The Answers to 10 Common Questions Asked When Choosing a Drug Rehab Program
Starting a new phase in life and leaving drug and alcohol use behind is a huge step.
As with any big change in life, asking questions is an important part of getting the most out of the process and fully understanding what is happening and why.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions by people who are beginning the process of recovery and seeking a drug rehab program to support them in building a strong foundation for their new lives.
- Where do I start?
At the beginning. Talk to your family doctor about what you have been experiencing. Reach out to our call center at the number listed here and speak to someone about your experience with drugs and alcohol, and what you would like to see happen in terms of treatment. There are many different options and things to consider as you pick a drug rehab program. The more you know about the nature of these choices and their potential results, the better able you will be to choose the type of addiction treatment that makes the most sense for your life.
- Will I get to see and talk to my family?
Yes. If you choose an outpatient addiction treatment program, you can see your friends and family when you are not in treatment. If you opt for an inpatient treatment program, you may be limited in your communications with everyone for the first couple of weeks, as you work your way through the physical withdrawal symptoms that may characterize detox and acclimate to life in treatment.
After those first couple of weeks, however, depending upon the guidelines and expectations of the treatment program, you may be able to call, email, or visit with family members at designated times in the day. Many drug rehab programs work to support family members in the process of recovery as well and offer workshops, the option to take part in family therapy sessions, support groups, and family visitation days to ensure that family members are included as much as possible.
- How do I know that addiction treatment will work?
There is no cure for addiction of any kind, but there are a number of research-based treatments that have been proven to be effective in helping people achieve and maintain recovery.
The way to ensure that you have the most productive experience possible in treatment is to choose a drug rehab program that begins your treatment with a full evaluation and assessment process. This process should identify all issues that are contributing to the drug and alcohol abuse (e.g., behavioral disorders, underlying mental health disorders, learning disabilities, and more). Based on the results, a unique treatment plan can be created that will empower you to address and manage these disorders.
- Will I be given medication or medical care?
Depending on the nature of your addiction and co-occurring physical and mental health ailments, medication may or may not be part of your personal treatment plan. This will be determined based on the results of your assessment as well as your goals for recovery.
- What are holistic treatment options, and why do they matter?
Yoga, meditation, acupressure and acupuncture, herbal supplements, and more make up the huge body of holistic treatments that may be effective parts of your recovery. These treatments not only serve to lower stress and open your attention to the spiritual side of your life but can make you feel more grounded, positive, and focused as well as improve your overall sense of wellbeing. The type you choose will be based on your goals in recovery and personal experience.
- What if I hate a certain kind of therapy?
If you are struggling with any aspect of a therapy or do not find it to be beneficial, discuss it with your therapist and come up with a plan to address the problem.
- What if I don’t get along with my therapist?
If you find that you and your therapist do not see eye to eye, or if you do not feel comfortable with your therapist, discuss the issue with the program director with the goal of resolution or working with another therapeutic professional as your primary case manager.
- How do I pay for drug rehab?
Health insurance coverage can and should cover part of the costs of drug addiction treatment. The remainder of the bill may be covered by financing, savings, or borrowing from family members. The details can be worked out in advance with a financial counselor who will assist you in constructing a payment plan that works best for your situation.
- What should I bring with me?
It is important to be comfortable in rehab, so comfy clothes that are appropriate to the season and location are recommended. Avoid clothes with any drug-related, suggestive, or otherwise controversial imagery or sayings, and leave the expensive items at home. Similarly, jewelry, cash, sexual items, and electronic devices should be left home as well. Of course, do not bring drugs or alcohol of any kind. Medications must be managed on a case-by-case basis.
Every rehab program will provide you with a list of what you should and shouldn’t bring. Use this to guide you as you pack.
- Am I just on my own when I complete the drug rehab program?
Absolutely not. You will be supported in your transition home and the months following with an aftercare treatment plan that is based on your needs. This may include alumni programs and meetings, referrals to local holistic treatment professionals, and continued treatment for co-occurring mental health issues as well as the recommendation to attend 12-Step meetings or any abstinence-based addiction recovery support group.