programs for beginners
Many drinkers want to commit to rehab, but don’t know how to begin, or what the experience will be like. Committing to rehab for the first time is a big step. But it’s also nerve-wracking and can be confusing, and many people may feel disoriented by the whole process. Here, we’ll talk about what the rehab process may be like for you.
You’re Here By Choice
One common misconception is that rehab programs are like a prison. Once you’re there, you are not allowed to leave no matter what, many people think. This is not the case. You choose to come, and you can choose to leave. Remember, rehab only works when you buy in. Unless you are committed, it’s unlikely that your rehab will be successful. These programs know that, and that’s why you can leave at any time.
Getting Through Detox
The first part of rehab will be the detox period. This is where you will stop drinking and go through withdrawal. Some rehab programs will do this in a facility, but others are moving towards having you do this yourself before you enter the program.
Some will also have you go to a center that specializes in treating withdrawal symptoms. Here, you will have the support you need as you go through what can be a very difficult time.
Once You’re In Rehab
Once in the proper rehab facility, your experience could vary widely, depending on the type of program. Some rehab programs feature settings that are more like luxury hotels than a hospital, while others have facilities that are much more bare bones. It just depends on how much you or your insurance is paying. Remember, more expensive programs don’t tend to have better outcomes.
Accepting Your Addiction
One of the first steps in nearly every program will be getting you to accept your addiction and come to terms with it. This could involve education on the biology of addiction, as well as group discussions or counseling that helps you understand the nature of your alcohol problem.
Once you’ve taken the first steps towards choosing a clean life, you’ll continue with individual and group therapy. Here, you’ll learn the coping skills that will help you navigate the world without turning to alcohol.
Some programs will also involve family members. In these sessions, you will discuss how your problem can affect your family, as well as what they can do to recognize signs of the problem and healthily support you.
After Residential Treatment
It is common for many programs to have a treatment plan for you for the period after you finish intensive therapy. This might involve some form of outpatient therapy, a halfway house, or continued meetings with your counselor. The specifics will vary by program, the severity of your addiction, and your progress throughout the intensive treatment period.