Whether the judge in your case sentences you to alcohol rehab or you choose to go on your own, you undoubtedly are wondering what to expect. In fact, many people avoid rehab due to misconceptions about what goes on behind closed doors. The key to rehab is knowing that it will not work if you are not willing. Knowing what you will be facing can make it easier to make that first step.
In West Palm Beach and elsewhere, one of the first steps in rehab is detoxification. You cannot hope to get well if you remain intoxicated. The rehab facility may have an in-house detox program, or they may ask that you get clean on your own before entering the facility. Typically, detoxification takes place over a five to seven day period on an inpatient basis.
After you have gone through detox, most facilities provide education. The type of education that you receive will vary from place to place but, in general, you will be taught the tools necessary to manage your addiction. Most treatment programs use education as a tool to break through the denial or ambivalence you feel about your addiction to alcohol.
Along with education, you will receive private and group counseling. These meetings are led by trained counselors who specialize in addiction. The purpose of counseling is to teach you how to live your life without alcohol. You will be taught about your triggers, and you will learn how to avoid situations that will make you want to reach for a drink. Counseling will also give you new coping skills to life’s stressors.
Some facilities may include your friends and family in your rehabilitation process. Studies have shown that this kind of support can make rehab more successful. Some programs may include your friends and family throughout the process, and others include your loved ones only at the end of the program.
Aftercare is essential for rehabilitation. Many facilities offer support to their patients even after they have graduated from the program. Your counselor should be able to make suggestions based upon your unique needs and desires.
While each facility operates in a different manner, these are the things that you can generally expect when you enter rehab. If you are given the opportunity to do so, visiting different centers can give you a better idea of which will work for you and your family.
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