Making the decision to enter into rehab for a drug or alcohol addiction is an intensely important decision that is personal not just for you but for your loved ones and family. And making the decision can oftentimes be one of emotion and impulse rather than careful planning because of the nature of addiction. Because of that, you’re going to have a lot of questions and unknowns. You’re going to need to turn to places to find answers.
Rehab is different for everyone. No two people are the same and no two addictions are the same. This means your questions will likely not be the same as the person sitting next to you during intake but that doesn’t mean you can’t do research and we can’t provide as much knowledge as possible to help you understand your situations and options as best as you can.
What exactly is drug rehab?
Drug and alcohol rehab is a method of helping someone who is suffering from a substance addiction. It is generally the first step in the process towards achieving a sober life. Rehab can be in-patient or out-patient, feature a detox portion, different counseling options, art or music therapy options, and other treatment methods.
How do I know whether to do in-patient rehab or out-patient?
It depends on your own needs and assessment of your addiction. In-patient is for those needing to detox and at high risk of using without a round-the-clock support system. Out-patient is for those who need help keeping themselves accountable but do not need constant support or help developing routines. Often people enter out-patient after completing an in-patient program.
How long does a typical program take?
A typical program length depends on the person and their needs. Usually 28 days is the initial goal with many people staying on longer as they work through the underlying causes of their addiction, develop routines, and prepare to live life soberly with a less structured support system. Plan for at least a month but knowing it will likely be longer.
What is detox?
Detox is often the first step in your rehabilitation process. It is the period when your body will be flushed of toxins and residual drugs and alcohol. It is uncomfortable, medically important, and often is overseen by medical professionals because of the possibility of complication in extreme cases. For some, this is a necessary and incredibly difficult first step towards sobriety.
What is Mile High’s approach?
We deal with a diverse population of patients at different stages in their journey. We offer individualized and customized care for all our patients to ensure the best methods of creating structure and sustainable life after rehab.
You can’t know everything about a treatment center from reading alone. You have to talk to professionals there and understand your needs and what they can offer. If you’ve had an inkling about going to rehab, it’s important to research as much as possible so you’re ready to take your next step towards a sustainable, sober life.