Before you begin addiction treatment, you should consider what happens during rehab, what you must do to recover from addiction and what you must do after treatment ends.
The first thing you need to know when looking for drug or alcohol addiction treatment is what happens during such treatment. You can pursue several treatment options, but most forms of treatment include some common components. First, when you begin addiction treatment you will go through detox treatment, wherein drugs and alcohol are allowed to exit your system. During detox you may experience severe withdrawal symptoms, but with medical attention this process is safe. After detox you will go through intensive treatment for your addiction, which means you will learn what causes addiction, what caused your addiction and what factors may lead to relapse. Addiction treatment may include individual therapy, group therapy, support groups and other types of treatment; you will learn strategies for avoiding relapse and you will gradually learn to live without drugs.
Many drug users believe they are not strong or able enough to recover from addiction permanently, but this is simply false. Whether you have been addicted to drugs for six months or 20 years, you have everything you need to recover from your addiction when you seek professional addiction treatment. There is no such thing as a helpless addict, because anyone can recover from addiction with determination and proper treatment.
Recovering users often fear what they will do once they leave addiction treatment. Recovering users are sheltered while attending treatment, because there is no access to alcohol or drugs, but outside the treatment center users may regularly face the temptation of relapse. While addiction treatment prepares users for life outside of treatment, such treatment does not guarantee that users will stay clean after rehab ends. Therefore, once you complete addiction treatment, you should continue with some form of aftercare so you can avoid relapse. With further addiction treatment, you can learn more about addiction while you become stronger in recovery.
If you are ready to begin recovering from your drug or alcohol addiction, call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer questions about addiction, to connect users with professional treatment options and to let callers know if their health insurance will cover rehab. Call now and speak with one of our addiction experts so you can find treatment and begin recovery.