What does a Rehab do?

A drug rehab, or rehabilitation, is a facility a person goes to when they are ready to take the first step into recovery. Rehabs are places that help people looking for a better, healthier life away from drugs or alcohol. From admissions to aftercare, there is a recovery specialist along the way to help an addict get to the next place best in their recovery.  There are quite a few different types of facilities and programs available.

Inpatient rehabs are residential programs. These programs usually being with detox. In detox, medications can be offered. Medications such as Methadone or Suboxone can be used to help with the withdrawal symptoms. After detox, the patient moves into a house or apartment held by the facility. One-on-one counseling, group therapy, or addiction education are parts of what these programs offer. Inpatient treatment offers continued support throughout the entirety of the program. Addicts with a home life that is not conducive with sobriety excel in a place with less distractions. Patients can work through their problems with therapists or counselors daily. Depending on the program, usually 30 days, the patient then moves onto some sort of aftercare.

You can also attend a PHP, partial hospitalization program. These are intensive- daily programs. They operate 5-7 days a week. There is daily contact and counseling. The patient does go home every night. This is similar to outpatient, but the differences lie in the patient’s specific recovery plan.

Outpatient programs can be a little different. These programs meet daily or every couple of days and the patient returns home every night. With outpatient programs, patients can keep their jobs and schedule their treatment around their responsibilities. These programs can include a less intense MAT, or medically- assisted treatments. Outpatient programs can also prescribe Methadone or Suboxone, but it is used as a maintenance program. Along with counseling, maintenance programs can be extremely helpful in life after rehab. Usually, a patient would complete an inpatient program and then transition into an outpatient program.

Rehabs are there to help. Recovery specialists work tirelessly to get patients into rehab facilities. It is extremely hard to quit taking drugs or drinking on your own. An addict can stop taking the drugs or drinking, but the mental part of addiction is not addressed. That is what a rehab does. A rehab houses the treatment and professionals to help the addict with the mental part of addiction. Rehabs have become the accepted means of tackling addiction.

In recent years, more focus has been put on recovery than ever before. With the opioid epidemic, the nation’s eye has been opened to the toll addiction takes on our society. The government has noticed this, too. In 2018, the federal government passed The Support Act. According to SAMHSA, The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act was made law to address the nation’s opioid overdose epidemic. The legislation includes provisions to strengthen the behavioral health workforce through increasing addiction medicine education; standardize the delivery of addiction medicine; expand access to high-quality, evidence-based care; and cover addiction medicine in a way that facilitates the delivery of coordinated and comprehensive treatment. Because of all the attention the opioid epidemic demanded, tons of research and funding has been put into treatment nationwide.

Addiction is not curable, but it is treatable. The goal of programs and rehabs is to treat every individual according to their specific needs. If you are wondering if you need treatment or not, it is likely you may need it. There is a misconception that you need to hit rock bottom before seeking help. There is nothing that could be further from the truth. There are a lot of stigmas when it comes to addiction. A lot of those stigmas stem from the personal shame that comes with being an addict. That shame may stem from the symptoms of drug or alcohol addiction. Being an addict does not mean you are a bad person or that you are less than. That shame may also stem from the negative consequences that being an addict can cause, situations like legal, occupational, and relationship issues. Addiction is a disease. It does not discriminate. People of all creed, color, or social status are susceptible.

Do not let shame or embarrassment keep you from seeking help. Help is there for any person that needs it- without judgment.


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