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Drug Rehabilitation Centre

Admitting to a drug addiction and getting help from a drug rehabilitation centre is an intimidating task. It helps to know what to expect beforehand, so you can plan ahead and be prepared. All rehabilitation centers are unique and will have a slightly different admissions process, but most follow the same general guidelines.

For specifics, contact the treatment facility you hope to work with.

What Can I Expect When I Enter Drug Treatment?

It is easier to enter a situation when you are armed with knowledge, and by knowing what to expect at drug rehab, you are preparing yourself for an easier transition into the facility. First of all, it is imperative that you know about the facility. Some treatment centres only work with certain demographics of people (teens, the elderly, public safety workers, etc.), while others treat specific addictions (alcoholism, addiction to prescription drugs, heroin addiction). In addition, each treatment centre uses certain programs and methods to help clients achieve sobriety. Many follow the 12-Steps to recovery, while others take a more holistic approach, or use only behavioral modification therapy. Some facilities make use of things like equine treatment programs, nutrition-based programs, or adventure programs to get clients involved and motivated to stay sober. The best success will come when an individual receives a personalised treatment plan, tailored to meet their individual needs and interests.

Once you've chosen a treatment facility and set a date for admission, it is time to get ready for your stay. Rehabilitation centres will usually request that you bring a small bag packed with some clothes, personal care items, ID, insurance card, and a little bit of cash. Drugs and alcohol are absolutely not allowed, but be sure to bring any doctor-prescribed medication to turn over to staff to administer if necessary.

First Steps of Rehabilitation

Once admitted into a treatment centre, you will be assessed by medical staff, and your history will be evaluated by therapists in order to determine what program will best meet your needs. Because you will not have access to drugs or alcohol, you will spend the next few days detoxing from your substance. This part of rehab is frightening to most patients, but remember that staff will be with you every step of the way to help you through it and make you comfortable.

Therapy and After Care

After detox, your real recovery can start. Therapy and counseling sessions will be conducted to help you discover why you used drugs or alcohol, and to heal emotional or psychological issues you may be experiencing. Your therapist will address your underlying issues, and you will learn how to manage stress and anxiety without relying on drugs or alcohol to feel better.

Treatment centres often do group counseling sessions, where those in recovery can hear from and connect with others in recovery. Family therapy is also often used, to help loved ones work together for sobriety once the patient goes home. These different therapy methods are often very beneficial, and you will be encouraged to make use of them whenever possible.

After your rehabilitation is completed, you should consider taking part in after care, which may consist of outpatient therapy with staff, support groups, or even sober housing. These long term care options will help make the transition back to your life a little easier. By staying connected with your counselors and support group, you will more easily continue with your sobriety and avoid relapse.