A lack of knowledge is sometimes the only thing keeping addicts from attending residential inpatient treatment. Any new experience can be frightening, and a decision as important as going to rehab should never be taken lightly. To get the best possible care, it’s important that people learn about the therapies, routines, and other activities they’ll experience during treatment. Here are the answers to six of the most common questions about inpatient rehab.
1. How long does rehab last?
Durations vary, but most inpatient rehab programs last between one and three months. For focused and determined patients, even a few weeks can be enough to make permanent lifestyle changes. However, people with co-occurring mental illnesses may need to stay longer. Diagnosis of depression, social anxiety, and other disorders can take extra time, and those patients typically require additional services to make successful recoveries.
2. What can I bring with me?
Every rehab facility has its own rules on the items allowed, but most require patients to bring clothes and toiletries. Religious texts and other helpful items are usually encouraged, as well. As for restrictions, cell phones and other electronics should usually stay at home. Communication with the outside world is typically discouraged during the first few weeks of treatment, and these devices provide more distractions than anything else.
3. What will I be doing all day?
Schedules may change slightly from one day to the next, but most weekdays will follow a similar format. Activities include:
- One-on-one counseling
- Peer group discussions
- Classes on stress and anger management
- Psychiatric therapy for mental patients
- Twelve-step meetings
- Daily reflection time
There are also regular meal times and an hour or two set aside for recreation and personal hobbies. Weekends usually involve group outings, extra downtime, and visitations with friends and family members. Patients who attend family counseling also tend to do so on Saturday or Sunday.
4. What about my job?
Most people who attend rehab are actually able to keep their jobs – provided they weren’t fired for poor behavior beforehand. Drug addiction is alarmingly common in the modern workplace, but most businesses want to do what they can to keep well-trained and experienced employees. As long as you’re honest with your boss, HR department, or employee assistance counselor, you may well be able to retain your employment. Given that addiction is a medical disease, there are also state and federal laws which protect some people from being fired for drug problems.
5. How can I afford this?
The ideal way to pay for rehab is with your current insurance plan. If you contract with an HMO or PPO through your employer, then you may be able to get coverage through your mental health benefits package. If you buy insurance individually, however, matters might be more complicated. You’ll need to consult your insurant agent to find out if you’re covered for inpatient treatment. If your network doesn’t include any rehab clinics, you might also need to consult the state laws regarding out-of-network care for vital services.
6. What happens after rehab?
Inpatient rehab gives addicts the skills to fight their cravings, but recovery is a lifelong effort. Most patients seek ongoing support through additional counseling or community groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. People with co-occurring mental disorders should also continue with their psychiatric therapies. Finally, people who experience short relapses can get back on track with less-intensive outpatient programs.
No matter how strong a hold addiction has on your life, residential inpatient treatment can help you take back control. Whether you have more questions, or you’re ready to get help now, call the number at the top of your screen. Our dedicated counselors are standing by to guide you on your road to recovery.