I'm pretty sure it all depends on what kind of rehab you go to, what you're going for, inpatient or outpatient, and personal restrictions or needs, etc.
What happens when you go in might be scary, but know that going to rehab when you have a serious addiction to anything is ultimately the best way to get yourself through it. We all need extra help sometimes, and that's okay.
Best of luck :)
First, no locks are on the doors. You are free to leave at any time. Even if you have been adjudicated by the criminal justice system into the program, you can still walk out. You may face the consequences later, but you can choose to leave.The reason there are no locks is because no rehab or treatment program is going to work unless you are willing. If you enter rehab knowing that you are going to drink or use drugs again, you are wasting your money and everyone's time
When you go to rehab, you are essentially isolated from all external things that potentially lead to your form of abuse (whether it is alcohol, drug, eating disorder) etc. This allows for a very personal, contemplative environment that prompts internal reflection that ultimately targets the source of the driving force behind the abuse and allows you to face some very difficult things about yourself in order to achieve a more long-term goal.
Rehab is a place to find support and inspiration and help you through the days where your withdrawals and or cravings are the hardest. When you need someone - they are there. Rehab is not for the half hearted. If you decided to try and cheat the program you will be booted but if you are serious - everyone around you from others doing the same as you to the staff, will be there for you night and day. When you are through the program you know you have the strength to continue and you are through the worst of it. You will also learn some new skills as Rehab is not just about drying out, its about staying clean and dry. Whatever your vice, its about being true to yourself and you can learn that in rehab. It takes a brave person to decide they want to change their life so my congratulations to you for such bravery.
Different facilities have different treatment programs. Some commonalities to be expected at most facilities are counseling (via group and/or one-on-one therapy), a variety of activities (mine had exercise times and crafts), meeting with a psychiatrist for medication, and likely 12-step meetings (AA/NA). Many facilities recommend 12-step recovery, and these will have 12-step meetings brought in by AA/NA members. Some facilities take patients to outside meetings as well.
There are many different approaches to rehabilitation, it's important to choose a facility which program fits you well! In inpatients program you will live in the facility during your rehabilitation, if you are going to rehab for drug or alcohol it's likely that you're going to a period of detox before starting the program (often is in a different facility). when you're finally going to enter rehab you will find a building with no locks or bars, it's not a prison and are free to leave and end the program if you feel it's the case. In the center you will find social workers, counsellors and, likely, psychologist and psychiatrist that are going to help you in your journey. the activities depends on the type of facility but it's likely that you will receive individual counselling and group therapy during your stay. there will be family meetings (even thought it may take a while) so don't worry about not being able to see your loved ones!
there are also a lot of recreational activities and hobbies in which you can spend your free time. In the facility where I've worked we had gardening, a cooking workshop and an art one too!
At first it will be very hard to follow up with the practice of getting rid of the addictions. But if you endure it you can get over the habit. I am sure everyone can if they are positive and have good moral support from the professionals working with them.
This can depend a lot on the type of program, the issues that the patient is facing, etc. Generally, the first and most important step is to medically stabilize a person if necessary. For example, a person who has been drinking heavily or abusing prescription drugs may need to have a doctor evaluate their condition and provide medication and/or monitoring to ensure the patient's safety. Once stable, the focus is on the core issue or issues that led to the behavior requiring rehab. Generally, talk therapy (and sometimes medication) is used to help the person begin on a path of recovery.
In a rehabilitation center you will learn to live without your addiction. Through detox, counselling, recreational therapy, and education - you will learn the skills needed to live an addiction free life. You will receive ongoing support throughout your stay and aftercare upon your release. You will also be treated for any withdrawal symptoms you experience (if applicable)
When you go to rehab, you not only try to change your substanse problems. But you also try to change your mental state into understanding the consequences that will incur on those that are close to you,
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