Rehab, or rehabilitation, is a place or facility that helps people with substance abuse issues begin the recovery process. Rehab is the beginning for any addiction to drugs. When using for long periods of time, withdrawal can be a concern. Rehabs address concerns like withdrawal, recovery, and more.
The first step when starting your journey into recovery is most likely going to be detox, or detoxification. For addictions to heroin or opioids a medically- assisted detox is recommended. The drug changes the way your brain works because the opioid receptors become attached to brain and nerve receptors. After using for a while, you will need more and more to achieve the same effect. When your tolerance increases more and more drug is needed causing a higher chance of overdosing. That is how addictions progress. The help and attention you may need from detox staff depends on how far advanced your addiction is. Detox can look a little different with stimulants such as cocaine addiction or meth addiction. ‘Crashing’ is usually what keeps stimulant addicts from stopping or even slowing down. There are ways a detox can help a stimulant addict feel more comfortable. Symptoms of withdrawal are very uncomfortable with any drug. Detox helps with those symptoms.
The next step after detox is a residential program or an inpatient program. These programs are highly recommended because they offer a safe place for the body and mind to begin to heal. A residential or inpatient program is a facility you go to live in after detox. There are a lot of different types of facilities and programs. Recovery specialists help you decide what program will work best for you. They work with you and insurance companies to decide what program works best for you and your family. These specialists help make the transition into a rehab as smooth as possible. These programs can last 30 to 90 days or more. The recovery specialist can help you decide what amount of time would be best for your sobriety. The time right after detox is critical because your body may be feeling better, but your mind needs time to heal. The brain takes a little longer because drugs affect the brain chemically. The chemicals in your brain need time to relearn how to regulate themselves. In a residential setting, there is support all around you. The staff is there day and night. There are also other patients going through similar situations. In an inpatient program, you are never alone. There is always someone to talk to or lean on.
After an inpatient program, an outpatient program, or after- care, is the next step in recovery. The recovery specialists help with this, as well. Towards the end of the inpatient program, you and your counselor will come up with an after- care plan. There are different types of outpatient programs. To name a few, there are MATs (medication- assisted treatment), different types of therapy or counseling, or a 12 Step program. With outpatient programs, you will go to daily or a few times a week. MATs have doctors and counselors specializing in addiction treatment. MATs will provide medications such as Suboxone or Methadone. These medications can help with cravings. These programs will have strict attendance policies keeping you accountable. There are MATs near you and a recovery specialist can help you find and enroll in them. Therapy or counseling are highly recommended because life after drugs can be difficult. There are reasons people fall into addiction. In most cases, 30 days isn’t enough to get to those root causes. Therapy can help you with those root causes and teach you positive ways of dealing with them. Talk therapy can help you get through the depression or anxiety or fear after leaving a rehab. Therapists are there to listen and help you with your day-to-day problems. 12 Step programs are a group of peers meeting daily to share their experience, strength, and hope. These meetings have proven to be extremely helpful for those in recovery. They are anonymous, which for some is preferred. Again, your recovery specialist can help you find meetings near you.
I would say the most important thing to remember is that in recovery, you are never alone. At every point, there is someone there to help you with your sobriety. Your recovery is the foundation of a healthy life, your life is worth reaching out and asking for help. You deserve to be happy.
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