What to Expect in an In-House Rehab Program
Finally, you agreed to enroll in an in-house rehab program. Rightfully so, you are worried about what’s in store for you, especially because it’s your first time. You’ve heard about stories of difficult withdrawal symptoms and long periods of time away from your family and friends.
You wonder if it’s going to be successful, and how a rehab program can help you regain and reset your life. All of these are valid concerns, of course. To give you an idea, here are some of the basic things you can expect from an in-house program from rehab programs, such as the ones that Villa San Miguel Detox & Wellness provides.
Evaluation and Assessment
The very first thing you will undergo is an evaluation and assessment. This is important because the doctor would need to know your substance abuse history, vis-a-vis your medical history, so they can formulate a custom program that would suit your condition best.
This is also an opportunity for them to get to know you a bit more, get a close, initial look at your quirks, tics, expectations, hopes and fears, resistance or acceptability, and more.
Detoxification is the next step. This means you will not be able to gain access to any substances so that your body will run its natural course of cleansing. The experience may vary from person to person, but most commonly, the symptoms of withdrawal may include fever, nausea, vomiting, and headache for the first few hours up to the first couple of days.
In some cases, the withdrawal may be so severe that it could lead to seizures, hallucinations, or even delusions. In these cases, the facility steps in to ensure the safety of the patient by providing controlled medication for detox. It could be to reduce their anxiety throughout the process, help counter insomnia, or just get them calm and settled.
Because of how intense the withdrawal experience can get, it’s important to have available support systems and access to emergency help such as in programs for VSM detox for all in-house patients.
Going into rehabilitation is such a deeply private experience. A lot has to be unpacked and processed in order for you to come to terms with the root cause of this addiction. That is why individual counseling is also offered to complement the detoxification.
Substance abuse, after all, requires not just a physical cleansing to get rid of all the toxicity, but also an emotional cleansing. This may not be easily achievable on your own, especially when the emotions are all over the place, overwhelming each other.
At least with an individual counseling program, you can look forward to private sessions from a licensed and certified therapist, who can provide the objectivity you otherwise wouldn’t be able to give yourself.
This is an important component because you will eventually have to go back and reintegrate with society, so to speak. It is important for recovering substance abusers to know that there are many other people who have experienced what they did, so that they don’t feel as isolated and misunderstood.
Group sessions are also a great way to establish buddy systems for accountability, especially when you graduate from the program.
One other thing you should take note of as an in-house rehab patient is that you will have limited mobility. You can’t just go in and out of the facility as you please. Eventually, you may be allowed to go out unsupervised, but this typically isn’t allowed until you’ve already shown incredible progress and are at least a few weeks into your program already.
Ultimately, what’s most important is to keep in mind that this arrangement is only temporary anyway, and that you should be able to get back to the people and things you love as a much better version of you.