New to Rehab: What to Expect from Your Door to Treatment

Preparing yourself before going into rehab can be just as important as making the decision to go. Once you have decided where you are going to receive inpatient (overnight) addiction treatment, then it is important to know what you will need to do in order to get ready. Also, it is vital to build an accurate expectation of what life in rehab will be like, including the very first days.

Getting Ready for Addiction Treatment

Before you enter a facility for addiction rehab, the question of what will happen there will most likely be on your mind. It is important to accept these questions, mostly because unmet expectations of what will happen in rehab can be discouraging. This decision is the first step to be ready for treatment—knowing the purpose of it. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the purpose of addiction treatment is to stop patterns of drug abuse and compulsive seeking. The institute also makes a point when it says that effective treatment usually consists of a long-term process that involves monitoring and interventions before and after the actual inpatient program.

What this information means is that the programs are designed to address drug abuse, underlying causes of addiction and physical and psychological health at the same time. The reason is that, to achieve the purpose of sobriety and recovery, much more needs to be taken into consideration than just the drug use. Take, for example, detox before rehab. Medically supervised detox services are offered in both inpatient and outpatient settings. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), detox is a way to manage withdrawal symptoms that are triggered by discontinuing drug abuse in the first stage of rehab. However, detox is not a cure, but an important step before starting treatment in a rehab center. Detox can also be provided in the same rehab center as part of the program.

You might also benefit from getting therapy or counseling while you wait for your rehab program. A healthcare professional can give you information regarding addiction and what to expect from your chosen program. For example, Psychology Today gives some examples of forms of therapy that are useful before, during and after rehab; it also gives the suggestion of implementing family counseling into the conjunction. In other words, professional help can address addiction at all time of recovery.

What Happens in Inpatient Rehab

You can also benefit from knowing what to expect during your first days or weeks in rehab. For example, you can ask your counselor or do some research yourself if you already know what kind of activities, methods or therapy models are used in your future rehab home. According to the US National Library of Medicine, SAMHSA covers some characteristics of different models and their specific objectives. This kind of research will help you feel more comfortable in your first days of rehab, especially because you may have no idea of what to expect and what will be required of you.

Take this time to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings and to meet the people with whom you will be living. It is important to relax during this time, and do not expect everything to go as you have seen on TV or according to what you read on the internet. On the contrary, take everything that seems new as an opportunity to learn and improve, because you will know that you are there because you want a better life for yourself and those about whom you care.

You might also want to prepare yourself mentally for the counseling and therapy sessions. The first reason to do this is that you will most likely participate in mutual-aid groups where people with similar circumstances share their experiences and support each other with encouragement. Sharing your own experience and participating fully in these meetings will greatly assist your recovery.

Another reason to prepare mentally for rehab is that, in order to help yourself in the best way possible, your addiction counselor may help you address and heal from your underlying causes of addiction. It is a mistake to believe that these meetings are just an intrusion to privacy. In reality, the therapist will try to discover the underlying causes of your substance abuse so she can develop a plan to help you avoid relapse. Fully follow the instructions of your therapist to improve your chances of getting the most out of rehab.

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We understand that the desire to overcome addiction or to help a loved one is just the beginning of the recovery process. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak with one of our admissions coordinators; our staff will help you find the right program for your unique needs. Do not miss the opportunity to find the right tools for recovery with the best values, including family counseling, medically-supervised detox programs, intervention services and even help using health insurance for rehab. Call today and begin walking the path toward recovery.