Rehab can be an effective way to overcome addiction, but it’s not the only option. Because of this, it’s important to understand whether or not you really need treatment, and how you can tell if it will be effective for you. If you’re unsure about whether or not you need help overcoming your addiction, read on to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment options that may be right for you.
Myths About Rehab
There’s a lot of misinformation about rehab—so here are a few myths about rehab: A) Only weak people need rehab, B) Rehab is expensive, C) I can do it on my own. The truth is that everyone from Wall Street traders to professional athletes go to rehab. And there are many ways to pay for your treatment that won’t leave you broke. D) You can overcome addiction on your own through sheer will power. This simply isn’t true: Even if you think you can beat an addiction without help, chances are high that you will relapse. Most people who relapse eventually seek help and go back into treatment—and those who don’t often die from their addictions.
What is Rehab Like?
When you first enroll in rehab, you will be assessed by a team of professional doctors and nurses. This assessment may happen while you are still intoxicated or under anesthesia. If it does, don’t be surprised; people who enter rehab usually arrive with a variety of physical and psychological ailments. The assessment is necessary because treatment will vary from patient to patient. After your initial evaluation, doctors will determine whether or not to place you on detoxification—more commonly known as a detox—before beginning your treatment program.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient
Inpatient rehab facilities require patients to stay on-site, typically at a treatment center. The minimum stay tends to be 28 days and allows individuals to receive 24/7 care in a safe, supervised environment. Inpatient rehab is great for those looking for intense treatment, including medically assisted detoxification if necessary. These centers are often best suited for patients who have had previous relapses or have other serious addictions or mental health disorders in addition to substance abuse problems.
Types of Treatment
When it comes to rehab, there are a number of options. The first step in determining what route is best for you is by assessing your addiction type. What type of substance(s) do you abuse? Do you have a physical dependency or mental dependence on substances, or both? How has your addiction affected your relationships and/or work life? By considering these questions, you’ll get a better idea about what treatment method will be most effective. For example, if you struggle with both alcohol and drug use, you may need a longer rehab program that addresses both substance types.