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New to Rehab: Where to Begin

New to Rehab: Where to Begin

Individual therapy is an essential part of treatment that most centers offer

The decision to recover from addiction is the first and most important step in achieving a more fulfilling life for San Diego’s recovery residents. However, there are many decisions to make, which leaves many recovering addicts feeling unsure and a bit overwhelmed. Here are some thoughts to help you get started on the right track.

Choosing a Rehab Program

One of the most daunting parts of recovery is choosing your treatment facility. There are many things to consider when choosing which rehab to enter.

Perhaps the biggest decision that must be made regarding your treatment is whether you will enter an inpatient or outpatient treatment center. Inpatient programs offer the benefits of greater focus and a more inclusive treatment experience. Outpatient programs, on the other hand, allow greater time flexibility for those with work, school or family responsibilities.

You must also decide whether you want to attend a local program or travel for treatment. Someone living in Oregon may choose to travel to a facility in San Diego, for a new environment free of local triggers.

Another thing you may consider is whether you would prefer a gender-specific program or one that is co-ed. While gender-specific rehabs allow for greater focus, many people feel that the co-ed experience is more applicable to a real-world setting.

While choosing which rehab program to enter, it is never a bad idea to call and visit representatives of the programs you are considering. Visiting will help to address any questions you may have and can show you what type of environment the facility has.

What to Expect

When entering rehab, some addicts may be required to complete a formalized detoxification process to ensure health and safety in the early stages of recovery. A formal detox helps recovering addicts to move comfortably through the initial stages of drug withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms and treatment may vary between individuals depending on the severity of addiction and the substances abused.

Inpatient and outpatient rehab programs often offer similar therapies to help addicts get over the initial hump of recovery. Individual therapy is an essential part of treatment that most treatment centers offer. In therapy, you will interact with a trained therapist to discover and work through a wide range of topics. These may include subjects like past history, substance abuse triggers and coping techniques. In addition, some programs offer family therapy to address the impact of substance abuse on the family unit.

Depending on which rehab program you are admitted to, additional therapies may be offered. For example, some programs may offer art therapy, music therapy or even equine therapy. Other programs may even center their treatment off of adventure therapy, which utilizes both indoor and outdoor experiences in addiction recovery.

Life after Rehab

Although rehab is an important milestone in addiction treatment, it is only the beginning of a fulfilling lifetime of recovery. Because of this, addicts going into rehab must be aware that treatment does not end when rehab does. Continued treatment is often necessary to help recovering addicts adjust to a new lifestyle and avoid relapse after leaving rehab.

Get Help for Drug or Alcohol Addiction

By choosing recovery, you are taking the first and most important step toward happiness and self-fulfillment. Therefore, if you or a loved one has become addicted to drugs or alcohol, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about treatments for drug or alcohol addiction.