What is treatment like? What are they going to make me do? Will other people there talk to me? Will I be the most messed up person there? Am I doing the right thing?
These and many other questions are probably racing through your mind as you set off on your way to an addiction treatment center. What lies ahead can be mysterious and daunting.
There are many myths that revolve around the nature of drug addiction and how treatment works. Many of these myths can be damaging, and even detrimental to the progress of addicts seeking or going through treatment. Others give a false sense of security to the believer and can be discouraging if not acknowledged before addiction treatment.
When patients enter into rehab, usually one of the questions at the front of their mind is: how long is rehab going to take?
We all have lives and obligations that we will eventually need to return to and take care of, once we are finished with rehab and released back into our daily lives.
You might also be concerned with the financial burden tied to your addiction treatment — every day that you spend in the center is one more day for which you or your insurance provider will be billed.
However, by no means should the process of addiction treatment be hurried, rushed, or any of the crucial steps skipped. In order to be effectively treated and recover, it is absolutely crucial that you remain throughout the entirety of the program.
There is no clear-cut answer. The length of time it takes for a drug to leave the body and for the body to rid itself of all the toxins, as well as the severity of the withdrawal symptoms, widely varies for everyone, depending on the type of substance, the degree of consumption, and the individual health of the person.
It might sound strange, even counterintuitive, that you would need a drug in order to get off of another drug. However, years of research has demonstrated that addiction is a chronic disease, and, just like many other diseases and disorders, can be effectively treated with a combination of behavioral and medicated therapies. The different kinds of medications are considered based on the needs of the individual patient. It takes more than just willpower and psychological treatment to break a drug addiction — drugs affect the chemistry of the brain itself, and therefore those chemical changes in the brain need to be addressed with their own special methods.
Addiction treatment not only involves addressing the problem of the patient through behavioral methods, but also prescribes medications to help treat the addiction. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is combined with psychosocial support systems or other behavioral therapies in order to bring the chances of relapse outside of a treatment center and the fullest extent of recovery to the best level possible.