The decision to enter rehab is often a very tough choice. If you have been struggling with addiction and are determined to make a change, you need to find a facility that can help you get through detox effectively and start to build a life that will be fulfilling without risking relapse. Which drug rehab center is right for me?
One that aligns with your beliefs is crucial. While many drug rehab centers focus on the 12 step program that is the basis of Alcoholics Anonymous, it’s also possible to enter a rehab program that will support your emotional needs if you don’t take comfort from a higher power. For many people struggling with addiction, the idea of powerlessness is extremely discomforting.
Treatment That Addresses Your Mental and Physical Well-Being
Many who fear addiction grew up with an addict in the house. If you had a parent who was neglectful or abusive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may be unwilling to embrace powerlessness. You already know how painful that experience can be. The first step to entering drug rehab is to undergo detox.
Detox should always be medically monitored because detox can be quite dangerous. The process of supporting your body as drugs and alcohol clear from your system can be quite agonizing. If you struggle with mental health issues or chronic physical pain, you can also suffer a relapse of these symptoms. Many who suffer from addiction started using illegal drugs or abusing prescription medications as a way to manage the symptoms of mental illness or nerve pain. As the drugs leave your system, you may experience a severe rebound of
- physical pain
- anxiety or depression
- symptoms of mental illness
This rebound can make you prone to self-harm or may put those around you at risk. During this time, you should not be left unsupervised or in the company of an untrained loved one. The risk of hurting someone you love, whether physically, emotionally or mentally, is just too great. You also need careful physical monitoring during detox and as you move into rehab. You’re going to feel bad. The symptoms of detox that are most hazardous are nausea, vomiting and the loss of consciousness. You may need an IV to help you remain hydrated while you work through the nausea.
A fried or family member will not be able to supply that. Next, you need to move into a supportive community in rehab. These folks may be others in rehab, counselors, medical professionals and spiritual support professionals. Because so many rehab facilities use the 12 steps, you may be encouraged to engage in religious services or prayer groups. For those who are not drawn to or comforted by religious expression, there are other ways. For example, you may choose to enter a SMART rehab program. SMART rehab focuses on living a more balanced life, learning to manage your emotional reactions to tough situations, and making healthier choices.
While you can undergo most rehabs either as an inpatient or an outpatient, it is critical that you transfer immediately after detox into another program. Detox can leave you feeling emotionally exhausted and physically fragile. Entering a program that monitors your intake of food and fluids may be necessary to rebuild your body. Because dehydration is a common symptom of detox, do what it takes to move directly to monitoring, in any program, from detox.
Local detox and rehab may not be an option, depending on your location. In this situation, your rehab will likely need to be inpatient. Again, if feeling out of control is a trigger for you, do your best to get involved with your care plan as soon as possible. Do your best to make decisions about the groups, activities and therapies that you will participate in so you can have some ownership of the process. Like addiction, detox and rehab are highly personal processes. Issues that you were not aware of may come up as you work through detox. Your rehab needs may be more involved than you expected when you entered the program. We can help you find a program that will suit you effectively. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Call 833-820-2922 for a conversation about options.