What Rehab Centers Do For Alcoholism
You may be wondering what to expect when you have decided to enter into an alcohol treatment center. If this will be your first time, you may even have some misinformation that should be cleared up as to what happens or not during your stay at a residential treatment center. One of the first things you should know is that you are not a prisoner. The doors are not locked and you are able to leave at anytime you wish. You are there voluntarily under all circumstances. No matter if you have been sentenced to take the program by the criminal justice system, you do still have 100% power to walk out if you so choose. Of course, that scenario does come with consequences, but you are free to leave as you wish. This is because unless you are a willing participant, an alcohol rehab center will not work for you – plain and simple. If you know that when you leave you plan to use alcohol again, you are wasting your time, effort, and money by being there in the first place. You have to be committed to quitting. When or if you decide to stick it out, here are a few things you can expect:
Your Detox Period
You will probably find that many in-patient or residential alcohol rehab centers host their own detox program in-house. Others expect you to complete a detox program before entering their facility at a different location. What this means to the patient is that getting clean and sober prior to entry can be a requirement. This is because the withdrawal process that happens during detox more than likely will need specialized care and treatment. The detox period can usually be completed in about five to seven days.
The Treatment Centers
Each alcohol treatment center is different, but they ultimately offer the same goal – for their patients to get to a point where they can live a clean and sober life without relapses. There are a variety of centers – ranging anywhere from a camp like setting to the most luxurious resort style rehab you could imagine (think Ritz Carlton for alcoholics and drug addicts only). There are also specific facilities that deal just with teens. As you could probably guess, you do get what you pay for or what your insurance decides to cover. The looks of the facility really have nothing to do whatsoever if that is right for you or if you will end up living sober.
The Learning Process
Believe it or not, what you learn in the program – the very education – is right at the heart of a component treatment and rehabilitation program. The type of education may differ from center to center, but in general, the whole education process will teach addicts to take a good honest look at their addiction in the most raw and honest way so that reality can set in. This can give you the tools you need to change your outlook and attitude about getting sober and getting your life back in order.
Counseling, Group Therapy, and Family Meetings
You will be scheduled for individual counseling that will occur with an addictions counselor. You will also likely participate in daily group therapy meetings with others at the facility who are in the same boat. This helps you to learn a lot about yourself and what triggers you to use. What these sessions will teach you are the skills that you need to survive in the outside world as a sober person. You will be given the tools to recognize what triggers your addiction and how to cope with them before you reach for that drug or drink. If at all possible, you should avoid those situations. Coping skills are a large part of your treatment in a rehab center. When you attend group sessions, you are able to seek the support of others who have had similar experiences. Some of these group meetings are based on the 12 step method and will often be facilitated by the staff members.
Some of the most successful rehab centers will include family members as part of your treatment. This is to also educate them on the basics of your addiction and what your treatment program is like. When you family learns what this is like for the addict, they can help as much as they can during the rehab process and through the aftercare process to help ensure a successful outcome. During these meetings, your family will learn the ins and outs of addiction and ways to encourage your recovery. They will also learn their own coping skills to begin to heal their own wounds from how they have themselves been affected.
Aftercare and Follow-Up
Most rehab centers will offer 28 day programs, sometimes longer if necessary. After the initial treatment is over, the addict will have to leave the facility and attempt a drug free live on his or her own. Strong aftercare programs are the key to prevent relapses during the journey to a full recovery.
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