Entering into a drug rehab center can and will be a scary and life altering choice and one that should not be taken lightly. Before you enter into a rehab center, there are certain self reflective questions you should ask yourself to ensure you are going to get the best results possible from your experience in a drug rehab program.
1. What results do you expect from your rehabilitation?
Every drug rehab program is going to be different, so you are going to need to examine different centers and their programs and see which one will work best for what you need for yourself. Some programs will be more intensive, some will be less intensive. Some programs will require you to stay there throughout the duration of your stay, and some will allow you to be out and about to live your life as normally as you can while you go through the different phases of recovery. Doing the research on all the available drug rehabs and what their programs entail will help you make the decision that will be best for your life and your future.
2. Does the program swap one drug for another?
There are a lot of programs out there that will hand out certain drugs to people who are struggling to get clean. There are drug treatment programs that hand out methadone, Suboxone, buprenorphine, and various other types of drugs that are supposed to help suppress the urge to continue using illicit drugs. You will have to decide if this is something you want to do. Some people are okay swapping an illegal drug for a legal drug, but you have to ask yourself if this is really the kind of progress you want. It might not be in your best interest to get involved in a facility that gives you a drug that helps to alleviate your cravings for illegal drugs because then whenever you exit the rehab center and are done with the program you are going to want to continue using the drugs that the program gave you in order to prevent yourself from returning to your past drug use. That might not always be possible depending on where you live and what might be available in your area, so it is important to decide if you want to swap one drug for another with whatever program that you decide to enter.
3. Will the program have other components that contribute to a healthy lifestyle?
When someone goes into a treatment center, usually that person is living an unhealthy lifestyle in ways other than the substance abuse. So it is important to learn what different programs offer in the way of helping those in the program learn to live a healthier lifestyle. Some programs include different kinds of nutritional plans that can help a person in their recovery, because when you live and eat in a more healthy manner then you will feel like a more healthy person, and when you feel good about yourself your urges to return to substance abuse will go down. So it is important to figure out if a center will offer other ways to be healthy other than simply quitting the use of illicit substances.
4. Does the program teach a person sufficient life skills?
Going into a rehab is one way to get sober, but once you exit, you will probably find yourself encountering the same people or situations that drove you to begin using drugs in the first place. In order to avoid succumbing to the urge to use drugs, a person will have to develop certain coping mechanisms that will help them in situations where they have the opportunity to begin using again. So it is crucial to find out if the facility you want to enter will teach you different ways and methods and life skills to help avoid relapsing. When you exit the program you will be faced with the different stresses of life that drove you to begin using in the first place, so picking a rehab center that will teach you the life skills to cope with those stresses in a positive way should be on your list of questions to ask before joining.
5. Does the rehab treat addiction as a chronic illness?
Some treatment centers have the philosophy that addiction is a chronic disease that affects someone throughout their entire lives. Others are on the opposite side of the spectrum and believe that addiction is something that can be overcome and do not treat it like a disease. You have to ask yourself which that you believe: whether you feel that addiction is a lifelong disease or whether it is something that can be beaten and moved on from. There is no right answer when it comes to this question, as every one’s personal opinions on the matter will differ, but it is important to know how a program treats addiction before entering one.
6. What kind of aftercare support does the program offer?
When all is said and done and you are out of the rehab facility, you are going to be fighting the urge to relapse every single day, which means you might need a little help and assistance along the way after you are done with the program. Figuring out what kind of aftercare assistance a program offers is important because you do not want to find yourself alone in the fight to resist your urge to return to substance abuse. A program that offers sponsors and over the phone assistance for patients that have completed the program might be best if you think that you will struggle in staying sober after you complete the program. This is one thing that should not be overlooked when you are looking for a drug rehab program that will be the best for you.
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