Rehab is a term used for drug or alcohol treatment programs that are provided in a residential setting. Rehab facilities provide a program of support and care aimed at people who have trouble becoming substance-free on their own. Intervention and prevention programs are available to help combat these views and assumptions about the rehab process.
When a person chooses to enter rehab, the first choice they have is to decide where they will go for help. The factors can range but most rehab stays are for 30 days, up to 12 months for inpatient or outpatient care. People with mental illness choose inpatient facilities so they can stabilize their minds and bodies. There are also specific places for just women, adolescents, men, and others who want to be with like-minded people and of a specific gender. Shorter or outpatient options are more suitable for people who have jobs or need a flexible schedule. Most people do not have the luxury of taking time off to focus on treatment. Rehab can be expensive. Private rehab facilities usually have no wait times. Since waiting to enter rehab can be life-threatening for so many, it is difficult to make people wait to go to rehab. Public rehab places may have wait times of several months. If a person is waiting to enter rehab or cannot go on their own, their ability to be successful may decrease. It is important to get into rehab as soon as possible, which may mean going out of state away from people.
A representative will go through personal and medical histories and do an intake evaluation. General questions include age, gender, history of treatment, and medications. Any known health problems and severity of this will be on the table including questions about current and previous drug use, frequency of consumption, methods, and anything associated with drugs. Medical professionals are not there to penalize. They need to make the best plan of care for a person and it is hard if the individual is not forthcoming with information. Getting them enrolled is important so they undergo the right detox, establish a clear mind, and have the best success for recovery.
Rehab will provide individual and group counseling of varying degrees. While group therapy is not mandatory, it helps people work through behaviors and thoughts around drugs. While group therapy is not mandatory, it is a great option that leads to progress. Only those who have gone through it can empathize. Medical professionals are present to coordinate and assist those sessions. During individual therapy, where people meet with medical providers, the aim is to figure out what situations make the person want drugs, called ‘triggers.’ These discoveries are critical to building successful coping skills. The counselor or staff will help them figure out triggers and signs of high-stress situations and come up with beneficial ways to deal with them. Other topics include what to do when presented with the opportunity to relapse. Avoiding places with the abused substances is a good start but, quite often, those places are also the same ones where people seek social support. Through behavioral therapies like CBT, healthcare providers can offer support through therapeutic means to allow them to customize and provide directed techniques to work on underlying issues. Other means of supporting a person in rehab include:
- Family therapy
- Individual therapy
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Guidance on how to process addiction
- Strategies to identify triggers
- Learning better ways of coping
- Help for tempting situations
- Support to create a healthy way forward
What happens after rehab is that a person will be able to figure out a way live their life in recovery that works for them. They need to decide how they will move forward in recovery in a way that supports what they need. It may include leaving behind friends and places that were associated with drug use. This is hard, but necessary, and the means by which a person goes on this journey begins in rehab where they can begin the process of pruning anything that does not work and start to form a plan for how to move forward and heal.
The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. Nature is an important component of recovery and healing. We strive to provide a place of enrichment that cultivates the inner as well as the outer journey of recovery. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.