmed from your time in the military, or you might want to talk about your depression and anxiety issues. Whatever the mental health issue, your therapist will take the time to address it. They will help equip you with the skills you need to understand what triggers your desire to use and how to break this pattern.
You will also be involved in group therapy sessions during your time in rehab. These often happen every day and involve a small group of patients. A therapist will oversee the session, providing talking points and acting as a mediator. You may also participate in family therapy after you have been in the program for a few weeks and are ready to face your close family. Again, your therapist will act as a mediator during your sessions to help keep the important topics on track.
The Aftercare Process
It’s very important to understand that rehab does not end when the program does. Your therapist will start helping you find additional resources when your program begins to come to an end. These may include 12-step programs, Alcohol or Narcotics Anonymous meetings, support groups, and additional therapy sessions. If you cannot go home right away, the staff will help you secure a room in a halfway house. This type of residence accepts men and women who are in recovery and need a place to stay while they adjust to life outside of a rehab center.
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