The first question many people ask before entering into a drug rehab is ” What should I expect?” This is a reasonable question, especially given that many rehabs extremely differ from one another. In addition, there are some severe misconceptions out there that many people may have come across in relation to drug treatment. What is to be expected is largely determined by the exact rehab that a person chooses to enter into; however, most of them operate in a similar fashion.
The first thing to be noted about substance abuse treatment is that there will be no locks on the door. There won’t be police officers standing on every corner of the treatment’s premises either. Because of this, patients in treatment have the option to leave at any time. If, however, they choose to leave, they won’t be allowed to return for treatment. In fact, the only thing they can come back for are their belongings, and most times, their stuff will be bagged up and waiting for them at the door.
Before a person can be officially enrolled in a treatment program, he or she will first have to go through an initial consultation. Most times, this meeting will take place on the same day that treatment begins, and it will take place with a substance abuse specialist. The person will be required to sign enrollment forms, and it is also at this time that it will be decided whether or not the person needs to go through detox.
Never should a person detox by him or herself. When entering into treatment, most people are still under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, and a treatment specialist will recommend that the person take part in a detox program before entering actual treatment. Depending on the treatment facility, detox may take place at the same place, or in other instances, the person will be transported to another facility to complete detox.
Detox is of great importance because it helps a person clear his or her head and body of drugs, and this results in treatment being more effective. During detox a person can expect to be monitored 24 hours a day by a detox specialist. If medical attention is needed, such as for seizures, it will be provided.
Tour of the Treatment Facility
Once detox has been completed, a person will then be allowed to begin treatment. The first part of treatment involves getting used to the treatment facility. The patient will be shown around the premises, including where he or she will take part in group therapy, individual counseling, where he or she will be sleeping and where meals will be served.
Some treatment facilities will boast a wide range of recreational activities to take part in, including swimming, tennis, basketball, and more. For those who attend these types of treatment facilities, they can become familiar with these areas when the tour of the facility takes place.
Different treatment facilities carry out different types of treatment; however, most of the formats are somewhat similar. For example, while one facility may have group therapy sessions that include three to five patients per group, another facility may have group therapy sessions that include anywhere from 10 to 15 people per group. Almost all facilities will include some type of individual counseling, but these counseling sessions tend to take place only one to three times a week.
In addition to individual and group therapy sessions, many treatment programs try to provide their patients with recreational activities to take part in. Since many addicts lack social skills, treatment specialists understand the importance of teaching patients how to effectively interact with society as a whole, and recreational activities can be of great assistance in helping patients perfect their social capabilities.
Another thing to be expected during drug rehab is family therapy. Family therapy sessions usually take place anywhere from once to twice a week, and all immediate and close family members of patients are invited to attend. It is during family therapy that family members are taught the dynamics of addiction as well as how to appropriately cope with a loved one who suffers from the disease. Most times, the person in treatment will simply sit with his or her family during the family meetings; this provides valuable time for treatment patients to visit with those they love.
Aftercare is a vital part of drug rehab; however, it doesn’t take place until a person graduates from a treatment program. Much like treatment itself, aftercare tends to consist of one-on-one counseling sessions and group therapy.