Taking the step to enter a drug rehabilitation program is an extremely important move towards getting back your life and yourself. It’s something to be immensely proud of even if it doesn’t feel that way to you at the moment, the courage and accountability needed is never easy to summon.
If you’re looking at booking in a relative who is currently struggling with addiction or whether you’ve decided to make this choice yourself, it helps to have some reassurance by knowing what to expect from the whole experience.
Firstly, understand that rehabilitation facilities are safe havens for anyone who has slipped into a spiral and feels shame or fear. There will be no judgment, no berating, no criticism present; only patience, understanding and a committed dedication to helping you get back on your feet so that you can look yourself in the mirror again without hesitation or shame. Here are a few key things to know about entering rehab and the processes to expect:
The Goals And Processes
Rehab focuses on the goal of helping you function every day without needing drugs or alcohol. In order to deal with your addiction and overcome it, you will need to be very honest with and about yourself, which is a large part of the recovery process. Depending on your current situation the routine may be a bit different, but the standard steps are:
- Admission – The First Few Days
Once you’re booked in at your rehabilitation facility, the goal is to make you comfortable with your environment and get you familiar with the people you’ll be spending the next few weeks with. You’ll also be using this time to help doctors assess what the best course of action will be for your treatment by going through medical history checks and other assessments.
- Detox Phase
If you’re physically dependent on a substance, the next step is detoxifying your body. How long this process takes varies from person to person, as withdrawal is affected by what you’ve been on, for how long, how much you typically took and how well your body recuperates and functions without the substance. This is an extremely important phase and needs supervision by specialists to ensure that you are safely handling the withdrawal process.
- Counselling And Therapy
While the detox phase is physically and mentally gruelling, once this step is completed you will need to learn coping skills to better deal with situations in your life. This means truly understanding yourself and your behaviour, which requires intensively facing, acknowledging and dealing with past traumas that may have caused the downward spiral to begin with. Counsellors are always on hand to provide all the support you need to deal with the counselling and recovery process.
- Support And Aftercare
Once you’ve reached the point of recovery and are able to return to the world, you will leave equipped with a set of tools and coping skills that will guide your decisions going forward. You will also have a network of contacts from the rehabilitation program to help you stay on track and to contact if you ever fear relapse. Know that you will never be alone, even long after you’ve completed your rehab period.
What You Need To Do Before Starting Rehab
- Make Arrangements To Keep Things Running Smoothly
You’ll be absent from your normal day-to-day life, so think about every responsibility you normally have. Make a list of these things and get a friend or family member to help out with the tasks while you’re away. This includes paying your bills, watering your plants, feeding your pets, looking after your children and any other tasks that require your attention.
- Spend Time With Loved Ones
It’s important to know that you have a support system in the outside world, and spending time with supportive friends and family members will help strengthen your resolve and help start your rehab experience with reassurance.
- Document The Journey
There are simply some things you can’t say out loud at times but writing it all down can help to ease the burden and allow you to freely express yourself. Get yourself a journal or notebook and write down thoughts and feelings every now and then. You can take this journal with you to rehab and write down your experiences as you go through the recovery process – this will be a great way of reflecting on how far you’ve come later on.
The rehabilitation journey is an opportunity to change the route of your life, step out of the shell you currently inhabit and into a new, healthy and radiant person. We are dedicated to helping you achieve this through our rehab program and will go above and beyond to stand by you until you recover and long after. Contact us today!