What to Expect When Checking into Rehab

If you have taken the time to read the articles describing outpatient and inpatient care, then you know there are different levels of severity associated with addiction and substance abuse. You should first consider which type of care is the best fit for your level of addiction. If you decide that inpatient care is right for you, then there are a few things you should expect when checking into rehab. You can be prepared and complete the program and be one step closer to sobriety.

What to Expect When Checking into Rehab

Depending on the patient, a 30, 60, or 90-day program may be required once admitted to a facility.

The first step will be to go through an initial intake exam and interview. During this process, you can expect to answer various questions about your addiction, such as the type of substance, the length of time using, as well as urinary and blood tests. This interviewing process is a way for the medical staff to assess your addiction on a personal level and use that information to give you the best possible care and counseling.

The next phase of treatment will be detoxing. This step is designed to phase out any residual trace of the harmful substance in your system over a gradual period of time. For most, this is the most difficult step because it involves depriving the body of something it has grown to need. Often the patient will experience nausea, vomiting, headaches, and many other symptoms. This is performed under 24-hour care and monitored by medical professionals.

Detoxing may be physically painful, but the last step is surely the longest and most difficult in your journey. Once the substance is out of your system, you will undergo active treatment.

During this period of time, you will become involved in counseling sessions, learning how to identify relapse triggers, and creating essential tools to maintain sobriety. These tools are great strategies to help you through any situation imaginable and will guide you to the appropriate action when you encounter these situations outside of the facility.

This final step comprises a variety of different counseling and therapeutic techniques that will help you overcome your addiction once you leave. You will also be required to create a clean environment for your return home, ridding yourself of any substances, people, or places that might cause you to relapse.

With a clean bill of health and powerful coping tools, you’ll leave your rehab facility with everything necessary to live a long and healthy life.