18 Oct Will Rehab Actually Help Me Overcome Addiction?
Addiction is a serious problem, and it negatively impacts the addict’s life in just about every way. Interpersonal relationships suffer, and many people with addictions have a hard time maintaining steady income from a job. People with addictions often have tumultuous relationships with their children, parents, family members, friends, and significant others. In short, addiction is an all-consuming disease.
As such, addicts need a structured environment to understand, treat, and overcome their addiction. If you are suffering from an addiction to prescription drugs, alcohol, or illegal drugs and are ready to seek help, then rehab offers you the best chance at overcoming your addictions. Here’s a closer look at how rehab can help.
How Does Rehab Help People Overcome Addiction?
Structured rehab centers offer a comprehensive program that handles your addiction on every level: mental, emotional, and physical. While some people choose to attend an outpatient facility in their area that allows them to keep their job and go home to their family each night, the most successful treatment programs take place at inpatient clinics in a city or state that is not easily accessible to family and friends.
While this transition is hard, choosing to put yourself and your treatment first means that you will be removed from the environments and triggers that may be contributing to your addiction. You can heal in a safe and supportive environment, and you will have a higher chance of remaining clean and sober after recovery when you choose to attend an inpatient treatment center.
In addition to being removed from the triggers that fuel your addiction, treatment centers offer a structured atmosphere and a balanced curriculum. You learn how to heal, what triggers your addiction, how you became addicted, and how to cope with triggers so you can remain clean and sober.
In addition to having unlimited access to trained clinicians, doctors, therapists and counselors, you will also be able to heal and rest in a relaxing and supportive environment. Many treatment centers offer activities and on-site classes like art, music, drama, nutrition, and yoga to help patients focus on self-healing and growth.
How Will My Family Heal?
Many treatment centers offer family programs for your children, parents, close friends and significant others. Some facilities encourage that family members interact with you throughout your treatment and engage in a family healing environment. Other centers take an individualized approach to healing. Any family members or friends wishing to attend a family program will learn about addiction, discover triggers and learn ways to set boundaries and help you once you complete your treatment and integrate back into the community and home.
Group Therapy or Individual Therapy?
Some people thrive in a treatment center that offers interactive social activities and group sharing. Other people prefer to undergo a more holistic and solitary treatment with individual therapy. Most treatment centers encourage both types of interaction. Group therapy helps people work on their social skills and develop bonds based on past hurts and life experiences. Individual therapy is also important because one-on-one sessions with your counselors are geared towards your recovery and understanding your unique addiction and triggers.
Personalized support group programs are helpful while you are in treatment and once you graduate and integrate back into your home environment. Addiction is not something that you will overcome and never have to worry about again. Sobriety takes perseverance, practice, and intention. Some days will be harder than others, and triggers are everywhere in the real world. If you arm yourself with a strong support system and network of personalized support group systems in your area, you will have an outlet for your feelings and triggers.
What Should I Expect?
Most people initially undergo a safe medical detox at a licensed facility that offers access to 24-hour care. Most medical detoxes take about 7 to 10 days to complete. After the physical withdrawal symptoms have subsided, you will transfer to the treatment facility.
Most rehab centers offer 30- or 90-day programs. The type of program and recovery you need will be based on your level of addiction, your work and home life requirements, and your unique needs. During treatment, you should expect to engage fully in the curriculum, offer support to other patients, and be cooperative.
While most treatment centers have strict rules in place, these rules are designed to teach structure and accountability while protecting you and other patients from triggers and potential harm. A trusted rehab program offers you the greatest chance at recovery and sobriety.
Making the choice to seek treatment is the most important step you can make for yourself, your family and your friends. If you are patient and committed to your recovery, then you can expect to leave your treatment center with confidence, clarity, and the tools you need to go back home and thrive.
Learn more about our approach to addiction recovery at Freedom Treatment Centers of California.