You’re here because you have made the wonderful decision to take care of your addiction once and for all. Maybe you are here because you are doing some research for a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Whatever the case, you have made the right decision. There is simply no time like the present to check into a local rehab facility and begin the process of lifelong sobriety!
However, you probably already know just how hard it can be when you are an addict. The popular phrase “say no to drugs” really isn’t all that easy to follow, is it? You may be worried about what will happen once you leave rehab and head back into the real world. Rehab is a safe space that you can let your guard down in, but you won’t be able to do that as much once you are out. So the question remains- Should you continue to get addiction counseling even when rehab is over? Read on to find out more.
What You Should Know About Rehab
If you are actively using drugs or drinking alcohol, you may be wondering whether or not you have to stop before you check into a facility. No, you do not. During the intake process, clearly explain what you have been using, how long you have been using, and the last time you used. Your addiction specialist team will put together your very own comprehensive treatment plan that will include detox. This detox may also involve medication that will help with withdrawal symptoms.
Of course, rehab is much more than just getting the drugs out of your system for good. Rehab is hard work that doesn’t end after you are no longer high or drunk. The next big step will be to learn how to cope with the many triggers you will have to confront once you leave. This is when therapy will come into play.
The Stages of Therapy
Most rehabs offer various stages of therapy, such as:
• Private counseling
• Group therapy
• Family therapy
During your stay, your counselor will set up private visits that will be geared toward learning how to cope without your crutch. This will often include a dual diagnosis, which is when a patient is diagnosed with a mental health disorder along with an addiction. Some patients use drugs or alcohol because they have a mental health disorder, while some disorders cause patients to want to become high or intoxicated. It can be a cycle that is hard to break for even the strongest individual.
This is why therapy is so important, even once you have successfully completed detox. You’ll learn what to do when you leave the facility and are tempted to use again. Your therapist will talk with you about any mental health disorders you may have which will help you understand why you use.
You’ll also become involved in group therapy sessions while in rehab. Group therapy brings residents together in a safe, supportive setting. A licensed therapist or counselor will lead the group, and you will all have a turn talking about various subjects. This is a very important step to sobriety and one that can be very useful during your stay, so you will want to take it seriously.
Finally, your rehab may offer family therapy sessions at some point, usually a few weeks in and after you have detoxed. This allows family members to come together and begin mending broken relationships, if possible.
Therapy After Rehab
You don’t want to stop addiction counseling after you leave rehab. In fact, it is more important than ever to keep up with therapy when you are back to your daily routine. Your treatment plan will typically include information on what to do when you leave. You may be able to come back to the rehab for therapy, or you might be given local outpatient centers that can help you on a daily basis. It is also a good idea to consider local AA or NA groups in your area. If you can, consider continuing group therapy after you leave. Being around people who know exactly what you are going through will be very comforting to you during this difficult time.
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It’s time to step up and take responsibility for your life, and we are here to help you do just that! Give us a call now at 954-523-1167 to learn more. Our caring staff is ready to walk you through the process as soon as possible. Make this very important step today!