Venturing into the unknown can be a scary thing. Not knowing what to expect or how your life may change, requires a leap of faith to say the least. Although there is only one way to truly understand the benefits of a rehab program, going in prepared with an understanding of what to expect can help to put your mind at ease. If you are worrying about your rehab program or simply have a few questions to help you prepare, here’s what you can expect from a drug rehab program:
People who understand what you are going through
“The natural propensity of human beings to congregate makes group therapy a powerful therapeutic tool for treating substance abuse, one that is as helpful as individual therapy, and sometimes more successful.” This excerpt from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Treatment Improvement Protocols clearly demonstrates the importance of connecting with others who are going through the same thing in order to follow the path to a successful recovery. Part of what makes rehab so successful for so many is the ability to connect with others who have shared similar experiences. That human connection is the main difference between individual therapy versus group counseling.
Group and individual counseling
Both group counseling and individual therapy are important aspects of most drug rehab programs. Group therapy could vary in terms of size depending on the type of therapy being used, but it typically includes around 10 to 12 people. Individual therapy involves one patient and any number of therapists depending on the type of therapy being used. While both therapies are effective and beneficial to recovery for different reasons, research shows that group therapy is especially important when it comes to recovering from drug addiction. However, one-on-one therapy provides patients a chance to delve into issues individually with an experienced therapist, which can play a huge part in overall recovery.
Regular drug testing
In order to ensure that each patient is remaining committed to recovery, regular drug testing is common practice in most drug rehab programs. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, relapse rates for addiction treatment are as high as 40 to 60 percent. With such staggering numbers to take into account, drug testing is extremely important in order to keep patients accountable and on track during any drug recovery program.
People who hold you accountable
There is no way around it—rehab will be a lot of work and can take a toll on you emotionally. That is why having support in order to help hold yourself accountable is such an important part of recovery. Not only will therapists and staff members be available to help you while you progress, but other patients who you connect with will be another life jacket to keep you on track.
New coping skills
Although your time in rehab is extremely important, what you take away from the experience is equally as important. That is why drug rehab will work with you to teach new coping skills for addiction treatment. Ways to avoid high-risk situations, learning to relax without the use of drugs, and even avoiding hunger are all areas that may require new skills in order to keep yourself from relapsing. Most drug rehab programs will work with you to create these life skills needed in order to keep you focused on recovery, even after you’ve left rehab.
If you have any questions or concerns about what to expect from a drug rehab program, please contact us. Our team is here to support you.
Erica Franco Mortimer, MA, LPC, LCADC
Founder and CEO
Center for Healing
Erica is a licensed therapist with over twenty-years experience in mental health. Erica offers practical and straight forward advice to those struggling with addiction and their families. Having deep insight and understanding of addiction, Erica is able to offer guidance to those looking to regain control of their lives.