Once someone has accepted that they are struggling with an addiction, it can be tough to decide what to do about it. Often, willpower isn’t enough to break the addiction (else, it probably wouldn’t have formed). Thus, one of the most successful methods of treating addiction is inpatient rehabilitation. But it still has a lot of mystery around it. Because of this, you may feel that you don’t know what to expect in rehab. Let’s dispel some myths and share some truths.
What to Expect in Rehab?
Big picture, some of what to expect in rehab includes withdrawal, detox, assessment, and therapy. Generally, the first thing noticed is the body trying to get more of the addicted substance. This is called withdrawal. For example, some symptoms to expect include:
- Shaking extremities
- Irregular or rapid heartbeat
- Mood swings
Withdrawal is part of the detox process. Because detox can be life-threatening, depending on the addiction level and substance, professional monitoring during this process is vital. After detox, counselors and therapists will assess clients.
One of the keys to the long-term success of sobriety is to be fully aware of the underlying factors that fed the addiction. Therefore, the inpatient recovery process searches for the triggers of the addiction and helps with replacing unhealthy reactions with healthy alternatives. What to expect in rehab assessment can include:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: This helps identify thought patterns and behavioral responses. This helps coach interrupting pre-conditioned responses, such as reaching for a substance, with something more constructive, such as exercise.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy: This helps alter the internal monologue that we all have to turn away from destructive tendencies and replace them with more positive, motivational thoughts.
- Group Therapy: Immersion with a network of those struggling with similar issues helps foster understanding of addiction. The support system networking strengthens your resistance to relapse.
- Family Therapy: Often, relationships have been affected by our behavior while under the influence of a substance. Naturally, part of what to expect in rehab involves making amends and repairing the damage done to relationships.
- Aftercare: Often, Fr the long-term success of sobriety, it is necessary to learn a new way of living. So, rehab centers usually feature preparation programs for dealing with the day-to-day tasks of life without turning to mind-altering substances.
Daily Schedule in Rehab
Daily, clients will experience a set schedule.
Mornings: Early Breakfast and Meetings
There is no sleeping late in rehab. Residents rise early for a healthy breakfast and often led to a morning meditation or exercise regimen to begin the day with a clear mind. This is also when a lot of group sessions or 12-step meetings take place.
Afternoons: Lunch and Therapy
After lunch, this is when the various therapies described above occur. In addition to therapy, there are often lectures by speakers who are recovered addicts. Alternative therapy offered, depending on the facility, can include:
There may also be an hour or two of free time for you to use however you wish, such as a hobby or for journaling.
Evenings: Dinner and 12-Step Meetings
After dinner, there may be another group session, but not always. Also, there are usually 12-step meetings every evening, which is encouraged, if not mandatory, to attend.
Rockland Recovery Structured Sober Living
Rockland Recovery has two sober-living facilities (Rockland and Dorchester, MA) available to tend to all traditional recovery needs as well as offer assistance with related issues such as family counseling, work communication, and legal services. They even offer employment-search assistance for those seeking employment if needed. Scholarship opportunities are even available for those interested.
If you think that you or someone you care about may be presenting the signs of opioid addiction, please consider reaching out to the experts at Rockland Recovery. You may contact us on our website or call us at 855.732.4842.