If you are struggling with alcohol and drug addiction and feel like you have nowhere to turn, we are here to help you. Addiction is a complex disease that has the ability to devastate one’s life. If drug or alcohol addiction has you in its grips, know you are not alone. In fact, surveys from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services estimate as many as 23.5 million people ages 12 and up need treatment for addiction annually. For those who decide to enroll in an addiction treatment center, the majority of admissions involve alcohol addiction, followed by heroin, opiates and marijuana.
Any addiction has the power to destroy all the things you hold dear – your relationships with others, your health, career, financial status, and in some cases may get you into legal trouble or cost you your life. And while addiction may seem overwhelming and you might feel there is no hope, it is simply not true. The rehabilitation process can help you break free from addiction and into recovery status. Remember, there are men and women who have been in a similar situation as you are experiencing right now, and thanks to detox and/or rehabilitation, they are maintaining their sobriety.
Today, you can make a brave and intentional choice to enroll in rehab and kick addiction to the curb for good.
How Can Rehab Help You?
Rehab offers you a safe environment where you can solely focus on overcoming an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. It is often considered the first step towards recovery. Many drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers will offer detox programs, in addition to a variety of treatment options such as inpatient and outpatient choices which can last anywhere from 30 days to over one year.
Detox is typically considered the first phase of rehab, and will help rid your body of the offending substance and assist in bringing balance to your mind and physical being. The safest way to detox is through a rehabilitation facility, with medical personnel and physicians overseeing each phase. Keep in mind, medication may be administered if necessary to combat withdrawal symptoms.
Once detox is complete, you will move on to the next phase of rehab which can consist of any of the following: counseling, psychotherapy, learning cognitive behavioral techniques, engaging in alternative therapies, joining a support group, or engaging in family therapy to repair relationships. Depending on your progress, you may transition to a sober living home once your treatment program has been completed.
In addition to helping you get on the road to recovery, studies from the National Institute of Drug Abuse state individuals who successfully complete a drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation program are likely to have:
- Fewer relapse experiences
- Improved relationships with friends, family members and employers/employees
- Less interaction with the law
- A higher chance of attaining sobriety
Now that you are more aware of how rehab can help you, let’s look at a few tips that can help you find the ideal facility for your needs.
How to Choose the Right Rehab
Every drug and alcohol rehab facility is unique and can offer you a variety of treatments and amenities, in addition to having a distinctive atmosphere, philosophy, etc. Because of this, it is important to do your research when choosing the right rehab facility for your needs.
Here are some areas to investigate when researching and interviewing potential rehab facilities:
- Location – One important piece of information to determine quickly is where the facility is located. If you will be enrolling on an outpatient basis, you will want to make sure you can travel to and from the center easily while still maintaining your other commitments. Location is also an important factor when you are deciding if you want to stay local or prefer to travel out of state for help.
- Cost – Rehab cost is likely to be one of the key factors in your ultimate decision. Costs can start as low as $1,500 for outpatient treatment, and can range anywhere between $6,000 and $60,000 for inpatient treatment. Cost is also determined by how long you will be in the treatment program, the type of facility (luxury, etc.), its location, amenities and more. Be sure to discuss with rehab staff whether or not any of your cost will be reduced through insurance (if applicable).
- Treatment Programs – Be sure to inquire about the various programs offered at each rehab you are considering. Some rehabs offer a variety of programs such as medical detox, inpatient/outpatient, sober living communities and more, while others focus on one or two of these options. In addition, some treatment programs use detox and behavioral counseling to help treat addiction, while others add medication such as Methadone and Suboxone. Ask staff members about each treatment option in order to decide which is best for you.
- Atmosphere – The reality is, you may spend a substantial amount of time in treatment so you want to be in a facility that is comfortable. Every facility will have its own style and atmosphere – some may be more basic and clinical in ambiance, while others may be more luxurious and resort-like. Choosing which works best for you is a matter of preference.
Should You Enroll in a Local or Out-of-Town Rehab Center?
Another aspect you will likely have to consider when finding the right rehab for you is whether you want to stay local or head out-of-town. Each option has its pros and cons:
- Local rehab: Local rehabs can be extremely convenient. In addition, you can have family members and friends visit (if the program allows), and treatment will generally be cheaper than going out of state. Cons to a local rehab choice, especially if you are enrolled on an outpatient basis, is still being in close proximity to bad influences, environments and people.
- Out-of-town Rehab: Some people choose a drug and alcohol rehab facility that is out-of-town because it offers them a fresh start. Being in a new city or state also cuts down on visitors and distractions, so you can focus solely on treatment. Cons include missing home and potentially paying a higher price due to travel arrangements, etc. If you have health insurance, be sure to check with your carrier before you make your choice. Some insurance companies may require you to attend a local treatment center.
What is a Typical Day in Rehab Like?
You have finally narrowed down potential drug and/or alcohol rehab facilities and are planning to enroll for treatment. It is natural to be curious what takes place during a typical day in rehab. While each facility will have its own particular schedule, here are some daily events you might expect to take part in when enrolled in rehab:
- Mornings: Your morning may begin early and depending on the facility, could include exercise, yoga, prayer or meditation. Eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast may also be part of the program. Many addicts suffer nutritionally because of drug and/or alcohol abuse, so focusing on diet and nutrition has become a key element in many rehab treatment programs.
After breakfast, you may join a group session with fellow patients, led by a therapist or addiction counselor. Topics will vary and will revolve around addiction, the 12-steps, the recovery process, and treatments. These meetings are typically casual and free-flowing but still controlled and presented in an organized manner by the counselor or therapist.
- Afternoons: When finished with your healthy lunch, you may be part of additional group therapy sessions, or it may be time for your one-on-one sessions with your therapist. In these sessions, you might explore what led you to use drugs or alcohol in the first place, you will learn cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, and also how to recognize triggers to prevent relapse.
Other potential afternoon activities might include classes specifically focused on stress or anger management. Depending on the facility, a family therapy session may be scheduled, or a special speaker might be brought in to the rehab center.
Many drug and alcohol rehab facilities have also added a wide variety of alternative therapies to their repertoire. Because of this, you may be able to take part in equine, art or music therapy; nutrition and exercise programs; nature therapy; biofeedback; massage, acupuncture and more.
- Evenings: After finishing a healthy dinner, your evening in rehab may consist of a brief group session or free time where you can engage in activities such as swimming, reading, relaxing, playing a sport, or just using the time to meditate, pray or relax.
Dual-diagnosis and Rehab
Some addicts will need to specifically look for drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs that deal with dual diagnosis. Also known as co-occurring disorders, these rehabs will offer programs that treat both a substance abuse issue and a behavioral or mental health condition. You may be surprised at the number of men and women who deal with dual diagnosis. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates almost 8 million adults annually needing treatment for both an addiction and a mental/behavioral health diagnosis. If you or someone you love is struggling and in need of treatment for co-occurring disorders, remember there are countless rehab facilities that are available to help.
Can Insurance Help Cover Your Rehab Costs?
Insurance can be a complex subject when it comes to covering the cost of treatment. Whether or not your insurance carrier will contribute for addiction treatment truly depends on your policy and individual situation. Because addiction is a medical disease and can necessitate medical treatment, some private health insurance policies will aid in covering costs.
When researching potential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, speak with the facility’s financial counselors who are well versed in determining insurance benefits and if any other financial options may be available to you. You can also contact your insurance carrier directly to determine if coverage is available.
Types of Therapy Available at a Rehab Center
If you have decided to make the brave choice and enroll in an addiction rehab treatment program, you might be curious about the types of therapy that are available to you. Here is a quick overview:
- Medical Detox: Many facilities begin the addiction treatment process with medical detox. Detox allows you to rid your body of the offending substance while in a safe environment. Undergoing drug or alcohol detox has the ability to produce withdrawal symptoms that can range from mild to severe. You should never attempt to detox on your own. The safest detox option is in a rehab facility where you will be overseen by physicians and other medical personnel who can administer medication and life-saving techniques if needed. Detoxification alone will not cure addiction or produce lasting behavioral changes. It should always be followed up with additional drug and/or alcohol treatment.
- Short-Term Inpatient/Residential Treatment: This type of treatment is intense, short-lived and in many rehab facilities, loosely based on a 12-step approach. Inpatient residential treatment can last from 30 to 90 days or longer. During your time as an inpatient client, you will receive psychotherapy, learn cognitive behavior techniques, explore how your addiction started in the first place, and learn relapse prevention procedures. Following your time in a residential program, you will typically transition to a sober living home or aftercare program.
- Long-Term Residential Treatment: This type of treatment is similar to the short-term program but can last from six months to a year or more. Programs are highly structured and concentrated. In addition, patients are typically transitioned to a sober living community, halfway house or aftercare program once treatment is completed.
- Outpatient Addiction Programs: Outpatient programs will not work for everyone struggling with addiction, and are typically offered for those who cannot afford an inpatient program, need to continue to work, or provide care for their children. Outpatient programs may consist of intensive group counseling, day treatment programs, and additional treatment options for those with co-occurring disorders.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, there are countless drug and/or alcohol rehab facilities available to help. Recovery is possible, and as you read above, a wide variety of treatment and program options are accessible. Break free from addiction and begin on the road to recovery today.