When you finally find yourself closing in on hitting rock bottom, you will realize your addiction is leading somewhere you might not really want to go. Many addiction sufferers will push the envelope until they find themselves facing prison, insanity or death. There is good news. You can always choose to admit you have an illness and want help. It will take courage and strength but considering what you have to lose, you can likely summon the strength.
What do you do when you are ready to seek help? Admitting you have an addiction is the first step towards recovery. After that, you’ll want to find a rehab center that will be able to provide with the best treatment possible based on what you can afford. For sure, it can be kind of scary to turn your well-being over to people you don’t know. The thing is rehab is the only viable solution that works on a consistent basis when fighting an addiction. If information about the treatment process will motivate to seek the help you need, we would like to offer the following.
Aspects of Addiction Treatment
As you enter rehab, the facility’s staff will ask you to submit to an evaluation process. They need to know details about your addiction before they can chart a course of treatment. They will be taking into consideration the length and depth of your addiction, as well as the substance or substances you have been abusing. Once they have a clear picture of that with which they are dealing, your addiction treatment program will begin.
In an effort to educate you about the treatment process before you enter rehab, you’ll want to know there are three aspects of treatment. they include:
- Therapy and Counseling
- Participation in aftercare programs
At this point, we would like to go into more detail.
You need to be aware that you will likely encounter withdrawal symptoms when you first decide to stop using or drinking. The nature of your withdrawal symptoms will depend on the depth of your addiction. In all likelihood, you can expect to encounter a lot of discomforts, sometimes bordering on dangerous. As a point of reference, here are some of the more dubious withdrawal symptoms a heroin addict might encounter when they stop using:
- Heart rate and high blood pressure problems
- Respiratory problems
- Convulsions, tremors, hallucinations, and nightmares
- Sleeping issues
- Severe muscle cramping in the stomach region
- Psychiatric issues like depression and high anxiety
- Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting
The whole point of a detox program is to help you clear your cravings and withdrawal symptoms as safely as possible.
Therapy and Counseling
After getting safely past withdrawal, you will need to buckle up for the ride of therapy. Therapy, both individual and group therapies, serve as the meat and potatoes of addiction treatment. The hope is you will be open and honest during the counseling portion of treatment. You can think of it as a mission of self-discovery. It’s during your therapy sessions that you will need to bare your soul in order to understand the root causes of your addiction.
If you can truly identify the reasons why you feel compelled to risk your well-being for a few minutes of being high, you will have found the doorway to a solid recovery. All you will need to do at this point is to focus on improving your life and coping skills. The ability to handle yourself when temptation and your triggers come calling will dictate how effective you will be at avoiding relapses.
Participation in Aftercare Programs
At the point you leave rehab, your recovery will still be in its infancy. The best way to protect your recovery while your addiction is looking for an opportunity to bounce back is to make sure you have identified relapse prevention resources. While there’s a wide range of options, the most popular kinds of aftercare include residing in a sober living environment, continuing on with outpatient counseling and taking advantage of the group support resources you will find in a 12-Step meeting (AA & NA).
Before you get too wrapped up in the different aspects of addiction treatment, we hope you will move forward and fight back. When you are ready to do that, we’ll have your back. For more information, please call us at 866-698-0823.
Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019
All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.