What to Expect from Inpatient Rehabsiteadmin2016-04-04T20:15:13+00:00
What to Expect from Inpatient Rehab?
When you enter into an inpatient rehabilitation (rehab) program, you live there with your clothing and minimal toiletries. Some personal effects such as family photos are also permitted. Most facilities do not allow cell phones, tablets, or computers to be brought along. The time that you are in the facility is to focus on you, not the outside world. Some may find this as harsh, but for addicts and alcoholics, it is often the only way to tame the addiction.
Accepting the Addiction
Not everyone enters an inpatient rehab program willingly. This leaves you feeling angry, depressed, and resistant to the program. You have to realize that you’re there for a reason, and it needs to be handled. Many feel like leaving the facility when they don’t get what they want or feel caged in. This is part of the denial stage. In order for the rehab program to work, you have to realize and accept that there is a real problem that is harming you and is disrupting your life.
Length of the Program
Most inpatient programs are scheduled at 90 days. Some extend out for another 30 days, and for those with severe addictions, the suggested program length is often 6 months. It seems like a long time, but the programs keep you busy with group therapy, activities, individual meetings, and some allow you to get a job or volunteer outside of the facility once you hit a “safe point” in your recovery.
Some 90 day programs are extended for those that are not making satisfactory steps in their recovery. If your rehab is court ordered, the facility is responsible for notifying them if you need more time. You’ll have to comply or face jail time. This isn’t fun but when you complete the program you’ll feel better about yourself.
Inpatient programs are structured. This includes working the steps individually with a counselor, sitting in on group therapy to hear the stories of others, and sharing your own thoughts. It also includes partaking in keeping up the facility by cooking and cleaning. This helps to reintroduce you to a normal lifestyle and give you some structure. Because an addict often loses track of what he or she is supposed to do as an adult, structure is a good thing. These responsibilities include putting your family first, holding a job, paying bills, and maintaining a household. There is still plenty of room for relaxing and hanging out with friends in healthy environments too.
Inpatient rehab programs force you to focus on yourself and learn how to say no to those triggers and items of temptation that lead you right back down the road to destruction. It is important to cooperate and open up a bit. Talking about yourself is hard to do, and it can open up bad memories from the past. However, the only way to get past the addiction is to address it head on. You’ll learn how to turn these unpleasant feelings into constructive behaviors rather than looking at the end of an alcohol bottle or scrambling for another hit of your previous drug of choice.