What to Expect at Rehab

rehabOf all of the people who struggle with addiction, and there are many who fit into this category, only about 10 percent get treatment, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Some may not get help because they’ve never been confronted in an intervention, and they don’t realize how bad the problem really is. Others don’t get help because they’re afraid of what rehab is really like. They might think that they’ll be bullied or shamed, or that the therapies that they’ll get will somehow be painful. In reality, rehab can be a positive, comforting experience that provides addicted people with the help they really need.

A Typical Day in Rehab

An inpatient addiction rehab program has many goals. The providers of a program like this want to help their clients to:

• Get sober in a safe, controlled environment
• Develop the motivation to change life for the better
• Understand why they started using drugs or alcohol
• Identify the situations that are associated with drug and alcohol abuse
• Learn how to handle cravings without relapsing

It’s a long to-do list, and not surprisingly, most people who spend time in rehab devote the vast majority of each and every day to the struggle against addiction. They might attend private counseling sessions, group skill-building sessions, support group meetings and more in order to heal. They might have private time in which to journal or read, and they might also have a few moments of recreational time in the evenings, but a huge portion of the day is devoted to learning, growing and changing. There’s little time left for anything that isn’t associated with healing.

Rehab facilities can be strict about timetables and schedules, but the buildings that house clients are often quite pleasant. Some are professionally decorated, with soothing wall colors and lavish bedding, and others have extensive grounds that clients could walk through and interact with. These places aren’t prisons and they’re not about doling out punishment. They’re made to provide people with an in-depth healing experience.

Therapies Offered

Therapy techniques used in rehab facilities are often tailored to meet the needs of clients. As a result, therapy sessions offered to one person might never be on the menu for another person in the same treatment facility. But according to the 2012 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, there are a number of approaches that are almost always used in addiction treatment programs. For example, 91 percent of responding facilities used Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist clients, and 81 percent utilized Motivational Interviewing. While therapies might be customized, these statistics seem to indicate that treatment programs tend to use many of the same techniques in order to assist clients with addictions.

If the person you love is resisting the idea of entering a treatment program that can help, even when you’ve discussed how rehab works, it might be time to ask for a professional’s help. A family mediator can help you to construct a conversation about addiction that’s both positive and motivating. Please call us, and we’ll help you to find a professional who is ready and willing to work with you and your family.

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