Sex, drugs and rock and roll; the moto of the 60s where everybody who was anybody drank alcohol, did drugs and lived the life of a rock star. This was the life that everybody wanted. Today the scene is much different. There is no glamour that comes with addiction. There is pain and sickness and death. Most addicts today are lucky if they get a chance to get clean, but they need to know how to get the help they need. Some think that if they go through detox that is enough to get them started and they can finish on their own. This is not the case. Just like cancer does not go away without the right treatment, neither does addiction. Making the choice to go to inpatient rehab instead of returning to a life of drugs is the first step in the recovery process.
What is Detox?
Coming down is usually the first step in becoming drug free, but the withdrawals can be very painful and sometimes life-threatening. Detox provides a controlled environment that helps the addict come down from the high safely and effectively. While this is an effective, and necessary, first step for most addicts, it is not the end result. Detox alone will not help the addict get on the road to recovery, it is just a quick-fix of the immediate problem.
What is Inpatient Rehab?
Inpatient rehab is a controlled environment where the addict lives for a set period of time without the ability to get any drugs or alcohol. The days are filled with classes and activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. The staff shows them how to live drug free and gives them the help and guidance that they will use once they go back to living on their own. Most inpatient programs last anywhere from 28 days to 6 months depending on the program and the level of addiction that they are attempting to help. Throughout the course of the treatment program, the addict will have opportunities to take field trips outside of the facility to see how they function in the outside world. Once they have completed the rehab program and are on their way to recovery, they are able to start a fresh life where they continue their recovery process. Detox may help the symptoms of addiction, but treatment helps to create a lifestyle free of addiction.
Who is the Staff at Rehab?
The rehab facility tends to hire a range of professionals to guide addicts on their road to recovery. While there are typically licensed addiction counselors on hand, there are also peer mentors or counselors who have suffered addiction and who have maintained a clean and sober lifestyle. This provides a broad spectrum of professionals combined with peer mentors who know what it is like to live with addiction, the pain it causes and how hard it is to break free. With this combination, the recovery rates for those who enter rehab right after detox are extremely high.
What About After Rehab?
Once the inpatient program has been successfully completed, the treatment facility will have post-rehab steps set up. These steps vary on the program as well as the individual, but they all have the same goal- to keep the recovery process going strong. Most of the facilities will help the addict find employment as well as housing. This housing typically consists of a halfway house where they continue the recovery process with a peer mentor and other residents who are going through the same thing. The halfway house typically has a curfew, but as long as the curfew is met and the resident stays drug free, they are able to have a life outside of the home, as opposed to the facility where they have no contact with the outside unless they are under supervision.
How Long Does it Take?
The entire program, to be successful, should take about a year in total. This includes detox, inpatient rehab and the halfway house. Once the addict has made it through that first year, they are well on their way to having a full life, free of substance abuse. This may sound like it takes a long time but the benefits include a long life, full of friends and family and those who love them.
Inpatient rehab sounds scary. It sounds like a place where your life will change, and it will. It will give you hope, your family hope and it will give you the life that you never thought was possible. Through the steps of detox, inpatient rehab and aftercare, you will find that your addiction was just a stepping stone, something that will make you stronger throughout your lifetime. It is something that you can overcome, if you get the help that you need.