What to Expect From Inpatient Rehab

After accepting you have a drug problem, you should also understand addiction treatment is necessary. However, the uncertainty surrounding inpatient rehab leaves many people apprehensive about getting help. Knowing what to expect can alleviate anxiety, which is why we proudly offer the following information to you.

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Step One of Recovery

Upon arrival, we'll begin with a brief assessment to determine your treatment needs. The first step to recovery is going through detox. During this process, you eliminate harmful substances while overcoming withdrawal symptoms. Often, this is extremely uncomfortable and leads many to relapse. Overall, detox can last anywhere from three to ten days, depending on your addiction severity.

Men's or Women's Program

If you don’t require detox, we’ll immediately place you in either a men's or women's treatment program. Studies show that males and females feel more comfortable when surrounded by those who share similar experiences. You may be more likely to open up, and therefore, experience the many benefits of group therapy.

Start Your Inpatient Rehab with Detox

Over the course of an addiction, chemicals from the consumed substance cause the brain and body to adapt. At first, the body is unused to the presence of a substance, allowing for quick and potent highs. Over time, however, the body adjusts, and it takes more of a substance used more often to achieve the same high. As the body builds tolerance, the brain drives cravings, which in turn fuels the vicious cycle of addiction.

When a physical dependency is unfulfilled, the affected person undergoes withdrawal. Withdrawal is particularly severe for heavy users, and for users of alcohol, heroin, and benzos. This severity is dangerous not only to a person's health, but to their recovery. If a person undergoes withdrawal but has access to their substance of choice, the urge to relapse will be very strong. Withdrawal is the first, and perhaps the most difficult, roadblock to your recovery.

Since withdrawal is so severe, doctors strongly recommend against going through withdrawal alone, aka "cold turkey." Instead, doctors recommend that patients seek detox treatment at an inpatient rehab facility. At San Antonio Recovery Center, we offer detox programs for alcohol and heroin, for both men and women.

Detox starts with withdrawal, lasting anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days. The benefit of detox is that it takes place in a secure, medically monitored environment. Some withdrawal symptoms, like seizures or delirium tremens (for alcoholics), can be fatal if left untreated. Medical professionals monitor detox patients 24/7 to keep them comfortable and safe as their body purges the addictive substance.

Typical Day in Inpatient Rehab

Overall, a typical day will involve individual, group, or family therapy sessions, in addition to educational programs to raise awareness. In between sessions, you’ll enjoy nutritious meals to strengthen and energize your body. We assign daily chores for life skills development as well.

Additionally, 12-step meetings are an important part of our program. As such, you may attend meetings daily, weekly, or several times each week. We’ll work hard to create a flexible schedule that works for you.

Such a busy day will leave you worn out and ready to unwind. After a bit of personal time, you'll find yourself ready for lights out at the end of the day.

Holistic Approach to Treatment

Furthermore, we've found a holistic approach to recovery works best. Rather than viewing you as a clinical patient, we treat your mind, body, and soul. In order to do so, we provide:

  • Yoga
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Meditation
  • Pharmacology
  • Wellness therapy

While at our center, you’ll be under the care of medical professionals as well as licensed addiction counselors. These individuals work hand-in-hand to ensure you receive well-rounded care for the duration of your stay. In addition, we’ll address any underlying medical issues that might impede your progress.

Relapse Prevention and Aftercare

Most patients spend around 90 days or so in our facility. This provides ample time to fully recover and learn new habits for staying sober. However, once you leave us, your recovery efforts aren’t over. Our relapse prevention and aftercare services ensure you don’t fall back into old habits.

As with inpatient rehab, aftercare programs are personalized. For example, one person may continue with a 12-step program while another individual works with a mentor. Some may return for group therapy sessions, while others see an outside counselor. These factors depend on your lifestyle and underlying cause of addiction.

We may also tweak an aftercare program to provide better results. Do not hesitate to contact us if you feel your relapse prevention program no longer works for you.

Need Help? Please Get in Touch with Us Today!

Don't let the fear of residential treatment deter your recovery efforts. Visit San Antonio Recovery Center in San Antonio, Texas to achieve sobriety and transform your life for the better. Take the next step by calling 866-957-7885 today.

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