Rehab can help you break free from using alcohol or drugs. It doesn’t mean you are weak. It means you are taking action to live a healthier future. This article helps you learn more about what you might experience.
First Step: Discover Your Rehab Treatment Environment
There are many avenues available to you for rehab. It can include residential care or outpatient treatment. Residential care is where you enroll in a medical facility for the duration of the program, whereas with outpatient care, you receive treatment but can still live at home.
Furthermore, both offer their perks and drawbacks. For residential care, you enter rehab and have medical professionals supervise you as you go through it. Being away from home gives you the time you need to heal and take a break from the stresses of everyday life.
Meanwhile, outpatient care allows you to work and spend time with family while receiving the care you need.
Step Two: Detox
Regular drug use involves your brain changing. With some drugs, you might receive extra dopamine when you first start. But as your brain becomes accustomed to drugs, it reduces the pleasure sensations you first had. Therefore, when you quit using drugs, your brain needs time to adjust its chemistry, or you could experience severe withdrawal symptoms, such as fever, sweating, shakes, hallucinations, and feelings of panic.
With detox, our team works with you to devise a solution that works best for you. We consider the drugs you used, the frequency you ingested them, your health, and more to tailor care to your needs.
On its own, detox is one of the most difficult parts of rehab. But when you have caring professionals standing by to assist you, you know you’re not alone in this pursuit.
How Long Does Detox Take?
It depends on your situation. For alcohol, detox can last between 2-7 days. For drug use, it can be more. When you work with our admissions team, they can help you determine how long you might be in detox.
Step 3: The Structure of Rehab
If you’re doing a residential program, you receive a daily schedule. This schedule might include individual therapy, group meetings, holistic practices such as meditation, yoga, and more. In turn, you gain structure you could use once you complete rehab to live a drug or alcohol-free life. As part of this structure, your therapist works with you to determine why you started using drugs or drinking. In some cases, an undiagnosed mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, or other issues, might cause the behavior. Using this dual diagnosis, you receive targeted treatment for both your drug/alcohol use and mental illness.
Meanwhile, with partial hospitalization, you remain at home. However, you still receive some of the same treatments you would have with a residential program. You’re able to sleep in your bed, maintain your work schedule, and spend time with family. That said, this might not be a suitable option for everyone. It is why it’s imperative to speak with one of our counselors to determine the best course of rehab.
Take the First Steps Towards a Clean Future
Our team at Pillars Recovery is eager to learn more about you and help you determine the best course of action. Contact us today to discover our rehab options.