The prospect of attending rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction can be pretty daunting. It certainly takes a lot of confront, and the effort that goes into it is nothing short of herculean. We’ve noticed that a lot of people are quite worried about the prospect of getting off of drugs and alcohol, and they tend to have a lot of questions about it. We have provided this list of frequently asked questions in hopes that some of these concerns will be cleared up.
“How do I know if I really need treatment for addiction?”
This question has been at one point or another on the mind of every addict everywhere. “Do I need rehab?” It is one of the most prevalent questions, and certainly the most troubling. The fact of the matter is though, if you to a degree cannot manage or control your life in a good and positive way because of an addiction or because of compulsive behavior of one kind or another then you need to go to a rehabilitation center or program for addiction. The problems that come along with addiction do not simply go away on their own. If one has gotten to a point where these problems severely impact one’s life then it is time to hang it up and go to rehab.
“What is the detoxification part of a program?”
Detox, detoxification, wean down, dry out, it all refers to simply the clearing out of harmful toxins, substances, and chemicals from the human body. Addiction is two-fold. It is a problem of both the body and the mind. The part of addiction that is a drain on the mind and that negatively affects the thought processes of an individual are addressed in rehab. The parts of addiction that are a drain on the physical body of the individual and that affect his or her body is handled and addressed in detox. A detox program might be done by taking supplements or drinking liquids of one kind or another that are made specifically for detoxification so that the body begins to clean itself out. This process of flushing of toxins is quite vital for an individual’s overall health and stability, and it is a crucial part of one’s overall health and wellbeing in recovery.
“Can I leave rehab once I’m in the program?”
It takes time for the positive effects of addiction treatment to really set in and start doing its job. To really ensure that the treatment itself is totally successful, it is highly advised that recovering addicts stick it out and work through their programs to completion. The truth is though, in most cases, facilities are unlocked and clients do have the right to leave at any time, as rehab centers generally do not have the legal right to hold individuals there against their will.
“How long will I have to be in rehab for?”
Going through rehab is not a quick thing to do. It is not something that can be accomplished rapidly or in just a matter of a few weeks. When you undergo rehab, it’s important to stay for the duration of the treatment, for every single day, and not to leave early. Detox may be included in that time period too if you are addicted to substances or if you display compulsive behaviors or have a chemical dependence to the substance that you are taking. Generally speaking though, detox usually takes about one to two weeks and rehab typically takes about six to twelve weeks.
“What is inpatient rehab all about?”
Inpatient treatment provides care to those who go there 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is a live-in, residential center that people actually go to get fully clean from drug and alcohol addiction and from substance abuse in general. For those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, it is much better to be taken out of your home environment in order to focus on your recovery and to really handle and address the issue properly and on a permanent level. There are many different types of inpatient rehab approaches, and generally speaking one can pick and choose which rehab to go to that has the best possible services for him or her.
“How can I tell if I need outpatient or inpatient rehab?”
The truth of the matter is, ninety percent of all addicts who attempt outpatient rehab will fail and will relapse either during the program or shortly there-after. There simply isn’t a significant amount of structure and proper balance of therapies at an outpatient treatment center to keep a recovering addict on the straight and narrow. Furthermore, there is no security whatsoever, and one can easily go abuse drugs and alcohol at any time of the day or night that he or she is not in session at the outpatient treatment center.
“Should I include my family in my rehabilitation process?”
Family involvement is actually quite crucial for the recovery process, and we strongly encourage this and we utilize a very extensive and involved family counseling and therapy program in our center. Most treatment facilities also tend to have a set period of time for the family to visit and take part in workshops or lectures or counseling sessions. Especially since the recovering addict will tend to be a very involved part and aspect of the family life after rehab is completed, including the family is quite important.
“Should I go to a rehab program that is close to home or far away?”
The truth behind this question is that actually the vast majority of individuals who seek out rehab tend to travel to a rehab facility that is generally speaking far away from their own home area. This is highly recommended by any and all professionals in the rehabilitation field. As hard as that can to be to confront, it really is the right thing to do one way or the other. The reason why it is so important to travel out of the area for those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol is because they need to get out of their home town and away from the area that they abuse drugs and alcohol and have begun to associate with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Studies show that individuals who tend to go to rehab centers and program that are too close to home tend to never really get over their addiction habits and problems because their minds are still on the places where they use that might even be just be down the street from the rehab center where they are staying, and they tend to just keep abusing drugs and alcohol after rehab it is completed because of this.
“Is it possible for me to lose my job because I leave to go to rehab?”
Addicts are actually more likely to lose their job if they don’t get help for their addiction. That is the cold and bitter truth of it. In all honesty, if you are struggling with a substance abuse problem of one kind or another, it is very possible that your boss may already suspect it or might even have irrefutable proof of it. However, most employers and most businesses will not fire an employee because he or she is seeking out rehab, but they will fire if the individual continues to abuse drugs and alcohol and does not seek help.
The truth of the matter is that approaching an addiction rehabilitation center can be pretty dramatic and concerning to say the least. However the thing to remember and to keep in mind is that one is doing the right thing here and that one is definitely pursuing the right goals and ambitions by seeking out and entering into a rehab center, whether he or she has lots of questions about it or not.