Choosing to go to rehab is one of the most vital choices you can make to treat your addiction. Here is what you can expect when you check into rehab.

Once you check into rehab, you will undergo a screening and an assessment. During the assessment, staff at the rehab center will determine how long you need to stay in rehab, from 30 to 90 days. You will also undergo a mental health assessment to determine if you have any mental health issues other than addiction, like depression or obsessive compulsive disorder. The type of medical treatment you’ll receive in rehab will also be discussed during your assessment.

After you finish the assessment, you will go through a medical detox. During detox, you will be supervised by doctors and nurses around the clock as you undergo uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.  While physical symptoms are uncomfortable, but only last a few days.Physical symptoms of withdrawal include sweating, a racing heartbeat, and nausea.

To help lessen the withdrawal symptoms and to help treat your addiction, doctors can prescribe medication. Some medications like methadone can help treat opioid addiction, while other medications can help with the underlying mental health issues of addiction like anxiety. Anti-depressants like Xanax can be prescribed to help ease anxiety during your treatment.

Medications can work best when paired with therapy and counseling sessions. There are many types of therapy available when you enter rehab. Individual or group therapy sessions can be beneficial to your treatment. You can get to the underlying causes of your addiction in therapy and learn coping skills to treat your addiction. Family therapy may also be available when you’re in treatment.

Your family may be allowed to visit you in treatment depending on the treatment center. Family members may only be allowed to visit for a few hours, while some family members can stay for a whole weekend.  When they participate in family therapy sessions, they may learn more about how to help you cope with your addiction and how best to help you once you leave rehab.

You can leave rehab at any time, but it’s not advised to leave treatment before your time is completed. Staying for the entire rehab treatment can be your best chance to treat your addiction. Once you leave rehab, you will actually just be beginning your journey to sobriety. During aftercare treatment, you should continue to seek counseling.  Therapy, a stay in a halfway home, and outpatient rehab are all viable options to maintain your sobriety.

Checking into rehab is one of the bravest decisions you can make to improve your life. If you have any questions about what to expect from drug rehab, call the helpful staff of Treatment Now at 08000 380480.