What to Expect during the First Week of Inpatient Drug Rehab

What to Expect during the First Week of Inpatient Drug RehabMany people have an inaccurate understanding of what rehab is and how it works. Hollywood depictions may make for entertaining films, but they often leave people thinking that rehab centers are part prison, part psychiatric hospital. The truth is that the most effective rehab facilities are comfortable places staffed by attentive and caring professionals with one goal in mind: to help you develop the skills necessary to live an addiction-free life. Knowing what to expect when you arrive can make a significant difference in the effectiveness of your treatment.

Rehabilitation Intake Procedures

When a person first arrives at a rehab program he goes through a careful intake process designed to identify his specific needs. If he is unconscious or unable to respond coherently he will be given a safe and comfortable place to rest as the substance leaves his body. Most patients receive a careful physical exam as well as an interview, or series of interviews, designed to identify any and all co-occurring disorders such as the following:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Behavioral addictions
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia or other psychiatric issues

Each addict is a unique human being with a unique story to tell. No two patients are the same so no two treatment plans are either. Intake counselors go to great lengths to get to know each person as they come into a program and to develop a unique plan that will address their specific needs.

Medically Supervised Detoxification

It can take anywhere from a couple of days to more than a week for the body to flush out an addictive substance. During this time the recovering addict will experience a range of withdrawal symptoms that may be severe or even dangerous. Medically supervised detox offers the following advantages over self-managed or cold-turkey detox:

  • Doctors can monitor the health of the patient constantly
  • Many of the worst withdrawal symptoms can be medically relieved
  • Patients are given nutritional support through vitamins, medications, and a healthy diet
  • Quiet, comfortable, and safe resting conditions help patients manage detox more effectively

Depending on the intensity of the substance abuse, and the length of time the addict has been using, this process can range from 2 – 10 days.

Developing a Customized Treatment Plan for You

During the first week each patient learns the details of their specific treatment plan. Recovery involves significant effort from the recovering addict so it is critical that they understand the process and feel a sense of ownership over it. Although each treatment profile will be different, they often involve some of the following, proven elements:

  • Private, personal counseling of various styles
  • Support group meetings
  • Engaging activities
  • Creative outlets
  • Exercise
  • Healthy coping skill development
  • Education about addiction
  • Relaxation activities such as meditation, yoga, or prayer

By the end of the first week most addicts understand what their issues are and are prepared for the following weeks of treatment. There is often an adjustment process, but by the end of that week the worst withdrawal symptoms are over and patients are starting to building friendships with their fellow patients.

Call to Learn More about What You Can Expect from Rehab

If you would like more information about what to expect during the first week of rehab please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are standing by and are ready to help you get the best treatment possible. Call today.