Explore what each individual should expect when they enter our drug rehab.
Getting Ready for Rehab
When you or a loved one decides to go to rehab, you’ll likely have mixed feelings. While you might feel hopeful and relieved, it’s common to feel nervous and scared as well. As you start this new journey, rest assured that you will count on our unlimited support every step of the way.
Beginning treatment for substance use disorder can feel overwhelming for patients and their families. In our belief, communication is vital to help ease the anxiety that comes with entering treatment. We take great pride in our interaction level with patients and their support systems throughout the treatment process.
We also always remain available for questions or concerns. To help relieve feelings of nervousness or uncertainty, we have some briefs about what to expect during rehab when enrolling in drug treatment at Lighthouse Recovery Institute.
What Patients Should Expect During Rehab
Once you’ve completed the admissions process and planned to travel to drug rehab, you have already begun the recovery work. Let’s acknowledge that you’ve made the brave decision to seek a fulfilling, sober life. You are already on your way.
When you arrive, there you will complete assessments with our clinical and medical team. These assessments help identify the best plan for your drug rehab treatment or outpatient treatment. Additionally, they will ensure that you have any essential medications.
The Detox Process
There are many types of alcohol rehab programs out there. However, no matter their structure, most of them start with medical detox. Because alcohol addiction causes severe withdrawal symptoms when someone stops drinking, detox can help ease the symptoms.
During alcohol detox, people have the medical attention and supervision they need to ease withdrawal symptoms and prevent any life-threatening side effects. The time of detox will depend on the severity of the symptoms. Sometimes, the specialists recommend a medication-assisted treatment to incorporate withdrawal prevention drugs that can help patients detox from a substance better and more safely.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab Programs
One of the first goals of treatment is to help the addict discontinue alcohol use. Thus, when a patient first enters alcohol rehab, they will undergo a thorough medical and psychological exam. The purpose of these exams is to treat any psychiatric disorders or psychological problems. Additionally, this aims to rule out any underlying medical issues or identify if dual diagnosis treatment is necessary.
Alcohol rehab offers a lot of structure, and the most rigorous programs are inpatient ones. Here, patients move into a rehab facility and are surrounded by others in rehab and the rehab center staff. Inpatient treatment programs are often an excellent choice for those who don’t have a safe and sober environment back home.
Sometimes, people’s addictions aren’t as severe, or they’ve undergone a detox program and are stable enough to stay home. Intensive outpatient rehab programs (IOPs) are there as a structured rehab program with more flexibility. They are sometimes known as residential rehab. In this recovery style, people have the flexibility to stay home and maintain responsibilities like work, school, and family. However, they do have the structure of attending meetings and therapy sessions several times throughout the week.
After someone completes an inpatient rehab program, they’re often placed into outpatient treatment programs. To prevent relapse after treatment, outpatient programs offer a similar structure where people have access to therapy sessions every other day and access to a therapist, among other resources.
During your first week of drug and alcohol rehab, you will create an individual treatment plan. This plan is done along with your primary therapist and helps to identify your recovery goals.
Attending Therapy Sessions
Following your intake, you will be attending groups regularly. Licensed clinicians and team members facilitate groups that involve a wide range of topics and therapeutic methods. Some of the modalities used are DBT, CBT, art therapy, trauma resolution, relapse prevention, and self-esteem building. Additionally, core areas of focus include conflict resolution, relationship, family issues, core beliefs, and more.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective treatment options for addiction. CBT works in your behavioral responses to different triggers. Once you and your therapist identify these triggers, together, you can work toward developing new and healthier responses to these triggers. These individual therapy sessions offer a safe environment that allows people to share their fears and concerns openly.
Group sessions allow for emotional healing. When participants share their alcohol and drug abuse experiences, it helps free-up build-up feelings, fears, and more. It’s also reassuring to know that those in the room are also struggling with the same issues. Over time, those in the support group develop a sense of fellowship during rehab, which grows into team support and encouragement.
Those struggling with alcohol addiction often struggle with other issues. Incorporating special therapy sessions that address trauma, anger management, grief counseling, and others is paramount to help those in addiction recovery build the skills they need to cope. Substance abuse and mental health are often connected. By addressing both simultaneously, we can ensure a better recovery.
It’s no secret that addiction breaks havoc in the family unit. For those in recovery, going through it all without their family members’ support can be devastating. However, in many cases, the family unit is shattered, and they don’t know how to be helpful. For these cases, family therapy can provide a safe and supervised environment to start working on regaining family trust and building back a supportive family unit.
Part of comprehensive and holistic addiction treatment includes alternative therapies. These therapies might not be the traditional rehab route, but they can help improve recovering addict’s well-being and overall health. These therapies can be art or music therapy, neurofeedback, exercise programs, yoga, acupuncture, and more. These are also long-term health care resources; many can continue practicing after leaving a substance abuse treatment center.
Learning More About Our Services
Each week, you will have an individual therapy session to assess your progress. Sessions will also help process core issues related to mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. You’ll also see the psychiatrist, physician’s assistant, case manager, dietician, brain mapping specialist, and other auxiliary providers affording full services.
You can also attend the gym three times per week to work with personal trainers, receive massage and chiropractic services. We also transport patients to twelve-step meetings daily.
We are committed to offering opportunities to attend diverse types of meetings, including gender-specific meetings, LGBTQ+-focused meetings, ACOA and family dynamic meetings, and local twelve-step community events. Additionally, the staff is always available to transport patients to religious services such as a Church or Temple.
Throughout your stay at Lighthouse Recovery Institute, you will have opportunities to explore all facets of your life and gain a new sense of freedom, self-esteem, and purpose. We look forward to walking with you on this journey.
What Family Members and Loved Ones Should Expect During Rehab
Loving someone in active addiction often involves feelings of fear and uncertainty. When your loved one or family member enters our addiction treatment center, you may experience a deep sense of relief knowing that they are safe and receiving the qualified care they need. For those unfamiliar with addiction treatment, there may be questions concerning communication throughout the treatment process.
At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we must do everything we can to elevate those concerns. We have a brief overview of what to expect during rehab.
As soon as your loved one admits to addiction treatment, regardless of their level of care, the emergency contact will receive a phone call from one of our clinicians or counselor assistants to inform you that they have arrived safely.
The First Few Days
Within the first day, your loved one’s primary therapist will contact you to discuss treatment plans. Additionally, any concerns or questions you may have and schedule weekly phone calls.
Our clinical staff can also be reached anytime via email. Your level of engagement is at your discretion. Your loved one’s therapist will help you determine how much involvement is appropriate throughout inpatient drug treatment through outpatient treatment.
For the first seven days of treatment, patients at the highest level of care cannot use the phone unless they receive permission to make phone calls with their therapist from the clinical office. This restriction is because we want to create an environment in which patients can acclimate to the treatment community and reduce distraction or external stress as they settle into a routine.
Throughout the Program
During the treatment program, your family member will use the phone to speak with you following their first seven days. If conversations become difficult, we encourage you to discuss the best way to improve communication with your clinical contact. Your loved one will likely be experiencing shifting emotions and maybe engaged in intense therapeutic work. This emotional “blackout period” may be unfamiliar territory, but on the other side of discomfort is a new, healthy life.
At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, whether you chose a family program or not, we encourage family participation. We believe that having the support of family members and loved ones is paramount for our patient’s recovery. Our licensed therapists can help you navigate the rehab process to participate in a comfortable way for you and your family.
We encourage you to utilize the resources we have available through a family program to navigate this process. Throughout their drug treatment, your loved one will discover the best version of themselves. Individuals will be treated with compassion, dignity, and respect as they embark on a productive recovery-based lifestyle.