If you’re not one of the 1 in 7 Americans that struggle with substance addiction, you probably know someone who does. It’s easy to blame yourself or the addict for succumbing to addiction or do not understand why they don’t stop but slow down before you do this. Take a step back and understand that addiction is a disease, and there’s a right way to get effective help.
If you or a loved one struggle with addiction, it’s important to look into facilities that offer rehab.
But you’re likely scared to take this step. After all, who knows what to expect in drug rehab if they haven’t been in it before?
Here, we’re going to answer this pressing question and let you know what you or a loved one can expect as an inpatient treating substance abuse.
What Happens At Check-In
The first thing that you’re going to want to know as a new inpatient for drug rehab is how to check in. After all, this will be your first experience with the facility you’ll be staying in as well as the staff, and it can be a scary part of the process.
After you pick a center for rehab and prepare yourself for your journey, you’re going to feel nervous. These nerves will only be spiked more when you arrive at the facility. This is a completely natural reaction, so don’t worry!
Make sure not to bring any restricted items with you. You wouldn’t want anything confiscated at check-in. But do bring the essentials, and it’s a good idea to bring any comfort objects you may want in, too. These can help you feel more at home and there is no shame in having a favorite book or blanket to help you adjust.
Feel free to ask the intake worker any questions that you have about what’s about to happen.
They’ll answer you as honestly and as fully as possible. In return, they likely will as you some questions. Make sure you’re open and honest too- they are there to help, not judge!
Then the doctors will perform a medical exam on you before you go in. Don’t worry- this is a lot like a physical you get when you take routine trips to the doctor. Know it’s going to happen, and you’ll be great.
Understanding Addiction Is A Disease
One of the first things that you can do for yourself in rehab is to understand that addiction is a disease. Especially because of society’s ideas regarding those addicted to drugs or alcohol, it can be easy to blame yourself for your addiction. Asking questions like why you tried the drug in the first place or why you succumbed to your cravings is natural and expected.
Even though this is natural, that doesn’t make these questions any easier. But there’s no point in asking self-deprecating questions like these.
First, answering these questions isn’t going to change the fact that you need help now, so the answers don’t matter. But even more than that, these questions aren’t the ones you need to be asking.
Would you blame yourself if you got cancer? Pneumonia? Of course not.
You shouldn’t be blaming yourself for developing an addiction, either. Because the fact of the matter is that addiction is a disease, like cancer or pneumonia. Accept this and the doctors will be able to help you as fully and effectively as possible.
A Supportive Community
One of the broadest misconceptions about inpatient rehab facilities is that the people there are scary. This can be a difficult thought to have, and not only because you worry that others might view you that way. You might also worry that the people in there with you will be violent or harmful.
This isn’t the case at all. What you can expect from the people in rehab is a supportive community of kind people who are going through the same things as you are.
Reaching out to other patients in your program has a lot of benefits both to yourself and others.
In doing this, you’ll meet people who can support you and help you through your journey. This can motivate you to keep battling addiction even when it feels so hard you want to quit.
You can also motivate others in turn. In the end, you’ll be becoming a part of a huge network of people that will be there to help and support you. Plus, these people know exactly what you’re going through and can help you feel a sense of companionship through understanding.
When you go into rehab, expect to make unconditional and lifelong friendships. This is exactly what you’ll find.
Treatment From Professionals
Of course, other patients aren’t the only people you’ll be interacting with in rehab. You’re going to be spending as much time with the professionals that are helping you through your addiction battle.
It’s easy to be scared of the way that these doctors are going to perform your treatment. After all, we’ve all read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. But this isn’t something you should be worried about. Nurse Ratchet isn’t reflective of any real doctors.
The role of the treatment professionals who will help you fight drug addiction is that they’re, at the most basic level, there to help with whatever you might need.
These experts provide supervised detox so you can fight your addiction safely. They also will assess your individual needs and give you both individual and group therapy so you can understand your own addiction as well as find support.
An Increase In Mental Health
If you suffer from addiction, you likely know that drugs and alcohol have a huge negative impact on your mental health. After all, alcohol is a depressant, and withdrawal from any drug you rely on is a horrible experience that addicts face constantly.
This is why attending rehab is super important to your mental- as well as physical- well being.
By breaking your addiction, you will have a lot fewer struggles with mental illness after you’re discharged.
This will happen over the course of rehab, too. Once you’re out of the early stages of detox, which will happen pretty early on in your inpatient program, you’ll begin to notice positive changes to your mental and physical state.
This will lead to the other aspects of your rehab becoming more effective. After all, a mentally healthy person will almost certainly perform better in therapy. Plus, you’ll have more energy which you can channel into making connections with other patients.
A Plan For The Future
In inpatient programs, the doctors will work with you individually to create a plan for an addiction-free future. These plans are intended to make the transition to an outpatient program easier and ensure it goes smoothly.
After you’re discharged, your road to recovery is still far from over. Sure, you’ll have accomplished a lot and taken tons of important steps towards overcoming this disease, but you’re going to need to continue working with professionals in outpatient therapy.
Plans that you’ll make with your inpatient doctor might include the way that this therapy is going to work. You’ll discuss how often you need to come in and what you can do before each session to make rehab easier.
Many facilities also will ensure that you have regular attendance at the 12-step meetings provided by the center. These meetings will make sure that you are continuing to live an addiction-free life and are intended to prevent backsliding.
Another big part of the future plan that doctors will work on with you is finding new hobbies and passions to replace your addiction. Maybe you’ll discover that you love art or writing in one of your therapy sessions- work on that! Or maybe you want to read a good book or go on traveling adventures.
To learn more tips about sober living, check out this article. Then you’ll better understand what you’re working towards and how you’ll be able to get to those goals.
Making the decision to go to rehab yourself isn’t easy, and doing so is commendable in and of itself. So is making the choice to convince a loved one to enter rehab. But once it’s made, you can expect help, support, and a plan to make your future brighter.
Now that you know that addiction is a disease and, as such, can be treated, contact us to get started on a treatment plan to fight your addictions.
We believe in you.