A Snapshot of Rehab

A Snapshot of Rehab

The withdrawal process can be very ugly and grueling at times

Most of us think rehab looks a lot like what is shown on movies or television. You may even see a celebrity being interviewed, and he or she mentions going away to rehab for a given amount of time, and once they come back from rehab everything appears to be fine. This is not the complete picture for what rehab looks like. Upon closer inspection, you can find out more details about the situation.

With inpatient treatment—the most common form of treatment—you go away to a rehabilitation facility for a designated amount of time such as 30, 60 or 90 days. This is for serious addiction where you depend on drugs like Xanax or alcohol everyday. Depending on the severity of your condition, inpatient treatment may be necessary as an individual can receive constant medical attention as given to those in inpatient care.

The other option is outpatient care, where you receive care specifically for your addiction and you are not under close medical care. Outpatient treatment offers flexibility and freedom to patients. Programs for outpatient treatment vary depending on the patient’s needs, but in most cases they meet several times a week for a couple hours at a time in a structured format. This would likely be a good option for someone struggling with the thoughts of relapsing more so than one who is suffering from severe substance abuse.

Rehab Is a Safe Place to Get Clean

Most rehab facilities offer medical care, so when you go into withdrawals for the substance you are abusing, you can get the proper care. The withdrawal process can be very ugly and grueling at times. For example, if you are going into withdrawal for a Xanax addiction, according to the National Institute of Health, some of the withdrawal symptoms include sleep disturbance such as insomnia, extreme irritability, shaking hands, depression, clouded thinking, weight loss, extreme nausea, headaches, palpitations, muscle pain, stiffness and even suicidal thoughts. If you are also dependent on alcohol, this may increase the effects of withdrawal with Xanax.

The withdrawal process is very painful and can be more extreme depending on the level of addiction. It is for this reason that it is very helpful to have a medical staff present during the withdrawal phase. If an individual is not in rehab, the extreme sickness that comes with withdrawal is often what stops an addict from getting sober. If you were to try to quit cold turkey without some medical treatment, you would likely turn back to the drug just to feel better. Not all forms of withdrawal are the same. The symptoms can vary just like any other side effect varies from one person to another.

Rehab Is Based on Structure and Routines

Once you go through the withdrawal process, you will find your time is very structured. You eat at the same time. You wake up at the same time. You do not just sit around and do nothing. Rather, you have treatment sessions and other activities to keep you busy. Your time will be very structured and organized. Over time, you will start to see how these structures are recurring, and this will lead to the establishment of routines. There is a reason for this—routines form a stable foundation for your life. When you were spending your time addicted to drinking or doing drugs like Xanax, this was the focus of your life, but now in rehab you learn about the importance of balance and having healthy habits.

Rehab Provides Individuals With Intensive Treatment for a Specific Period of Time

When in rehab, you will spend time in very focused therapy. The time frame may be a month or even up to three months. This will likely be a combination of individual talk therapy with a counselor, which is commonly called psychotherapy. During this time, you will discuss how you are feeling both mentally and physically. In these sessions, the counselor is an unbiased outside source who can provide you with helpful insight and wisdom to how you can live a sober life.

As you talk about your addiction, you will start to feel better. You can express how you feel instead of holding it inside and getting stressed. While you will experience cravings—that is the urge to use again at some point—talk therapy settings will give you encouragement and also support

There Are Different Approaches Used in Rehab

Many rehab treatment centers are based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). states there are several approaches to CBT including Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, Rational Living Therapy, Cognitive Therapy and Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT). While there are some similarities with each therapy, there are also distinct differences. In many forms of treatment, creative therapy is used. You may do some form of creative therapy such as journaling or playing music to express how you feel.

Some rehab programs include the 12 Steps, which is the approach used with Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. No matter what plan is utilized, the overall goal of treatment is to essentially replace unhealthy behavior with healthy behavior.

Going to rehab is one of the most important steps you can take on the road to recovery. If you are not sure if you need to go to rehab for addiction to drugs like Xanax, please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline. One of our counselors would be glad to speak with you. There is no obligation on your part. Our counselors have been trained to help you and will be glad to answer your questions.

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