What To Expect In Drug And Alcohol Treatment
When entering into a drug and alcohol treatment facility most people are filled with anxiety and fear. This stems from uncertainty about their need for drug or alcohol treatment, the strange environment, and the fact that they will be giving up the coping mechanism they have been relying on during years of substance abuse. When searching for the appropriate drug and alcohol treatment center, it is important to ask the counselor you speak with what the daily regimen will be like. This will help allay your fears of the environment and let you know what to expect.
If part of your treatment includes a detox treatment from drugs or alcohol then a good portion of this time will be spent resting and allowing your body to recover from years of drug or alcohol abuse. If you’re entering into a 28 day (or longer) residential treatment program then much of your day will be consumed by group meetings, drug and alcohol education, stress management, and other seminars focused on rebuilding life skills without the crutch of chemicals.
The effects that various drugs and alcohol have on a person’s body depend on the substance of abuse, the years of abuse, and the physical well-being of the person entering drug or alcohol treatment. Older opiate addicts (including heroin, oxycontin, and others) can expect their detox to last anywhere from 10 days to 2 weeks or more before their body begins to feel normal again. Drug detox symptoms for opiate addicts usually include body aches and other issues like stomach cramps and intestinal issues. Younger alcoholics, however, can get through their detox in as little as 5 days and move quickly into an effective and meaningful program of addiction treatment.
After you have had the chance to undergo detox treatment from your substance of abuse (either drugs, alcohol, or both), your addiction treatment should focus on behavioral therapy. This can be done in either a residential treatment setting or an outpatient rehab program. Behavioral therapy like counseling (one-on-one or group), cognitive therapy, or psychotherapy provides people in treatment with tools and strategies for dealing with issues like stress and cravings. Drug addiction treatment also teaches addicts how to avoid relapse and how to deal with a relapse should one occur. Occasionally the treatment professionals at the drug and alcohol rehab facility may prescribe medications to the addict that will help reduce cravings and even stabilize their moods without the use of drugs or alcohol.
Before departing the drug and alcohol treatment center (no matter how long your inpatient stay was), the counselors should help you develop a structured plan of recovery for your life after rehab. While a thorough treatment program will get to the root causes of your disease (and addiction is a disease), it is vital that you have an ongoing plan for your recovery when you are back to the real world. This continuum of care should be written out and can be provided by attending 12 steps meetings like NA or AA, participating in an outpatient rehab program, and building relationships with other addicts in recovery. While no one expects perfection from the addict in recovery, the best chances of success are achieved by working with others that understand your disease either from a professional perspective or from personal experience.
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