While we can understand that if you are struggling with a drug or alcohol dependency you may just want to throw yourself headfirst into your treatments and hope for the best.
That thinking about what’s to come may be putting you off even trying to find help.
But ignorance and mystery just breeds more fear.
The only way to make yourself feel better about rehab and the treatments they offer there is by learning what exactly will happen.
This will let you see it really isn’t that scary of a place and a lot of the negative stereotypes that come from tv and movies just simply aren’t true.
First and foremost rehab is a form of a hospital.
It is a specialised medical centre designed specifically to help those struggling with a drug or alcohol dependency.
It offers a wide range of treatments designed to tackle both the physical and mental effects of prolonged substances abuse.
In terms of treating the physical problems, it first offers a detox upon your arrival at the rehab centre.
The detox to put it simply is the process of ridding your body of all drugs and alcohol.
This is so that you can work through the withdrawal symptoms in a safe and controlled environment.
This is an important step as withdrawal symptoms can easily prove too much for a person body to handle.
They can cause you to experience chills, nausea, paranoia, mood swings, muscle pain, insomnia and vomiting.
When experienced alone and without the supervision of fully trained medical personnel it is very easy for someone to find them so unbearable the return to substance abuse.
They can easily use too much resulting in hospitalisation.
The reason so many people who have worked through the treatments consider the detox as the worst part is that the symptoms are so bad.
They are uncomfortable and if experienced alone very dangerous.
But within the security of a rehab centre, you will be monitored day and night until your detox is completed. The medical staff will be on constant call to keep you safe and administer special medication to relieve the symptoms should they prove too much.
It is hard but in rehab it is doable.
That is what much of rehab is. Most of what they offer you could do yourself with enough willpower. But it will be much harder and much more dangerous.
The journey towards long term recovery isn’t just something to can grin and bear your way through. You need help and professional support that can provide you with the treatments you need.
While you could technically attempt the detox outside of rehab against medical advice. You simply can’t continue your treatments alone.
You need a therapist in order to do therapy.
Therapy is arguably the most important step of the recovery process. A lot of substance abuse is done because of mental health issues. It acts as a coping mechanism for when you are stressed or triggered in some way.
As trauma is the leading cause of substance abuse in order to achieve long term recovery you will need to work with a therapist in order to both understand why you are drug or alcohol dependent in the first place and how to develop healthier coping mechanisms.
This will usually be done through group therapy sessions. This is where you, along with others staying at the centre at the time will be able to sit together and support each other’s journey.
You will be monitored by a fully qualified therapist who can recommend various exercises and techniques so you can avoid triggers for your cravings and resort to healthier coping mechanisms such as exercise or music.
Rehab centres also offer various workshops designed to improve both your physical and mental health.
They often act as classes to help you learn how to do basic upkeep of your body and mind once you have left the centre.
One example of a common workshop is a nutrition class.
This is designed to help you cook yourself well-balanced meals and begin to repair some of the damage done to your body from prolonged substance abuse.
Another example is meditation classes to help centre you.
In order to achieve long-term recovery, upkeep is very important. If you start to slip it is very easy to return to old habits.
At this point, you may be ready to find a rehab centre and begin your treatment but you may not know where to start.
In fact, the idea of having to look through all the choices just in the Totnes area may feel too much. It’s perfectly understandable and normal if you don’t know exactly what you need out of your rehab experience.
What kind of facilities you should look for in your rehab and what constitutes a good and most importantly safe rehab centre.
Well, that’s where we come in.
At Rehab 4 Addiction we have worked with rehab centres for years. We know them in and out, so we know where to send you.
We would never send you somewhere unsafe or dirty so no matter where you can end up you can rest assured you are safe.
Through our free initial assessment, we aim to learn about you. What you want to get from your time at the rehab centre, what you may be scared or just worried about and your history with both drug or alcohol dependency and the recovery process.
From this, we are able to refer you to a rehab centre within the Totnes area that is best suited for your needs.
One that will have the staff and facilities that will give you the best possible chance at achieving long-term recovery.
We put you and your needs before anything else and we can be there for you as you get ready to begin your journey. We know you can feel alone and scared right now but we just want to help you.
We want to support you so you can focus on your treatment.
Calling us is the first step, let us handle the hard part so all you have to do is work through your treatments and get closer to long term recovery every day.
Please give us a call at 0800 140 4690.
We’re waiting to help you.