what is rehab like

What Is Rehab Like?

If addiction has taken control of your life, admitting that you have a problem is the first step on the road back to success. The second, however, is to accept support. When you want to get clean from drugs and alcohol, a stint in rehab is usually the best solution.

The prospect of entering a drug rehabilitation program is scary but familiarizing yourself with what to expect will instantly put many of those fears to bed. 

What is a rehab center like?

Rehab centers are safe, comfortable, and modern buildings that are often located away from the distractions of city life. The tranquil surroundings and consoling facilities provide the strongest platform for a speedy recovery free from setbacks.

In some ways, they are ‘no thrills’ settings that are focused solely on your recovery. Crucially, though, they are equipped with trained professionals that have the skills and experience needed to support you through every step of your transition away from drug or alcohol dependence. The facilities include inpatient accommodation as the process has to be a 24/7 challenge.

What should you expect from the withdrawal stage?

Drug rehabilitation is a long-term process that often requires support for life. However, the first few days are the most challenging by far. The harsh reality is that your body will react to the sudden withdrawal. Exact side effects will depend on the type of drug you have been addicted to, but you can expect to experience at least some of the following issues during the detox;

  • Nausea, 
  • Vomiting,
  • Headaches, 
  • Insomnia, 
  • Irritability, 
  • Nightmares,
  • Fatigue,
  • Muscle cramps,
  • Sweating and shakes,
  • Flu-like symptoms.

In addition to the type of narcotics, your detox experience will be determined by how severe the addiction was. Likewise, the duration of drug usage, your general health, and other factors can all take their toll. 

For most people, the withdrawal symptoms last for up to a week, although the worst experiences pass after 48-72 hours. In some cases, it may be necessary to wean drug users off of their dependence rather than withdrawing completely. Therefore the team of compassionate and caring experts will monitor inpatients and tailor their support accordingly.

What to expect from a day of rehab?

No two rehab centers are the same. Likewise, client care will be matched to the individual. Nevertheless, a stay in rehab will often last a few weeks, and the daily protocols will usually follow a plan that includes the following;

  • Getting up early for a healthy breakfast followed by morning meetings with drug rehabilitation experts.
  • Afternoon therapy including individual cognitive behavioral therapy as well as group therapy.
  • Specialized therapy that could include family therapy, music therapy, neurofeedback, and exercise programs.
  • Monitored recreational free time, which could include playing pool, watching TV, reading, or other activities.
  • Evening meals followed by group sessions that cover a 12-point plan of drug rehabilitation, before bed.

Specialized substance abuse therapies, one-on-one sessions and other forms of support may be used. When starting drug rehabilitation, a range of assessments will be carried out too.

To find out more about checking yourself or a loved one into drug rehabilitation, get in touch today.

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