8 Things You Will Learn in Drug Rehab

Going to drug rehab for the first time can be scary – you have lived so long with drugs and/or alcohol that suddenly being removed from everything you know is surely nothing short of terrifying. Living sober is completely foreign, and the unknown is often feared. However, there are at least 8 reassuring things you can expect to learn that will make the overall process far less frightening. In fact, you may even look forward to learning these benchmark lessons of recovery!

  1. You Are Not Alone

You will quickly find that at least one person you are in treatment with shares a story almost identical to yours. If you think no one can relate to a specific experience or feeling, this is undoubtedly not the case. Don’t be afraid to reach out – you inevitably have more in common with your peers than you think.

  1. You Are Not a Bad Person

No matter how many depraved and ruthless things you have done in your past, there is always someone who has done something worse. And acting out in unfavorable ways doesn’t make you a bad person – it makes you a drug addict! Hardly any dope fiends are upstanding members of society. Go easy on yourself. You are seeking help now, thus you are being given the opportunity to start anew and prove to the world who you really are.

  1. Addiction is a Disease

Despite what you may think or what you may have heard from friends and family, addiction to drugs or alcohol is far from a choice. If you are seeking treatment you have come to realize that you can’t simply stop whenever you want to. This is because of a chemical imbalance in your brain – one that you will learn about in detail during your stint at a South Florida drug rehab.

  1. You Are Probably Depressed, Anxious, or Both

In many instances, an individual who abuses drugs or alcohol is trying to alleviate symptoms of an underlying psychological disorder. Once a medical professional properly evaluates you, you will get the help you need to stop feeling “off” – and start feeling truly happy.

  1. Feelings Are Pretty Amazing

In most cases, addicts and alcoholics use on a regular basis in order to stifle and avoid feeling their feelings. Getting sober is a rollercoaster of emotion, and while some feelings (sadness, grief, anxiety) are slightly uncomfortable at first, others (joy, pride, love) are worth everything.

  1. Making Friends is Easy

Because you will inevitably have so much in common with everyone else, you will find that making friends isn’t quite as difficult as you may have once thought. And since you are now realizing more and more exactly who you are, you may be pleasantly surprised that other people are interested in getting to know that person too.

  1. You Have A Lot to Offer

You will not only find that making friends is easy, but that your friends will want your advice. Advice? From you?! Believe it or not, you do have a lot to offer! After you have a few weeks under your belt, you can help those who are just coming in. After all, you’ve been there – any advice or comfort you can offer will undeniably be greatly appreciated.

  1. Everything Will Be Okay

Even though things will start to get better overall, some days you might wake up thinking, “what is my life?” This is normal in early sobriety. It is important to remember that really, truly… everything will be okay.

What Is HIPAA?

HIPAA is an acronym, representative of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which was initially implemented in 1996 in order to protect patient rights and confidentiality. There are actually two sections of the act. The first section of the act protects the health insurance coverage of individuals who may lose or are in the midst of changing jobs. The second section applies more to those in treatment for drug or alcohol abuse, and requires a standardization of healthcare-related informational systems. The second section implements mandatory regulations that often require changes to the way that many healthcare providers previously conducted business. Okay, so wait – what?

What is HIPAA?

In layman’s terms, HIPAA laws provide protection for drug and alcohol treatment information. The program that a patient is enrolled in cannot confirm or deny that he or she is there. If an outside person asks (regardless of their relationship to the patient), the treatment program cannot disclose any information or identify a patient as an alcohol or drug abuser. Essentially, no treatment can be verified, no records can be disclosed, and no patient can be positively identified as a patient. There are, however, several exceptions to this rule. A patient’s information may be disclosed to an outside party if:

  • The patient consents in writing
  • A disclosure is permitted based on a court order
  • A disclosure is made to medically licensed personnel during a medical emergency
  • A disclosure is made to qualified personnel for audit, research, or overall program evaluation

It is not uncommon for high-profile individuals to avoid seeking treatment they need because they are afraid that their confidentiality will not be properly protected. This fear may prevent those who are in desperate need of treatment from admitting themselves into a drug rehab, which can more often than not prove a deadly dread. Because of this reason amongst many others, the HIPAA laws are taken extremely seriously. But what information exactly, aside from general confidentiality, does this law protect? HIPAA prevents all treatment programs from disclosing:

  • Any mental health or general health disorders
  • What level of care the patient is receiving
  • Payment information – how the patient is paying for treatment
  • Medical records
  • Any personal patient information

While law protects all patient information, entering one of the many treatment centers located in South Florida may still be somewhat daunting. Surely some rehabs that claim to be licensed and professionally staffed are far from, and while HIPAA applies it may not be adhered to. What happens, thus, if the law is violated?

Serious Consequences for HIPAA Violation

If this law is broken, a crime has clearly been committed. Crime penalties for wrongful disclosure may cost the staff member in question as much as $250,000 and 10 years in prison. HIPAA is serious, and we at the Hope Center for Rehabilitation take it seriously. Your rights will never be compromised, and your confidentiality will never be negotiated.

How To Prepare For Drug Rehab

Going to a  drug rehab for the first time can be somewhat of a scary experience – you will be away from home, your family, your friends, and most frightening of all, you will leave behind your drug of choice. Life without drugs or alcohol may seem impossible, but if you spend enough time away you will quickly realize that what you spent all of your days doting on was inevitably only going to prevent you from having a life beyond your wildest dreams. Mental preparation is tough – the unfamiliar is always somewhat unsettling. Just trust that millions before you have successfully done what you are about to do, and that admitting yourself or someone you love to a drug rehab will always do more good than harm.

Aside from mental preparation, you must physically prepare – and packing your belongings is potentially the most important element of physical preparation. Here are some helpful pointers regarding what and what not to bring with you to  drug rehab.

  • Pack enough comfortable clothing for a week.

Only pack enough for a week – there will be a laundry set-up on the premises, and you will most likely only be given a small bureau in which to store your clothing. T-shirts and sweatpants are lifesavers, considering you will be sitting in therapy courses for the majority of your days in treatment. You will most likely have allotted time for exercise, so be sure to pack sneakers and gym clothes!

  • Toiletries – just the basics.

Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, and a razor… anything else is at risk of being thrown away. Perfume isn’t necessary – and because most fragrances contain alcohol, they will not be allowed. Use discretion when packing personal hygienic products, and remember – less is more!

  • Be sure to bring your insurance papers, and any other important documents you may need.

Insurance cards and ID cards are required for admission, so be sure you pack all of you necessary paperwork in a safe place. You may also bring credit cards and other forms of currency; though expect these to be held in a safe until you have completed treatment.

Preparing For Treatment Can Be Stress-Free!

When preparing for treatment, be sure to stick to the essentials. You will not need a sexy black dress or your DVD collection. Back some comfy clothes, the proper paperwork, and maybe a book for the plane ride. The most important thing you can bring to drug rehab is willingness, and the expectancy to begin living a beautiful life free from drugs and alcohol if you truly commit to the journey of recovery.

Inpatient VS Outpatient: Which is Right For You?

The first step of any journey into recovery and away from addiction is, of course, ceasing to use drugs or alcohol – and most likely, withdrawing from a prolonged and severe substance dependency. Withdrawal itself is not an effective treatment, and it is almost inevitable that patients will begin using again if they do not enter treatment directly after detox. The question remains, which treatment is right for you after the detox process is complete? Inpatient treatment refers to living in a facility for an extended amount of time under close therapeutic and medical care, while outpatient treatment involves the patient undergoing a variety of programs upon regular visits to a treatment facility. Inpatient treatment is usually recommended above outpatient treatment, especially for those who are ‘getting sober’ for the first time. Outpatient treatment is frequently recommended for those who may have obligations (such as work) that they simply cannot get out of. Depending on your personal history with drug abuse and your current situation, there will undoubtedly be a clear-cut choice on which form of addiction treatment will be most effective for you.

Inpatient treatment is definitely a wise investment for anyone who has been battling a prolonged addiction and is looking for long-term and maintainable sobriety. Removing an addict or alcoholic from potential temptation and external stressors for an extended period of time (frequently 30 to 90 days), provides him or her the opportunity to truly focus of him or herself without any distraction. Frequently, emotional trauma is a significant part of the underlying causes of addiction, and exploring past experiences in a safe environment is crucial to overall healing. Many will attest to the fact that  drug rehabs act as a secure place for a patient to stay while he or she learns to live life without the daily use of drugs or alcohol. This is true, though every inpatient facility acts as much more than a barrier from the outside world. While being closely monitored is essential to those just beginning to kick physical and mental dependency, the professional therapeutic care offered at most  drug rehabs is crucial to an overall better quality of life, and sobriety that will last far beyond 90 days.

In many cases, outpatient treatment is recommended to those fresh out of inpatient, as a standard and proven portion of a comprehensive aftercare program. However, an outpatient program can be effective for those who have gone through the process of withdrawal yet have obligations they can simply not take a month-long break from. This is very rare, and in most instances any prior commitment does not outweigh the lasting benefits inpatient treatment can provide. Though if you absolutely cannot get away, looking into a  IOP would be to your advantage. IOP programs typically consist of weekly individual and group therapy sessions, as well as regular drug testing.

Choosing whether to attend an inpatient or outpatient treatment program is a crucial part of the recovery process, and it is often imperative that you consult an addiction specialist in order to make the right decision. Feel free to contact one of our licensed representatives – we are always more than happy to help.

Choosing the Right Drug Rehab For You

Choosing the right  drug rehab for you will undoubtedly be one of the most life-changing and fundamental decisions you will ever make. When choosing a drug rehab, it is important to remember that everyone’s needs vary greatly, and your individualized preferences are extremely significant. Because of the fact that treatment programs do not only treat addiction, but also treat underlying causes and past emotional pain, it is imperative that you look into exactly what therapeutic methods and core issues the program you are looking into will focus on.

No matter what drug rehab you decide upon, it is vital that you look for several staples every reliable rehab should possess.

  • It is important that the program is licensed and accredited, ensuring the operation is legal and effective.
  • You will want to look into the success rates of the drug rehab you are considering entering – make sure the effectiveness of the treatment methods used is backed by solid evidential proof
  • Make sure that the treatment center offers comprehensive aftercare services in order to prevent relapse, such as their own  sober living facility or recommendations to a licensed facility nearby

Typically, residential treatment lasts anywhere from 30-120 days. 90 days is often recommended, for it takes quite awhile for all remnants of chemical substance to naturally leave the body, freeing the mind from the “fog” that tends to settle in very early sobriety. While accommodations are not quite as important as the treatment plan the drug rehab offers, you still want to feel comfortable staying in the facility for an extended amount of time. If you cannot take a physical tour, try to take a virtual tour, or look at photographs of the treatment center you are considering.

There are many slight variations of the typical  drug rehab. Some rehabs will focus exclusively on alcohol, while others concentrate on addiction as a blanket term. Still others will cater to addiction to one specific type of drug amongst one particular age group, such as opiate addiction in adolescents and young adults. Many rehabs are gender specific, and some are geared exclusively towards members of the LGBT community. Many treatment centers incorporate holistic methods of recovery, focusing on the mind, body, and soul inclusively. Take all of these differences into consideration when deciding which drug rehab will best fit your needs.

Allow One of Our Representatives to Find a Drug Rehab For You

While so many options to choose from, picking the right rehab for you may seem somewhat overwhelming. Fortunately, help is always available – simply contact one of our trained representatives and we will gladly place you in the  drug rehab that best suits all of your highly individualized needs.