You’ve made the necessary change in your life and are now headed to rehab. Congratulations! However, you likely have a lot of questions you would love to have answered before you go, especially if this is your first time attending rehab. We don’t blame you. While rehab centers are the best places to go when you know you need help with your problem, it can be a little bit nerve-wracking when you don’t know what to expect! Read on to learn what drug rehab is like and the things you can expect while you are there.
If you need time to detox, you’ll be given the help you need as soon as you set foot in the center. Most rehab centers offer medically-monitored detox services for the patients in a calm, relaxed setting. If you need medication to get through the tough parts of detox, your doctor will prescribe what you need. The program is designed to give you as much comfort and care as you need while you go through the withdrawal part of the program. They are there to help you in any way that they can. It’s okay if you are still using right before you get to the rehab! Just let your doctor know that you are.
Mornings in Rehab
You won’t be required to wake up before the birds, but sleeping in every day is not going to be part of the program. You’ll rise early enough to consume a healthy breakfast and enjoy some downtime before the day begins. Some rehab programs offer meditation and yoga classes in the morning if you are looking to start your day off with a relaxing activity. The goal of rehab is to teach new, healthy habits that will hopefully become part of your life after the program is over.
You may have a group session after breakfast that will be led by a therapist, or you may take part in any holistic activities the center offers. You’ll have plenty of time to shower and relax before other therapy sessions begin.
Afternoons in Rehab
Afternoons will consist of therapy sessions and possibly holistic treatments if the rehab offers the latter. After a healthy meal, you’ll typically begin attending various therapeutic sessions. Let’s take a look at what you can expect:
Individual Behavioral Therapy
An effective therapy method you’ll be a part of is CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This type of therapy focuses on your specific behavioral responsive to outside triggers. Your therapist will help you identify what triggers you to drink or use drugs. Then, he or she will help you come up with a healthier way to respond to those triggers. Your one-on-one sessions will also focus on any mental health disorders you may be dealing with.
Participating in group therapy allows patients to form a sort of camaraderie. It’s often beneficial for addicts to share their stories with other addicts to begin the stage of emotional healing that is so important. You’ll become friends with many of the other patients during rehab, allowing you to open up more and more during group therapy sessions. These sessions are always led by a qualified counselor or therapist.
Family and Specialized Therapy
You may or may not participate in family therapy sessions during the program. If you do, you likely won’t begin them until you have been in rehab for a few weeks. Your family may visit you during these sessions to begin to repair the damage that addiction does to families. Family support is often a crucial part of rehab, as addiction can affect the entire family unit.
Some rehab centers also offer specialized therapy sessions during their programs. These may be tailored for grief counseling, stress management, or anger management. Your therapist will offer more coping techniques that will help you handle difficult situations that arise out of rehab.
Evenings in Rehab
Evenings will usually consist of 12-step or other types of meetings. You may have some downtime to participate in recreational activities, such as ping-pong, swimming, or horseback riding. You will be encouraged to go to bed at a reasonable hour every night to develop healthy sleeping patterns. When you get enough sleep at night, you will be more alert during the day and able to experience all that rehab has to offer.
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