Substance abuse and addiction in America is at an all-time high. It is estimated that nearly 30 million Americans will suffer from some sort of substance abuse or addiction, and with one in ten people developing an addiction during their lifetime, there has never been a greater need for rehabilitation and healing.
Entering treatment: What to expect.
Just the thought of entering treatment for drug and alcohol abuse is enough to incite anxiety and fear—these emotions can actually stop us from pursuing lasting healing, as we are afraid of what the long-term changes will be. Will I be successful? Will I suffer a relapse? What will life after drug and alcohol abuse look like for me? What has my addiction cost me, and where do I go from here?.
Although each rehabilitation center is different, there are some constants that you can expect from treatment, including:.
- A medically-supervised detox
- Administration of prescription medication to minimize symptoms
- The assignment of a personal counselor to answer questions and lead you through the program
- A variety of counseling therapies for emotional and behavioral health
Choosing to enter rehab is a big decision, and it is one that you will not regret. Whether you have been in the throes of addiction for years or mere months, rehabilitation can allow you to gain a new lease on life. You will be given information, resources, and tools that you need to break free from addictive cycles..
What happens after check-in?.
Once you enter treatment, you’ll be faced with a number of challenges and difficult decisions you may not have encountered before. It will seem overwhelming at first, particularly if you’ve established and held addictive patterns for years. There are some things that you should remember to comfort you and guide you through this process, and allow you to come through happier, healthier, and stronger..
1. The withdrawals are temporary….but they could be serious.
Many patients fear entering rehab because of the withdrawal symptoms that will inevitably occur. If you have attempted to quit on your own, you’ve likely experienced some of them. Withdrawal symptoms include:.
- Flu-like symptoms
- Restless leg syndrome
- Anxiety and depression
- Delerium tremens
- Seizures, loss of consciousness
Symptoms may be moderate to severe, and may last for a few weeks before your system is clean enough to begin the important work of repair and renewal. Know that your symptoms will subside, and that a rehabilitation facility is the wisest place to go through this experience, for your condition will be monitored and treated to ensure your physical comfort and safety. Withdrawal is a necessary part of the process, however, and it should be looked at as a gateway to more significant healing..
2. You will be uncomfortable.
Letting go of old patterns of addiction and embracing a new and healthy lifestyle is not always fun and games. Withdrawals, emotional upheaval, and having to face the consequences of your actions while attempting to repair relationships is going to make you very uncomfortable. Be open to suggestions, remain honest and vulnerable with those around you, and in time, you’ll find your way through the muck and mire to see truth and freedom on the other side. Find your “why”….whether it’s for children, for a spouse, and of course, for you, you need to keep that “why” in the forefront of your mind when embracing the healing process, move through the discomfort and find peace on the other side..
3. You are stronger than you think you are.
So many people give up on the rehabilitation process because they succumb to stinking thinking—they give up because they hold a thought in their minds that they cannot do it. You are much, much stronger than you think you are. It is possible to beat substance abuse with proper treatment and the love and support of friends and family. You deserve to have a quality life, so refuse to give up on that vision of what a fulfilling life is.
Recovery may be hard, but you are worth every struggle. Slow and steady wins this race—embrace the process, believe that you are worth it, and reach for that dream of life without addiction to drugs and alcohol. Call today at 833-762-3739 to see how rehabilitation and treatment will revolutionize your life!